Souvenir Foto School: Day 10 – Q for Quince

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Today I got to knock a really tough letter off my assignment list for Souvenir Foto School by photographing one of my favorite things: Quince Blossoms! Double win – woohoo!

I was in my early twenties and living in California when I discovered quince for the first time. I remember it so clearly (is that weird). On that providential late-Winter day, I decided that it was just warm enough to head out with my daughter for a walk. I bundled her up in her stroller and we set off. The little circle of a neighborhood that we lived in was called Garden Farms (and aptly so for all the small orchards and beautiful gardens that everyone seemed to have on their property). Anyhow we strolled along, my daughter babbling to herself and me noticing (with disappointment) very little growth or signs of the coming Spring. But then we rounded the final bend on our way back home, and spotted amidst all the grey a row of the most deliciously pink flowering bushes that I had ever seen. Quince!

Of course I didn’t know what they were called then, but we must have gone on walks just to view those brilliant blossoms every day until they were gone and replaced by Springtime itself. To this day when I see Quince I am filled with a bright hopefulness for the warming months ahead. Hooray! xo Ez

P.S. I’d also just like to take a quick second to thank you all so much for your lovely and encouraging comments so far about my photos for this month-long challenge. It’s been a little bit nerve-wracking for me to post my images up every day for all to see, but you guys always have a way of making me feel better. So thank you so much for that. xo

If you’d like you can also find all my images in individual and diptych form for this month-long class challenge over in my flickr album. | Souvenir Foto School is offered by Besotted Brand.

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16 Comments

  1. Erica / / Reply

    I've seen these blossoms and never knew what they were. So beautiful (both your photographs and the flowers). I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for these pretties from now on. What a lovely reminder of the promise of Spring to come.

  2. petra / / Reply

    these are beautiful. absolutely stunning. and I learned something, too. I had no idea what these bushes were called.

    looking forward to seeing more of your pics. have a great weekend!!

  3. Deb Fortin / / Reply

    I used to have quince bushes in my garden and they are truly lovely in bloom , but the best part was they also bear fruit that makes the most delicious jam or chutney. I moved and left them behind . this photo reminds me I need to buy some for my new garden.

  4. honeyhuckabee / / Reply

    If you're looking for a critique, I'd say that in the top photo the eye is drawn to the V in the branch, rather than the flower. Keep in mind where you want the viewer's eye to go, and direct them there. Use of the dodge and burn tools can help greatly.

  5. Ez / / Reply

    Thank you so much everyone!
    @ Nicolette – Yes, Garden Farms near SLO! Do you know it?! xo Ez

  6. Leanda / / Reply

    Heavens! I had no idea how beautiful quince blossoms were! What a fantastic colour! I'm really enjoying your souvenir series :)

  7. luly / / Reply

    So nice blog, so nice posts, so nice pictures! Nice to meet you:)
    I like your creativity!

  8. josie / / Reply

    I saw some of this and took a photo just the other day when it was snowy. Had no idea it was called quince!

  9. Katie / / Reply

    That is such a sweet story. I love those telling signs of spring that make winter a little more delightful.

  10. Lindsey / / Reply

    first oh all these photos are beautiful. And the quince thing is not weird. I love quince but I've only seen it in person a few times (it doesn't grow well in my climate). However, Forsythia is similar to quince in that is the first thing bloom in spring and it is just as bold – I actively seek it out at that time of year!

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