Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Round Robin Challenge: Flower Power

"Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and different; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock."

-Henry Ward Beecher

When I saw the theme for this edition of the Round Robin Challenges was, "Flower Power,"I couldn't help but think about what is was like to be a little girl, living in the Bay Area, during the peak of the "Flower Power" counter-culture movement. The summer of 1967 saw the exodus of more then 75,000 young people coming to San Francisco and Berkeley to experience the hippie movement. Some stayed in the Bay Area at the end of the summer, but some returned home, and brought with them, new styles, ideas and ideals, and behaviors that were embraced during that summertime. Earlier in the year, and what may have actually kicked-off the philosophy of "Make Love Not War" was the Human Be-In, which was held in Golden Gate Park in January of 1967. To wear a flower was a symbolic statement of peace and love.

I was 5 years old that summer, but I was well aware of what was going on around me. My brother was half-way around the world in Vietnam, my sister was in high school, and she and her friends all wore flowers in their hair. One particular memory that stands out, was when she and a her friend painted different types of flowers on my face and arms, then made me a flower crown. I was thrilled to be a part of something that, at least in theory, was about cherishing life filled with beauty, not destruction, understanding not intolerance, peace, not war. While I may not have understood for a few more years that the counter-culture movement also had a darker side to it, I knew I wanted my brother home. When I look back, I think I learned during that summer to not take things, places, people, or flowers for granted. :)

Be sure to pay a visit to all the Round Robins, to see their interpretations of this challenge. Just click on the links below. Thank you Renee, this was a lot of fun. :)

Renee - TCS2
Karen- Outpost Mavarin
Carly- Ellipsis...Suddenly Carly
Valorie- Retrospect USA
Sara- Animated Seasons
Julie- Julie's Web Journal
Patrick- Patrick's Portfolio
John- Personal effects***Welcome New Member***
Dorn- Through The Eyes Of The Beholder
Deslily- Here, There and Everywhere 2nd Edition
Nancy- Nancy Luvs Pix
Robin- Search The Sea
Suzanne- New Suzanne R's Life
Tammy- The Daily Warrior
Julia- The Bohemian Eye***Welcome New Member***
Janet- Fond Of Snape ***Welcome New Member***
Phinney- Paragon
Pamela- Times of My Life, One Nurses Story***Welcome New Member***
Amy- My Life And Pictures

NOTE: I will be out of town until Saturday. My Birthday is Thursday, so I will be taking a few days off to have a little fun-in-the-sun in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, where apple juice awaits ;) I promise to update my blog to add any additional links that come in late, and pay all of you a visit when I return. See you soon!

Always, Carly

"Flower Power"
Berkeley, California
June 28, 2006


Becky said...


Your flower photos are amazing!

Karen Funk Blocher said...

Looki at all those extraordinary pictures! Not that I expected anything less but stll, wow. But what really makes this entry for me is the words. I love reading the local and historical perspective on that time, and on bits of your past that relate to all that. Happy birthday, and have a great trip!


Gannet Girl said...

Lovely images!

TimelessCalligraphyStudio said...

You are welcome Carly, your photos are extremely beautiful. Great job!

Dorn said...

Absolutely beautiful.
Hope you have a very Happy Birthday!

Tammy said...

Stunning photos, especially that last one! You are an excellent photographer!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Suzanne R said...

Missing you, friend! Gorgeous shots of beautiful flowers! Also, I very much enjoyed hearing about your childhood experiences.

Janet said...

Loved all the beautiful flower pictures, especially the 4th from the bottom...cherry blossom? Today's my first day playing!

DesLily said...

beautiful shots Carly!! you certainly have an eye for color!!!

Pamela said...

Beautiful entry Carly!!!

Wil said...

Great macro work -- your eye continues to improve with time.

Have a Happy!

V said...

Aww, Carly. It`s so restful to visit here. I`m just happy to be out & about, especially here.

TropicRedbird said...

I am totally in AWE ... thank you thank you thank you for such a wonderful view into your past, and photo wonders.

Patrick said...

Love the pics. Mine are up, unfortunately a day late.

I love all of these, Carly, but I have to make reference to two of them:

I'm very envious of your first one. I spent about a half hour trying to catch a particularly fast-moving butterfly and each time, just as I had focused and was about to open the shutter, it would move. I became convinced that it was a very intelligent butterfly that was just doing it out of spite! What a great shot you have!

I'm also fascinated with the third photo from the bottom: I've never seen a flower quite like that. Any idea what kind that is?

Have a happy birthday!

julie said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures! Do enjoy your trip.

CONNIE said...


Steven said...

Wow! Fantastic flowers. Happy Birthday!

Phinney said...

hey, it's your birthday!!!!!

happy happy one to you!!!

hope you're having fun. and guess what, i played 'flower power' challenge. see you when you get back. xo phin

fdtate said...

Wow, what an amazing collection of flowers here. Some great shots.

Deb said...

Carly~What a stunning line of flowers! wonderful job. Happy belated BDay, hon! Is that you in the D Lang quote? If so--I love it. Come see my flowers even though I missed the RR boat! ;-) Sassy