When I take pictures, I usually think about what it might look like as a painting. I took several pictures of leaves one day last fall... or perhaps the year before... most of them I placed on the faded cypress wood of our front porch. I actually managed to follow through and paint the oak leaves. Jim claimed that painting before I was even half-way finished. The same day, I cut this rose off one of the bushes that Jim planted in the middle of our drive. We have a triangle-shaped island of sorts, and we've tried several different things there, but the roses have looked the best. They fill in early, bloom all summer, and keep on going until the first heavy frost says 'enough, already!' This was one of the last roses I cut.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Most people don't know that in Florida, the leaves don't fall off the trees until some time in March, when the new ones push them off. The trees just dump them, all at once, and put on their new leaves practically overnight. I realized when I moved to Kentucky, that fall and winter are real seasons. They show up, and show off, and stick around until you really get to know them, whether you want to or not. Leaves falling here encompasses the very essence of the season. It's not a small thing. The color alone is worth living through it, at least once. If you have a yard, you really need to rake them up, so they don't kill the grass. This is something that will keep you busy, and keep you from noticing how short the days are getting.
I realize as I write this, that it's January, and snow is falling almost everywhere, and the days are getting longer. I did this painting back in October, because I couldn't resist trying to capture the mood, and embrace the change of season. There are many kinds of oaks, but these are Pin Oak leaves. My husband loves Pin Oaks for their symmetry, and stateliness. This painting is for you, Jim. I love the oak trees you planted that line the drive - even before there was a drive, and for having a vision of what it could look like one day.