mEL T E d

mEL T E d

Not being a native of Arkansas like my husband, he sometimes doesn’t understand when I speak of “the closeness” about the way things grow here. To me, although the state is land-locked, it’s very tropical. He explains it well when he shows me the weather map and how we’re in a valley and the weather comes up from the Gulf of Mexico and kind of gets trapped here.

All I know is everything is “close” and although I love trees, flowers, and life; there are times when it feels oppressive.

This image is a good example of the interesting flowers we can grow, but as you can well see, the flower didn’t bloom for a long time, dry up, and then fall from the plant. No, it literally melted, one petal at a time and this is just how it was when I found it and captured this image.

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.
— Robert Frank said that

Comments (19):

  1. ruthiebear

    Jun 19, 2019 at 9:37 am

    We have the closeness here too. We call it humidity. A lovely example of melting.

  2. Steven

    Jun 19, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    I agree with Ruthie’s observation. Great capture of fragility here. This looks like it could be a flower that gets destroyed from the smallest storm like a magnolia or peony

  3. Elizabeth Buckalew

    Jun 19, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Amazing how it “melted”… And a beautiful image.
    Growing up in Wyoming, and living in ARizona for the past 32 years, I am much more comfortable in an arid climate. When I visit relatives on the East Coast – I feel the same as you. Although the colors of all the flora are beautiful – The humidity feels heavy around me, and the overgrowth of everything makes me feel claustrophobic. Frank uses the term “close” for humidity. I think it fits.

  4. mhelene

    Jun 20, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Beautiful composition and colors ! Yes , it looks like an exotic place …!

  5. tatar@y

    Jun 20, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Une magnifique bignone….
    Très très belles couleurs et fleur.

  6. Harry

    Jun 20, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    this is lovely. the bright but withering bloom looks great on the bleached planks, and the greenery and partial bloom in the background promise more growth and color.

  7. Barbara Thomas

    Jun 20, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    I had never heard dthe word close for humidity, but I guess it does fit.

  8. Ginnie

    Jun 21, 2019 at 12:33 am

    I don’t think I ever knew that Arkansas is tropical like that, Sherri. WOW. I just got my education! On that note, this coming week we will have temps around the 90’s the entire week…my first time since being in the Netherlands. Did I ever mention that I don’t do well with heat?

  9. Bill Phillips

    Jun 21, 2019 at 2:03 am

    I know wht you mean abot close. It can be oppressively humid here although nowhere near as hot

    I love your picture. The toning is great

  10. Nicolas Amherd

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Quelle fleurs rouge sur ce bois les pétales TOMBENT quelle IMAGE SUPERBE

  11. Anne

    Jun 21, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Lovely composition.

  12. Elaine K

    Jun 21, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    melted flowers! reminds me of the movie ‘what dreams may come’ when he lands in mooshy flowers…

  13. Willem

    Jun 22, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    But still a beautiful photo as a result with a great composition

  14. Diane

    Jun 22, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    gosh, I know exactly what you mean. The very reason we’re moving.
    Very apropos image for your title.

  15. Anita Bower

    Jun 23, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    I know what you mean about too much vegetation. I grew up in the barren andes of south america and the open spaces of the West. coming to the northeast was a shock–i felt claustrophobic.

  16. Ayush

    Jun 26, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    interesting what you mentioned about “closed”, Sherri. i imagine that feeling when i take a hike in the wooded reserves of Singapore

  17. grouser

    Jun 28, 2019 at 11:36 am

    a well seen still life


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