Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Spooky Garden

Well, this post might be a little lame, because frankly, my garden is rather far from spooky - it being a cheerful, colorful, subtropical garden.  BUT, All Hallows' Eve is absolutely one of my favorite times of the year, so I'll give it a go and you can see if you get a chill or two up your spine, haha.  

Now, don't worry...none of my photos are very chilling.

And this one is probably more psychedelic than spooky.

And this one a bit goofy as this grackle is definitely giving me the evil eye!  

But add a little black and white - and the mood suddenly changes.

The Birds, The Birds!  Honestly, this was one of the coolest things I've ever seen.  A flight of swallows flew up out of the preserve behind our house in a vortex motion.  I wish I would've gotten a video, but I was so surprised and felt I was very lucky just to have been in the right place at the right time for such an event.  Google bird murmuration if you aren't sure what I'm referring to, it is amazing!

"Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore - Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!" Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."  E. A. Poe

Maybe the scariest thing about this is how I let this beautiful vine dry up!  I did however like the decayed draping over the urn.

Wooooooooooooo - eerie birdbath.

Even the gorgeous morning light can create a spectral atmosphere using some of the photo editing features.

Vines can be spooky.

Spanish Moss definitely has a Southern Gothic thing going on.  (I keep thinking I should take that moss off, but I like it too much.)

Some of our neighborhood residents are rather ominous.

Definitely just an experiment with editing features, but this Anthurium ended up looking kind of dark and shadowy to me.

As did this peach Hibiscus.

Southwest Florida has some truly very picturesque places that make for a spooky vibe.  This is Shadow Lane in old Fort Myers, one of my favorite streets to wander down and take photos. The gardens in this section of town are drool-worthy!  But that's another post.

LOVE old oak trees!

I'll refrain from posting any more local shots after this one.  Buckingham Cemetery is an historical and hauntingly beautiful place filled with live oaks draped in Spanish moss,  It has a jungly setting with a few confederate graves.  (I've been wondering if the "PC" Police have made the caretakers feel they must take down the confederate flags...) 

I also apologize if this is an upsetting photo to any of my readers - I realize cemetery photography is not every one's 'cup of tea'.  I appreciate the historical aspect of old cemeteries, some are peaceful, some have an uncanny, uncertain feel - but that's probably just me...

And just to end on a brighter note - here's a baby pic taken eleven years ago of our Tibetan Terrier Flash and the rest of his brothers and sisters.  Flash is second from the right.  Our older TT named Kohl sired this litter and I think he did a pretty good job with mom Goldie. 

I did not take this photo. I don't remember the photographers name and apologize for not giving him credit...I normally wouldn't post someone elses photo, but gosh darn it, they're so cute!

 I hope you all have a safe and very Happy Halloween!


grace jolliffe said...

Hi I really love your photographs - so beautifully spooky.

Leslie Kimel said...

I just found your blog yesterday. Your photography is amazing! I love your spooky photos!

Kate R said...

Lynn! Haha! How could you possibly say that this post is lame??! It is totally brilliant. Your photography is amazing and these photos are really beautiful! I think you are going to have to give online photography classes. I just loved the photos of Shadow Lane - What a truly beautiful place and I bet the gardens around there are gorgeous. Have a wonderful and fun Halloween.

- Kate

janiceflorida said...

Lynn, it was hilariously, beautiful! Loved the swallow flight and the grackle. You are uncommonly creative!

Lynn McIntosh said...

Grace, thank you so much! I'm so happy you enjoyed them, I wasn't sure how this post would go over, and I appreciate you having a look and commenting!

Lynn McIntosh said...

Hi Leslie! So nice to meet you! I'm so glad you found your way over to my neck of the swamp and I'm thrilled to discover your blog too! Thank you for your very nice comment!!!

Lynn McIntosh said...

Hi Kate! Thank you so much! I'm really happy you enjoyed this - I wasn't sure what to post this week and was just looking through some of my photo folders and thought - Hey, why not a spooky post, lol! You are very, very generous to suggest I could possibly give photo lessons, I am strictly amateur - but I do love to see what different looks I can get. Plus, you don't need lessons - your photos are super sharp and beautiful!

Lynn McIntosh said...

Janice, Hi - and thank you so much! I do get a lot of birds in my yard and tend to have a ton of photos, lol! Glad you liked them! I find it's a little hard to get spooky shots in sunny Florida! :)

Susan said...

Love your photos! It's amazing how spooky pics can look in black and white. Totally enjoyed this post.

Lynn McIntosh said...

Thank you so much Susan! It was fun to put together. Happy Halloween! :)

Elizabeth said...

What a perfect post . . . beautiful photos as always!

Love it!

Lynn McIntosh said...

Hi eli! Thanks so much! Hope you're doing well! Happy Autumn!!!