This image of a single fuchsia represents for me the distilled joy and the beauty of flowers, in particular the delicacy and transience of each bloom of the fuchsia in its short life. It reminds me of a bird taking off and of a ballerina with arms raised gracefully, about to leap into the air in the arms of her partner. It seems to radiate the sheer joy of living and life.
I hope you enjoy it and it helps to make your weekend joyful and bright! It is another in my series of multiple exposure floral images.
I love the multiple exposure of small flowers and this one of a pink African violet I have on my window sill is one I took this week. I love how it seems to distill the various flowering stages into this one image making it seem to be a small bunch, a posy of colour and light!
Enjoy this on your Sunday wherever you are. It is sunny here, if still quite cold and I am going to take Joni and have a walk on the beach now that the tide is on the way out. I hope you do something as relaxing for the rest of your day.
It's very cold here this morning – outside at least – and I thought of these frozen beauties that spent so long in my freezer. These gerbera daisies you see here are encased in ice. As I photographed them using a macro lens, you can see the details in the lovely petals and stems and the way the bubbles in the freezing water embrace the blooms and seem to buoy them up. I took the photograph with some natural light, but as the exposure time was sufficiently long, I played with moving additional light around the flowers to highlight different areas during the exposure.
The situation had become critical. My freezer was filled with flowers to the point where I had no more room for food. I decided that I had better get some of these blocks of flowery ice out and see what they had become, frozen forever in the attitude they took when first plunged into the water. In my experience it’s not easy to know what will work as far as frozen blooms are concerned. They have a habit of moving around randomly as though alive before they slowly but surely are trapped by the hardening ice.
This spray of gerbera daisies seems to be full of exultation, almost leaping up with the spikes of bubbles that encase them. I hope they bring a ray of sunshine to the start of your week.
To photograph this I decided to play with the light by using a torch (flashlight) and moving it around during the exposure to bring more light to certain areas. Thanks to the whole team on the #blur mentorship, including Alex Lapidus, our wonderful mentor, who introduced so many exciting techniques to our photographic toolbag.
And before you ask, no, I don’t seem to have much more room for having released two of the frozen blocks, of which this was one. So I had better get some more out again soon if we are going to be able to eat.
The Passiflora flower always looks to me as if it had been designed by someone in Pixar Studios. It is so colourful and complex and fantastical, the product of a skilled person with a wonderfully creative mind. This beautiful flower was in the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and as always made me catch my breath with delight. I hope it does the same for you today and with this I wish you all a peaceful, colourful and happy weekend. Passion Flower further info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passiflora
Other people's flower gardens fascinate me as I love to seek out plants that I have not seen before. This bed of low, bright yellow blooms, similar to sunflowers, but at the same time almost daisy-like captured my attention for ages. I took many blurs of it, as well as the photo of the partially eaten one with the moth in the middle of it, which possibly you saw in an earlier posting . I decided to take a multiple exposure of a prime specimen to show off the brilliant petals contrasted with the rich brown centre. This method seems to highlight the essence of a bloom, bringing out textures and details that aren't so obvious in a single exposure.
This flower is shared to bring some extra gaiety and colour into your lives. I hope your day and weekend is full of such happiness as this flower symbolizes. (Taken outside the art gallery at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Maine.)
These are my absolute favourite tulips that we have in the garden. There are just two flowers that appear, each year. And they seem to last for weeks before dying off. I was photographing these at the time of the raccoon saga and just yesterday after a sudden downpour I happened to see that they are still there, but soon will be over. So here they are, early for #tulipsaturday curated by +Measie Elizabeth, +Marilyn Benham+Eustace James
The Warmth of a Kind Word is Like an Opening Flower Bud – By Way of Thanks to a Thoughtful Friend
Someone knew that I needed a kind word a few days ago (to counteract a barrage of very unpleasant words that I had received – not on G+, by the way, but on another forum) and took the trouble to drop me a lovely email. We have never met although I have known her husband for many years, working with him as a forum moderator. Those gentle and supportive words took the sting out of the nastiness and made me feel better.
Thank you +Karen Cooper for your thoughtfulness. This bud on our Hosta made me think of you, with its lovely soft tones.