So we have a purple leaf plum in our yard. Actually, we had one that Bart planted years ago and one winter maybe 6 or 7 years ago, we had a really, really bad ice storm (our neighborhood looked like a war zone) and our beloved purple leaf plum (it was more beloved by Bart than by me, at the time) became so weighted down with ice on all of the branches that it couldn't handle all of that extra weight and it fell over causing the root ball to literally rip up out of the ground. It was so sad. I hadn't ever really loved the tree. Back then, it didn't rank on my list of beautiful trees -- you know, the ones with bright, showy colors -- and therefore, I hadn't learned to appreciate it's beauty. However, I was still sad to lose the tree. It was the perfect size and shape for our front yard and more importantly, I knew that Bart really loved the tree. He'd planted it years earlier, after all.
After that purple leaf plum met it's untimely demise, I was bound and determined to have a pink dogwood just like Grandma's in the front yard. So the next year when the appropriate planting time rolled around, we planted one......and it died. So the next year we planted another. Guess what......it also died. Turns out, pink dogwoods evidently don't like our front yard. After the second one, Bart decided he'd had enough of pink dogwood deaths and we decided to just put in another purple leaf plum since we knew that one was at least capable of surviving in our front yard, barring any freakish, crazy ice storms.
This is now probably the 3rd year that this second purple leaf plum has been growing in our front yard. It's actually the sweet little tree I look out at, when I'm working in the studio. And you know what? I have come to really love the purple leaf plum. In the fall, the leaves turn a dark.....uh.....purple. :) But in the spring, it fills out with these gorgeous, fluffy white flowers with a reddish center. The overall effect of the white flowers with red centers, is what looks like soft pink flowers on the tree and it really is so, so pretty.
I took these first 3 photos on a bright and sunny day. The interesting thing is that the photos are partly about the flowers, but they're also partly about that bright blue sky.
However, look below.......
This is what happens when you take photos of the same sweet little tree on a gray, cloudy day. The photos become ALL about the flowers. The gray sky provides the perfect neutral background that really lets the flowers become the focus. The flowers get to really shine.
See what I mean?!
I'm so, so, so glad I ran outside amidst the light sprinkles that were falling this morning to get these photos of our sweet little purple leaf plum. I LOVE the overall effect of these pics!
So let that be a lesson to you! If you're taking photos of things in your yard, be sure to snap a few on those gray, overcast days. Oftentimes, they're the best days for getting really great shots of your blooming beauties!
And thank you, too, to each of you that left sweet comments about my family yesterday. I fully realize that there are some of you that don't care anything about paper crafting and you come here more for all of the other stuff. I also realize that there are a lot of you that care nothing about "the other stuff" and only want to see the paper crafting. However, sharing all of "the other stuff" is often what keeps me inspired. It's what goes on every day around here. Whether it's the books I read or the nail polish I love at the moment or the family time I spend with loved ones.....or even the photos I take around my yard -- sharing those "other things".....those non-crafty things......also bring me so much joy. To really know me is to know about these things that go on in my day to day life and since I can't call you all on the phone and tell you about these things myself, it's fun to share them with you here. That's what friends do, after all.......they share their lives. Right? :)
Chat with you tomorrow....