Aging Richly

 

In celebration of this collection being both 'Featured' and 'Recommended' today by the Google+ Collections Team!

One of the wonderful things about plants and flowers is that they have a particular beauty at each stage of their lives. We all love to see the fresh young flower buds appear, ready to burst the green skins holding them captive, perhaps with drops of dew resting on them. Then, when the petals are fully exposed, the colours have a fresh beauty and boldness that entrances us. Even, as here,when they are drying and should be fading, there is a richness, a texture, details, that somehow seem intensified by a poignancy that we can almost relate to.

As photographers no, as people we are drawn to every stage, almost as if we see mirrored in these delicate blooms the progress through our own lives. When, as here, we see a very close up view of one as this, taken with a macro lens which gives us a detailed view, we really can appreciate the fragile beauty that remains as the outside wrinkles, withers and fades from the original strong, rich blue.

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro curated by +Stefanie Schächtel+Igor Schevchenko +Peter Marbaise +Evi Verstraeten +Anja Wessels
#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Melania Pierce +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Francine Vanlé
#oneprimewednesday by +Alfie Goodrich

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30 Responses

  1. +Dylan Johnson thanks a lot. I know what you mean. I already have 2 other collections featured (wildlife and Joni the border Collie) for a total of 3 and Steven has 1, his turned boxes (he is an artist wood turner) so my notifications are wild already! I had never had one that was recommended as well.

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  2. Congratulations! Be prepared for the notifications to drive you crazy as people follow it very second 😉
    At least, I was driven crazy when my Insects collection was featured. But with about 5k followers now, I can't argue
    Awesome shot with beautiful colors!

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  3. Thanks so much for this celebration of life…at every stage we are beautiful. I celebrate this for you and with you, Ellie. So great!

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