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

Muted Colors: orange gladioli and yellow cosmos

Gladioli and cosmos, Gore Hill Cemetery

Gladioli and cosmos, Gore Hill Cemetery

For my entry in A Photo a Week Challenge: Muted Colors, I’ve gone with a photo I took at Gore Hill Cemetery in the Sydney suburb of St Leonards. I worked in that area for a few years and the old cemetery was a favourite retreat at lunch time, peaceful and quiet, with paths to meander along and benches in the shade.

In this photo, I like how the muting treatment draws the viewer’s eye to the oranges and yellows of the flowers.

(Taken at: Sydney)