Delicate

Orchid Petal

Plants can be such delicate little things, can’t they? I suppose that’s why I’m not very good at taking care of them. They always seem to die on me, no matter how hard I strictly I adhere to the instructions that come along with them.

Take this little orchid flower as an example. I swear, I watered it exactly as the instructions said: three ice cubes once per week. And yet, after less than three weeks, the flowers are drying up and falling off. I’ve tried moving it closer to a window now, in the hopes of giving it more sunlight. It really wasn’t getting much in its old home on the shelf above my fireplace.

So, though I’ve lost a few flowers off my delicate little plant, I’m going to keep trying to bring it back to life. Let’s hope I succeed.

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Oh, how I miss fall

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Where did fall go? I swear, just two weeks ago, we had temperatures above zero, leaves still on trees, and that crisp, autumn scent still in the air.

Now everything is covered in snow, the temperature has dropped below -20, and I’ve nearly fallen on the ice more times than I can count.

Scarecrow

Don’t get me wrong, I like winter, too. The snow can be really pretty, and I love cuddling up inside, in front of a fire, all wrapped up in a soft blanket. Plus, winter means Christmas baking and shopping for presents and laughing at Cookie as she hops around under the Christmas tree.

Orange Flower

All of that said, I miss fall. I miss the colours and the smell. I miss the warmer temperatures and the promise of winter still to come (but not yet here!). I miss driving past the yellow fields of crops still waiting to be harvested.

Well, there’s no sense in dwelling on what I miss, I suppose.

Feathered

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Remember last week, when I talked about searching my home for something to photograph? Today, I wanted to share another picture from that little adventure. This one, though, isn’t Halloween related.

Actually, now that I think about it, I did buy these earrings for a Halloween costume. But that’s not why I’m posting this picture.

See, it’s the lines I love in this one. The way the main stems in the feathers act as sharp directions to the top of the photo, but the softer bits let you drift off course. It isn’t anything big or fancy or complicated. Just sort of… nice, and maybe a little calming. Exactly the sort of thing I needed after the busy days that made up the last full week of October.

Contrasting textures

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Sometimes, when I don’t have something new or specific to photograph for these weekly posts, I’ll search my home for something already on hand. Like this mask, for example. I saw it hanging on my mirror, and I thought it might make for a nice, pre-Halloween celebration post.

Instead, I got distracted by the different materials that make up the mask. It’s nothing fancy. I think it cost me maybe $10 or $15 at a Halloween store a few years ago. That doesn’t make it any less pretty, though. I love how the soft feathers make a dainty flower appear so rough, and the way the sparkles on the mask manage to both set everything off while drawing your eye to them.

It’s such a beautiful contrast of colours. Can you forgive me for choosing this picture instead of one celebrating Halloween?

Adding some spring to that fall step

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Who says you need to stick to warm colours during the autumn months? Not me. Sometimes, a few of those brighter spring colours are exactly what you need.

And if those bright spring colours happen to be decorating a bouquet of orchids? Well, there’s no complaining about that. Especially if those orchids come on the last day of a particularly busy week.