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March 9, 2011

In Search of the Rhythm of Spring

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 4:49 pm
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When this week’s assignment for Picture Inspiration arrived in my inbox, I craved a taste of spring.  I’ve bemoaned our mountains of snow in this area this winter more than once here on the blog, and I couldn’t face any more scenes of white for the current assignment.  The assignment is titled “Finding a Little Rhythm” (by the way, does anyone else have trouble spelling that word?  I always want to put another y in there between the second h and the m.)  The instructor gave us this definition of rhythm: “a harmonious sequence or pattern of masses alternating with voids, of light alternating with shade, of alternating colors, etc.” and suggested that we focus on a part of that definition as we decided on our pictures.  My local garden center came to mind to fit the bill for both the definition and my taste of springtime.

I actually found my first pattern when I pulled up in the parking lot:

Stacks of planters, with a touch of snow in the foreground, give me hope for spring; in about a month and a half, many of those planters will be filled with gorgeous arrangements of flowers for sale.

Inside the shop, another pattern with hints of spring’s arrival appeared:

Watering cans and other watering implements – aren’t those piggy cans adorable?

Next I strolled into the greenhouse to see what might be for sale at this dismal time of year.  I found:





…and orchids.  All very harmonious sequences, but the photo I decided to submit to the Picture Inspiration gallery  was this one:


I was charmed by this colorful display and thought the gazing balls fit the “pattern of  masses of alternating colors” very nicely.  Speaking of being charmed, I was also strangely charmed by this fellow:


He’d make a lovely accent piece on a deck or patio, but I wasn’t quite charmed enough with his $50 price tag!

Ahhh.. the breath of spring was lovely.  It is gray and 38° this afternoon, and we have a possibility of snow tomorrow  as I am writing this post, but this weekend has something in store that will surely fill my lungs, eyes and soul with all that spring has to offer!  You’ll have to wait until Saturday night or Sunday to find out what it is!



  1. You definitely found your rhythm!! Wonderful photos! (Yes, those piggy watering cans are adorable!)

    Do you have a Homegoods in your area? I saw that EXACT same metal sculpture (as well as the companion one – bird looking down) for $14.99… I thought they were fantastic as well but, at the time (this was probably a month ago) I wasn’t quite feeling the rhythm of spring! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — March 9, 2011 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Tracy – and thanks for the tip about Homegoods! There is one out here – in East Longmeadow. I’ll have to check it out.

      Comment by Karma — March 9, 2011 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

  2. That’s an interesting little “critter”, but not interesting enough for $50!! Those gazing balls are so pretty – the colors, patterns, and textures… we are all ready for some more color in our world!

    Comment by Photo By Holly — March 10, 2011 @ 8:25 am | Reply

    • So ready for spring! I saw a robin today! Yay!

      Comment by Karma — March 10, 2011 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

  3. Are you going to the Smith College bulb show??? I’m going next week. I’ve gone to Sixteen Acres in the middle of winter for a pick-me-up. I just love breathing in the flora.

    Comment by Becky Sue — March 10, 2011 @ 4:28 pm | Reply

    • Am I going to the bulb show? I’m pleading the fifth.

      Comment by Karma — March 11, 2011 @ 5:10 pm | Reply

  4. I love the gazing balls, and the orchids! I should stop by our garden center and see what they have to offer right now.

    Comment by thedailyclick — March 10, 2011 @ 4:34 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Michaela – did you find anything good?

      Comment by Karma — March 11, 2011 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

  5. Hmmmm… Roll on Sunday… Are you getting a pet kangaroo ???… 😉
    Anywho.. lol.. I do admire you for these shots, as quite honestly I would really struggle taking my camera to a garden centre, as I’d be too self conscious of people watching me and wondering what the heck I’m doing… lol.. You got some pretty cool rhythyyyym going though… 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — March 10, 2011 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

    • A pet kangaroo? Now that would certainly be interesting, and very photo-worthy, but I don’t think it’d get along all that well with the other furry residents of this house!
      Luckily the garden center isn’t very crowded at this time of year so there were not many people peering at the strange woman with the camera!

      Comment by Karma — March 11, 2011 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  6. You always interpret these things so well. You have rhythm, that’s for sure. 🙂

    I want one of those piggy watering cans. Too cute.

    Comment by Robin — March 10, 2011 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

    • ..I got rhythm…who could ask for anything more? 😉 Thanks Robin.

      Comment by Karma — March 11, 2011 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  7. A mystery!! I love it! I will be back to find out what you have up your sleeve!

    Comment by plainmama — March 11, 2011 @ 10:08 am | Reply

    • Please do come back! I hope I will be successful in my endeavor. Even if my underlying plan isn’t as successful as I hope, I’m sure to have lots of pictures to share.

      Comment by Karma — March 11, 2011 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

  8. I do like that piggy! And the sculpture reminds me of Kevin from Up!

    The gazing balls are a great choice for your “official” choice but I love the cacti too – so much texture!

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — March 11, 2011 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

    • Yes, Kevin! That’s it! I knew it reminded me of something but I couldn’t figure out what!
      Meghan wanted one of the cacti, but we couldn’t think of a place to keep it in a nice sunny spot.

      Comment by Karma — March 11, 2011 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

  9. Always have trouble spelling “rhythm”… The idea to visit your garden center was a spark of inspiration! I love the pictures of the gazing balls, too. Would you say that’s an ostrich? He is quite charming and I’d be very tempted to spend the $50, or take a chance that he’ll be on clearance six months from now! (I’ll go check Homegoods, too!) The succulents aren’t as colorful, but I love the patterns they make. Great shot!

    Comment by Barbara Rodgers — March 13, 2011 @ 9:50 am | Reply

    • Thank you Barbara! I still haven’t made it over to Homegoods. I should try to get there; I know how things tend to come and go from that place.

      Comment by Karma — March 13, 2011 @ 8:12 pm | Reply

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