Wandering Dude

Wandering Dude

I spent the very last day possible at the Conservatory at Assiniboine Park. I literally stayed until they closed up not only for the day but also the life of the conservatory to the public. Why? Because I have very fond memories from many years of visiting when we or I used to go there and enjoy the lush trees, plants and flowers. I would particularly go in winter time to get a break from the white, blustery snow and see beautiful greenery in the warm and humid environment. 

Some of my fondest photographs are of my immediate and extended family, some of whom, are no longer with us in physical form, and they graced their presence on this Earth by being in the conservatory. Back in the day, there were black and white photographs that were developed with film and you had to wait a very long period of time for them to be developed in the lab before seeing what you had accomplished with your camera. 

This is a photograph I took of a “Wandering Dude” or Tradescantia zebrina or Inch Plant amongst the brick work. It is a houseplant that has trailing vines and is often used in hanging baskets. 

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Fleurs Blanches

Fleurs Blanches

These are beautiful white flowers or Fleurs Blanches found in the old Conservatory Building at Assiniboine Park. The building is no longer there and has been demolished. I hope the plants found a good new home. 

This photograph has Asiatic Lilies and Arum Lilies being showcased. They are exquisite in their elegance and perfection.  They are romantic.

They were situated in a spot that many people would walk by and not even notice them but they definitely caught my eye. The Asiatic Lilies look as if there are multiple trumpets sounding off in all the directions.  

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Kasugai Gardens

Kasugai Gardens

My husband and I were in Kelowna visiting with his previous regiment, the British Columbia Dragoons. They were celebrating their 100th anniversary as an armoured reconnaissance regiment of the Canadian Forces. They are the sister regiment to the The Royal Dragoon Guards in Britain. 

While there, we toured around the Kasugai Gardens which was not part of the city when we lived there. I found it to be quite beautiful and a peaceful and serene place where you can sit down and enjoy the scenery. 

According to the City of Kelowna website, “The garden was completed in 1987 to demonstrate the friendship and union between Kelowna and its sister city in Kasugai, Japan. The park integrates traditional elements notable in Japanese gardens, such as stone lanterns, pine trees, waterfalls and a pond stocked with Koi. It is a beautiful integration of stone, pathways, plants and water.” 

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A Peony, a Fern and an Ant

I was just thinking this would be a great start to a joke, “A Peony, Fern and an Ant grow up together in a garden…” 

I simply like the composition of the ferns highlighting the full blossom peony and the little ant doing its job to open up the shut peony. 

According to the DIY Network website, “Ants and peonies go together like peanut butter and jelly. The association is so strong that much folklore has developed around the issue of ants on peonies”  

Further it says, “To a certain extent, ants actually take advantage of the peony flowers, harvesting much nectar from the plants. But the peonies also benefit, in that ants often devour any insects that are attacking the plants.” 

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Delicate Amongst Needles

Delicate Amongst Needles

Somehow, this beautiful, white flower has found a way to live, grow and bloom amongst the needles of the pine trees. It is delicate and fragile and the pine needles are sharp, prickly and dangerous to its continuing existence. It is like a very nice person who is positive and upbeat amongst negative and vile people affecting the essence of the individual. 

This photograph was taken in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. 

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Flowers in Rock

Flowers in Rock – Photography by Mary Mikawoz
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Flowers in Rock

Way up in the Rocky Mountains, there are hardy and beautiful yellow flowers growing out of rock. They are determined and strong to grow out of the sides of mountains. 

I have to give them credit for being so tenacious and having a “Never Give Up” Attitude. You have to be in the mountains at the right time of year for them to be blooming. 

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Beauty of My Eye

Beauty of My Eye – Photography & Digital Art by Mary Mikawoz
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Beauty of My Eye

When I see peonies, I think of my mother. There is an old coloured photograph of my mother in a pink, silky organza layered type of dress. She looks absolutely stunning and so beautiful. Along with her, were her children, us kids, playing beside her and she is kneeling near the fence where there are beautiful, pink peonies framing her body. 

I love this image that I took in my own garden because it highlights the pink peony and is surrounded by bright, yellow flowers and green leaves which to me, is like my mother along with her children. She is the “Beauty of My Eye.” 

Now that I think of it, I wonder if my father created that stunning dress for my mother as he was a custom tailor and made beautifully tailored clothes for all of us. Good memories. 

This is for you Mom and Dad! 

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Bee Flower

Mikawoz Bee Flower

Bee Flower

I look this image of the bee in the flowers in Freeport, Bahamas. What I like about this photograph that I took is the fact that the flower is in various stages of development just like people from baby to youngling to adult. I find the spiky nature particularly appearing which I guess would be like the teenage years.

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Water Lilies in Colour

Mikawoz Water Lilies in Colour

Water Lilies in Colour

I took the photograph of the water lilies in Freeport, Bahamas. I then decided to give it some colour and give it some darker features using filters and effects. The result is like a painting which I hope you like as much as I do.

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Stained Glass Floral

Mikawoz Stained Glass Floral

Stained Glass Floral

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I really like the photograph and added a stained glass effect to it. It is not an ordinary flower but a special one found at Hotel Beatus in Cambrai, France where I found it outside the rooms in the adjoining patios. Philippe Gorczynski found and made a museum around a World War I British tank, Deborah, the Iron Lady, near Flesquieres.

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