Handing Out Flowers To Anyone Who Wants Them For No Particular Reason Other Than To Make Your Life Totally Bitchin’ Cool

A purple spikey flower thing. August 21, 2007 — photo by Me.



Your Body’s a small world with many meanings.
Love. If. Yes. But. Death.
Surely I will love you a little while,
perhaps as long as I have breath.

December is thirteen months long.
July’s one afternoon; therefore.
lover’s must outwit wool,
learn how to puncture fur.

To my love’s bed, to keep her warm,
I’ll carry wrapped and heated stones.
That which is comfort to the flesh
is sometimes torture to the bones.

“Canadian Love Poem”, Alden Nowlan



Over the past three years I’ve been… trying to take responsibilty over my life, because for eighteen years I hadn’t. At all. But I’ll get into that soon, not now. Right now I’ve decided to do something relatively easy, and simple to make sure this winter has some colour to it which, in turn, might help in my recovery… and I thought it might be easy to share as well.

There are a whole lotta fantastic gardens in my little village. A few days ago, as I was out playing with my camera, I started to take photos of some of the more interesting flowers. After about the fourth one I got the idea to make large format prints of them for my walls.

Then I thought of making them available to anyone who wants them. I don’t think the DPI will be great enough to make posters, but they should be good enough to print at 11×17. At 8×10 or 5×7 they should look spectacular.

So if you click on the thumbnail you’ll see a larger format copy. Chose the ones you want — there are 25 altogether, and each is numbered in that little thought balloon thing. Then leave me a note or send me an email, and I’ll email you the large format — they’re basically 1.8Megs each. Pick as many as you want.

Then all you have to do is bring it to the local photo-place and have it blown up. The mounting, if it’s just foamcore, would cost very little. I’m not a botonist, so I can’t say which are indiginous to Canada, but I’ve found them all really interesting and very bright. Which, over a cold, grey winter, is the point.

And don’t worry… you’ll see my little copyright thing on the medium format shots, it won’t be on the large format ones. My personal favourites are number seventeen and the purple spikey thing at the top.


Click on the thumbnail to see a medium format view, then make your selection and I’ll send you the large format version (without the copyright thing) so you can make prints for the wall. Do it kids, do it now… stick it to The Man.






…since november fourteenth, 2006.

“You burn things when there’s no going back. How much of
yourself have you had to burn away to be
the person you are today? Because baby, my body
is ash and my mind is still smoking.”






About Gabriel...

...diagnosed with manic depression when I was nineteen, for the next 14-years I lived without treatment or a recovery plan. I've been homeless, one time I graduated college, I've won awards for reporting on Internet privacy issues, and a weekly humour column. In 2002 I finally hit bottom and found help. It's now 2022, and I have an 8-year old son, and a 12-year old son... I’m usually about six feet tall, and I'm pretty sure I screwed up my book deal. I mostly blog at saltedlithium.com....
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18 Responses to Handing Out Flowers To Anyone Who Wants Them For No Particular Reason Other Than To Make Your Life Totally Bitchin’ Cool

  1. ames says:

    did i ever tell you that’s how i’m decorating my living room? sort of a photographic homage to georgia o’keeffe. so far i have four shots i took on my botany fieldcourse a couple years back. so … yeah… #1, 14, 16, 19, 23, 24… oh and #8 i really like that one too…

  2. Gabriel... says:

    Oh, gimme gimme gimme… what’s wrong with number seventeen? Too much truth for you? You can’t handle my floral photos. Sigh. Too much energy and what I’m writing right now is too much like work.

    I’ll start shooting them off in a day or two. Gerogia O’Keeffe… any relation to the brewery?

  3. You are so wickedly fucking kick ass out of this world kick ME on my ass cool.

    You are also inspiring me to get out there are start shooting.

    However, I’m having a total ADD fest looking at them all and just going…huh? I do like “Spikey” at the top, though. But yes, the total Georgia O’Keefe #19 drew me in right away…gee, wonder why that is?

    #20 looks like some kind of underwater sea creature.

    Okay, so far #19 for me and…yes, #20 my little underwater sea creature! Oh shit, send me purple spikey at the top, too!


