One Peony, Two Ways

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So far this has been a disappointing year for peonies. From curbside, they look lush, unless they have stumbled to the ground because of heavy rain. Up close, they are burnt on random petals because of late frosts this year. I took some peony pictures earlier this week, but the light let me down. I put the best of a middling bunch of captures through the presets at Aviary.com, and these were the versions I liked best.

 

Garden, May 15

The lilacs and dianthus are in bloom. Echinacea and hibiscus have emerged.

The color of penance on a Saturday spring morning

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I don’t remember why deep purple is the color of penance. It’s not that I feel the need to confess anything. This flower reminds of the vestment the priest from Boston would wear at our Catholic school penance services. That is all.