cloud trees and windy leaves
Posted in guest quarters June 4th, 2009 by piablog

Hi, again. I have just returned from a very big, long trip. I thought about this space and you often while I was gone. My days as a guest are coming to a close so I won’t possibly be able to share everything with you here. I intend to continue in my own space very soon. I do hope you will come visit me there when I open. I can’t thank Pia, the most gracious of hostesses, enough for giving me the opportunity to meet her readers and to share a bit of what inspires me. I have a couple of final posts coming up but I would like to say thank you now. Thank you for all of your lovely comments and encouraging words!

When we came to look at our current house I fell in love with three things. The antique shop next door,the curtains and the garden. Pia has already mentioned the antique store and I will show you more beautiful photos of that later…the curtains also deserve their own post. Today I want to show you the garden.

I have not had a garden since I was a kid and I have definitely never had a a magnolia tree. When I lived in LA I dreamt of stealthily climbing the magnolia trees at night when no one was watching, cutting branches to display in my house. Since I began posting here we have watched our magnolia tree bud, burst into bloom, and shower the ground with petals. My son calls it a cloud tree. Did you know “cloud trees” evolved before bees appeared and that specimens have been found dating back 95 million years, I pointed this out to the little guy and his first response was “Oh wow” but after some thought he said “don’t touch bees, they’ll bite you”. Words to live by.

Before we left for our recent travels, we planted seeds and sat on the branches of this tree, secretly snipping blossoms for the window sill. When the petals blanketed the ground, it looked like snow. We have watched ferns unfurl, roses bud and beans sprout…for every bean we planted, a “magic” bean went in his pocket. It’s amazing what you can do with a handful of magic beans…

written and photographed by Riley Salyards.

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4 Comments

  1. Jon says

    Wow, Riley, what an eye you have. Your images are breathtaking and playful and more or less precisely what I’d imagine. I am in awe of you r clarity.

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  2. Ely says

    Having had the privilege of hoisting little boy into the branches of said trees, played acorn counter/collector with him, and shared in the ‘snow’ scene, all the while racing excavation tractors through it – all I can say what a wonder and joy it is to be in both Riley’s and her son’s presence. She makes a mean Quinoa dish as well. Love your photographs.

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  3. Bri says

    You can tell by looking at your photos that you are the kind of person who LOVES to take photographs!

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  4. Mary Lou says

    Riley, your photos are stunning! I love how you used natural light, very impressionistic, like a watercolor painting.
    And your son is too gorgeous for words. smiles, hugs, and kisses to you both!

    June 5th, 2009 | #


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