  4. Nita says:

    Beautiful flowers and great photos. Its the smell of earth and the flowers that makes life worth living isn’t it. In fact all of nature…

  5. samp says:

    having been stuck at home- for this entire week- w/ the flu .. winter in australia.. thank you so much for the beautiful flowers.. it was a brillant idea.. thanks also for making me smile.

    samp: sorry for double post- stupid ‘ puter

    Salted: No worries mate, got it all fixed.

  6. Gabriel... says:

    If there’s anything I can do to make Australia a more friendly place to be in the winter just ask. Let me know which ones you really like and I’ll email you the large format version so you can get some prints made up…

  7. Nita says:

    You might like to know that I was drawn to your post by the sheer beauty of your photos (salted is on my blogsurfer now) and I opened my mail only now. So here I am, back!
    I would absolutely love to have some of those pics! My favourites are the sunflowers and the purple spiky ones, but I love them all. 🙂

  8. thordora says:

    I LOVE Alden Nowlan and I LOVE Cosmos flowers. What a great start to a Thursday.

  9. bine says:

    oooh … beautiful. can i have one of the purple coneflowers? eeeh … i guess #6 and 7 – but you left out #7 and called it #8 too … so there are two #8s.
    i love these orange prickly cones of the purple coneflower.

  10. Gabriel... says:

    …yeah, the purple cone… flower? And, uhm… the Cosmos? You should see the archival system I used to reference these things to myself. I’ll give you a little taste:

    Number 004: orange w yellow
    Number 015: white w yellow pink w white
    Number 017: white w purple centre

    My sister’s the botonist and she’s not helping.

    Number 007 is now 007… which actually started out as “pink w orangeish centre group”.

    I’ll start sending them after dinner. I hope they make great decorations.

  11. Nita says:

    For starters I am going to put them all over my desktop. we just don’t get those type of flowers over here you know! they are exotic!

  12. samp says:

    yep flu got worse..

  13. Gabriel... says:

    samp: You probably should have cleaned the screen before you licked the echinacea image.

    I’ve almost finished filling the orders, just ExChimp and Ames left. I think, if I do something like this again, I’ll leave links to the large format images. Actually, I’ll probably update this post to include them. But altogether there are close to 45M worth of files and that kind of eats into my Flickr/PhotoBucket/WordPress storage facilities.

    Regardless. I hope everyone enjoys them. I’m trying to think of something else colourful I can take photos of and share… I actually should have said in the post that if anyone has taken photos of any interesting and colourful flowers in worth seeing, please send them along.

  14. ames says:

    yah okay so i realize i’m being greedy…i see pictures of plants and i get excited and nostalgic….oh and by #8 i meant #7…not that #8 isn’t lovely…as is #17 … i just had to narrow down my list…and yes that was my narrowed down version…you should have seen my first draft!

  15. bine says:

    i never got around to thanking you fot those echinacea photos – they arrived and they look wonderful. haven’t had them printed out yet and haven’t decided how to frame them. i think i might not have them blown up so much but put all three together in one frame.
    your favorite white w/ purple center decorates my desktop now.
    so … you did know it’s called echinacea. why are you playing the botany idiot with me?
    love the photos. thank you so much.

  16. Gabriel... says:

    I wasn’t sure until I Googled your reference to the “purple coneflower”. My sisters’ mom always had some around and she was a big believer in the healing properties of echinacea, but I never asked her which flower in the garden she was referring to… you’re very welcome for the flowers, I’ve taken a few more if you’re interested. I’ll try to post them this week.

    Honestly, I have no clue what these ones are called either. There’s a fluffy red with yellow centre and a fantastic mostly purple and white one that I really like… I’m putting that one at the top of my next post. It looks like a painting.

    I’m not planning on framing my favourites, I’m going to mount them on “foamcore”. It’s a very cheap but nice way of hanging photos — just a piece of foam backing you can attach to the photo yourself with little difficulty, then a few pieces of sticky putty to put it on the wall. Most photo shops can do it for you. It’s very, very cheap.

    You’re very welcome, Bine, and thanks for letting me know.

  17. aikaterine says:

    I like your eye and would love to hang #’s 15 and 19 in the house. Number 19 is very feminine, and opposes the masculine 15 well.

    Very nice. I think I want to have the large digital image mounted onto canvas, maybe.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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