Regular Random: five minutes getting up close with clematis

Close up colour shot looking into clematis flower with radiating stamen filling the shot. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Clematis stamen. Image; Su Leslie, 2017

The neighbour’s clematis is in full flower, cascading over our shared fence and providing a beautiful burst of colour and texture.

Close up shot of clematis flower, focusing on yellow stamen. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Clematis. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

I’ve photographed the flowers and buds before, but was particularly taken this time with clustering and texture of the vivid yellow stamen.

Five Minutes of Random (the #RegularRandom challenge) is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist. 

If you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post
  • have fun!

44 thoughts on “Regular Random: five minutes getting up close with clematis

  1. Beautiful. I wish my neighbour’s fence-climbing ivy were a clematis instead. By the way, I have been trying to send you comments and WordPress wasn’t allowing them to go through. You may find me in your spam folder. WordPress was blocking me everywhere. Not just on your blog. Problem seems to have been resolved now.

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    • Yes; it is changing my way of seeing the world. 🙂 But I haven’t totally forgotten my family history projects. I’ve been going through newspapers from WWI looking for the casualty report for my great grandfather. I’ve exhausted all the other avenues (service records and medal cards and even the archive from the hospital he was sent to). It is a very sobering experience as it’s a local newspaper and most of my family is from the same town. Terrible casualty toll for a relatively small place.

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      • I don’t know if you follow Janice Webster Brown’s blog Cow Hampshire, but she is blogging about all the men and women from New Hampshire who died in World War I, town by town, name by name. It is truly sobering to realize how many were lost in that war and what a devastating impact it must have had on each of those communities.

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      • I didn’t know her blog, but have just been over to it. It is sobering, especially considering that the US entered that war towards the end, and I guess there were many people who believed joining the was was a mistake. To lose so many in such a short time is heartbreaking. Tomorrow we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the deadliest day in NZ’s wartime history. During the Passchendaele offensive, on Oct 12, 846 Kiwi soldiers were listed as killed. A further 100 later died of the wounds received that day. In total 2700 Kiwis were killed or wounded on that single day. To put that in perspective, our nation’s total population at the time was only one million.

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      • It is just inconceivable. I learned recently that New Zealand also suffered many losses during the Vietnam War. I didn’t know they’d sent troops there. We just watched Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War, and it was a powerful reminder of the tragic futility of that war and perhaps of all wars.

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      • Yes; we sent troops — where the US and (more so) Britain go, NZ has followed. An artist friend of mine has created a beautiful sculpture of hanging discs, each with the name and service number of a NZer who served in Vietnam on one side, and an image of pomegranate seeds on the other. The work is called ‘Strange Fruit’ and references the fact that ‘pomegranate’ is ‘grenade’ in French. It is a beautiful work, and I’ve seen people exclaim in surprise that there are so many discs. Like other countries which sent troops to Vietnam, we have largely forgotten those veterans.

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      • This film will help Americans remember the veterans as does the incredibly moving memorial in Washington. I weeped when we visited it, and I did not know one person killed in Vietnam. Interesting that that work is called Strange Fruit—that’s the title of a song written by Abe Meeropol about the lynchings of black men by the KKK in the US South—the strange fruit being their dead bodies hanging from trees.

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      • I hope the film will be available to watch in NZ sometime. I did a quick check and it isn’t at the moment. Listening to Billie Holliday singing Strange Fruit is so moving; thanks for sending the link.

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