Saturday, February 28

Crocus and Calliope


My crocuses, amid the moss, leaves and weeds I refer to as a garden. Once in a while, some beauty pops up from underground (quite unaided by anything I've done.) I wish I felt like lying on the ground to get a good close-up of these beauties, since the veining is quite remarkable. I didn't change the coloration of this photo at all. The inside of the crocus really is an almost neon purple.


Calliope, who resides at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. I have begun to take more interest in sculpture than I did in college, when my focus was painting. Perhaps the reason is that I now recognize the degree of difficulty in sculpting. I deem it much harder than painting. I didn't have materials with me to write down the name of the sculptor for this one. I shot the photo because a friend of mine here in Raleigh has a business named Calliope and it reminded me of her. Whomever the sculptor was, he was certainly adept at making the diaphanous fabric of her draped wrap look as real as possible.

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15 comments:

Gilly said...

Those crocuses are lovely! Mine are out in various places in the garden, but I have to look down from above, bending down being almost impossible! Calliope is lovely too, I admired her gown before reading your comment, its incredibly carved. But is it my imagination (or maybe your photography ;)) or is her head a little out of proportion?

bobbie said...

Your crocuses are beautiful. Rita found some out in the driveway. I guess the squirrels have been busy carrying bulbs around.

I also admire Calliope.

Nancy said...

Yes, I needed a chuckle this morning so I took your advice and read the article about strange names.

I noticed the name ROSE BUSH. I think I knew her sister, ANN HYSER BUSH.

Arkansas Patti said...

Love the beauty and courage of the crocus to brave pre-spring. On the name thing, I once laughed in the face of man who told me his name was Farmer Brown. His drivers license wiped the smile off my face. So embarassed.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Beautiful Crocuses and Beautiful statue, too!
I think the color of the flower is absolutely GORGEOUS!
And as you saud Judy, the Folds of the lady's gown are Magnificent!

sonia a. mascaro said...

Just beautiful flower! I did not know this species...

Thank you for your visit and kind words! Leituras is an unpretention and simple blog without spectation... As a matter of fact I don't know if I will go ahead with it... A Translator (it is not so good...) can help to read it.

Have a nice weekend.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Love the article on names. That's always fascinated me - strange names.

Shelly said...

I love the crocus with the moss blanket...pretty!

whimsical brainpan said...

Still waiting to see the crocuses to show up here. Then again we are supposed to snow tomorrow. *sigh*

Are those parents warped or just mean?

Ginnie said...

My favorite name pun comes from the Car Guys on NPR. It's the law firm of DEWEY,CHEATUM & HOWE.

srp said...

A doc I used to work with collected strange patient names and some were hilarious... unfortunately, now with HIPPA in place I can no longer share them. :(

tiff said...

Yay crocus!

I'm stunned that the daffodils are up too. Always seems too soon, but right on time.

Beverly said...

The flowers are lovely. I remember driving to Mount Olive one spring and being so pleasantly surprised by the spring flowers along the way.

Michelangelo's David, to me, is one of the most magnificent sculptures ever. You can see the muscles rippling on his body.

Beverly said...

I love crocuses! In my old house, it could be snowing and this beauty was pushing up. Loved it so much.

Farrago said...

I love seeing names like that (oh... the flowers? Meh.), and I love making up names in that spirit. One of them I thunk up a long time ago was "Sue Nommi." A friend of mine and I had a brainstorm for a petition full of obviously bogus names he was sending to a radio show. Together we came up with, among others, "Willie Maykit," "Kenny Dewitt" and "Betty Dohnt." And then there was our 'piéce de résistance,' "Buster Hyman" ...which the wacky DJs used when they read the letter on the air!!

Of course, none of those made-up names can hold a candle to the name of a real TV news anchor here in the Chicago area, Dick Johnson.