Saturday, September 4, 2010

New Beginnings

You may recall a few weeks ago I mentioned having our son do a bit of yard work for us. He was appointed the task of weeding a small section of the garden that was completely over grown. To make his task easier, he broke out the 'whipper snipper' or 'Weedeater' or whatever you call the gadget in your part of the world and chopped the weeds off from the base (yes, they were that big). He attacked the job with the teeth-gritting destructiveness that only a 14 year old boy possesses and managed to also slice through most of our clematis at its base. After a few days it started to wilt and eventually most of the vines browned and dried out on the trellis.


Over the past few days, though, the vine has shown its first and probably only flower of the season. The first photo above shows the sole flower of the season while in the second photo V has displayed a bit of camera wizardry (at least to this technological dinosaur) and taken a B & W shot with only the flower showing in colour. Magic.


The flower, of course, represents a new beginning and I would be totally remiss if I did not mention the start of a new online publication this week by my friend KV Taylor. The Red Penny Papers is an electronic journal published quarterly and features sensationalist and fantastical fiction stories. Issue One features stories by Corrine Duyvis, Cate Gardner, John Cash, NK Kingston and episode one of the serial "Black Medicine Thunder and the Sons of Chaos," by Aaron Polson. You can link to that issue here. Drop by and read the stories and let Katey know what you think.

17 comments:

katey said...

Ahhh 14 year old boy destructiveness. Probably best I moved out just about the time my little brother was getting to that age, huh?

Thanks so much for the signal boost, Alan. I really hope you enjoy it!

Aaron Polson said...

Amazing how a good digital camera (and someone who knows what to do with it) can bend reality. (Thanks for the RPP plug, by the way.)

Cathy Olliffe said...

Think how much more you appreciate the single flower, even more so than an entire vine full of gorgeous blooms. Poor lad.. I bet he felt terrible when that happened. Nice camera work, V. You've got a future in Photoshop, I believe!
Will go check out The Red Penny Papers. Great title, btw.

Laurita said...

Ahhh, the joy of being a 14 year old boy with a weed-eater. The destructive power! It's like striking gold and oil at once. I like that picture, the black and white with the pink flower. Sweet.

David Barber said...

Well done you for getting a fourteen year old to do a bit of hard labour. :-)

Well done with the photo editing, Alan. I'm impressed.

Michael Solender said...

Hey at least you got a bloom! I got Blooming Nada!

Mari said...

Poor vines! At least there's the chance of recovery, no? These 14 year old... heh

David Barber said...

P.s. I've still not received my runner-up prize. I've just ordered a new camera off ebay from Hong Kong, I hope I get that. :-)

Danielle Ferries said...

What stunning flowers. Makes me want to get out and do some gardening.

Laura Eno said...

They'll grow back...won't they?

Cate Gardner said...

I think we call it a hoe... But I'm crap at gardening and tend to cultivate my weeds.

Thanks for the linkage.

kathryn said...

Well. I would have been completely surprised if your son had actually managed to only eradicate the weeds. It's confusing, to say the least...why does Mother Nature make the weeds have flowers on them, anyway? Is it a trick? How can one tell the actual flowers from the weeds??

Alan W. Davidson said...

Katey- You're welcome. You've all done a great job with the Red Penny papers and I'm happy to get the word out.

Aaron- Your also welcome...that was an amazing first instalment to the story. I'm looking forward to the rest.

Cathy- I don't think he was too traumatized by the gardening mishap. We enjoyed the flower(s) so much we had to record the event in both colour and B & W.

Laurita- Yep, V has been having a lot of fun experimenting with the 'semi-colour' setting. The only thing he likes more than the weedeater is my metal detector.

David- The photography thing is all my wife. Too much technology for this guy. We're trying to ease the boy into the working world.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the book finds it's way to you soon. I may have to send threatening emails to the post office!

Michael- I suppose all of those 101 days down in N. Carolina were not condusive to a blooming garden.

Mari- It seems that 14 year olds need constant supervision. I'm glad that the vines are slowly coming back.

Danielle- It would take more than a couple of pretty blooms to get me out in the garden. Just not in my blood, I guess.

Laura- I'm thinking that they will thrive again one day!

Cate- Our crop of weeds are looking much better than the flowers this year. I prefer the perennials...so little maintenace required.

Kathryn- You know teenage boys so well...

You're right, nature always seems to make the weeds look nicer than the plants. I can't explain it.

K.C. Shaw said...

Ouch about the clematis! It's a perennial though, isn't it? So it'll grow back next year. At least the last flower was beautiful.

Natalie L. Sin said...

Ying is the same way if I let him near my flowers.

Alan W. Davidson said...

KC, you're right about the clematis. He had it chopped down earlier in the summer and it's already making a come-back.

Nat- Like most husbands, I'm sure Ying is kept away from the flowers.

G.P. Ching said...

Beautiful clematis!. Thanks for the heads up on the Red Penny Papers.