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Nov 12, 2014 8:49 PM CST
Name: Asa
Wasatch Front - Utah
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I was going to start this thread after the first snow fell here in Utah. But today the temperature dropped 40 or so degrees and the wind was howling (and the photo contest ended) - so I took those as my cue.

Most of the time when we photograph plants, we do it at the apex of their beauty. But there's clearly a purpose for the entire life cycle of a plant or flower. It has a job to do (and is doing that job) from sprouting to growing to flowering to seeding to dying - and then starting the cycle again.

I find beauty in the entire cycle - from the potential in the seeds themselves to the contribution of the decomposition that gives the next generations a chance to complete their leg of the ever spiraling cycle(s).

So this thread is about anything but the apex of what we think of as youth's beauty...and finding beauty throughout the cycle. And, of course, this is probably a metaphor for other things, too ;).

I'll start. Here's a hibiscus about three days past its prime. I defy anyone to tell me that there's not wonder in it still:
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Nov 12, 2014 9:36 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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I find what ice can do to plants both appalling and beautiful..

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Nov 12, 2014 10:24 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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Ooooh!
Love this idea for thread!
Great shots you two--definitely wonder and beauty still
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Nov 13, 2014 1:56 AM CST
central Illinois
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evermorelawnless - your example is weird, but defensibly wonderful!
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
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Nov 13, 2014 3:27 AM CST
Name: Kyla Houbolt
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
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Cool thread, and I agree, the whole cycle has beauty. I'll be looking.
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Nov 13, 2014 6:30 AM CST
Name: Kyla Houbolt
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
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Here are a couple of first frost pictures. This is before the cold really does its number, but pretty even so.

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Nov 13, 2014 6:32 AM CST
Name: Kyla Houbolt
Gastonia, NC (Zone 7b)
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Seed pods (broccoli, if I recall correctly) and various ages of dianthus, the "generations" together, as it were:

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Nov 13, 2014 6:44 AM CST
Name: Asa
Wasatch Front - Utah
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Garden Ideas: Master Level
Oh, I like the contributions so far!

Here is some St. John's Wort I shot up on the mountain a few weeks ago. It's on its way out:
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Nov 13, 2014 2:11 PM CST
Name: Char
Vermont (Zone 4b)
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Cool idea for a thread and the images are wonderful! The circle can be seen in the intricate structure and whorls of a daylily bud as it prepares to be a "beauty for a day".

A polymerous bud
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A layered (hose-in-hose) bud
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Nov 13, 2014 2:27 PM CST
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Rayjacksonia phylocephalla


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wildflowersoftexas.com



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Nov 13, 2014 4:47 PM CST
Name: Asa
Wasatch Front - Utah
Bee Lover Garden Photography Region: Utah Photo Contest Winner: 2016 Photo Contest Winner 2019 Photo Contest Winner 2021
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Oh, yeah. Neat stuff here that you've posted. Thought about this thread for 2-3 months before I started it...and I'm stoked so far by the shots shared.
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Nov 13, 2014 5:24 PM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Sarracenia psittacina fading into dormancy
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Nov 13, 2014 7:44 PM CST
Name: Sheila Caldon
Aiken, SC (Zone 8a)
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I took a couple shots of my Birch tree a few days ago. In the first photo the tree bark gets lost in the busy background which is so similar in color that it detracts from the focal point---the tree bark. The second shot is zoomed in from further away and the background is blurred. That makes the beautiful bark of the Birch stand out.

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Beauty pleases, not only the eyes, but the heart as well. ~~Sheila
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Nov 13, 2014 8:36 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Phoenix...the original ficus was damaged and since it had integrated itself into the wall of the red panda enclosure at the Australia Zoo in Queensland the decision was made to allow it to disintergrate..... this small bit of life remains and is thriving.


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Nov 13, 2014 10:38 PM CST
Name: Asa
Wasatch Front - Utah
Bee Lover Garden Photography Region: Utah Photo Contest Winner: 2016 Photo Contest Winner 2019 Photo Contest Winner 2021
Garden Ideas: Master Level
Moonhowl said:Phoenix...the original ficus was damaged and since it had integrated itself into the wall of the red panda enclosure at the Australia Zoo in Queensland the decision was made to allow it to disintergrate..... this small bit of life remains and is thriving.


Well, there's the whole danged circle in a nutshell (as it were). It's almost perverse in a way, but absolutely fantastic.
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Nov 14, 2014 1:26 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
North of Houston TX (Zone 9a)
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Here's a part of the Circle of Life that we always look forward to. Dead and dying leaves are adored for the show they put on annually about as much as they are valued while living on the tree albeit barely looked upon as much as when they are dying or dead.

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Nov 14, 2014 6:19 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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I garden for the pollinators.
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Nov 14, 2014 11:04 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier The WITWIT Badge Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages
There are two Japanese words that fit this thread quite well.

Sabe--the beauty that comes with age and deterioration (sah--bay)

and

Wabe--the beauty in the flaw or the less than perfect (wha-bay)


and my dear husband says I am both Sabe-licious and Wabe-licious Whistling Big Grin
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Nov 14, 2014 11:16 AM CST
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Give PEACE a chance!
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Phalaenopsis fade away: blooms on their way out, though the stalk is still green it may or may not try to bloom again. But for those who know better, cutting off that stalk will help the plant refocus its energy later on for more roots and leaves.

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Nov 14, 2014 5:51 PM CST
central Illinois
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Poppy seed pod outline -
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Love in a Mist seed pod -
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