Not headed to Hollywood any time soon.

Tansy

I made a movie this morning.

You know, put the camera on “Movie” setting and filmed a Hollywood epic.

In my movie the stars were trees and flowers and plants and the sunrise. 

Ms. Black-eyed Susan

You guys should see and hear the classic film! 

I would show you.  I would.

By my husband has threatened to–well, he’s threatened me if I show another human soul.  The kids probably could watch it and get a good laugh, but I can’t figure out how to email the darn thing.

Goldenrod with purple fireweed in the background

It all happened almost accidentally.  I discovered the button on the camera.  Began filming.  And then started narrating the morning adventure.

And that’s what had my husband in stitches.  I kinda sound like I’m on drugs. 

“Here is a tree.  Isn’t this a beautiful tree?  Oh look at the poplars and maples and–oh–here is a lovely oak.  Now would you like to see the flowers growing by the side of the road?  Here is Ms. Goldenrod.  Don’t brew Ms. Goldenrod into tea.  Especially if you have allergies.  I tried to about ten years ago and ended up sneezing for two days.  Please don’t.”

Mystery flower. Three times the size of St. John's Wort with a delicious maple-syrupy smell. Or fennel. Some interesting smell.

The movie continues in that vein.  It records striking–well, not so striking–views of the sun coming up through the trees.  It shows our road at about 7:30 a.m.  It attempts to pan in on Queen Anne’s Lace and St. John’s Wort but the camera never focuses. 

The seemingly drugged narrator keeps talking about the plants and trees as if she’s discovered some sort of Garden of Eden when, truly, it’s simply the side of the road.

Field of glory

Nonetheless–all the more–even though you shall never view this particular Hollywood film–I do believe we are in the Garden of Eden.  We’re surrounded by exquisite beauty.  Magnificent colors.  Incredible wildflowers.  Dancing trees.

OK, maybe Hollywood would scoff.  Maybe everyone would scoff. 

But don’t you think the most simple things in life are the most precious? 

I do.

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32 responses to “Not headed to Hollywood any time soon.

  1. I believe that the side of the road may easily qualify as Eden. On the way to my former job each morning, I would talk to the flowers on the side of the road as I drove. I would also talk to my hawk (his name is Hawkie). I am right there with you, lady!

    • Celeste, actually I was thinking this morning about a dream I had over ten years ago about daisies. In the dream they were chattering like excited children–not in any human language–but swaying in the breeze with the utmost of consciousness and intelligence. I am happy to meet another soul who talks with nature. And has a relationship with a fellow being named Hawkie.

    • Celeste, do you really have a hawk….?? HOW WONDERFUL IS THAT!
      Fountainpen

      • I was thinking, fountainpen, that she has a hawk that hangs around that she’s be-friended. Could be wrong. Let’s see if Celeste comes back to tell us!

  2. Thanks for the flowers…Perfection!

    I talk to OREOZ all the time!.

    Kim

  3. Kathy – I’ll bet your movie was fantastic! Were you able to “extract” these still shots from the “movie” version?

    When I found the “movie” button on my camera, completely and totally by accident — and then handed it over to Len and asked him what the red spot on my screen was, and so forth (all the while the thing’s running, unbeknowns to us), he figured it out — eventually. When we played it back, it looked — and sounded — like two monkeys with a football!

  4. Kathy, you can upload it to youtube and set on private. then pick 25 of your favorite readers (hint hint) and send them the link.

  5. I’m thinking you were gearing your movie for viewing by very young children, yes?
    Your still photos indeed are, if not the real Eden, a very close replica!

  6. Yes, what Carla said, or you can upload to FB, too.

    Laughed about Barry being in stitches observing/hearing your movie-maker skills. Don’t know how you managed to keep from giggling.

    The photos are stunning! Those flowers knew they were on stage and being loved and admired. Ever read that old book “The Secret Life of Plants”?

    Lovely!

    • Oh, Susan D, what a laugh YOU would get!! You, who never quit laughing… (at me, anyway. I mean WITH me…) Seems like I have read The Secret Life of Plants. Don’t remember when. But you’ve jogged a distant memory.

  7. Beautiful flowers. They’ve been waiting and waiting to be discovered by some big-time producer like you!

  8. Yes, the simplest things in life are the most precious. Your floral surroundings look exactly like mine.

    I think your yellow flower is St. Johnswort, the bigger variety … check out this site …. what do you think?

    http://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/great-st.-johnswort

    • You have solved the Mystery, bearyweather! It’s Great St. John’s Wort. YES!! YES!! I am ecstatic to finally know this. But…did they say what it smelled like? That is my Next Question.

  9. I’m echoing several others here in that I bet that movie would be a lot of fun to watch! It is possible to even do a blog post that you only allow your favorite readers to see – you use a password that you can give to the folks you want to be able to see it.

    • Karen, you would get a laugh. You really would. I would email it to all of you (for your daily laugh quota) but can’t figure out how to do it… Have heard about those password protected goodies!

  10. You flower pictures are wonderful! And bearyweather’s link to St. Johnswort info is wonderful, too. I want to see your video! I like Carla’s idea! pleeeeeeeeze!

    • That was a good idea of Carla. Except…except…it really is a little…well, I think you would think it was funny. You would. You would at least think it was authentic. Will think about this some more. Honest.

  11. For some reason the teacher from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off kept coming to mind as I tried to think out the sound of your voice. “Bueller. Bueller?” :)

    You just need a little practice to get your Hollywood movie trailer voice going, Kathy.

    • Scott, I haven’t seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but Barry just tried to explain the basic premise to me. Probably should try to Google and find out the sound of that voice…

      But you are so right on! Practice, practice, practice! That is what is called for. :)

  12. Let’s see what Kathy’s up to today… Love all the lovely yellow flowers. Does Nature have color style seasons I wonder? I made a movie, too, in March last spring – 5 minutes of wood frogs croaking in a vernal pool… I lost track of how many hours it took to upload it on Facebook. Probably won’t be trying that again anytime soon… Still, I’d love to see/hear your movie!!!

    • Barbara, it is always so lovely to see you! “Yellow” seems to be the fashion statement of this movie. Smiling to think of you uploading your frog croaking movie into Facebook. We are both movie producers extraordinnaire! (ha ha, maybe not quite…)

  13. Kathy, if there is going to be a list, please, please, please add me to it.
    I would love to be able to say that I knew you when……… :)

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