Look closer

The closer you look, the more you see.

I often marvel at the intricate details of nature. You don’t have to go far to see beauty close-up. Since it has been raining heavily this week I have been going through my archives of floral photos and found these.

Photo 1: Poppy Central

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Photo 2: Black-eyed Susan

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Photo 3: Dahlia details

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Photo 4: Fern frond

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Dancing in the rain

It’s the first day of winter and although we are not expecting snow here we have had some very welcome rain showers. Was a great opportunity to capture some raindrops on petals. They remind me of one of my favorite quotes.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Photo 1: Raindrops on Geraniums

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Photo 2 Society Garlic in the rain

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Photo 3: Rain kissed Geraniums

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Autumn glory

Morning sunlight kisses Autumn leaves unveiling their colorful and warm delights. Sometimes it’s worth waking up on a cold and crisp Fall morning to see the wonderful display of autumnal hues in the garden.

Photo 1: Autumn Glory

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Photo 2: Fall hues

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Photo 3: Japanese Maple in Fall

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Photo 4: Autumnal Delight

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What Sunflowers do…

“Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” Helen Keller

There are certain times when finding the silver lining is tough but it does the soul good to find them even on our most challenging days. Being thankful on those days and expressing gratitude to those who bring sunshine into our lives is a way to keep the shadows at bay.

These images are from my Sunflower bouquet at Thanksgiving. Wishing you well this Thanksgiving weekend!

Photo 1: Sunflowers

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Photo 2: Sunflowers and Chrysanthemums

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Photo 3: Face to the Sunshine

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Photo 4: Gratitude

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Hope blooms where flowers grow

“We each have a platform, access to tools, a change we’d like to make in the world around us. We each have a chance to connect, to see, to lead.” Seth Godin

This message inspired me this week to keep doing work that matters. When enough people care, beautiful things can happen in the world.

Flowers remind me of this hope.

Photographing daisies bring to mind carefree, happy days in the sunshine so I combined two of my favorites to produce one that expressed this hope visually.

May hope bloom where you are too!

Photo 1: Hope Blooms

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Photo 2: A fresh start

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Photo 3: Bloom where you are

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A garden of Zinnias

Northern California got some rain yesterday and the garden loved it! The broody cloud cover just before the rain was an ideal time to admire the zinnia garden and take a few photos. Admiring their vibrant colors and eye-catching display I was reminded of this quote : “So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” Jorge Luis Borges

Photo 1: Zinnias and Lavender

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Photo 2: Cascade of color

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Photo 3: Striking beauty

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Photo 4: Pink Zinnia gathering

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Head Shots with a floral twist

I was fortunate enough to know a professional portrait photographer who could make me look good for my head shot in my online testimonial for the British College of Journalism.

Seeing that head shot gave me an idea for a series of the floral variety so here they are. Do you have a favorite?

Photo 1: Two tone Dahlia

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Photo 2: Pompom of prettiness

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Photo 3: Hibiscus

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Photo 4: White Orchid Spray

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