August 26, 2009

Rise and shine

This past Sunday morning, as I was doing the breakfast dishes, I looked out my window and saw a dash of yellow. "My sunflower has bloomed" I yelled. Within 3 minutes I grabbed my camera, changed out lenses for my zoom lens (because it was the really tall sunflower that had bloomed) and ran outside to catch the beginings of her bloom. While in the process of changing lenses I also yelled for the kids to get their shoes on and meet me outside. I'm not really a "yeller," this was good yelling =) The kids were just as excited as I was to see our new flower.

(They take direction well)

As you can see, not only is the sunflower (that bloomed) really tall, but it also bloomed in the direction of my neighbors backyard =( This presented quite a challenge for taking pics. I had to squish myself between the fence and sunflower in order to get a peak. If I could have had it my way, I would have shot the flower looking directly at the face and with my 50mm lens rather than my zoom. However, oddly enough, in the end I really like the angle of the pics. I may have sharpened a few, but for the most part they are straight out of the camera. Had it been easier for me to take the pictures, I may not have been as creative with the angles.
After reflecting on the awkwardness of this shoot, a thought came to me. Sometimes when we are forced to approach a situation from a different and uncomfortable angle it draws out our creativity, which in turn helps it turn out to be better than we had hoped for.

Here is the second tallest of the three. She still hasn't opened her eyes, but boy is she beautiful even as she sleeps.



jacqueline said...

Jamie this is such a beautiful post! I am in love with your sunflower and the photos! This sunflower is really tall!!

Thanks for sharing your thought with's a beautiful reminder. Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Anonymous said...

Haven't seen any THAT tall in my neck of the woods.. perhaps I need to get out more? Great shots and thanks for sharing since I do love sunflower pics.

Snappy Di

GoyaDesigns said...

Happy to hear that your garden brings you such joy and that it involves the family, even in accidental beheading :)

Trudy Callan said...

How beautiful. Just discovered your blog. Love the scarves you made.

kaye said...

congratulations on the bloom :)

lucky knitter said...

Beautiful sunflower pictures! I love the picture of your children admiring them! Very sweet.

Pretty Ditty said...

Thanks everyone! It's fun to share the excitement with you all =)

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