Rosa 'Abraham Darby' & a Gentle Prod to Rick EtkinThursday, October 06, 2016
|Rosa 'Abraham Darby' October 6 2016
Death is much in my mind these days. When I walk into my small Kitsilano garden (a shadow of our once very large one in Kerrisdale) I have the opportunity to examine my plants in close quarters and I notice far more than ever before.
For quite a few years I have been scanning the plants in my garden with my Epson Perfection V700 Photo. I have not limited my scans to showing the pristine. I have learned to observe how plants in decline in the fall exhibit a loveliness that is all their own. Unlike the image of a human or animal corpse and dead plants, my perennials in decline and "death" always foreshadow the promise of spring – a resurrection.
My friend, local photographer Rick Etkin has been posting lovely b+w photographs (many are close-ups) of flowers and plants. Recently he seemed to indicate that it was all over until the next year.
I dedicate this blog to you Mr. Etkin and it is my wish that you do not stop with your plant pictures now. I think that my waning Rosa ‘Abraham Darby’ might just persuade you to continue.