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A garden enthusiast who loves to travel and capture the beauty of places and freeze the memories of her travels in photographs, as well as document her experiences in verse...thankful for the simple pleasures in life.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Patterns of Phalaenopsis Orchids

The repetition of similar shapes in the petals of the orchids below make a fine pattern in four different colours.These phalaenopsis flowers would make magnificent gift-wrap paper, prints or the cover of a magazine or a book.

All the plants below were posing coquettishly at this orchid nursery called "The World Of Phalaenopsis" waiting for me to capture their stunning patterned images.

For more patterns on Blooming Friday, please click on the Blooming Friday button to get to Katarina's blog at the bottom of this page.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Capricious Anacapri Garden

The best of sea, sky and landscape - that's what you get when you take a bit of time to walk up to the top of the highest point on the island of Capri. Well, you don't really walk all the way from the Marina Grande, the largest harbour in Capri. You could take the funicular. Or just take a cab...the cabs in Capri are all pretty classy, white open-top convertibles.

The public garden at the peak is named the Garden of Augustus, after the Roman emperor. The garden is built on the ruins of ancient Roman structures. It is a fabulous location for a garden. You'll love the terraced nature of the terrain, and when you reach the look-out point, you can't help but gasp at the scene. It is just stunning! You see the azure waters and the famous clear blue Mediterranean sky.Then you get to see Capri's famous landmarks, the massive Faraglioni Rocks jutting 100 metres out of the water.

How is the Garden of Augustus capricious?

In my imagination, there is plenty going on in the garden that points to capricious behaviour.
Just look at the two characters in the scene above. Balzac must have read the mind of the Classical
Roman in the background who appears to be confounded by the modern-day woman sharing
his part of the Garden of Augustus. Is he thinking this as he gazes at her:

"Love is the most melodious of all the harmonies, and we have an innate feeling for it. Woman
is a delicious instrument of pleasure, but one must know the chords, study the pose of it, the
timid keyboard, the changing and capricious fingering."

But what is the sculpture of post-modernist dimensions thinking? Could she be mulling over what
Sarah Fielding is quoted to have 'pondered'?

"I had some short struggle in my mind whether I should resign my lover or my liberty, but this lasted
not long. I found myself as free as air and could not bear the thought of putting myself in any man's
power for life only for a present capricious inclination."

But the last words for these two conflicting characters must surely come from Shakespeare:

"If then true lovers have ever been crossed
 It stands as an edict in destiny.
 Then let us teach our trial patience
 Because it is a customary cross,
 As due to love and thoughts, and dreams, and sighs,
 Wishes and tears, poor fancy's followers."

And what about this lone statue with the bath towel? Despite streams of human traffic for company throughout the day, he must be lonely. Eugene Delacroix's words ring true for this character above about the capricious nature of existence:

"What torments my soul is its loneliness. The more it expands among friends and the daily habits or pleasures, the more, it seems to me, it flees me and retires into its fortress... .When one yields oneself completely to one's soul, it opens itself to one, and then it is that the capricious thing allows one the greatest of good fortunes...that of sympathising with others..."

In conclusion, Walt Whitman's words seem to be the parting message this garden in Anacapri has for humanity:

"Just as much for us that sobbing dirge of Nature,
 Just as much whence we come that blare of the cloud-trumpets
 We, capricious, brought hither we know not whence, spread out before you,
 You up there walking or sitting,
 Whoever you are, we too lie in drifts at your feet."

Enjoy the beauty this garden has to offer, but also let your imagination run wild... this is the Isle of Capri we are in...the island of romance, where you could find your heart's true love 'in the shade of an old walnut tree'!
Blue Italian skies above (sigh...)but for now, as in the song, we have to say, "twas the Isle...of Capri."

Today's Flowers: Hydrangeas


These flowers have an old-world charm about them that I cannot resist. There is a certain innocence and purity that hydrangeas seem to possess, no matter what the colour. My hydrangea border has this pale lilac specimen taking centre-stage at the moment. I just love it.

See more Today's Flowers by clicking at the Today's Flowers link at the bottom of this page.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Glimpses...of gardens in Capri

What lies behind these huge garden gates, barring trespassers from illegal entry? What hidden Mediterranean beauties kept protected from prying eyes? I long to ring the doorbell, but am denied getting even close to the door. Go away, curious traveller. These gardens are a sanctuary for only those who stay here.

Alas, I am only allowed a glimpse of the mysterious gardens along the quaint narrow streets of Anacapri. I have to be contented with that. I'll just walk down the hill to where the main street is and visit that cottage where the door is open all day. The lady of the house is happy to let visitors come in to her pretty garden to admire her plants. Such lovely blooms to inspire the weary traveller to seek more than a glimpse of gardens on the lovely Isle of Capri.

Macro Flowers - Spanish Roses

A rose from any corner of the world would still be a familiar, beloved flower. But these photographs of roses which I captured in Spain brings back wonderful memories of a carefree, delightful springtime holiday. They may be simple, straightforward photography, but they are bits of cherished images I would add to my photography credits in my journey of discovering the camera as my travel-companion.

This is my first post in maiaT's meme, and I am excited to be part of the community of keen photographers.
To view this gallery of  Macro Flowers, please click on the button Macro Flowers at the bottom of this page.