11.20.2019 Wayback Wednesday…A bit of self-indulgence

I couldn’t do Wordless because I do want to say a bit.  This is probably my favorite of all my flower images.  Of course, it is also my favorite flower. For years it was part of my Gravatar but I recently decided to use a smiley instead. 🙂  Every Spring I anticipate finding my first Painted Trillium, along with Lady’s Slippers and other ephemerals. They are probably my most posted subject on the blog. So much so that I purchased a bunch of seeds from a New England seed company, Vermont Wildflowers, and just spread them in our little woods where my White Trillium and Yellow Lady’s Slippers thrived last year.  I am filled with hope that I will now just be able to walk out our back door to see, and photograph, the most beautiful of Spring Flowers…in my opinion, of course.

Made 10 years ago, I’ve shared this image in the past both like this, although I did do a little slight tweaking to it last night, and in black and white as well.   Black and White seems an odd conversion for such a lovely flower but it worked. If you are curious, as many of you and I were not acquainted yet, here’s a post with two in monochrome. My friend Andrew did end up with both color and black and white on his wall in Hong Kong. 🙂

And the title, yes, a nod to Mr. Peabody.  🙂

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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28 Responses to 11.20.2019 Wayback Wednesday…A bit of self-indulgence

  1. Leya says:

    Amazing flower, Steve – and I agree about the monochrome, even if I am not a monochrome addict. It does stand out in B&W.

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  2. Nature provides us with so much beauty.

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  3. That’s one strange Mr. Peabody episode. I see that the creator was Ted Key:


  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Definitely a work of art!

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  5. melissabluefineart says:

    As we are about to plunge into dark, depressing winter, I’m very happy to see this emblem of spring!

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  6. This is the essence. Everything about it is beautiful. The monochrome is very Westonian. Which is to say I like it too.

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  7. Ann Mackay says:

    A stunningly beautiful flower and a beautiful photograph too. I’m a wee bit jealous about the woods, hehe!

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    • Thank you, Ann. It’s not a very big woods. Our entire property is about one acre and about 1/3 is treed. Most of it is brush piles, but years ago I made a trail for walking our adopted third Beagle, Murphy, who had a hard time adjusting to life with us. The trail is no longer used for dog walking but I am slowly planting woodland flowers in there. It’ll never make a garden magazine or a garden tour, but we’ll get to enjoy them just the same. 🙂

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    I can understand the draw. It’s a beautiful flower, and you created a beautiful composition. I like the black and white versions, as well, but there’s also something special about that bit of color. I’m (somewhat selfishly) hoping your seeds take root and give you the opportunity of creating some great photos (for us to view).

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    • Thanks, Todd. I am looking forward to having them here and for entirely selfish reasons, not that I am not looking forward to sharing them too. I have photographed this plant so often that I am not sure I can come up with anything significantly different, I’ve even found them with fours instead of threes, shot from the back of the flower, etc. But there can always be something different.


  9. shoreacres says:

    I’m still trying to figure out how I could have missed Mr. Peabody. It’s not that I have only a vague memory of him–I’m drawing a total blank. Strange.

    Today I got a better sense of the textures and shapes from the colored images than from the black and white. I enjoyed your black and white views of the trilliums in the past, which only suggests that our appreciation of a given photo can vary from viewing to viewing.

    Oddly, I don’t enjoy black and white images nearly as much when I’m tired. It’s as though they require more effort to engage with than color, and if I can’t summon the energy, it’s easy to dismiss them. With my move only a couple of weeks away, I’m certainly a little short on energy. The packing’s no particular problem, but the constant decision-making (keep? toss? donate? ) can be wearing. It’s like culling photos, but there’s more heavy lifting!

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    • Did you watch Bullwinkle? Mr. Peabody wasn’t on every episode but there were a lot and many are on YT. Until I decided on the title for this post I hadn’t thought about that cartoon in a long time. When looking for a suitable example to share I came across the TV series and the Movie neither of which I had seen and after doing a little browsing decided the original was much more enjoyable. I also noted that those originals wouldn’t fly today with all the stereotypes displayed in them. A lot was not terribly PC.

      I usually prefer to keep the color but there are some instances where Black and White expresses what I am trying to share a bit better and rarely do the images work in both. Interpretations do vary, even with our own. I’ve images that I rediscover when cruising the archives and realize that they are better than I originally thought, especially with the help of new tools and abilities to use them, and others that upon further reflection deserves the trash bin. Photography, as in most human endeavors, is a constant learning curve.

      When we bought this place I told the realtor, who said it was a nice starter home…obviously looking forward to her commission when we “moved on up”…, that it was my plan to leave the house “feet first”. That is still my plan but every once in a while Mary Beth hints that as we get older, which isn’t far off, the house and property will be too much for us and neither of us, well me more than she, has the funds to pay others to do the work. I can’t picture myself living in a condominium or elderly housing never having lived in close quarters save college dorm life and I got out of there pretty quickly. But it may have to be. I am not in a hurry to do the “feet first” move. That’s all to say that I don’t envy your sorting and packing at all. Some might find a move exciting but one has to dispose of too much stuff, much of which has some importance. I am glad that you don’t have to move far. All that culling can be unsettling (when settling is what you will be doing soon enough) and one would worry whether something important got tossed. Good luck with all the decision making. I hope it goes easily and you are quickly happy with the move.


  10. Dave Ply says:

    I don’t think we have painted trillium out here, but I do have the white ones in the yard. A B/W conversion doesn’t seem odd at all, the contrast and shapes are ready and waiting…

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    • Monochrome certainly does lead the eye to something other than color which in many cases is much more desirable. It is nice to have the option of either from the same file. I planted white trilliums in the woods a few years ago and they are doing well and now hope that the seeds I planted will be as productive for the painteds.

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  11. bluebrightly says:

    I always thought trillium from seed was nearly impossible, but if a good company is selling it and you already had them, plus Lady’s slippers growing where you sewed the seeds – well, if anyone can do it, you can. Or if anyone deserves to have trillium seeds germinate, sprout, grow, bloom and thrive, you do! 🙂 The photo is wonderful in color AND in black and white.

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    • I’ll let you know how it turns out. I’ve harvested the fruits a few times but then always forgot them until it was spring and too late. Thanks for the encouragement, Lynn. I hope you are right and they are successful. It was a surprise when I tried converting just out of curiosity and saw that it worked. It’s always worth trying, especially now with digital making it so easy.

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