July 1, 2007

If you want...

Yellow flower

... your cup I will fill.

Yellow flower

IN THE COMMENTS: No one identified the song reference!

21 comments:

Meade said...

"That's the time, That's the time I love the best ..."

George said...

Nobody sees a flower-really-it is so small it takes time.

We haven't time and to see takes time, like having a friend takes time.

--Georgia O'Keefe

Ann Althouse said...

George: That's one reason to paint (and draw)... it takes time and you must see everything that you draw. You can take photos without seeing what you are getting. It would take a week to paint a flower like that, and during the whole week your mind would be engaged, thinking about every little structure.

Daryl said...

You know, if you were taking this much interest in animals' sex organs, people would call you a pervert.

This is nothing short of a double standard. Why don't you ever take pictures of plants with their legs closed? No, it's always got to be all hanging out.

Ann Althouse would probably write a column in the New York Times saying she just likes to look at the petals. You're not fooling anyone.

I'm extremely offended by all of this flower sex. You say it's harmless fun, but like millions of other Americans, I've got allergies.

Galvanized said...

I absolutely love these photos. How refreshing! :)

Disturbing said...

Hi, I created a blogger account just so I could call you a moron.

Internet Ronin said...

Hi, I created a blogger account just so I could call you a moron.

That's already been done. Many times. It's a shame you went to all that trouble only to become a parrot.

Disturbing said...

Well I'm doing it again.

Internet Ronin said...

So you are. So you are. Such a novel idea that.

George said...

So in that way, Professor, the study of the law and flowers are similar, except they have different smells.

steve simels said...

Disturbing said...
Well I'm doing it again.

Good for you!


Sheesh...I go away for a couple of hours and when I get back it's yet more vegetable porn.

Ann's nothing if not consistent....

Ann Althouse said...

But the difference, George, is that if you study law, you've acquired some knowledge that you can then take out into the world to use to do things. But if you spend a week staring at a particular flower, there's nothing to do with that. The knowledge of the shapes of the flower isn't anything. You're just someone who once was engaged in staring at a flower much much longer than anyone else would.

Disturbing said...

"But the difference, George, is that if you study law, you've acquired some knowledge that you can then take out into the world to use to do things."

That sounds like a good idea. Maybe you should try it.

blake said...

A botanist might disagree with that sentiment, Mme. Althouse.

Ann Althouse said...

A botanist wouldn't just stare at the exterior for a week. He'd cut it up and look at it under a microscope and do a lot of stuff over the course of the week. If you hired a botanist and he just stared at a plant for a week... you'd assume he was insane.

Internet Ronin said...

If you hired a botanist and he just stared at a plant for a week... you'd assume he was insane.

ROFL!

(I'd be tempted to check for a pulse.)

Palladian said...

"(I'd be tempted to check for a pulse.)"

I'd be tempted to administer a drug test.

Internet Ronin said...

I'd be tempted to administer a drug test.

LOL! (Now stop that! I've got coffee all over me, thanks to you. Where can I send the bill?)

ricpic said...

A couple of things: a painter worth his salt wouldn't take a week to paint that flower, it would be the work of a few hours at most; and at the end of the process he wouldn't have nothing, or something of no worldly use: he'd have a painting. If the painting were any good, i.e. a thing of beauty, it would find a buyer, who, simply by buying it would assert that it did have a worldly use: to give sustenance to the buyer's soul.

Ann Althouse said...

Obviously, you'd have the painting (and a serious painting with the detail of that photograph could not be done in "a few hours"), but I'm talking about what you would have learned and the usefulness of what you'd put into your head through the process of study.

You could do a Bob Ross painting or something in a few hours.

Jay Livingston said...

Ann said: No one identified the song reference!

OMG. I had never before been able to figure out what Donovan was saying, probably because of some combination of the state of my mind and my vinyl (at least one of which was warped and scratched). When I bothered to think about it, which was rarely, the phrases I could come up with were obviously Mondegreens that made no sense. But now that I see it in print. . . .

Thanks