July 7, 2012

220: Back to the chicory

Filed under: Photo of the day, Photography — Tags: , — paul davis @ 8:10 am

I have selective OCD. Anyone looking at this blog for more than a couple of weeks will know the triggers: barbed wire, thistles, the mangled tops of metal fence posts, chain link, anything that intertwines. Lately it’s been the blue of chicory. I have spread out before me right now on the kitchen table thirteen versions of chicory blue, none of them called “chicory” and none of them even close to what I can see on the screen in front of me, let alone what the real flower looks like. If I had to pick one to paint one of the walls in our new old house (which by the way we can start moving into as early as this afternoon, if only southern Iowa weren’t going to be 99 degrees and humid this afternoon), I’d choose one of two from the Water Beads/Spring Breeze Palette, either “Haunting Hue” or “Blue Thistle”, but I admit I am choosing more on the basis of name than color.



  1. Bring partial to blue…I’m loving the chicory series!

    Comment by Anonymous — July 7, 2012 @ 8:44 am

  2. Just this morning I took a walkabout shooting Chicory and hunting the beautiful sweat bee called Augochloropsis metallica (I just think the name its self is cool). I posted a picture I took yesterday of the bee in a Chicory flower but I still cannot capture it or the Chicory’s beauty like I want but it is really mostly about the journey, no? Walk on and keep the great shots coming!

    Comment by The Jagged Man — July 7, 2012 @ 8:54 am

  3. Paul, I like them all, chicory is one of my favorite flowers and always overlooked by photographers and painters. But you are not OCD. Before we started using convenient letter-abbreviations for things that are sometimes normal, we used to call this “inspiration”. Particularly, you are inspired by these things, they move you to higher creative thought, and you study them for all they give you. This is what artists do. Enjoy it!

    Comment by animalartist — July 8, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    • Hi, Animalartist
      I shouldn’t be so cavalier about flinging that OCD term around. I do have my moments, usually in the woodshop, when I can’t let go of a detail. But my photo moments are more serial monogamy on certain themes. Inspiration is a kinder term. Thanks!

      Comment by paul davis — July 8, 2012 @ 9:58 am

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