As soon as I read the post on Gardening Gone Wild announcing this month’s subject for the “Picture This” Photo Contest, I thought of a particularly favorite shot I acquired right after a gentle spring shower we had this spring. The red bud was in full bloom and the droplets clinging to it refracted the view of our house and garden in the background. Miraculously, there was enough light to prevent camera shake or the errant breeze from blurring the magic on a few images.
But then I remembered a shot of one of our apple trees when it was in full bloom and a honey bee was busy collecting nectar and pollinating. That image brings back to me the intoxicating scent of the apple blossoms that surrounded me as I found myself in paparazzi mode, pursuing the rather annoyed bee.
Oh, what a dilemma! O, Cruel Taskmaster, who demands one and ONLY one shot for this contest! However, if I was the one tasked with judging, I wouldn’t want to have to compare hundreds of pictures when I can cut the number down to a rational quantity simply by being strict with the contestants.
I hope you understand just exactly how difficult this was, this discipline of a Gemini mind!
However, hard as it has been, after due consideration I decided to go with the advice given to SAT takers. If you don’t know, go with your gut, your first intuitive instinct. And so I present to you my first thought, a common redbud, Cercis canadensis, enjoying an April rain in my side yard.
What a joy to have the opportunity to share this moment with you all, knowing that it will reach a larger audience because I happened across Gardening Gone Wild a year or so ago and started sharing with that gardening community.