Death and Rebirth

Winter cabbage in the garden. Canon 50mm macro, 1/40th sec @ f4, ISO 200. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Winter cabbage in the garden. Canon 50mm macro, 1/40th sec @ f4, ISO 200. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

AN ENDING AND A BEGINNING

A quiet revolution is taking place outside here in south Louisiana. It’s the end of Winter and the beginning of our Spring and everywhere I find death and rebirth: the end for some living things and new birth for others.

We don’t really get any hard winter weather here. I always tell visitors that summer is our ‘serious’ season, the heat and humidity so hot and thick that you can cut it with a knife. But this winter we did see more than our normal share of freezes, and I find evidence of that all around our yard.

Flowering brocolli plant. Canon 50mm macro, 1/50th sec @f4.5, ISO 200. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Flowering brocolli plant. Canon 50mm macro, 1/50th sec @f4.5, ISO 200. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

But broccoli plants, harvested last month but left standing, are flowering now, and the winter cabbages are finally about ready to eat.  Our camellias, huge, stately old plants that bloom in late winter, are almost finished now. Anyone who has read this blog for long knows how much more I’m attracted to dying things, but today in a walkabout, I find a mixture of both.

Dead camellia blossom. Canon 50mm macro, 1/125th sec @f2.5, ISO 200. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

Dead camellia blossom. Canon 50mm macro, 1/125th sec @f2.5, ISO 200. (Copyright 2011 / Andrew Boyd)

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  1. Enivea says:

    I love the cabbage, not only because I’m a gardener also, but because the form is just perfect for black and white. As for dying things, I did one a while back, a gardenia past its best. Can be seen here – http://eremophila.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/puritys-other-face/ As autumn progresses here, the cycles of death and rebirth become more obvious.

  2. Yes, the cabbage form really jumped out at me, wandering around the garden looking. I saw the BW possibility right away.

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