The crocuses are blooming in my yard, it’s really spring. After long, cold winter, I collected quite a number of ice images – here’s a selection, as a farewell to winter. Click a thumbnail to see larger sizes:
Two of these are lower contrast, without the hard blacks the others have. The lower contrast look was something I haven’t tried much before with ice crystals – it’s suggestive and indefinite.
Today I saw a first spring flower – a single tiny witch hazel flower, too high up for an image. It seemed a bit premature since there is still a foot of snow on the ground in many places.
So here are a few more greenhouse flowers – these were leaning at a steep angle into the sun:
Winter can have glorious color – sunsets with contrasting blue and red – but otherwise, black, white, and brown predominate. When it starts getting to me, I give in and go to a greenhouse for color and flowers. This time I went to the greenhouses at Wellesley College.
There were quite a few pots of this flower; one was labeled “Sonoran wildflower”. My guess is that it’s Phacelia campanularia, Desert bluebell. I have a followup image for this one, much closer, that I’ll post soon. Some year I’ll make it to the desert to see these in the field…