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Life’s Sweet Ordinary

There was a time I would never have considered photographing something from a garden or nature, or anything for that matter, that I felt was less-than-perfect in presentation — like this delightful, blousy oriental poppy. Although strongly drawn to its colour, texture, and beauty I would have given it a pass simply because the quack grass has grown and intertwined among it’s slender stem and frilly bloom. Yet now I feel that is what gives this so much more appeal. The ordinary becoming sweet in its position in life (not to mention in this overgrown garden).

Here is another of life’s sweet ordinary. Although today I’ve chosen to use nature’s sweet ordinary, it applies to people as well. Perhaps that is why I’m so drawn to lifestyle photography more than any other. It’s all about life and seeing the beauty from within rather than focusing on perceived perfection or striving to manipulate people into uncomfortable positions and poses.

“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it” ~Confucius

I have a busy day ahead preparing for my upcoming trip to Edmonton. I have some writing to be completed, phone calls to be made, paperwork, dogs to walk, laundry & ironing, then tomorrow it’s pack, dogwalk, and get ready for the six-hour drive to the city. Have a great weekend  and may you see the beauty beneath the surface!

PS: For everyone who is participating in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk on Saturday, have a fantastic time! (many communities still have some openings available, believe it or not!)


Diane is an award winning short story writer and a photographer serving Grande Prairie & northern Alberta. Visit Diane Schuller Photography.

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Terry H. - July 16, 2009 - 2:11 pm

Great job by the photographer to bring out the beauty in both shots. Both shots are awesome!!

shelli - mama of letters - July 16, 2009 - 3:24 pm

Lovely, lovely photos. I’m so glad you didn’t pass by that poppy!

eileen - July 16, 2009 - 3:45 pm

These too photos are great.

Life is pretty ordinary and I’m glad it is … I don’t think I could live with fantastic for too long.

And yes, there is SO much to see when one looks below the surface.

Liss - July 16, 2009 - 4:39 pm

The colour of the poppy in the first picture is striking.

I haven’t heard of this photo walk?

Roberta - July 16, 2009 - 8:56 pm

Gorgeous shot of the poppy. Of course I might be a tad biased as poppies are one of my favorites!

Gayle - July 16, 2009 - 10:00 pm

Oh, Diane, I love your shots of sweet ordinary. Your philosophy of seeing the beauty that comes from within makes me so happy! Have a safe drive and a wonderful weekend!

Marcie - July 17, 2009 - 7:15 am

Love the image of the poppy. A perfect example of the beauty in the details. Have a great time in Edmonton!!!

sherri - July 17, 2009 - 9:06 am

I like the grass in with the poppy. To me it adds texture and dimension. Not only that it adds imperfection which I like. Both images are lovely. The dandelion reminds me of being a kid and sneaking around to blow the seeds to the four winds without getting caught by my parents:-)

Toni - July 18, 2009 - 9:41 pm

I think the poppy image would be rather incomplete without the grass. Perfection is boring. I just spent a couple of hours on a fabric website and the fabrics with perfect patterns were pretty, but a complete snooze, whereas the random patterns were interesting in their imperfection.

DesignTies - July 21, 2009 - 10:55 am

Oh my god. The poppy is stunning. Absolutely STUNNING. And you’re right, the imperfection of the blade of grass through the petals is what makes it so perfect. Exactly how nature meant for it to be 🙂

I’m in awe!!!!


elk - July 21, 2009 - 4:13 pm

the contrasts in images is striking…each a picture of art from the lens !