Friday Flora 08.09.17

As summer fades out our attention will turn more and more to foliage in all its colourful stages of deterioration. There will be much decorous decay to photograph but the powdery mildew so prevalent on maples and sycamores is a sight that deserves high contrast mono.sycamore/maple leaf mildewIt is a good time for those of us who like to photograph the ‘wabi sabi’ of beauty in decay and thistles are in full fluff, their seed heads drifting away from the plant like eager fledglings. I rather like the conglomerated mess they make and this one reminds me of Miss Havisham.

thistle fluff
“I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes” – Great Expectations

On a more serious note, the world this week is again dominated by destruction. After the horrendous floods in Houston following Hurricane Harvey we are now seeing the awesome spectacle of Irma bear down on people and places which at ground level is terribly heartbreaking. Words fail and so I am saying it with flowers.

pale purple flower for Friday
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy” Psalm 94:19

Whatever our personal strife, we can still hope for better days so am wishing you all some frivolity this Friday and a good weekend.

Friday Flora – Trees, Shrubs and Flowers in and around London streets, parks and gardens, including my windowsill


9 thoughts on “Friday Flora 08.09.17

  1. Oooh I like that you’re wishing us some frivolity – wouldn’t mind some of that 😀
    I also like the close-up of the thistle, it’s just beautiful in monochrome.
    My recently planted roses on the balcony have quickly gotten powdery mildew on them, and I was thinking of cutting them down this weekend. But reading your post, I decided to grab the camera first and go for some “ugly beauty”!

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