Thoughts while trimming bougainvillea

Thoughts_on_trimming_bougainvillea©_2015_Copyright_Linda_Enger_PhotographyThe last several days I have  been having a painful  heart to heart conversation with  our three frost trashed bougainvillea shrubs. . I have no desire to post what the winter brought to these shrubs and come March I know I have to go for the tough love. I hack away at the sharp spiked branches. I have way too many scratches and punctures from which have gone through shirts, gloves, and pants . Come June the plants will once again be showing off their  beautiful bracts . The flowers are actually tiny and white and the   yummy magenta color  display are actually considered leaves not  flowers!

So why the painting instead of a photo? As I was trying to maneuver the endless sharp stems into trash bags for yard waste, and putting  the  mulched up leaves for compost I kept thinking about a series of paintings that I was working on  around Valentine’s day. The paintings  have many layers of work into them and this 24 x30 painting reminded me of the branches and stems that so viciously protect their beautiful leaves and flowers.

FYI- I realized when I was messing with this image to post that I had quickly shot this on my iphone . I need to shoot it also with DSLR  and see the difference.

 

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