Monet is known to have said, "I perhaps owe becoming a painter to flowers."
As you undoubtedly know, dear reader, one of the many flowers that Monet painted was the flower of the Tropaelum majus AKA Nasturtium Plant.
One of those paintings is, Nasturtiums In A Blue Vase, shown in an image credited with the following link, in the top lefthand corner of this blog entry.
I touched on Monet's appreciation for the Tropaelum majus, in a blog entry that I made on TLLG this past June, after I had just planted my Nasturtium Plants in my urban (New York City) terrace garden, and, I am so happy to say that the Tropaelum majus's flowers are still thriving today — nearly six months later — as evidenced by the photographs posted below, which were taken this afternoon in my garden.
It's almost as if they were hanging around to honor Claude Monet's memory and to wish him a "Bon Anniversaire" or "Joyeux Anniversaire", because it is no mean feat for my Tropaelum majus to survive beyond their prime season on my terrace. For one thing, I grow them in a container, and, since they are an annual, they usually do not survive the mood swings of the type of weather New York City is subjected to.
The initial post that I made about my Tropaelum majus this past June, is titled, Giverny in New York, and you may refer to it by clicking here. Furthurmore, I subsequently have referred to this awesome plant in other blog entries which you may find by going to the labels menu on this blog (located at the left hand side) and clicking on Tropaelum majus (Nasturtium Plant).
As of today's posting, I have featured nearly forty images (many of which have not been featured within this blog) of my Tropaelum majus within my Flickr Gallery that you may view by clicking here, and going to the set named Tropaelum majus (Nasturtium). Moreover, I have featured the Tropaelum majus on nybg's (New York Botanical Gardens) tumblr, and if you'd like to read those posts, please click here, where you will find posts with informative text and striking images that are related to Tropaelum majus, as well as many of the things I grow.
The Tropaelum majus's flowers (as well as many of my other flowers) in my garden have been a constant reminder of Monet's aforementioned quote, "I perhaps owe becoming a painter to flowers", because I, perhaps, owe my return to taking photographs, to the things which I grow in my terrace garden. For I have almost no vision in my left eye, and very little vision in my right eye, and this coupled with limited side vision and depth perception, along with a "long eyeball", makes it difficult for me to garden, shoot photographs, create, as well as produce garden themed movies, and work on a computer to write about my endeavors. But I love the things which I grow so much that it is worth every effort.
Regarding, the challenges which I have with my eyesight, they have been with me since birth, and this "affliction" has greatly influenced all my endeavors, as I discussed in one of the first entries that I made on TLLG, which you may refer to by clicking here.
Additionally, I have been interviewed on two major New York Radio stations, 1010 WINS (John Montone's New York) and WBAI (The Al Lewis Show with Karen Lewis). If you'd like to hear either of these, they are both posted on my web-site, Patricia Youngquist Photo Art, and the direct page where they can be found may be accessed by clicking here.
That's it for today, dear reader, but I invite you raise a glass of vino, in Monet's honor, and not only thank him for the beautiful art he has given us, but thank him for the inspiration he provided by persevering in spite of his visual (among many other) challenges, and, as always, I invite you to please weigh in with your thoughts, ideas and reactions. If you are new to posting this type of thing, you may click here for directions. ALSO (apropos of nothing in today's blog entry), I now have greeting cards available for the forthcoming November and December holidays. These cards are featured within the Card Shoppe Pages of my web-site, Patricia Youngquist Photo Art, or to go to where they are located within the beautiful Card Shoppe Pages, please click here to view my selections of delightful greeting cards to honor the festivities.