Monday, November 24, 2008

Grace Notes

After the rowdy color and all-encompassing, over-the-top shout of the autumn foliage, I find myself looking for the grace notes of the small, quiet things. It's like going from sitting in the midst of an orchestra that's playing The 1812 Overture to listening a simple tune on a bamboo flute.

A chance composition of snow, a pine needle and the lovely curve of a fallen leaf on a spray of shore juniper has the spare beauty of ikebana.

Echinacea's dark seed heads are striking accents, as well as a promise of more purple cone flowers to come.

A curled leaf could almost be a rose unfurling.

Siberian iris seed pods peep open to show off their shiny black fruit.

There's always something interesting in the garden, especially through the close-up lens.
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Pat in east TN said...

I just came back from a walk with my pup, before the rain/snow moved in, and noticed many little things of interest, such as you mentioned today. There is real beauty out there, even this time of year!

Vicki Lane said...

It's almost more beautiful because of being so low key -- a good exercise on these grey days -- looking for those little things.