Finding red is a tremendous challenge for a garden photographer in earliest spring.
Our garden is still mostly grey and brown, with a little ever-green to be found here and there. The biggest news in our garden at the moment is the yellow daffodils and yellow Forsythia flowers appearing here and there through the rainy mist.
At first glance, there appears to be no fiery red in the landscape at all. We’re months away from red roses and purple basil.
Red Dianthus won’t open for a while yet, and the only red splotched Caladiums are hunkered down in their pots inside, waiting for May to make their debut outside.
But, I’m a firm believer in the adage, “Seek and you will find.” Perhaps it speaks more to the world fulfilling our expectations, whatever those may be; but for me it generally has worked.
At times it works extremely well, in fact. Today I found red.
Crimson, scarlet, garnet jewel;
Rose and Ruby, blood that’s pooled.
Lipstick, matchstick, cherry red,
Color of passion, life well led…
Dried red peppers, tomatoes in sauce,
Red striped candy, hot dental floss.
Fast cars, hot coals, shiny red shoes,
Stop signs, chili lights, Halloween ooze.
Red at Christmas and Valentine hearts;
Summer fireworks and berry Pop Tarts.
“I love red things and fast red cars,”
Says April’s child born under Mars…
Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014
Many thanks to Jennifer Nichole Wells for hosting this One Word Photo Challenge. Please check out the links on her page for many other interesting photos posted for the challenge.