Look at these green fingers of mine

The title of this post is completely ironic because both my sister and I have, what she has termed, fingers of death. That is direct contrast to green fingers; fingers that give life. Very simply neither of us is able to keep any kind of plant alive. Even those that are supposed to be able to withstand nuclear fallout somehow perish within a week or two of coming into contact with us. The beautiful mint and sunflowers you see in the photos below are on their last legs, and I have recently thrown away what was left of two once-blooming hydrangeas. The two plants that my boyfriend gave me when he moved are miraculously still with me although it has been touch-and-go several times.

As inept as I may be at looking after them, I love to photograph them. There is no limit to the satisfaction I get from their shapes, colours and patterns and the intricate details that are made revealed to you if you pay attention. I hope that sometime soon I will also acquire a macro lens to really do them justice. They are also ideal for a novice photographer to practice on – they don’t move (unless they are in the wind), they are beautiful, and they can be found everywhere.

While plants may seem like an obvious choice for photographs, they may seem less so for television. A few months ago I watched a documentary about the life of Sir David Attenborough and one of the revolutionary things he did was to propose plants as a subject for nature documentaries. No one before him had thought of this and most did not think it would work; but by using accelerated footage David Attenborough was able to show plants in a completely new light.

I think it is remarkable how they grow and live so silently – we are so accustomed to the essence of life being noisy and volatile. Of course, if they are my plants they don’t grow and live for very long…

Disclaimer: Not all of the plants you see here are owned by me, so most of them are still alive…

9 thoughts on “Look at these green fingers of mine”

  1. I think it is remarkable how they grow and live so silently – we are so accustomed to the essence of life being noisy and volatile.
    These words stood out for me the most. This post was beautiful and refreshing, small things do matter and I think its easy to forget when we live in a society that requires us to be so busy to survive (city life)… I think I’m going to paint some flowers for my next art series. Thanks for the share, it sparked some inspiration

    1. Hi Cindy. Wow, thank you for your kind words and I am honoured that I have inspired you. Please do share the photos of your paintings when they are done. I would love to see them. My sister is an artist and I am very envious that she is both a brilliant painter and photographer.

      1. Will do! I am currently working on a new blog, I will post the link once I am done but my current project is a painting for a show I have this weekend for black history month. I am latin American but I support all communities and I love stepping into new grounds… Once I am done ill start a nature piece. Also don’t be envious of anyone we all have talents, we were all blessed the same 😉

    1. Very astute – they are from your garden indeed, but decaying plants also make for great photos. My mom has a macro lens which incidentaly is also the best lens for portraits which my sister used for her dissertation project last year. I think that plants is one subject where the camera actually wins over the human eye because it really amplifies the detail and allows you to concentrate on things you might have normally missed.

  2. Beautiful photos. I would love to come in contact with more plants in order to photograph them. And I’m no green thumb either, however I think that is because I have no patience for taking care of them. 😛

  3. Brilliant phothos! Looks like it came straight from a book on botony 😀

    My uncle used to grow the most gorgeous flowers and some of the more tempramental ones really blossomed, pardon the pun, under his hands. Sadly he passed away on the 8th of Jan from colon cancer. My aunt has tried to keep his green house alive but it is almost like his flowers passed on with him…

    1. Hey Tery, thanks for the warm feedback and I am really sorry to hear about your uncle. I think it is wonderful that your aunt is trying to save the things that were important to him even though it seems to be tough. My grandparents used to grow roses when I was very young. And even though they had long stopped by the time my grandfather died (more than 13 years ago now), whenever I see greenhouses with roses they make me think of him.

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