May Days

May Day, May Day, May Day!

Hey, what did you expect with a title like “May Days?”

While the opening reflects a traditional distress call, the only real distress is that I’m still five or six months behind on posting what I’ve been shooting.  In short, I’m still showing May days.

For a guy in the Northern Hemisphere, this is a tad silly.  Pictures from May show Spring busting out all over, when what’s really popping out this time of year are fall colors.

Maybe I should just pretend I’ve migrated to New Zealand and am sharing Spring down under.   With zeal, even.

But what I’ll really do is dump a bunch of miscellaneous impressions from last May, throw them up against the visual wall of images you’ve seen lately, and see if any of them stick.

We’ll start with a question.  Which is better?



In both cases, I took artistic liberties.  The original picture wasn’t as dark or as saturated, and the color hangs suspended.  Or perhaps, in black and white, it hangs suspended like a flowery moon.

Perhaps it’s that “moonlight” that inspires growth.



Even if sometimes that strange moonlight triggers werewolfish tendencies.  Some plants get a wild hair or two.


And others, well, they’re just looking for a hand.

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(A Hydrangea variant, I think)

Moving on, a little blue job posed against its complementary color.


While a run-of-the-mill sprig said, “what do you mean, run-of-the-mill?”


And another wined, “hey, how about me?”

Grape leaves

Meanwhile, the neighborhood fern opted to wear a flaming mohawk.


While a small flower found another way to be flaming.


And while a succulent had a dark mood…


Others are lighter at heart.


Some are in the pink.



But I’ve always been partial to the warmth of oranges and golds.


So if you think you hear a call of distress
Perhaps it’s just spring, wearing fancy dress.
For when we come to days of May
It’s a floral show, come what may.

38 thoughts on “May Days

    1. True, photos don’t wilt. Although I wonder sometimes, in this age of Instagram, if peoples resolve to look at them does. In any case, it’s nice to have a creative outlet to share with folks who are interested.

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      1. The whole world of digital has totally changed photography. Instagram is one outlet, but I imagine it is nothing like the flood that comes from cell phones. But there is still a difference between good and bad photography, Dave. Keep up the good work! –Curt

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  1. It is October now and most of our flowers have succumbed to the first frost last week. But it is always nice to see such lovely photos from the spring, especially those where have applied your artistic touch to them.

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    1. I picked up the effect from some guy’s preset collection. In essence, he cranked down the exposure and cranked up the whites, then added a few more subtle touches. I didn’t really catch the early age photography connection, you may be onto something.

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    1. Interesting how a picture where B/W was the last thing in my mind when photographed translated so well. Guess it pays to see what direction presets will lead from time to time, albeit with a bit of tweaking.

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      1. Doesn’t that force you to accept the default luminosity for the color tones? I like to be able to tweak them a bit in the conversion. Still, good on you for going b/w, it’s a fun medium. (I cut my photographic teeth in it.)

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  2. I could look at your May Day flower photos all year round, Dave. Your sharp focus and use of depth-of-field is masterful. For this subject, I personally prefer the color shots, but the succulent in black and white is also very dramatic.

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  3. J.D. Riso

    These vibrant images are a perfect contrast to the autumn gloom outside my window. Won’t be seeing anything like this outside until May. 8 months from now. I prefer the colors in the first photo.

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  4. There is always spring somewhere – so don’t worry about posting off season images. That’s only for you anyway. And I enjoy looking at your May images – a beautiful contrast to what it’s like outside my window. As for the first pair, I like the B&W version the better.

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  5. Agree with all said above, Dave. Flowers are always welcome at any time of year. We spent yesterday evaluating assisted living facilities for some relatives and particularly liked the fresh flowers throughout two of the locations, both in Ohio. One even had a greenhouse!

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    1. Flowers in a greenhouse are even better than flowers in a vase. They’re transient enough as is. I wish there was a proper botanical gardens/conservatory around here. But maybe they figure with all the homeowners sporting gardens there’s no point.

      I suppose that as we age, we really do have more time and interest in “stopping to smell the roses.”

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  6. I enjoy the thought of May here in October ~ kind of jump over this thing called winter. The series of your photos brings a great spring feeling, which matches my current uplifting feeling here in autumn – but already there are people talking about the winter ahead, so your photos do show there is light at the end of the tunnel. It was fun seeing who preferred color or B&W with your first photo – I am all for the B&W, something strong and sharp with the photo that attracts me. Enjoy the May feel here in October 🙂 Cheers ~

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    1. Thanks, Randall. Maybe I should have saved these for mid-winter. 😉 Neither of those first two photos were really true to life representations of the flower, and each has their own mood. I like ’em both, for different reasons.


  7. Wonderful specimens, captures and captions! For the record and in my humble opinion I don’t think we have to post according to the month we are living! I like the color photo between the first two. The warm orange works well with the dark background.

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