Spring surprises me every year. Like a switch being flicked, the sudden buzz and hum of life at volume jolts me into attentiveness. As the earth shakes off its heavy, muffled cloak of winter, a veil lifts from my eyes, and instantly they start to sketch shifting forms cast by the wayward light. As the sun shone on our little garden yesterday, we dug to find relics buried amongst the clusters of sprightly iris and anemones proudly splaying their pert figures. I instantly loved the bare little skeleton leaves, which quivered gently in the breeze as they generously sketched and re-sketched their intricate framework against a canvas of rich coffee soil. I like to think the earth kept these little treasures safe for me, just waiting for the light, and for my eyes to open.

Skeleton 5

Skeleton 6

Skeleton 1

Skeleton 3

Skeleton 2

Skeleton 4

© images and content Emily Hughes, 2014

24 Comments on “sketches

  1. I like those lacy skeleton leaves, too. Are they magnolia leaves, do you think?
    Your lovely delicate images make me long for the smell of earth.

    • Hi Karen – I think they are most probably leaves from a chilli plant, as that is what was growing around there. Not 100% sure though! Thanks for your lovely comment 🙂

  2. Very sensitively photographed. There are some real gems. The lacy form draws a veil over winter.

  3. These are gorgeous! It’s good to be surprised anew each year, isn’t it! I think the sense of wonder really shows in these photos.

  4. The delicate fragility of the leaves combines/contrasts so well with that lovely rich plummy earth, exquisite shots Emily!

    • thanks Patti! I tried photographing them in a few different ways, but the contrast against the earth worked best. Glad you like them!

  5. Hi Emily,

    Just a quick note to let you know that we sent the Van Dyke Brown information to your yahoo e-mail address. Let us know if you got it and have any questions. I’ve found that if I don’t have someone as a personal contact that e-mails sent to yahoo can end up in spam. Have a super weekend.

    Best wishes from sunny Florida.

    Marks and Joey

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