Catching the wave: learning to shoot lying down


Photography-wise, you could say this is a case of learning from one’s subject.

Anyone who joined me on last week’s walk around Windmill Hill, will probably know  that this drift of yellow is commonly known as Lady’s bedstraw or Lady’s tresses (Galium verum). When dried it smells of freshly mown hay, and so was once added to mattresses. Given these supine associations it seemed fitting that the only way to capture its essence was to lie down with it in the grass.

And lying down certainly reduces operator wobble, although there wasn’t much I could do about the summer breeze.  So I caught that too. And since I have yet to devise a ‘scratch and sniff’ widget, you must now use your imagination to summon a fragrance with subtle notes of gardenia plus a dash of fresh acacia honey. Mmmm. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a snooze coming on, borne away on a tsunami of sweet, golden, flowers. Happy dreams.

copyright 2015 Tish Farrell

Inspired by Jennifer Nichole Wells One Word Photo Challenge: tsunami  Go here to see Jennifer’s fascinating miniature world, and other bloggers’ interpretations for OWPC.

I’m also linking this to Lucile de Godoy’s Photo Rehab at Bridging Lacunas. Please visit her and her community of photo bloggers for a great boost to your creativity.

36 thoughts on “Catching the wave: learning to shoot lying down

  1. Beautiful, Tish! And one of my favorite summer flowers. That smell always transports me back to the summer meadows of my childhood in Connemara in the West of Ireland. Luckily the plant grows well here in the Northeastern US. I was admiring swathes of it along the roadside just yesterday. A true July bloomer.

  2. I get the lying down. I’ve been crouching, lying, etc. for more than forty years. It’s the getting back up that’s a real problem. Down, you’ve got gravity. Up is harder.

  3. Camera shake does depress me sometimes. Appears I have St. Vitus Dance, Tish! Or you’d think so looking at some of my efforts. But here I am, flat on my back, enjoying those sweet aromas. Happy as a pig in clover 🙂

  4. Beautiful image. Oh to lie down in a meadow of flowers with blue skies and clouds moving above. You painted such a pleasing picture with words and your image. Thank you so much – I will dwell on it as I go off to sleep tonight:)

  5. While we are lazing in the goodness of the meadow flowers we can contemplate the tsunami of Japanese words which we use in English conversation. We could stuff our futon with lady’s bedstraw, dream up haiku, or use lady’s bedstraw in ikebana………. 😉

  6. Takes me back to childhood memories of lying in the grass in an English meadow watching the clouds drift by (oh so many years ago Tish) Thanks for the memories… 🙂 ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  7. Such a stunning capture Tish! So colorful and I love the yellow against the green. 😀
    You’re lucky that you can still go and lie down. If I have to try that, I won’t get up again. LOL!

      1. It’s so perverse isn’t it. As the spirit grows younger, the body does the opposite. But then we won’t let it get us down. Have a good Monday.

      2. Oh, absolutely hon! Yes, doesn’t that suck? We sure won’t. I’ve learned to walk around with a cane so I can pull myself up. hahahah.

        Thanks hon. Have a good Monday as well. ♥

  8. I used my imagination to visualize you lying down but couldn’t smell the flowers yet😉! We need this widget! But your description was so perfectly done that I got the feeling of nice it was for you!
    Thanks for the shoutout! Much appreciated!

  9. Such an interesting day it will be when we can smell through the computer (interesting, rather than lovely, because I can imagine many terrible smells people would transmit). For now, I think I can imagine it just fine. A beautiful image. Thank you for sharing.

    1. I’m so pleased you like the photo, Jennifer. I think you are right about the smell facility – it’s one of those cases of being careful what you wish for, unless it could have ‘a good smell only’ filter 🙂

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