Yellow lilies: a reminder of sun in the midst of Sydney’s ‘storm of the decade’

Yellow lilies artsy

Yellow lilies artsy

After three days of torrential rain and gale force winds, of broken umbrellas and wet feet, of disrupted transport, fallen trees and floods, of a storm billed variously as “the storm of the decade” or even (eek!) “the storm of the century”, I was feeling quite worn down as I trudged to the train station after work today.

Two things lifted my spirits: a woman busking in Martin Place (a soprano singing “Vissi d’arte”, her pure tones floating over the rain) and a bunch of yellow lilies at a flower seller. I gave the busker a donation, and bought the lilies.

Processing the photo of the lilies, I was not entirely happy. My photo had not captured the cheerful, daffodil-like yellow that caught my eye. But I quite like this rather stark result (above) of experimenting with the processing — with its dark colours and moody background, it’s undeniably artsy, just right for the theme this week at A Photo a Week Challenge. The original is below, for contrast.

Yellow lilies

Yellow lilies original


4 thoughts on “Yellow lilies: a reminder of sun in the midst of Sydney’s ‘storm of the decade’

  1. I adore “Tosca” – one of my very favourites. So when ‘Vissi d’arte’ is sung well, it brings tears to the eyes.
    I love both those frames; but perhaps it’s because yellow is my favourite colour …


    • I don’t know who this soprano busker is, but I’ve encountered her a few times in MP as I walk to the train. Her voice just soars over all the noise. Usually, though, she happens to be singing something I don’t recognise.
      Glad you like the yellow lilies! 🙂

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