Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Sepia Scenes: Sweet Shrub Bush


(The Original)
This is a pod from my Sweet Shrub Bush. This shrub is native to the Appalachian stream banks of the Smokies. Thomas Jefferson recorded planting Sweet Shrub at Monticello on March 7, 1778. He gave them as gifts to fellow gardeners and included them in a box of American plants shipped to Madame de Tessé in Paris. Sweet Shrubs have deep maroon flowers with sweet fragrance similar to strawberries in late spring and glossy, aromatic, leathery, dark-green foliage. Flowers are quite fragrant. At the moment this bush is sticks and pods.
The day I took the photo it was overcast and pouring down snow. The little streaks you see in the photo are snowflakes whirling by.

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17 comments:

Artlover said...

They are both equally good. The sepia tone is softer than the color. Nice photo. Have a nice evening.

Thom said...

These are just beautiful. I have to say that I like the original better on this series of shots. I'll be anxious to see the flower on this :) Have a wonderful Wednesday :)

Ralph said...

This is a fine look at this shrub, dormant for winter. Yet if we gaze a bit more at the branch and pod, we can imagine it not in sepia, but in a rich seasonal hue of the warmest month. We look and await the seasonal change.

Patti said...

I like how the little bits of snow are falling in the photo.

The sepia is artsy looking but I also prefer the original. I like the blur of color in the background!

ilanadavita said...

I love to see how two different treatments emphasize diferent aspects of your lovely shot.

Leora said...

Wow, a plant with history. Looks elegant with color or in sepia. I'm imagining the fragrance.

judi said...

in sepia it looks spun out of spider webs. Cool!!!!

Amanda said...

Love the bokeh! Great picture in color and sepia.

awarewriter said...

Nice shots Carletta. I like the original better. I think the sepia needs to be darker.

Rose said...

Oh, I like this best in sepia! Nice shot.

Marice said...

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kaye said...

I love both versions--I love the colors in the second photo.

George said...

You did a wonderful job with these photos. Although the original is wonderful, I really like the sepia photo. Sepia seems particularly appropriate for the Sweet Shrub Bush.

hip chick said...

It really does look pretty in sepia. Great picture.

Icy BC said...

Beautiful in sepia tone!

Evelyn Howard said...

Beautiful. I like the original better :) but they are both really nice.

kamagra said...

What a perfect photos, I'm so fan of taking photos specially when I'm going to travels, on the other hand I'd like to see the flower.m10m