Visual Slice of Life: Variations on a Flower


(This is part of the Slice of Life Challenge with Two Writing Teachers. We write about small moments each and every day for March. You come, too. Write with us.)

Over at another writing space where I “live” with words, our friend Kim has begun to prompt our thinking around the visual. So, today, this slice is more visual than written. Kim has us thinking “spring” this, which is difficult to do when our yard is still covered in snow and temperatures plunged again the other day.

Spring has not yet sprung in New England … and yet … and yet, I saw a neighbor hooking up white buckets and tubing to his trees, anxious to catch the flow of sap when it begins. So, maybe he knows something I don’t know. Maybe spring will actually come.

For now, I have flowers in a vase, and this series of photos and filters is a celebration of the bright yellow on our kitchen table.

First, one of the originals:

Then, a collage:
Tulips before Spring

Then, some odd filtering:
More Tulips with effects

Finally, a visual word cloud:

Peace (in the color),


  1. Beautiful. In NW UK we have many signs of Spring – tiny tete-a-tete daffodils in flower, catkins on the hazel, leaves budding on many bushes. Spring is several weeks early this year.

  2. Your post gives me hope that spring – at least in some form – will come – at least at some time. Not today, I am sure, but some time!

  3. Kevin, you always have so much fun with your writing. This piece is different and yet the same. Love the daffodils to brighten this gray morning in Maine. Thank you.

  4. WOW! My favorites are the collage and the word cloud. Every time I stop by your blog, I see something new and amazing!

  5. I love the word cloud in the flowers. How did you do that? I hope spring arrives soon for you. It’s been quite a winter in the east.

  6. My favorite is the word cloud. Your expertise at technology amazes me. Please link up tomorrow for Digilit Sunday. I’m trying to build a round up. Slow, slow. Like Spring this year.

  7. Beautiful pictures of what we can look forward to when spring finally arrives. As I was driving the other day, I saw several clumps of daffodils along the side of the road. So there is hope that here in AR, spring is just around the corner.

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