Blacks Crossing Photography and Writing | splash of color

splash of color

April 13, 2015  •  5 Comments

Although Española, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and points south have already seen fruit and nut trees blossom, and other bulbs and flowers are blooming in profusion, the high mesa and high country flowers are still yawning and stretching, taking their time in presenting themselves for their closeup.  They know better.  Late frosts are the norm.  There are a few ground clingers in the composite or daisy family dotting the landscape, but it is still fairly monochromatic.  So I have a yearning for some bold "I am here" color at this time of year, and it is usually supplied by flowers or bouquets that friends have brought to our abode or by photographs shot in the previous growing season.  


Our day lilies have emerged from the ground but have at least a month to go before blooming.  This image is from last year's crop.

Day lily (yellow)Day lily (yellow)


They carry the name Peruvian lilies or lilies of the Incas, but these flowers are members of the Alstroemeria family, not the lily or Liliaceae family, and are frequently used in commercial flower arrangements.  Their white blossoms spotted with yellow pop against the bergamot-colored wall.

Peruvian liliesPeruvian lilies


Then there are the Oriental poppies.  They come in many different colors and all seem to dance for joy during New Mexico's late spring.  The orange-red ones scream for attention and it doesn't take long to get it from this photographer.

poppy (double)poppy (double)


Just to complete the splash of color, a rose petal on weathered wood

rose petalrose petal

until next Monday,


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Sara Woodburn(non-registered)
I especially love the composition and color of the petal on wood photo. Well done!
Catherine Sobredo(non-registered)
Daryl Black(non-registered)
Thanks, Steve. You know me and florals. They just have to be part of the blog at least twice a year!
Steve Immel(non-registered)
Once again you've shown your great skill at photographing all the floral. It's a veritable riot of color as spring entertains us with vivid colors, vitality and renewal. Thanks for the wonderful post.
Terry Thompson(non-registered)
Great time of year to see all this color appear. Thanks to your good eye for displaying it so well.
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