These are the last of the little seedheads from my garden that I have been documenting through the seasons. Somehow a few of them survived the weight of winter relatively intact. I had left them in the garden so I could photograph them on this side of winter.
These little remnants of flowers have been through many transitions over the last few months. They have been frosted, covered in freezing rain, and buried under snow.
I have photographed them in different light where they have taken on the colours of what is around them. I haven’t edited the photographs much at all, the tones you see in each set are from the surrounding growth .
You can see the beginning of the series here, here, here, and here.
© Karen McRae, 2013
50 thoughts on “This Side of Winter”
nice, dreamy pics.
Fantastic, Wonderful, delicate and Captivating images 🙂
That’s very kind, Nigel, I’m glad you like them! : )
A Pleasure, when I see images like this I just fall in love with them 🙂
Many thanks for sharing them !
Your perseverance in documenting the beauty of your garden has enriched us.
I’m glad you think so, Judy. Thank you!
Exquisitely beautiful as always Karen! 🙂
Much thanks, Adrian. : )
This is precious, Karen, really delicate and poetic. A delight to see warm tones surrounding, and sneaking into the colour scheme. Superb colours that is.
I remember the series. Beautiful!
A soft green breeze [the color of rebirth] and life begins…
Just love the tantalising focusing, is it…isn’t it! Superb Karen.
I like them a lot Karen. very beautiful.
Beautiful images, Karen. I like the lack of focus, and also the fact that they’re not far off monochrome. Adrian
Karen your photos are dreams, you are a visionary! 🙂
Thanks so very much, that’s a lovely comment!
so absolutely beautiful
I’ll also mention dreams – wonderful, peaceful ones…
Your images soothe my eyes and soul. Thank you!
I think they want you to follow their progress some more; they look like they’re beckoning from another dimension, located on the other side of a very thin, almost transparent membrane. Beautiful, emotional and deceptively delicate looking – like lucid dreams.
Elegant. Did you ever say what these are the seedpods of? What colour are the flowers?
Sorry to be so late replying, it’s hard to keep up with everything this time of year!
So, I don’t really know what kind of flowers these are – (I should find out, but I kind of like the mystery… : ) I’ll photograph them as they come into bloom, perhaps; they are a light purple-blue colour if I remember correctly.
More delicate and ethereal beauty from you, Karen. The little bits of green are like hope.
These are truly gorgeous and it is amazing how much there is to ‘flower power.’
Delicate and beautiful. Your style, Karen.
These are beautiful Karen – I have loved them in all their guises, a different character for every season.
Great to see these additions to your series, Karen. The delicate seedheads and soft colours are beautiful. They have strength too, in surviving the harsh winter intact.
Beautiful, soft images. I can see this series blown up and mounted on the wall. Very beautiful. I want to try this. You’ve inspired me. Thank you.
Beautiful images 🙂
wonderful to follow this series Karen. thank you
It’s their time as they pass on. But, forever to live on in your artful portrayal of their lingering beauty.
Everytime I arrive here – I find your attention to exquisite detail more and more magical. Stunning!!!
Is it an ancient, precious object from a museum, or a strange bird of paradise? No, it’s a photograph by Karen. Amazing.
Soft dreamy images. Was that your intention or did the images just come out this way by accident?
Rhys, yes, these were made to be this way – I used shallow depth of field and careful lighting. Each image is focused manually, as are the light metre settings. Thanks for your comment.
Your work is truly wonderful. This is a beautiful series to gaze upon and study. I enjoyed reading about the process – how you captured the seedheads in different light and with different backgrounds throughout the series. With your careful eye, you have released the magical, floral spirit of the seedheads for all of us to see and contemplate. Thank you.
Completely drawn in to these exquisite, dreamy images. Really lovely.
Great work, Karen!! I really like your peculiar macro photographs. I can know the new side of plants, thanks to you.
“Survivors” is what I think of when I look through this series. Strong yet delicate photos, Karen.
gorgeous and brilliant as always. what captures. what eye.
Love these. And I love the changing of the background colours. These really have a certain spring feel to them. 🙂
i’ve missed seeing these. the colour of these are just yummy
Karen, this is a fantastic series. So beautifully seen and crafted. And so hard to believe that they came through your harsh winter this well.
So beautiful, Karen…and how wonderful that you kept them through the seasons. I love your vision and how you captured them….
totally beautiful – adore them
I am so glad you posted more of these! I love how you made them almost dissolve into the background, like ghosts, but with just a hint of silver and green – resilience and hope.
Your technique (exposure/lighting) is impressive, as always!
very interesting use of the focus (better lack of). Very beautiful 🙂
gorgeous series! amazing what these seed heads have gone through!