Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Love Struck


How do you know you're in love?


When the very sight of your beloved
makes your heart thump-a-thud.


When your eyes fill with stars,
and everything glows.


Thoughts of love hijack your mind.

There's a faraway look in your eyes
and a permanent, lopsided, grin on your face.


You walk around in a haze,
useless until the next time you meet.


But why am I talking about love?  


It's because I went for a walk in a nearby park,
where I met...

These stunningly gorgeous wild grasses.


I believe they are Phragmites australis (Common Reed.)
Their seed heads lit by the sun made my heart dance.
I walked round and round taking picture after picture.

Click, "Gasp," click, "Oooooo," click, "Ahhhh."

I was in love.


For the blog post I knew many of the pictures would have to be eliminated.


I sat at the computer chewing my lips,
going back and forth over all my shots.

In each one I found some irristable slant of light, a unique colour or an elegance of pose that made it impossible to choose.


So there you have it.


You are stuck with these endless photos of grass because I am in love with each one of them.


They say love is blind
but I think love is grand.

43 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! They remind me baby birds' down.

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  2. Very nice words and pictures....i love this post Rosemary.

    Hugs, Joop

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  3. So pleased that you showed them all Rosemary - I have fallen in love too, especially with number, let me see, sorry I cannot chose either, they are all exquisite.

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    1. Thank you Rosemary, it's nice to know I am not alone in being unable to choose :)

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  4. So soft and fuzzy, I just want to grab them and watch them blow away in the wind like a dandelion. Great pictures!!!

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    1. Thank you, I believe they stay intact all winter. I'm going to have to go back to the park in a month and see :)

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  5. Dear Rosemary!
    Wonderful plumes. Your photos delight.
    They are beautiful.
    I send greetings.

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    1. Thank you Lucia, I'm glad you like them.

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  6. I find grasses impossible to resist. I'm glad you and your magic camera couldn't resist either.

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    1. I agree with you Lee, there is something so fundamental about grasses :)

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  7. Maravillosas fotos, tienen una suavidad increíbles, una luz preciosa!!Un abrazo.

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  8. I can so relate to this. Walking with my camera can be like a dance of love when I find a place or garden which is beyond beautiful and captures your soul as well as your eyes!

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  9. Rosemary, all these grasses are stunning, therefore you're in love. I love the photo where the grass is visible through the gazebo railings.
    I liked the combination of durable wood gazebo parts and soft aerial grass.

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    1. I really liked that one as well Nadezda, for exactly the same reasons and also the contrast of the dark brown wood against the caramel colours in the background :)

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  10. Lovely series! The grasses are beautiful and the light is great.

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    1. Thank you Linda, we do have some wonderful "natural" parks in Montreal :)

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  11. Ah yes, I know the feeling - when you're in tune with what you're capturing and the light is perfect and everything is cooperating, with every shot a keeper. Thanks for letting your heart overrule your head and sharing these.

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    1. Thank you Rick! The only problem I had on this day was an intermittent breeze that tossed the seedheads in and out of focus, but I patiently waited for the wind to die down now and then and was very happy with the results.

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  12. No wonder you were on a 'shooting' spree Rosemary!
    Who could resist these beauties.
    And you captured them with so much grace :)
    Excellent!

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    1. Hello Ash, I was supposed to be going for a fast-paced walk with my daughter and instead stopped many, many times along the way to take pictures. My arms sure got a good workout from holding the camera up for so long :)

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  13. Great beautifully photographed Rosemary.
    The light is amazing.

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    1. Thank you Irma, yes, the light is what brings the seedheads to life. They are quite dull and uninspiring without it :)

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  14. I especially like that last sentence-They say love is blind, but I think love is grand. Perfect words! I love the way light catches in ornamental and wild grasses. Your photos are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, I'm so happy you liked that last sentence, you must have had good experiences with love :)

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  15. Glad you included all of those shots, each one is stunning. Count me as one of those smitten with these images!

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    1. Yay, so happy it's not just me who fell in love!

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  16. I am gasping here, too, Rosemary. These grasses are beautiful as are your photos of them. Gorgeous! The light seems to make them glow.

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  17. Ah, the magical light... I think it improves everything it lands on, don't you? I'm so glad you like them :)

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  18. Beautiful, truely beautiful. I love all grasses and these made me gasp too. Thanks for sharing all of them, eliminating any would have been a sin. Christina

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    1. Thank you Christina, that's the same way I felt :)

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  19. Hello Rosmary, beautiful, all of them! And what a beautiful song you wrote!

    Willy (from Holland)

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    1. Thank you Willy, I'm glad you like them :)

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  20. They're all lovely. It's hard to pic sometimes which pic to post. I wish someone would do it for me sometimes:)

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    1. Most of the time I don't have a problem eliminating some, but these grasses play with the light in such a magical way that I was spellbound by each shot.

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  21. Very nice sense of color, form and light!

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    1. Thank you Marius, nice to meet you :)

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Thank you so much for your kind words :)

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