Friday, April 9, 2010

Thematic Photographic - Goodbye Winter

Each week Carmi at Written, Inc. has challenged readers with a theme for photographic inspiration. This week the photographic challenge continues with the theme "Goodbye Winter."

Here in Southern California, we've said goodbye to winter a few months ago. But back in January, things were still awakening. Among them, this vigorous rosy-tinged shoot pushing up through the soil with its leaves furled like a fist. It's our California mountain native peony, Paeonia californicus.

The leaves open up, the stalk lengthens, and a nodding bud emerges.

It's a flower so shy you can only look into it if you turn it up to face you. These flowers bid winter farewell - by saying Hello to spring.


Anonymous said...

Our peonies are still just leaves poking up through the soil, but I am looking forward to seeing them in their fullness and beauty. :)

Sue said...

Perfect for the theme and really beautiful!

Unknown said...

'Leaves furled like a fist'... i like that... and it is a pretty photo too... I enjoyed.