Peonies are strange flowers. Ants love them they can be perfectly round and a half sphere, or they can be all squiggly. Here’s a few from my garden today! (Find the ants!)
I found a surprising bloom of a fall crocus in a place I don’t believe I planted bulbs. Not that I’m complaining. Fall Crocus blooms are always a surprise as leaves are falling and most plants have died back. They are a very delicate flower, with translucence and a very thin stem. They often shoot up higher than the stem can support the bloom and end up falling down to the ground. Not this one! It stood up tall and strong so that I could capture it delicate beauty.
I am pleased to announce that an image, Delicate Balloon Flower, was accepted for the Open Lens VII Exhibit! The Opening Reception is this Saturday, June 11 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The exhibit is open for viewing until July 22. I invite you to attend the Opening Reception or visit the gallery to see my image as well as all accepted into the Exhibit.
Open Lens VII at Gallery 7, 116 N Chicago Street, Suite 102, Joliet, IL 60432
I find roses beautiful and I capture images of them often. After the first hard freeze of fall, I visited downtown Chicago and the rose gardens of Grant Park. There were still some lovely blooms, but also some broken blooms, where the damage of that first hard frost could be seen. I like the way a rose comes to be, blooms, opens, and then dies, leaving wilted and dried petals behind. I love the texture of the dried pieces of old flower. The stem of this rose broke, leaving the bloom hanging upside down. The break in food and water, along with the frost, killed the flower. But look at the beauty that still remains!
This image was captured with an iPhone 5s and then edited with PhotoForge.
I love water lilies. Getting close enough to get a photograph can be challenging! This image is from the “old” days with my Minolta SRT101 and color slide film. It was taken on my first trip to Hawaii in 1983. I’ve always liked this image, but had forgotten about it. It sat in a slide carousel for a number of years, waiting for the chance to be seen again. I love the lighting, the water in the background, the the placement of the flowers. Looking at it reminds me of that trip to Hawaii, the sun and sea, the warmth. It also makes me want to look at those old slides from vacations “before kids” to see what other gems I can find!
I don’t see many gardenias here in Illinois. When I visited family in Florida a few years ago, the gardenia bush in front of my aunts trailer was in full bloom. Needless to say, I took a lot of pictures. The flowers are so creamy white, with texture and fullness that it was a joy to get up close. I like the almost abstract feel of this image and the way the petals circle around and form a non-pattern of ripples and waves. Looking at this image, I can almost remember the smell as I captured images.
This image was in an exhibit in 2009.
Waiting at O’Hare so I thought I’d use the time to start a blog project: posting some of my personal favorite images taken over the years with a short story of what was happening at the time, where the image was captured and why it’s a favorite. I’m also learning how to post from my iPhone, so we’ll see how this looks!
I love the detail and sharpness of this image. I was in Punta Gorda, FL visiting my parents. We went to their local museum, which includes a marvelous collection of hibiscus. Hibiscus has always attracted me and I could probably do an entire gallery of images I’ve taken over the years! I’d never see this variety before and I liked the colors. The bloom was in peak condition, the weather was lovely and there was no wind. I was practicing with my then new Nikon D200 and I got the focus, aperture and composition just right.
This image was chosen on Flickr’s Hibiscus Wonder as a winner.