Photo Essay

As the flowers bloom

Rhubarb in full flower, June 13, 2013

I have never enjoyed flowers as much as I have this summer...We had a very long winter ending with a surprise blizzard on May 2nd that gave us 14 inches of snow...The wildlife suffered as well as the plants.

The wild Irises survived that we dug from the home place many years ago on the spot where the family house burned down in January of 1951...Even though we lost my 5 year old brother as a result of the fire the wild Irises bring love and meaning to his short life on earth.

The flowers that survived winter kill are blooming later this year. I also am a late bloomer.and decided flowers need life to celebrate their opening and will try to include my favorite selections before turning 70 in September.

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13 responses

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (27 Jun 2013):

    I LOVE your story, Andrea! It has such a great mixture of happiness & sadness (so sorry about your brother!!) & the photos are so wonderful! BRAVO, Lady!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (27 Jun 2013):

    Thank you so much Michelle for nominating this photo essay and for your kind words...

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (27 Jun 2013):

    A wonderful story and series of self-portraits, Andrea!! I so admire your skill in this challenging area of photography. Beautifully done!!

  • Maggie Posh

    Maggie Posh (Deleted) said (28 Jun 2013):

    I enjoyed your story very Much in deed Andrea, & of course i adore all of your photo's ..Your Number one Fan..Posh

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (29 Jun 2013):

    This is a wonderful photo essay. Andrea!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (29 Jun 2013):

    You have such classy self portraits. This series of the blooms in your yard is so beautifully captured!!! It would make a nice calendar : )

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (29 Jun 2013):

    A wonderful series Andrea. I love flowers also. The tiger lillies that I have here at home all came from my Grandmothers old home place. I think of her when they bloom.Voted !

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (30 Jun 2013):

    So expertly done. Although our flower beds look rather square and formal, I always admire a good English freestyle garden!

  • Geoff Plant

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  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (1 Jul 2013):

    nominating your story.......

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (1 Jul 2013):

    Thank you everyone for your kind response and thank you Saroj for nominating my story.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (4 Jul 2013):

    Such a beautiful and deeply moving essay, my friend. Sure gets my votes.

  • Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s

    Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s gave props (4 Jul 2013):

    Great photo essay, Andrea, beautiful flowers... And I certainly think that you are blooming in a very beautiful way.

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