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Apr. 3, 2008 (Day 68)

Bellwether: a leader or leading indicator


Flowers and rain? Yep. Bellwethers of spring. Otherwise known as, "Time for my token flower shot."

I kept hoping the cloudy sky would break up a bit so I could get this nice, stormy sky behind the flowers, but no such luck. Once I uploaded the photos, though, I really loved the minimalist effect the blank sky lent the image. I had a lot of fun playing around with this, and I created a more graphic design-y version that I'm thinking of printing large to hang in my bedroom. Not a new idea by any means, but neat because it's my own version. :)

On another note, I'm in love with this new word. Isn't it fun to say? It sounds beautiful. The etymology almost ruins it, though. From Dictionary.com: "Bellwether is a compound of bell and wether, 'a male sheep, usually castrated'; from the practice of hanging a bell from the neck of the leader of the flock."

Odd what we'll make words from, isn't it?

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