For Sheer Joy

For Sheer Joy - Ellie Kennard 2016
For Sheer Joy – Fuchsia – Ellie Kennard 2016

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.

These multiple exposures are all on my blur gallery here

Spirea Bouquet (with Bug)

Spirea flowers in multiple exposure - Ellie Kennard 2016
Spirea flowers in multiple exposure – Ellie Kennard 2016

I love how white spirea blooms can completely fill a hedge and brighten up a late spring landscape. When the bushes are left to grow, they reach quite a height and are a mass of tiny white flowers. I tried many times (on this and other occasions) to photograph them, using my macro lens as they are very small, but a documentary photograph did not seem to do justice to the profusion of blossoms. A macro lens multiple exposure seemed to give a much better representation and it even hides a tiny bug in the middle of it (if you can see it!).

We have a hedge right in front of my kitchen window, which is where I took this photograph. All through the rest of the year we find the shrub a nuisance and threaten to pull it out, but when it is in bloom, I love to see it.

Enjoy your week everyone!

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Flamboyant Petticoats of a Flamenco Dancer

Fuschia flower,Flamboyant Petticoats of a Flamenco Dancer - Ellie Kennard 2016
Fuschia flower,Flamboyant Petticoats of a Flamenco Dancer – Ellie Kennard 2016

It’s finally summer and it’s almost too hot for the cats! We have always loved to have hanging baskets by our kitchen door and this year, despite the delayed spring, we braved a rainy cold afternoon to pick out the ones for this year. There seemed to be just one choice and we hadn’t even a photograph to see what the flowers would be like. So we bought two and brought them home. They are supposed to be the same, but one of them is ‘normal’ with very pretty little red and purple flowers. This one, however, is spectacular with almost translucent petals of rich purple that seem to glow. The flowers are larger and look like the flamboyant petticoats of a flamenco dancer, with thin long stamens reaching their filaments down below like slender legs above the pale anthers. The hummingbirds are drawn to the colour and dart in and out under the blooms, finding what nectar these might hold.  To view bonus image and gallery
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Frozen Beauties


Today it's pouring with rain, dull grey and windy. The leaves have all fallen and the flowers all finished. To cheer myself and everyone else up, I am sharing this photograph of deep frozen Queen Anne's Lace. The details of the tiny flowers that make up the 'platform' of the bloom are exquisite as seen through a macro lens. The flowers are frozen in blocks of ice when they are at their peak and then are preserved until I have time to photograph them (or need freezer space)! Now the Queen Anne's lace plants are just spiky stalks denuded of their blooms, but we have these to remind us of their past (and future) delicacy and glory.

In celebration of the beauties of flowers especially as photographed through ice and with a macro lens to show fine detail, I have created a collection dedicated to this subject.

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#macro4all +Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen
#artistphotographeramateurorprofessional +Artist , photographer , amateur or professional curated by +jany viala +Krzysztof Felczak +Chauvin Gene +Dorma Wiggin
#macroaddict (+MacroAddict) curated by +Sandrine Berjonneau, +Ruth Benjamin, +William Banik, +Magy Duarte & +Olivier Poulet
#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +10419852001929985760 +Francine Vanlé +Sonya Murray


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Jubilation - Ellie Kennard 2015
Jubilation – Ellie Kennard 2015

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.

Passiflora Beauty


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

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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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Yellow Petal Profusion


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.

Wishing everyone a bright and happy weekend.

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#flowerpower +FLOWER POWER by +Edith Kukla

#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Melania Pierce +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Francine Vanlé

and of course for #unsharpsaturday #softfocussaturday +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 by +Alex Lapidus +Julianne Bockius +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski


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Just a Flower For You


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.)

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To celebrate a new theme that I just found:
#flowerpower +FLOWER POWER by +Edith Kukla
As well as an old favourite from the HQSP stable of supportive themes:
#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers curated by +Melania Pierce +Wayne Lu +Iva Pas +kaatje jansen +Francine Vanlé


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