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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Today's Flowers: Drive-by Flower Shooting

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Recently, I've been photographing the flowers that attract my attention in the entrances to shopping centers, condos, and anywhere else I drive by or in.

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When I'm at the post office or grocery store it's easy enough to shoot the entrance flowers when I'm stopped. However, I usually notice apartment and condominium flowers when I'm driving and it's not safe to shoot them.

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It finally dawned on me that there wasn't any reason when I'm not too busy to drive into the condo entrances and pull over where I can shoot the flowers.

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Sometimes I find it depressing how over built my city is, sprawling well out into what used to be woods and farmland. However, at least there are still a lot of trees and flowers, as well as parks and trails. It certainly could be worse.

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I find myself singing lines from Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi, such as, They took all the trees Put em in a tree museum and they charged the people a dollar and a half just to see em, among others. At least it's not quite that bad yet.

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Although I am glad to be able to drive by flowers and trees and mixed plantings, it's definitely not the same as miles and miles of forests and farmland.

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Oh well, what ya gonna do, they paved paradise and put up a parking lot (thanks Joni for saying it so well) . . . I guess all I can do is be greatful they planted the entrances to the parking lots with flowers.

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28 comments:

Marju said...

Oh, how beautiful the flowers, I like a lot!

Jane said...

Well despite the overbuilding they ar some wonderful flwer displays and well kept too, thanks for sharing with us Carver:)

Tulip said...

wow what a wonderful shot of gorgeous flowers.

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This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Carver: Really nice drive by shooting, the way it should be done.

Minie said...

what a lovely garden of flowers.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I have been know to do some drive by flower shooting. :)

At least they are planting something after developing the land.

mimi said...

really a paradise flowers indeed.

Maria said...

The flowerbeds look very pretty. I also live in a big city and I enjoy making trips into the surrounding countryside, where nature is still untamed, sometimes :)
Thanks for sharing.

Leora said...

Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got til it's gone, they paved paradise, put up a parking lot - hey farmer, farmer put away your DDT now...

Love how you now stop to take the shots that before you just noticed. Most folks don't even notice.

Luiz Ramos said...

Flowers are always beautiful.
Great shots.

Denise said...

That is a great idea. I have often driven by similar flower beds and notice how lovely they are, but have never stopped to take photos of them. Thanks for sharing yours with Today's Flowers.

Mirage said...

Lovely flower islands!

(May I borrow some?) www.trainshots.blogspot.com

SublimeWanderer said...

I'll surely enjoy driving down there if I see loads of lovely flowers like you! Enjoy the week!

guild-rez said...

All of your pictures show that the city and their residents don't forget the flowers and trees.
Great shots..

prinsesamusang said...

lovely, lovely! i am always amazed how the site of flowers always makes me smile. i think it's the same for many women though.

Arija said...

You have done this beautifully. Urban living is not our ideal, that is why when our mountain top erie started sporting house numbers instead of names, we moved further out to our farm.

Regina said...

Beautiful blooms. Great captures.

Dee said...

I loved the title for your post ...and now after reading your post, it seems appropriate in terms of paving over paradise. Good message, that one!

Mar said...

Some gardeners have been busy and I love the result! lovely tour of flowers, Carver!

Daryl said...

Lovely .. I wish there were more flowers and bushes planted in and around public places ..

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Carver,

You show us wonderful gardens with marvelous flowers!
Thanks for posting for TODAY'S FLOWERS!
Luiz

Nicole said...

At least they give your eyes some rest from the concrete with these beautiful flowers and trees!

Cezar and Léia said...

I was thinking about this theme today when I was in my way to home after shopping at the mall.I saw so beautiful gardens including some roundabout and it is fabulous full of coloured flowers!
You took amazing pictures! Congratulations dear Carver!
Great post
Léia

DeLi said...

flowers never fails to bring out the cheers and beauty around

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Good idea to photograph the lovely flowers growing at shopping centres and around condos.

Bird said...

This is a GREAT post, I especially like your quote of Joni Mitchell. The flowers are beautiful... but so was what was there before.

...and may all drive by shootings from now on be as beautiful and thoughtful!

Ayie said...

summer still has so much blooms to offer! i love strolling around just to snap photos of beautiful flowers too.

Ascender Rises Above said...

Remembering being about 12 years old and hearing joni mitchell singing that song; that so many said that is the way we are headed.