Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Bleeding Hearts, a reminder of childhood.
Last spring while visiting my mother-in-law, I was strolling around her garden and saw these beautiful Bleeding Heart bushes. Just the sight of these delicate flowers took me back to my childhood in Pennsylvania.
As a child, every spring our yard came alive with beautiful and bright colors everywhere. Many flowerbeds surrounded our house and the hill down to the road was filled with honeysuckle bushes. In spring we would watch as the flowers pushed out of the dirt and new life grow everywhere. It was a magical time when the days started getting longer, the temperature started to get warmer, and everything seemed alive.
When I was ten years old my family moved to Florida. After the move, spring was never quite the same again. While it gets cooler during the winter, the temperate climate does not have such a marked difference between seasons. I had never really thought how much I missed it until I saw these flowers again. The memories of those magical days came flooding back.
I this was the start of my recent series of flower photographs. Most of them were taken during our spring RV trip to visit my in-laws. It was the first time in a long time that I was able to experience the magic of spring again. These photos are a celebration of the magic and life of spring.