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The First Sign of Spring

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 20 February 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Where I live, the blooming of crocuses is the first sign of Spring. This was taken in our front yard February 15, 2009.

A personal note. Diane Schuller in her comment yesterday used the word "soulful." Photography may be the most spiritual thing that I do. I feel that photography connects the deepest part of me with the deepest part of the Universe. It is a profoundly holy venture. I am way more invested in that experience of the Holy than with all of the rest, including the quality of my work. This gets at why I tend to feel embarrassed in putting photographs on the Internet. When the photograph seems to go to a different level, I am well aware that there is something else at work in me. Also, my photographs are so personal; and being a strong introvert, they are really quite private.

If one had taken what is necessary to cover one's needs and had left the rest to those who are in need, no one would be rich, no one would be poor, no one would be in need.

- Saint Basil,
fourth century theologian and monastic

NIKON D300 1/320 second F/9.0 ISO 200 225 mm (35mm equiv.)

Tammy/Cricket from Huntsville, United States

Such beauty in your words and thoughts. Lovely image. I wish you a happy weekend my friend.

20 Feb 2009 5:15am

@Tammy/Cricket: And a re-creative weekend to you, Tammy!

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

quelle superbe photo ********************************

20 Feb 2009 5:25am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

One can look deep within this flower, and see it's inner most workings. Excellent shot, Jack! Yes, spring might be just around the corner!

20 Feb 2009 5:29am

Mathilde from Fontainebleau, France

Winter sun! Superb macro. I love!

20 Feb 2009 5:43am

rem_la from Villiers, France

comme sorti de nulle part....superbe !

20 Feb 2009 5:53am

Didier from somewhere, France

Beautiful photograph and nice post treatment

20 Feb 2009 5:54am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Simply brilliant. If you keep shooting like this, pretty soon I will run out of superlatives.

20 Feb 2009 6:23am

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

Wow ! I adore that light. great shot Jack !

20 Feb 2009 6:26am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Venue de nul part avec une couleur très forte... bravo c'est très beau

20 Feb 2009 7:04am

Shirin Moosavi from Tehran, Iran

Thanks for sharing your private and again "soulful" experience of photography with us. It's much appreciated.
And thanks for posting this beautiful flower, full of life's bright color.

20 Feb 2009 7:09am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

It's nice to know oneself, as you do, Jack. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and this beautiful image of spring.

20 Feb 2009 7:13am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Très belle macro

20 Feb 2009 7:25am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superbe Jack, c'est un peu de printemps qui entre chez moi avec cette magnifique fleur jaune! Excellente macro! Bravo et merci! :O)

20 Feb 2009 7:30am

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

I have one word....beautiful!!!!

20 Feb 2009 9:13am

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

merci John, de nous apporter le printemps avec ce petit crocus aux couleurs de soleil, excellent rendu de la présentation, le fond flouté et gris met en valeur cette petite fleur.

20 Feb 2009 9:26am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

A fine flower shot!

20 Feb 2009 9:44am

kerfendal from Paris, France

nice composition, really beautiful

20 Feb 2009 10:23am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

one work - stunning!

20 Feb 2009 11:08am

Veronelle from Lens, France

i give you 5 stars

20 Feb 2009 11:20am

Marcah from United States

Gorgeous Macro. Love the framing.

20 Feb 2009 11:30am

-1q5yChØt!c- from Persia, Iran

Cool Close-up and good framing...

20 Feb 2009 12:00pm

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

My shot of the day, John. Five stars. I hope to see a crocus pretty soon!

20 Feb 2009 12:05pm

Catalin from Bucharest, Romania

very beautiful, nice framing

20 Feb 2009 12:12pm

Ninni from Brazil

A fantastic macro! Crocus is spring for me! Swedish spring, I´ve never seen them in Brazil.
Have a nice weekend!

20 Feb 2009 12:59pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

A beautiful shot, and nice sign of Spring approaching
I can relate to your thoughts, thanks for sharing your feelings

20 Feb 2009 1:24pm

Ajay from Pune, India

And it's a brave thing bring your private feelings out to the world through your photos. Trust me, you've only charmed us with your beautiful photos. And I thank you for sharing them with us.

20 Feb 2009 1:58pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Magnificent capture. The warmth of the color can warm the spirit.
Expression through images can be more powerful than words.

20 Feb 2009 2:18pm

@Barbara: Agreed, Barbara. Often I don't have the words to express what I feel; only poetry will do, and I am not a poet. A photograph sometimes comes much closer to the reality. On aminus3, through the sharing of photographs, I often feel not simply a connection, but a level of intimacy.

