i recall the day


right before the magnolia tree was gone . from heat and neglect

as the wind whistled around my ankles in the softness that is five o clock



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and barefooted warmth clung to the soles of my feet

I gingerly crossed the street to capture the textures and colors

aching to keep it alive . realizing with a click of the camera . this was one way I could

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sharing the blooms and buds and ache at imperfect prose this week



30 comments:

S. Etole said...

enjoying your words as well as your images ...

maccandace said...

That's sad. But good we have photography to preserve such things. I'm working to keep my poor hibiscus alive right now. They don't like severe temp changes and we got 'em.

ELK said...

i felt sad too candace ..but it is not my yard .. it might make it, staying positive ...

Oliag said...

Thank goodness for our photos! I do hope the tree makes it...trees are usually pretty resilient...

amyd said...

stunning works and images

emily wierenga said...

you keep getting better and better... your words tonight touched raw. "aching to keep it alive"... this is how i feel whenever i see something beautiful. love to you sister.

missing moments said...

Captured forever .... beautiful shots!

Jewels said...

Love.

koralee said...

What lovely images...and words. xox

Caroline said...

Oh...just beautiful!

Anna said...

Elk, this is one of your most striking color groupings! Lovely and something I don't get to see in my north woods setting.

Joan Elizabeth said...

It looks so healthy. My magnolia survived despite a 10 year drought ... it has a good chance.

sperlygirl said...

oh how i love those beautiful magnolia flowers ~ remind me of home

d smith kaich jones said...

this is one of your most touching posts - and there have been many!! incredibly written and photographed, a eulogy with your fingers crossed.

xoxo

~Kristina said...

The vision of the photographer is incredible. To see the fleeting moments and know the power you have to capture them is a gift. Your images and words are beautiful.

Jennifer Richardson said...

I love your heart
to drink the cup
down to the last sip:)
Beauty will always,
always
find you.
magnolia love,
Jen

Brian Miller said...

and i am glad you did these are beautiful....i can almost smell them....

Jewels said...

Finally had some time to read your interview - awesome! I would love to have coffee with you someday!

This post is fantastic ..."aching to keep it alive . realizing with a click of the camera . this was one way I could" right on.

SuzyQ said...

You have such a beautiful, restful blog. I love these images.

Leslie said...

we have a huge magnolia in our back garden... and i love the lemony scent of its blossoms. i'm glad you captured the beauty of this tree... it's so good to remember beauty in this transient world...

i love this:

"as the wind whistled around my ankles in the softness that is five o clock"

Leslie said...

p.s. love your new profile pic!

Marcie said...

Simply beautiful!!!

Jeanne Klaver said...

Magnolias are so soft and lovely...such beauty in these photos.

annamaria said...

wow Elk, I am so glad I came over- these photos took my breath away-I love that small ant in the last one so much- it's all so alive! and painterly and sculptural at the same time! Thank you!XX

emily wierenga said...

you are so lovely.

songsoflight said...

You captured so beautifully the way I feel when looking at the faded beauty of impermanent things. It's almost holy isn't it? Looking at your final image I can almost smell the strong lemon scent x

patty said...

beautiful, elk.. and perfectly imperfect. love~
btw, your photography is stunning and i sware, keeps getting better and better...

Country Girl said...

Oh, so lovely.

nance marie said...

wow owowowowow!

neva gagliano said...

your prose flows
capturing more
than your camera shows