A Foggy Morning Full of Life and Death

A beautiful dew-covered pink camellia blossom,left; a dying white comellia blossom, right, rapidly turning brown. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

A beautiful dew-covered pink camellia blossom,left; a dying white comellia blossom, right, rapidly turning brown. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

It was very foggy this morning when I stepped out the front door, the soft light suffused with a beautiful even glow. Although I had planned to get right in the car and go, the beauty in the scene made me stop, get out a camera and spend some time exploring.

Our property has some beautifuland very old camellia plants on it—huge, slow-growing bushes that are famous for their late-winter blooms in this area. I don’t know much about the history of these plants but I’ve always appreciated the wisdom of some previous, long-dead owner who put them in the ground all those years ago. At a time when most things are still dormant, the camellias put forth a burst of color that rivals anything else that might come along later.

The intricacy and delicacy of the flowers has always fascinated me. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

The intricacy and delicacy of the flowers has always fascinated me. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

A dead camellia bloom, rapidly turning brown. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

A dead camellia bloom, rapidly turning brown. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

Here in the very early spring,due to our excessively mild winter, the azaleas and Japanese magnolias have already bloomed, a month early, and before the camellias have even finished. This is unusual but gives us a burst of color throughout the landscape unlike any year I can remember.

A Japanese Magnolia blossom on the forest floor. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

A Japanese Magnolia blossom on the forest floor. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

I was struck while photographingby the compressed flower ‘life cycle’ that I found in front of me: beautiful, delicate blossoms hanging on each stem, and down below on the ground, brown and lifeless shapes that were last week’s beauties! Everything compressed, Nature in a hurry, rushing headlong into what will soon enough be our long, hot summer.

Azalea blossoms, a full month early this year. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

Azalea blossoms, a full month early this year. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

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  1. Enivea says:

    Beautiful images, and I always like the ‘dead’ flowers as much as the fresher ones. They are all part of the cycle. Noted the unseasonal conditions – being experienced the world over….

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