// flower crowns //

she looks like a tiny fairy.

guess who likes wearing long-sleeved black clothes in hot weather? it’s me, testing my heat endurance so i can be the alpha.

holy crap, i’m a great photographer. i’m just kidding, i actually kind of suck, but i do like this photo. :)

pup and den mother were here a few days ago, and i got to teach them how to make flower crowns. (pup is the cute lil one with all the messy brown hair, and den mother has the pretty red hair.) you can be sure that if there are flowers around, i will be picking enough to weave a flower crown for myself or for a friend.

flower crowns are one of my favorite things ever. they sort of make me feel like an elf, i guess. like i’m alive and part of this world. nature is pretty, so decorating myself with it makes me feel a little pretty, too. also, flower crowns are just really great, and as an aesthete, i’m kind of drawn to them.

everyone looks nice in flower crowns, and i can’t help but feel ok when i’m wearing one. :)

and i wish that plant life would grow all around me, so i won’t feel dead anymore (plant life // owl city).

xo

loren

// redbud //

my pictures have all been blurry lately. i’m not sure what’s going on. maybe something is wrong with the camera. maybe i can’t stop shaking long enough to get a clear shot.

it’s finally spring. that means emerging buds and slight breezes and dandelions exploding from the ground like fireworks and the musky smell of the pear tree settling over the backyard.

the redbud tree is one of my favorite plants that has made its home here. it’s a pink eruption of delicate flowers amid the overwhelming green. the blossoms are edible; they’re tangy and sweet with a slight crunch. they taste like nostalgia.

xo

loren

♥ ♥ ♥

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m not exactly a fan of this holiday. If you love someone, you should make them feel special and important on every day of the year, not just on Valentine’s Day.

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Anyway, Den Mother, one of my beautiful best friends, bought roses for me! They’ve wilted a little since I received them (I was gone all weekend on a retreat with one of my other best friends, so I wasn’t able to photograph the flowers until today), but they’re still wonderful. I really love Den Mother. :)

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My mom made some adorable heart-shaped pancakes this morning. :)

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For anyone who is sad about being single on Valentine’s Day, remember this:

“Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.” -Song of Songs 2:7

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And if that verse doesn’t mean anything to you because you’re not Christian, there are always the wise words of Fall Out Boy, from the song Save Rock and Roll:

“You are what you love, not who loves you.”

Aromantic asexual in ur shops, eatin ur discount chocolate on Feb 15th:

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Shout out to all the aromantics and asexuals who are confused by this weird, lovey-dovey holiday. You guys are great. :)

I hope everyone has had a good day. If not, just remember: you can start over every morning. You’re going to be OK, even if it takes awhile. Hang in there.

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Evening Photography Whatever #2

Flowers

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This is a fuchsia flower. Pretty, huh?

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Our garden is bursting with these gorgeous red clovers right now (they’re a cover crop).

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Animals

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My dad made these wooden chickens. :P (They totally count as animals.)

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I found this little rabbit cowering near the tree house.

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Turkeys! Their names are Dinner, Pilgrim, and Tom. XD

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This one also counts as an animal, OK?

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Robin!

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This mama bird (dove?) made a nest in the flowering cherry tree.

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There’s a robin nest in the pear tree . . .

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. . . And another in a rose bush.

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A finch is raising her babies on the front porch. :)

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Misc.

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My soccer ball. :)

Insects

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I was experimenting with our telescopic camera lens today. It lets you zoom in a whole lot closer. That’s how I was able to get so much detail on this bee.

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I saw this tiger swallowtail butterfly flitting through the garden and immediately began to photograph it.

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I say “flitting,” though I really mean limping. Half of the butterfly’s right wing was missing. :/

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Loren

Spring Flowers Have Arrived {Photography}

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Bleeding hearts! I love these flowers, they’re so beautiful.

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Whenever I take pictures of these flowers, they end up looking super bright pink. I tried to edit these pictures a bit to tone down the colors, but to no avail.

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Emily’s tree is beginning to bloom. Rest in peace, dear girl. You are missed.

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Maddy posted a tip about photographing flowers (see it HERE). I decided to try her tip, and the following dandelion pictures are the results. ;)

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I had fun editing some of my photos to look like Polaroid images.

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Tiny pansy.

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A bouquet with a bit of bokeh.  ;)

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I really like this one for some reason. :)

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Loren

Flowering Cherry Tree {Photography}

Hello! I recently took some pictures of the flowering cherry tree growing beside my house. Flowering cherry trees don’t grow fruit on them, though we have four trees that do produce cherries: two sour cherry trees and two sweet ones.

Anyway, enjoy the photos! :)

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Loren