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During one of my many walks around town My daughter picked theses wildflowers for me while I was taking pictures. We rounded the corner towards home and the afternoon sun lit up the bouquet she made of them so prettily we stopped to take another picture. I had always thought the larger blue flower towards the top of the arrangement was a cornflower, but it turns out that it is common chicory. I loved the little fluffy looking puff balls in this bouquet as well–they catch the light beautifully. It turns out they are a variety of clover called “hare’s foot trefoil.” Now that I know what they are called, I can see how they resemble little rabbit’s feet. Then there is some common white clover and the purple kind is called Red Sweet Clover. She sure did a nice job of arranging them into a pretty bouquet 🙂

wildflower bouquet by Dawna Morton
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Bouquet of hare’s-foot trefoil, white clover, and purple clover, topped with a blue Cichorium Intybus (common chicory) blossom. Afternoon summer sunlight causes dramatic highlights on individual tufts of fluff and flower petals as well as making the gravel road sparkle in the background.

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I liked this picture so much I also tinkered around with using various tints on it.

wildflower bouquet, amber by Dawna Morton
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The color of this amber tinted photo is like sepia tone, only more vibrant.

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wildflower bouquet, pink by Dawna Morton
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this version is infused with a delicate pink tint.

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wildflower bouquet, black and white by Dawna Morton
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wildflower bouquet, aqua tint by Dawna Morton
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wildflower bouquet, yellow by Dawna Morton
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A light yellow tint adds a little more of a cheerful glow to this version of the picture.

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This is the very last batch of pictures I took in May, really it is 😉

On the way home from the park I saw these flowers in a planter box in front of a local hair salon. I really liked how they matched the paint on the building. All the warm tones were pretty in the glow of the afternoon sun. I’m not sure what kind of flowers these are… possibly they are some sort of mum. It would probably be easier to tell if the blooms had been opened.

closed yellow and orange blossoms by Dawna Morton
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Yellow and orange blossoms, growing in a planter box in front of a yellow and orange building, almost form a circlet as they bask dreamily in the sun–awaiting another day to open and bloom. Flowers near the periphery appear semi transparent and ghost-like almost as a reminder of past hopes and dreams.

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closed yellow and orange blossoms 2 by Dawna Morton
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Yellow and orange blossoms, growing in a planter box in front of a yellow and orange building, basking dreamily in the sun—awaiting another day to open and bloom. In an arrangement like an upside down question mark, these flowers suggest an unknown future of possibilities.

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closed yellow and orange blossoms 3 by Dawna Morton
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Yellow and orange blossoms, growing in a planter box in front of a yellow and orange building, basking dreamily in the sun–awaiting another day to open and bloom. In a close knit semi-circular arrangement, these flowers suggest an unknown future of possibilities should they include the other flower off in the distance.

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The other night for Family Home Evening when  one of my son’s was in charge of the activity he suggested we do this art activity. He is taking an art class at school, and they have been exploring textures in a project that involved rubbing a crayon over a textured surface, painting on top of that, and then tracing and cutting flower shapes out to glue on another paper. He was very excited to teach us how to do this. Here is the one I made:

red tulip by Dawna Morton
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This mixed media watercolor explores various textures with crayon rubbings, overlaid with a paper tulip cutout. The work was then painted in a loose impressionist style to give a light and airy feel like the tulip is glad of a little spring rain in the sunlight.

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All of the kids from the teenager right down to the toddler had fun doing this  (with a little supervision). On mine I used textures from the wall, ceiling, the heater, and a carving on our piano, while the kids had fun finding textures on the woven fabric of our computer chair, Legos, and various other bumpy surfaces around the house. Then we traced, cut,  and painted the flower shapes and glued them on another piece of paper. Although I textured and painted my background, a plain, colored piece of construction paper also works well as a background–especially if you want to get done sooner so you can get the kids in bed on time 😉  It may be fun to also just cut out shapes like squares, circles and rectangles and then arrange them into flower shapes on the paper (or fire trucks or whatever might be of interest to your own kids). Once I got the cut and paste stage, I realized I had made my flower too large for where I wanted to place it on the paper, and I had to trim it down a bit. Then after gluing down the tulip I quickly and lightly painted in a stem and some leaves using some colors to match the background, adding some stamens and pistols  to complete the composition and add to the feeling that the flower was  reaching for the spring rain to get a drink.  The next day I glued down the flower more securely and did a little touch up since I had been in too much of a rush to get it done before so I could whisk the kids to bed.

