Friday, 27 May 2011

A basket of flowers


I came across this delightful basket of flowers in the garden of Brantwood, John Ruskin's former home on Coniston (see yesterday's post).  It appealed to me as an artless, natural still-life so I crouched down to photograph it.  When I walked back up the same path a few minutes later it was gone, which - in some funny way - pleased me even more!

BTW, it's the big Arts Trail Weekend 2011 in Saltaire this weekend.  If you live in the north of England do come and visit.  There are all kinds of interesting things - a maker's fair, open houses in the village and exhibitions - including our own photography exhibition: 'Yorkshire - God's Own County', in St Peter's Church, Moorhead Lane, Shipley (take no notice of the brochure, which says Victoria Road!)   Would love to see  you!  Look on the website for a full programme.

17 comments:

  1. Hi, Just catching up with all your recent posts. Your photos of the Lake District look stunning. We have a Ruskin Gallery in Sheffield. We will get to Saltaire at some point!!

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  2. I would love to come but a bit too far at the moment. How lucky to capture the basket of flowers before they disappeared. They look like they belong there.

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  3. How I wish I could attend the Arts Trail Weekend.
    Cattle and horse work in this part of the world, not nearly as creative or beautiful.

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  4. It's just perfect, isn't it? The wall behind it and the whole surroundings just frame it so nicely! Funny that it was gone...it was a little surprise just for you to enjoy and then vanished. :)

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  5. A beautiful basket, Jenny. That someone took it away makes it that much more real instead of staged.

    Your festival is going to be a fertile source of new pix. I look forward to seeing the best of them. Enjoy!

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  6. What a beautiful photo. I like the flowers, but am also a huge fan of drystone walls. :-)

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  7. This picture would make a fabulous postcard! (it's a compliment! :)
    i like the idea that you were there just before the basket disappeared...

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  8. Great capture of a fleeting moment! Good luck on the weekend.

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  9. I do hope the weekend goes well. I'll look forward to hearing about it.

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  10. Very nice still life. It's beautiful.

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  11. You really had this magical moment with the basket, didn't you? The flowers must have been calling you Jenny...

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  12. Wonderful to think that the flowers materialized for you to be immortalized by you!

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  13. Perhaps the owner was peering out of eyeshot and to watch with delight as you captured your shot of that beautiful basket of flowers. That is so lovely! ~Lili

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  14. Serenely soothing to the soul! We are able to see the lovely flowers even though they have gone. They will look so much better in a basket than in a vase. Thanks Jenny!

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  15. Lovely flowers-in-a-basket still life. I bet you're at the festival taking more interesting shots as I write (and browse the rest of your beautiful images)... or at your photo gallery. :-)

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  16. Never been to Ruskin's house although once stayed at a youth hostel very near, with very strange coloured rocks on the track leading up to it because it used to be a copper mind. I have always regretted that we were unable to see Ruskin's house. I've been interested in him ever since I began finding out about the 19th century.

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