I can’t tell you how much pleasure the flowers in my vase have given me since the start of my ‘Bloom of the Week’ photography project. I had always been loath to cut flowers from my garden, subconsciously thinking I was shortening their life by doing so.
This year has been a real eye-opener in more ways than one. Not only have I enjoyed studying the blooms close-up and revelling in the detail, both through the lens and as I sit at my desk,
but have realised how seeing fresh flowers around the house gives me an instant lift – making me smile inside and out. (I hope seeing them on my blog does the same to you).
Sometimes however, despite my new found enthusiasm for indoor blooms, a flower looks so perfect where it grows I can’t bring myself to make the cut.
This week’s bloom is one such beauty. I can still study it close-up…
.. by sitting on the edge of my garden pond.
The water lily.
And whilst sitting there with camera in hand I sometimes spot other eye-openers.
Large red damsel flies ovipositing on a lily pad.