Perhaps later I’ll post the ones my kids made if that’s ok with them…

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Here is the third and last installment of pictures I took on the way home from the park on Memorial Day.  I’m so glad I saw these little hidden treasures peeking out from amidst the grasses along the banks of Fox Creek. Having the lighting be so wonderful that day was an added bonus. Hopefully you will enjoy them too.

old fashioned roses by Fox Creek, Columbia River 13 by Dawna Morton
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Growing wild in the grass on the banks of Fox Creek near the banks of the Columbia River, an old fashioned peach-colored rose with scalloped petals glows in the spring sunlight.

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old fashioned roses, Fox Creek, Columbia River 14 by Dawna Morton
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Black and white photo of an old fashioned rose, with scalloped petals, growing wild in the grass on the banks of Fox Creek near the banks of the Columbia River and glowing in the spring sunlight.

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old fashioned roses by Fox Creek & Columbia River by Dawna Morton
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A pink old-fashioned rose with scalloped petals, growing wild in the grass on the banks of Fox Creek near the banks of the Columbia River with a soft dreamy focus.

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old fashioned roses, Fox Creek, Columbia River 16 by Dawna Morton
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Focal black and white if a pale pink old-fashioned rose with scalloped petals, growing wild in the grass on the banks of Fox Creek near the banks of the Columbia River with a soft dreamy focus.

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old fashioned rose by Fox Creek, Columbia River 17 by Dawna Morton
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Focal black and white if a pale pink old-fashioned rose with scalloped petals, growing wild in the grass on the banks of Fox Creek near the banks of the Columbia River with a soft dreamy focus.

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Here is another installment of pictures I took on the way home from a trip to the park with my kids on Memorial Day. These pretty old-fashioned Roses were hiding so well in the grass along Fox Creek where it joins the Columbia River that I almost missed seeing them. Several of these have a nice view of the sky and the Columbia River in the background, lending them an almost tropical or day-at-the-beach atmosphere.
old fashioned roses by Fox Creek & Columbia River by Dawna Morton
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Old-fashioned pale pink roses grow wild in the grass on the banks of Fox Creek, near where it flows into the Columbia River in the background. A cloudy blue Oregon sky creates a beautiful backdrop to these sunlit blossoms fluttering gently in the spring breeze.

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This next one was so pretty with it’s dreamy atmosphere and background that I decided to make several different versions in a variety of colors.

old fashioned roses by Fox Creek, Columbia River 8 by Dawna Morton
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Growing wild in the grass on the banks of Fox Creek near the banks of the Columbia River, an old-fashioned pink rose with scalloped petals seems to almost float in a background reminiscent of golden green reflections dancing in a pool of water.

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old fashioned roses by Fox Creek, Columbia River 9 by Dawna Morton
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In this focal black and white photo, a pale pink old-fashioned rose with scalloped petals, growing wild in the grass on the banks of Fox Creek near the banks of the Columbia River, seems to almost float in a romantic background reminiscent of starry moonlit reflections in a pool of water.

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old fashioned roses by Fox Creek, Columbia River 10 by Dawna Morton
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In this tinted focal black and white photo, a pale amber-colored old-fashioned rose with scalloped petals, growing wild in the grass on the banks of Fox Creek near the banks of the Columbia River, seems to almost float in a romantic background reminiscent of starry moonlit reflections in a pool of water.

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old fashioned roses by Fox Creek & Columbia River by Dawna Morton
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Black and white photo of an old-fashioned white rose with scalloped petals, growing wild in the grass on the banks of Fox Creek near the banks of the Columbia River, seems to almost float in a romantic background reminiscent of starry moonlit reflections in a pool of water.

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old fashioned roses by Fox Creek & Columbia River by Dawna Morton
old-fashioned roses by Fox Creek & Columbia River 12by Dawna Morton ~see it framed
A pink old-fashioned rose with scalloped petals, growing wild in the grass on the banks of Fox Creek near the banks of the Columbia River with a soft dreamy focus.

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