It is often on the field path to and from the allotment that the seeming ordinary catches my eye. Often too it’s the result of collaborating elements. Take this apple, one of a bucket of windfalls that a neighbour had tossed over the hedge into Townsend Meadow. Then came the blackbirds who, through the autumn, nibbled at the flesh until only this translucent skin remained. Then there was some frosty winter weather and a lowering late-day sun over the Edge. And so we have an apple lantern. And I just happened to be passing as it lit up…
The allotment plots are also fertile grounds for the extraordinary ordinary and finding them can provide protracted and absorbing diversions from weeding and digging. Who can guess what this is?
On the home front too, the multifarious parts of my unruly garden can be an endless source of distraction whatever the season, though autumn can yield some especially fine moments.
Lens-Artists: Ordinary This week I. J Khanewala asks us to explore the commonplace with fresh eyes. A focused look at the ordinary can suddenly transform into the extraordinary.
58 thoughts on “Ordinary Extraordinary ~ Past Perfect Encounters”
How exciting, these discoveries!
I LOVE those last two images, Tish
Thank you, Sue. Chiming with notions of quiet decay.
wow it is like we have entered a different world – what fantastic photographs.
PS absolutely no idea on that second one – but at a push I am guessing stamen
You are getting warm, Becky.
They are whole structures, as in buds…
underwater – no hold on that can’t be right as you took it on way to or near allotment. It’s the colour that is confusing me most! I’ll keep thinking (partly in hope someone brilliant will fly in and guess straight off!!!)
I’m going to have to put you and everyone out of their misery fairly soon…
oh dear has no one guessed?!!
They have now!
ah knew Jude would know!
Thank you kindly, Becky. Nothing like a bit of alternative reality. I think it’s probably my mission in life 🙂
I like it, and wish I was in an alternative one myself these days! The light through the apple is incredible – make a great painting
Ah, to be able to paint…
What intriguing images of ordinary things – although actually what they show us is that nothing is really ‘ordinary’!
My thoughts exactly, Sarah. Thank you.
I’m sure I could find lots of extraordinary at your place, Tish! And then there’s you and lovely Graham 🤗💕
Aw. Thank you, lovely you.
Brilliant photos, Tish.
The second photo: are those the petals of a flower in the sunflower (asteraceae) family? Whatever it is, what a colour!
A clue, Sarah. In another form it is edible 🙂
That is a very good proposition, Sarah, but Jude has the right answer. It’s a globe artichoke flower 🙂
These are amazing images, Tish. Surreal! I love them. Is the flower a Michaelmas daisy?
Close colour-wise, Izzie, but no. Something edible, but not when it’s flowering.
Last guess – I’ve got a photo of a globe artichoke, which has a similar flower??
Well done, Izzie. You and Jude are joint winners of the best guess. Globe artichoke it is.
Spider webs are every where and coming face to face with them will send you into a different world. Good photos.
Yes, now is the season of spider webs. I like your notion of their transporting us to a different world.
These are wonderful explorations of how truly out of this world the ordinary can become, if only you take the time to look at it. Your photo of the apple skin is other-wordly. I like that description as well, an apple lantern lighting up when you looked at it! I can’t guess at the purple. It is possible that it is a flower I haven’t seen, although I’ll be delighted if I’m wrong. I love the other two beautiful photos as well. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but the art of photography is to bring that eye to others. You’ve done that so well here.
I am aglow with all those lovely comments, I.J. Thank you.
Spot on that the second shot is a flower – but of the vegetable kind, though not when it’s flowering…
The apple lantern is so lovely. Definitely extraordinary. The purple image I’d hazard a guess at being an aster, at very close range.
That’s a good guess, but no – something in the veggie plot.
Oh, OK. Cardoon? Or Artichoke?
Ah-ha! You got it. It’s a globe artichoke flower 🙂
They are rather lovely.
(Extra)ordinary Tish – now, I know your piece of land is extraordinary…but this was something extra… Oh, sorry i get carried away here – but I LOVE your take on this. And the photos are fantastic. Love the apple, the glazed flowers and the …chive?
Especially loved your dewdrops this week Tish – and your message re the apple as food for the crows was terrific!
Many thanks, Tina. Dewdrops are always appealing aren’t they.
I love all of these, Tish, although I wouldn’t have known that first was an apple. 🙂
Well there wasn’t too much left of it 🙂
The apple capture is truly a unique and stunning photo – the artsy light just added to the rich history –
And glad I read the comments about the purple petals and wondering what it could be if edible when not blooming – be back later to find out Tish
Cheers, Yvette. Thanks.
Who knows how I missed this yesterday? What a striking post, and yes, I’d have got the artichoke teaser, as I’m a big fan. These really are wonderful shots.
Thank you. I award you a resprospective commendation on the ID front.
I’ll wear it with pride!
Even the smallest elements in nature are a wonder. Gorgeous photos!
My thoughts exactly, Jennie.
WOW. Great perspectives! An apple never looked LESS tempting!
Close inspection of the apple did not improve matters either, John 🙂