Larger Than Life Lilacs

Larger Than Life Lilacs

brings them out
into our
exciting dream,
lilacs and
the way
they smell,
like the taste
of peaches
and cream

alone, they might
be cause to
perfumed delights,
summer’s approach,
longer days,
shorter nights

are amazing,
(colours show
better in
darker light)
summer approaches
while we’re
shocked by a

larger than life,
a photo seems
to show
details we
never notice,
worlds beyond
our sight,
(its there
surprises hide)

lilacs so
on neglect,
a springtime
show and
perfume that
you shouldn’t
small flowers,
as life

25 thoughts on “Larger Than Life Lilacs

    1. We have seven or eight in our yard. At one time we thought of making a hedge of them.

      When I was a kid, we had an enormous one. I think it was 10 or 12 years old when it first blossomed.


      1. We have 80 year old friends who just removed a bunch of cedar trees and replaced them with lilacs. Good. So we know that they are OK. With the pandemic, we all stay home from the coffee shop we see them at…


      2. That sound wonderful. There is a large dam about 30 minutes from my house that creates a huge reservoir in the mountains, just in this tiny village. I always thought it’d be a great spot to put a coffee shop and just meet to drink coffee every morning.


      3. Our house overlooks what is sometimes called the most beautiful lake in the world. When we built it, we had lake views from about seven rooms.

        I guess the lake is about 20 or 25 miles long. We are at the north end, and often watch weather blow up the lake.

        We drive about five miles across the lake and park from where we can see our house (looks
        tiny from so far away) and other lake scenery. We drink our coffee there (and tall stories).

        Your coffee shop might work. We have been to a place that makes jam and has a huge gift shop and a restaurant. You can buy jam, ornaments and other trinkets while you wait for your table.
        That helps to make it a destination. (It’s cool!)

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      4. The lake we look at is called Kalamalka Lake, and is in western Canada. It’s in a valley, created, it is said, by (a) megathrust earthquake(s), triggered by a Yellowstone supervolcano eruption, probably about six million years ago.

        The mountains in many of my photographs (of the lake) are rounded. That probably happened about 15-20,000 years ago. It is said that local glaciers were more than a mile deep.

        And they ground round what would have started out as jagged alpine shaped peaks. They also filled in a huge fjiord that once reached hundreds of miles, to the Pacific Ocean.

        I think that there are many ‘most beautiful lake(s) in the world’ lakes. The water in this one changes colour. First Nations (local aboriginal people) call it “Lake of Many Colours”.

        When it warms up, the lake is a bright milky green. When it cools off its a darker green. When the sun sets, on any day, it can be a beautiful orange colour.

        And there are other colours, of course. (Many) It’s very cool and we’ll miss it if we sell and move away, as we plan to.


      5. Sounds like a great place and I appreciate your knowledge. Most of the geography in New York was also created by slow moving glaciers after the ice age. We have the smaller Catskill mountains and then the mighty Adirondacks, which means “Those who eat bark,” because bark was pretty much the only thing for the Native Americans to eat while passing through on their way to fish for Salmon. So the story goes.


      6. Our house overlooks what is sometimes called the most beautiful lake in the world. When we built it, we had lake views from about seven rooms.

        We drive about five miles across the lake and park from where we can see our house (looks
        tiny from so far away)

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  1. Lesson for me, read carefully. Mesmerizing, the name or title of the poetry had me all up in colour, before turning to the page holding the poetry and the photograph. LILAC, the light, lighter shade of VIOLET. And look there we have two flowers, representing colours. The colours of some lilac flowers may be equivalent to the colours called pale lilac, rich lilac, or deep lilac (violet and even purple) and there is Lavender to. I’m all caught up in colour, Lilac is so pink., let me get back to the flower and in all her shades of lilac. So gentle and versatile we even called some lilac flowers, White Lilacs, holy Moses.

    I love the impressions portrayed through these larger than life lilac lines. Violet, dark mauve and deep purple, and so they thrive, returning at spring come blight or sunshine, in sickness and in health.


    1. So many colour names. I’m male and my colour vocabulary is more limited. I know red, blue, green, yellow, purple, orange, cyan, magenta (because I print my own photos). I have normal colour vision, but don’t know all the names you do.

      These flowers are lilacs, the source of the name of the colour ‘lilac’.


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  2. Mesmerizing words and images. My memory goes back to my childhood days when there was a huge lilac tree in our back garden. I also remember that I was given a bath of lilac leaves boiled in freshwater as a cure for measles. I was five years old. The smell of lilac still tickles my nose, some sixty years after.
    Thank you for sharing and for the follow.

    Thank you Anita!

    Lilac stories are good. Our sense of smell is one way of bringing back long-buried memories.
    They smell so good. I was just weeding around some of ours.



  3. Thank you for the follow, Murray Robertson, and in doing so introducing me to your incredibly beautiful photographic creations and your accompanying simple yet powerfully evocative, thought provoking poems which, to my mind, are as beautiful and perfect as the little lilac flowers you have captured so perfectly: “small flowers, beautiful as life”.
    Love and gratitude.
    Mary-Ellen xxx


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