Celebrating the Backyard – Photography and Painting

The White Garden at Twilight by Henri Le Sidaner
The White Garden at Twilight by Henri Le Sidaner

 

There is something magical about a small patch of yard with flowers and a few trees during the summer.  For those of who were privileged to grow up with a yard the memories of laying in the cool yard during the evening or blowing dandelion fluff from the branch of a tree are magical.  Here are a few pictures and some paintings that evoke that magical sense of the backyard.

Paintings by Berthe Morisot

Photo by FeliDae84 (AKA Benita)

We were once close. . . by FeliDae84
We were once close. . . by FeliDae84

 

Photo (Gelatin Silver Print) by Lang Ching-Shan

 

Crane by Lang Ching-Shan
Crane by Lang Ching-Shan

 

Photo by Lisa Cox

The View from my Window by Lisa Cox
The View from my Window by Lisa Cox

 

An Ode to my Backyard

Lisa Cox

Roses pirouetting
Gracefully,
Red skirts
Flaring in
The summer wind
Longing to be free
At the stem and
Swirl across the
Green stage of lawn
While cottonwoods
Shower fluffy seeds
Like snow floating,
Drifting
Filling shafts
Of summer light
With dreams of warm
Winter mixed
With head floral
Scents.

Do not the very
Ants underfoot
Stop in their endless
Trekking to drift in
This living dream of
Color, scent, and warmth
That wraps itself
Round every ordinary
Thing transforming
Humble yards into
The hanging gardens?

The giant of the yard,
Majestic maple, sends
Roots deep into rich
Earth drawing water
Like hope from unseen
Wells, pulling the very
Essence out of the earth
into the sky, transformed
from leafy green
to the very
air we breath
exhaling for us
while we sleep
away hot summer nights
under its cool boughs

I live in a wonderland
Of mere feet that
Overflows with life
And color, air, overpowering
Scents, and the chorus
Of the honey bee while
Leaves murmur
Their applause
In the breeze.

This gracious earth blesses,
And were I to die I would
Die happily in this place,
Knowing that beyond the
Fence there exists fields
Full and fertile, tilled and
Growing bountifully
Feeding the children
Of this great planet Earth.

Painting by  Henri Le Sidaner

Painting by 杨善深 Yang Shan Shen

杨善深 Yang Shan Shen
杨善深 Yang Shan Shen

 

Painting on Ceramic by Bonny A. Eberly

That Overgrown Lilac Bush by Bonny A Eberly
That Overgrown Lilac Bush by Bonny A Eberly

 

Painting by Oiyee

 

Free as Dragonflies by Oiyee
Free as Dragonflies by Oiyee

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