My Epi Epic

wantonamara Z8 CenTexJuly 28, 2012

I know there is a Epi forum but I hang here, so here I will post my photos. As you know, I do like playing with the camera just about as much as I like gardening.

My plant ( I call her Annie after my MOM) is blooming again. When it does, I grab my camera and wallow around in the dirt. Taking pictures from all around. I need to think a new way of taking these photos.. any way, I tried to focus on the bud this time. I have them ordered kinda backwards., because I tacked them onto the collection of Annie photos from past years, so I had to have the new ones come up first, and that meant backwards. This years bloom photos are the first 30. It is getting harder to be different from the last time. Maybe I need a differnt Epi ,.. or a new camera. Slideshow link is way at the bottom.

I feel a certain relationship to this plant. I got the cutting off my mother's plant after she died. That is why I call her Annie. I treat her with a combination of abuse, neglect and tenderness and she rewards me with this phenomena 5 or 6 times a summer. It hardly seems fair.. Annie will get her post flowering treat of fish for breakfast this morning. She is so tired out with her flowers hanging lax off their limbs like dead white bats. Last time a deer came up and ate them.

Every time I climb into a throat of this epi, I feel like I am honoring her and channeling her love of photography. I feel very close to her sitting in the dirt in the dark bathed in fragrance. She too took amazing photos a la Georgia O'keefe. They were large cibrachromes prints back in the day of developing when she developed her large color prints in a photo lab herself. Our house smelled of chemicals. She loved rotting leaves in swamps and iris. She would put on waste tall rubber boots , grab her gear and her tripod, and wade out into the mire and muck and bring back beautiful images of colorful decay. She absolutely hated the idea of digital photography.

Here are my favorites for the night. One because it is like a flower version of the fires of hell and the other for its sublime peace. If you scroll all the way down you will find the link for the slide show. First 30 are from this years batch.

Here is a link that might be useful: My

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wow, that is just breath taking, thank you so much for sharing!


    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 3:06PM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Soooo beautiful.


    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 3:12PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Thank you. Looking at the photos gives me peace. I hardly feel responsible for them. I am just a witness. My husband takes photos of clouds and sunsets and he never feels responsible for them. The buds remind me of upside down flamingoes. Kinda like the ones's that Alice in Wonderland used to play that weird croquet game in the Queen of Hearts's garden. That's it!!! god that took a lot of years to place. They swing too in the wind. It was a slightly windy night last night and that messed with the photo shoot. So did the moths.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 3:33PM
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Only one word to describe these and it's AWESOME !!!!!

PS i think the epi forum is no longer in existance.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2012 at 6:42PM
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I did the same when my mom passsed away. I took a stem of her green plant and voila I have the best souvenir now 26 years later. I do have daughters of daughters etc.... of my mom`s plants. I treasured this regular green plant (not sure of the name) but I do love her.

Thank you so much for your glorious pictures :)
Madame Suzanne

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 4:08PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I tell the people that I give the plants to to pleas name them annie. so there are a ever increasing crowd of Anniies. She would like that.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 1:54AM
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Beautiful photos and story Mara. My mom is an Annie too and my plant connection with her is zinnias.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 11:27AM
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What a beautiful tribute to your mom--it brought tears to my eyes. Yay, Annie!
I'm renaming mine in honor of your mom.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 12:18PM
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