Sunday, August 5, 2012
Wildflowers in England
If you are unable to see the slideshow, click on this post's title to bring up the post directly, or, alternatively, click here to view the photographs.
While I remain "on hiatus," I am given to understand that there are those who would like more photographs of the trip to England. It seems I took over a thousand photographs (OK, I often bracket exposures, but just the same . . .). I will not burden anyone with even a fraction of that, but will post some as I manage to cull them.
Here, then, are wildflowers photographed in London's parks, in Shropshire, and in Norfolk. With significant help from my Mom, I've labeled them, though there remain unnamed flowers. Should you find mistakes, or if you can help fill in blanks, please do say so, and I'll update.
With grateful thanks to Steven Schwartzman, who teaches us, with his superlative photographs and information at Portraits of Wildflowers, to pay attention to these wonders of our natural world as I, at least, have never done before.
To accompany the post, I give you Three Studies from Couperin by English composer Thomas Adès:
Another piece by Adès, which I find utterly beautiful, is Polaris, which can be heard by clicking through the links here. As to that, for anyone within reach of Santa Cruz, California, the final weekend of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music is going to be wonderful, featuring both a world premiere by Dylan Mattingly on August 11, and Adès' Polaris on August 12. Here is the full programming:
August 11, 2012:
Andrew Norman: Gran Turismo
Osvaldo Golijov: Rose of the Winds [West Coast Premiere]
Dylan Mattingly: I Was a Stranger [World Premiere | Festival Commission]
Lou Harrison: Third Symphony [Anniversary Tribute | Festival Commission]
August 12, 2012:
Thomas Adès: Polaris
Behzad Ranjbaran: Seven Passages
Michael Ippolito: Nocturne [West Coast Premiere]
John Mackey: Harvest: Concerto for Trombone (Joseph Alessi, trombone)
For more information, click here.