EYES WIDE SHUT from The library of my soul, United Kingdom

Astonishingly vibrant and beautiful, and your words so eloquently written which will strike a chord with many of us I believe. It's very hard posting images, as we lay ourselves open and bare, and what means so much to us might well mean so little to others. Photographs are incredibly personal things, and individual preferences play such a part in wether we like or dislike them.

But it's such a joyful experience, I believe, when someone connects with an image, or sees in it exactly what we see, or indeed, something completely different. That to me, helps compensate for the fear of laying ourselves open, and makes it all so enjoyable and creative.

A fabulous photograph and a wonderful post, Jack

20 Feb 2009 2:37pm

@EYES WIDE SHUT: Thank you, Paul. You are not only a superb photographer; you have a gifted eloquence with words. And you can marry your photographs with your words. Both your photographs and your words touch our hearts!

Mary from PA, United States

Wonderful Jack.....I feel your words are true for all of us...

20 Feb 2009 2:43pm

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Wonderful shot. Very soft and warm.

20 Feb 2009 3:07pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

great colors and nice treatment

20 Feb 2009 3:53pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is so beautiful. It give me hope that sunnier days are coming soon.

20 Feb 2009 5:37pm

@Steve Rice: You and me both, Steve!

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Hello Jack. I'm glad also to find you again... Your sunny crocus is heart-warming... and i need that... return from Africa is always a heartbreak for me...

20 Feb 2009 5:48pm

@Evelyne Dubos: So sorry that it is heartbreak for you Evelyne. However, it brings great joy to us on aminus3.

Llorenç from Salt, Spain

Delicious flower...

20 Feb 2009 6:06pm

Marzieh from Tehran, Iran

i feel it
nice super macro
nice done !!!

20 Feb 2009 7:43pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Very well said, Jack. Also, your Crocus is stunning. Spring is just around the corner. BTW, I think my internet virus is DEAD! Yippee!

20 Feb 2009 7:43pm

@Suzanne: Outstanding on your computer! There is life after death!

zOOm from Paris, France

I'm longing for spring !!!! I'm so impatient to see them blossoming ! What a great yellow flower !

20 Feb 2009 7:44pm

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Superb colours. Great capture.

20 Feb 2009 7:46pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

gorgeous colors ! a sun in our heart Jack ! I know what you mean in your words, to be a photographer needs to have a special eye on each small thing in the world, and connect us with earth.

20 Feb 2009 8:05pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is quite beautiful. Your choice of vignette works nicely.

Crocuses are among the first signs here as well but I've not seen any yet.

20 Feb 2009 8:33pm

adele27 from tonekabon, Iran

wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww, it is like a pearl in a shelf

20 Feb 2009 8:33pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Beautiful vibrant colors!

20 Feb 2009 9:08pm

Daniel from Toronto, Canada

Great macro shot. I like the strong color.

20 Feb 2009 9:52pm

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Vivid yellow and beautiful macro... no crocuses here for the moment. :((

20 Feb 2009 10:19pm

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

this on february 15 is no fair. i had to shovel snow today, and if the forecast is right i will be at it tomorrow also.
love the flower and the color, not so crazy about the framing in this one

20 Feb 2009 11:18pm

Sarah Schneider Photography from Lancaster, United States

This is stunning! I'm looking forward to Spring. =)

21 Feb 2009 1:07am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

I prefer this one to the next picture. Nice disposition of the main triangle. I like the number 3 in the shapes of the flower and the colors.

21 Feb 2009 5:59am

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

The blooming of crocuses is always a welcome sight! What a beautiful visual statement following the stunning series at the coast, Jack. I appreciate your sharing the statement above, Jack ... it adds another dimension to the beauty of your work. Photography holds spiritual significance in my life, as well ... I know of what you speak ... ron

21 Feb 2009 12:20pm

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand


22 Feb 2009 12:03am

Véronique from France

encore plus d'un mois à attendre avant de voir les premiers crocus chez moi ! Merci de nous offrir cette douce chaleur pleine de vie .

23 Feb 2009 8:18pm

jim from sebastopol, United States

very well said, my friend. i understand your sentiments perfectly. you have wonderful images in your collection. jim

25 Feb 2009 1:47am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Lovely image. I like the strong colors, and how the flower seems to emerge from nothing. The first flowers of spring are like a miracle! We are still waiting here.
The internet, and AM3 in particular, are safe places for us introverts to share our work

25 Feb 2009 12:46pm