The Last Iris – Woodblock Print

Iris - Woodblock
Iris – Woodblock, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

welcoming summer
with a respectful surrender
spring blooms nap

Usually, our irises finish blooming before summer officially arrives.  This year, a couple of our iris blooms, similar to the one in the above image, insisted on meeting the summer solstice.  They have since retired for their long nap until next spring.

I have been clearly absent from blogging for a couple of weeks.  An escalated roller coaster ride with my own health issues, as well as spending several days in the hospital with my mother due to a sudden and unexpected surgery left me with no time or energy for much of anything else.  She is now at home with us recuperating from her surgery.  But I’m able to pop in today for a quick post.  Thank you so much for your patience.

I hope the new season is off to a wonderful start for you.

This image of an iris bloom is another photomanipulation I did to digitally convert a photo into the likeness of an old Japanese woodblock print.  I also learned from fellow bloggers, Francine and Frizz, that the image is also called a “xyloglyph.”

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54 responses to “The Last Iris – Woodblock Print

  1. Beautiful image. That wood block conversion is very effective.

    Hope your Mother recovers quickly and your own surge in health problems subside soon too. Chronic health problems always seem like one long roller coaster that never ends. Hope you’re able to get outdoors for some sun & photography more regularly soon.

    • Thank you so much, Vicki! Yes, they are a long and turbulent roller coaster lately, as you know very well from your own experiences. More challenges, but we’ll take them one step at a time. I really appreciate your well wishes.

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  3. Stunning woodblock print as usual Fergie and sorry to hear that your mom and you weren’t doing so well. Hope all is better now and know that I am thinking of you both. Feel better soon hon. 😀 *hugs*

  4. For so many reasons which I could not start mentioning here, I see this as one of your best work [both haiku and image of course]. I’ll just say one thing: kindness, beauty and hope, all in one. Thank you, my dear!

  5. Two annotations. The first is your iris. Beautiful scanned image. The second is Nature Notes. I was absolutely delighted to look at those photographs. Magnificent!

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  7. Your digitally convert into the likeness of Japanese woodblock print is too beautiful. It gives the peaceful feeling. Hope you will feel better soon; very sorry to hear about your mother…

  8. Wishing you a fast recovery my friend. It is hard to be sick. I grew up with a severe asthma and had to quit school for 2 years. My mom still recovering from a severe immune disorder for the past two years. Moments like this brings family closer to each other and somehow because of them we make it through.

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