This was one of those times when I was so happy to have had my camera with me! We had stopped in to a hardware store and I decided to wander around outside at first. It was terribly windy, very overcast and I didn’t hold out much hope that I would find anything of interest. There seemed to be just a line of green leafy bushes against the bricks. Then I saw these, nestled against the building and almost hidden among the leaves. The plant is a hydrangea Serrata “Bluebird”. The flowers were so light and airy and seemed to be flying around in the breeze. I hope they make you as happy today as I was to see them. Have a lovely Saturday or whatever day you see this on. I send my love out to all my friends with this Bluebird!
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Today’s flower to bring a smile is a Rose of Sharon I found in a store. I was so glad that I had my camera with me as these blooms were so beautiful nestled in the dark leaves with their soft blue colour. They seemed almost out of place in that bustling masked distanced environment. I wish now that I had bought the plant, but maybe another time. Have a lovely day or evening wherever you are in the world.
Where was I and where were we? In a different world, it seems. So much has changed in the past year, for us personally and for us collectively around the world. My last post seemed to say that flowers can bring the sun back into our lives and strangely, that theme continues after all this time with this post and the ones to follow.
Like many of us, I know, Steven and I have had periods of feeling isolated (that’s what isolation does to people!) and also of feeling a little low in spirits. Back in July I decided to start a project in an attempt to cheer myself on a daily basis and perhaps bring some cheer to my friends and family who felt like we do.
I decided to take my camera out and dust it off and find flowers in the immediate environment of my home, in the woods and fields beside us and on the roadsides outside our house. Some would be ones I had planted or were in our garden, most would be wild, grasses, usually known as weeds. I also (mostly) limited myself to using my vintage Helios 44-2 lens, which requires the discipline of setting the camera to manual adjustments. I have taken too many photographs on my phone over the past year. I needed to get back to the challenge and pleasures of using my camera to capture the beauty in my home environment. I was hoping this would lift my spirits and I have found that it has. Here I begin sharing these with my website viewers on a daily basis. I hope each day you will enjoy seeing a new flower.
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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 or Passion 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