Complements of Spring


A flower-dealy finally showed up outside, so I thought I’d introduce some CrAzY complementary colors today. Eye-protection might be helpful. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Francis Whitman: “You love me!”

Peter Whitman (with Francis in a choke-hold): “Yes I do!”

Jack Whitman: “I love you too, but I’m gonna’ mace you in the face!”

– Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody & Jason Schwartzman – The Darjeeling Limited

About this image: digital photograph (Canon 600D) lightly modified in Adobe Photoshop


70 thoughts on “Complements of Spring

  1. Goodness! That’s almost like looking into the sun! I love those water droplets. It’s been raining here today and I am enjoying the first inklings of autumn while you’re enjoying the first inklings of spring.

    • Hahaha… Absolutely! Maybe I subconsciously thought some extra solar radiation might finally get this spring moving a bit!
      I like autumn very much! It’s probably my favorite season. The only thing I don’t like about it is how quickly it seems to pass (and how close it is to winter)!

  2. Whoa, Robert. I do need some protection! It’s quite vibrant. My eyes get really big when I look into this. I love the droplets. What kind of flowers? It’s very a crazy start to your spring! Is it warming up yet?!

    • Hahaha… right?! It’s like some kind of test an eye-doctor would have you do!
      Now that’s a very good question! Sadly, I have no idea, B.F! This flower just kind of showed-up while I was waiting for the daffodils to start to bloom. What is this like, three flowers in a row I’ve failed to identify?!
      It really seems to me like this spring is taking much longer to get started than the last few, but I guess I shouldn’t complain too much – because I think it’s finally starting to improve a bit… maybe!
      Thanks, Amy!

    • I have no clue, of course (but after Googling ‘hyacinth’) I think you might be right about that, Ms. K! Hmm… now I’m kind of wishing I’d waited a bit longer for the flowers to ‘open-up’ a bit more (I wasn’t even sure they would – but they sure seem to be on their way to what I just saw on ‘Google’)!

  3. Do you have a macro lens or just steady hands? That’s reeeeeal nice. I want you to texturize the yellow, though! I don’t know why. It’s not like I’ve ever textured something in my life. But I expect more from you than from myself.

    • I sure wish I had steady hands! This was shot with my kits 18-55mm zoom… and a tripod, of course (due to the unsteady hands thing)!
      It’s funny… I shot this against a yellow vinyl purse of Annabelle’s to minimize background texture – I was thinking of these crazy bold / graphic images I remember seeing as a kid – almost more about blocks of vivid color / color relationships than anything else (so I do kind of like this from that ‘retro’ standpoint). But I totally hear what you are saying… that same lack of texture can also read a bit as the typical ‘I just discovered the magic wand selection tool / cut-n-paste / replace the background’ photoshop job, and I’m not so sure I’m in love with that.
      Hmm… I think the jury is still out on that for me…

    • It’s certainly not bashful, is it?! Just as I wish spring would be!
      I think you might be right about the classification, too, Mary – I had no clue – but after doing a little bit of research on your suggestion they do seem very similar to me, too!

  4. I need my shades for all that sunshine! You have a great weekend, too! (I hope you didn’t pick that out of the neighbor’s flower bed).

    • I feel like I still might be squinting even after I find my sunglasses!
      Hahaha… not quite that bad! This was a volunteer (which shot-up near a patch of as-yet un-blooming daffodils). I didn’t feel quite so bad about ‘plucking’ it, because it was growing in the middle of the lawn behind our building, and they all get mowed-over otherwise. So that’s probably okay, right?!

    • Hahaha… right?! Not really my ‘typical’ color-scheme. I’m trying to give myself a bit of a push out of my comfort zone every now and then, though… which is actually kind of fun (when I can bring myself to do it)!

  5. The yellow is a bit loud but it works well with the subject matter so who cares? 🙂 Okay everyone we can remove our thermonuclear eye protection and suits, I think it’s safe to view 🙂 I hope that your weekend rocked SIG 🙂

  6. Love it. I know the scientific name for that. It is a purplish budlike something or other. I can also recognize Little yellow thingamajigs, Blue blooming stuff, Red blossums with stickers and honeysuckle.

    • It’s only been the past one or two days where I’ve noticed any signs of spring… but even the faintest sign is improvement! I hope they find you in your neck of the woods very soon too, Karen!

  7. Well, I know it’s a flowering thing, and very likely my Spring fave to spot — a purple hyacinth (one will stink up the whole room nicely!), but by golly, I am now cravin’ a yellow bowl full of baby asparagus! Great shot!

    • Hahaha… you know… it does kind of look like asparagus, doesn’t it?! I don’t know if I noticed that before… but now that’s about all I can see!
      And thank you! Very much!

  8. By the way, on this piece I liked your background colour
    so much that I pinched the idea and added it to one of my
    starter letters 🙂 lol How cheeky of me I know but it’s only
    the colour that I used so hopefully you won’t mind 🙂 🙂

    Have a fun Sunday SIG 🙂

  9. AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!! My eyes my eyes!!!
    OK my vision is slowly coming back.

    Definitely effective with the yellow background Robert. It’s Autumn here now so everything is slowly dying off & preparing for Winter. Although with the rain we’ve had since our quite hot dry summer our dead brown lawn is starting to green back up nicely now

    • Hahaha… very happy to hear there’s no permanent damage, Mr. M! I would have felt pretty badly about that!
      I’m a big fan of Autumn… really the only thing I don’t like about it is how short it is (and how close it is to winter)! We are FINALLY starting to see a few signs of spring here… it seems like it’s been a l-o-n-g winter!

    • Thank you very much, sir!
      Hahaha… my thinking was something along the lines of, “Maybe I’ll try photographing this purple thingy against this yellow thingy”… I’m very technical like that.

    • Thank you so very much, Ms. D!
      Hahaha… yeah, the background is a vinyl / retro / 60s-ish purse of Annabelle’s… I’ve been wanting to use it for a background for quite some time now (and the complimentary color thing made this just too good to pass up)!

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