Friday, March 1, 2013

Photo-Heart Connection ~ February

The Photo:


My Observations: I love the sharp focus on the flower and the soft blur of my hands. I love the white fleck on the one petal, adds a little imperfection. Great contrast between the whiteness of my hands and the black of the piano bench and the dark gray of my shirt sleeves. The red flower adds wonderful color to an otherwise monochromatic setting.

The Story Behind the Picture: I had just been outside in the falling snow with this flower and vase shooting for a different class assignment. It was about bringing the inside outside. I had my mittens on outside and had them cupped around the vase. I had gotten the shot I wanted outside so I decided to come inside and use my north window light to get an inside shot. In warmth and without the mittens.

My Heart Connection: This flower is part of a bouquet that my dad brought me for Valentine's Day. For most of my married life (almost 27 years now) my dad has stopped over every Valentine's Day with a bouquet of grocery store flowers. Maybe he does it to let me know that he is still one of the men in my life, maybe he does it just because he loves me. This year he apologized because he didn't have roses. I told him these are even better because they will last longer. Two weeks later they are still going strong in a vase on my counter. A lovely reminder of his love.

23 comments:

Kim Stevens said...

Your photo is gorgeous, but I so love that your dad has stopped every year to give you flowers - gosh I can't even get a phone call! You are very blessed to have a dad like that!!

Justine said...

what a lovely story and a lovely shot

Kathryn Dyche said...

I love this image, it speaks to me of hope and of promise. I love that your dad brings you flowers every valentines day. I wish my dad was still alive and that I still got a card from him each year.

Unknown said...

picture, details and the story that has made it a photo-heart connection took me back to the days that My papa use to do the same thing... thank you for that precious memory.

Viv@Thoughts from the Desktop said...

That is so lovely a great family tradition . I love your shot it speaks of so many things...

Simon said...

Such a sweet story about your father. I work for my father, and on Valentine's he always puts a small box of chocolates on my desk (4 IS plenty). I like the image very much. Like the POV and as a rule, I like images with hands and/or with feet. I feel like hands express so much in a subtle manner vs. the face. And red vibrant colors in Feb. Nice.

Denise Fabian said...

What a wonderful verbal image of your dad. I loved this post and your image is beautiful! I tend to feel the same sentiments about my photography. I always fear that if I do it for money and rely on it for income, then I lose the love and joy I feel now.

Kat Sloma said...

It's wonderful when effort and emotion align in one image - often that forges a heart connection. You were working for this image, of something that has a real meaning, representing your relationship with your Dad. I can feel your love and appreciation of this tradition he has for you! Thank you for sharing it with us in the Photo-Heart Connection.

Deborah Tisch said...

This story of your father bringing you flowers every Valentines Day just touches my heart and brings tears of joy. What a sweet token of love! I hope you will have many many more Valentines Days with your dad so you can enjoy this for a very long time.

Anonymous said...

It's a lovely photo and an even better story. I echo Deborah's thoughts.

Lovable Derek said...

What a sweet post.
Cool photo too.

Becky New said...

I love the photo! And the story behind it .... so so neat. Thanks for sharing.

Cathy H. said...

Beautiful story; beautiful image! Your dad is a very special man. With the story behind these flowers, I'm sure this is a photo you will always treasure!

Unknown said...

A beautiful photo and an even more beautiful post. Treasure that sweet man; having your dad in your life is a wonderful gift!

Sherri B. said...

This photo is spectacular...love! And what a wonderful man your father is...such a sweet gesture from him every Valentine's Day.

Sandra said...

What a lovely story behind your Valentine's Day flowers and what a sweet dad you have. A lovely photo with a very special flower with a very heart-felt connection.

Unknown said...

A beautiful example of the true meaning of Photo-Heart connection!

xoxo

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love the way the yellow sparkles in the center of the flower and absolutely adore how this marks the connection with your father. What a terrific relationship you two must have.
Rinda (visiting from PHC)

Michele Matucheski said...

You can't go wrong with black, white, and red. Even better that there's a story behind the flowers in February!

Pride In Photos Beauty said...

Beautiful story of your fathers love...thanks for sharing.

gina said...

Your dad is a very special guy! I love the way you captured this flower. Beautiful photo-heart connection.

Anonymous said...

Got mine up a bit late this month. Your story touched me deeply. Lovely image-reminder of something deeper.

Zena said...

Gorgeous photo, and wonderful photo-heart connection