Dahlias are remarkably beautiful. They used to grow prolifically in my Grandfather’s garden and the ease of growing such large and striking blooms almost made me take them for granted. After not seeing them in such abundance for several years and then coming across the patch near the San Francisco Conservatory of flowers they were a true joy to behold so I got up nice and close.
Photo 1: Pom Pom Dahlia
Photo 2: Higgledy Piggledy Dahlia
Photo 3: Pink Pom Pom
Photo 4: Dashing Dahlia
Photo 5: Starburst
Photo 6: Red Pom Pom
Photo 7: Red Dahlias in the garden
We’ve had some very welcome rain in California this week! Thrilled for my garden and especially the roses that have bloomed beautifully and bravely through the drought.
Photo 1: Morning Rose
Photo 2: Pink Rose
Photo 3: Just pretty
Photo 4: Rosey
Making art is an expression of who I am.
The wonders I see and experience are a catalyst for creating and sharing.
I make art because the alternative is not an option.
Quote 1: “When passion fuels your destiny, joy will appear!” ~Vanessa Lee Thomas
My morning ritual usually includes reading the latest blog post by Seth Godin. It’s a way to kick my brain into gear and give me food for thought.
His recent post, What is your art? really resonated with me. I produce my art because I want to share something beautiful with the world and because I love it!
I am so grateful to all those who tell me that my art makes them smile and brightens their day. That they think of me when they see flowers. It warms my soul.
Quote 2: “Little deeds are like little seeds, they can grow to flowers or to weeds” ~Daniel D Palmer
Quote 3: “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our lives would change” ~ Buddha
Quote 4: ” Your soul can see the beauty that surrounds you, embrace it!” ~Vanessa Lee Thomas
The long elegant stems of these pink Gladioli were irresistible to me when I was out on a recent shopping trip.
To me they are the one flower that can instantly glam up an ordinary corner in the house. Even as they bend the arching is so graceful it’s like watching a ballerina stretch.
Here are some pics of them.
Photo 1: Graceful
Photo 2: Glamorous
Photo 3: Gorgeous
Photo 4: Eye catching
Photo 5: Elegant
There are few things that excite me as much as discovering a beautiful bloom. It has no expectations of the world but revels in the elements whether it be sunshine, wind or rain. When it is at its peak the glorious light of living shines forth spreading beauty where it finds itself.
Quote 1: You have to find what sparks a light in you so that your own way can illuminate the world – Oprah
Quote 2: Each new day is an opportunity to try again! Embrace it!
Quote 3: To know even one life has breathed easier because you lived. This is to have succeeded.
Quote 4: There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
Quote 5: Bloom- with all the enthusiasm you can muster!
California is desperately in need of more rain. We had an unexpected but very welcome thunderstorm last week and the way the raindrops looked on the roses was a bedazzling sight. It’s no wonder they a few of my favourite things!
Photo 1: Droplets on Betty Boop
Photo 2: Wet bloom and buds
Photo 3: Droplets and rose ruffles
Photo 4: Pink Rose after Rain
Photo 5: Raindrops on a pink Rose
Spring in the garden is a simply marvelous season! New growth and blooms and the energy of the cycle of life seems to be bursting forth everywhere!
The yellow daisies around the corner and the bright pink of the Indian Hawthorn at our front door are welcoming the bees too.
Photo 1: Single yellow daisy
Photo 2: Think pink
Photo 3: Pale pink Geranium
Photo 4: Dancing yellow daisy
Photo 5: Perfectly pink
You can visit my page on FineArtAmerica for more flower photos.
Today my blog is three years old!
Photo 1: Pink Indian Hawthorn
When I started it I had no idea where this journey would take me. All I knew is that I wanted to share what I cared about. It was an opportunity to document what I see and what moves me.
It is still that today.
Photo 2: Yellow Daffodil dreams
Thank you to all my followers who have joined me on this adventure and encouraged me!
May your days be filled with beautiful moments that drive you to live your life with passion!
Photo 3: Blue Muscari
Ah February – the month to remember love! So whether it’s new love, old love, lost love or anticipated love – enjoy sharing the love – it is actually all around.
Photo 1: Love Actually Blooms
As Wet Wet Wet sang – you can feel it in your fingers and toes! I will leave you with this lovely quote from one of my all time favourite movies, Love Actually :
Prime Minister: Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.
When post processing my pics I try to add something that will make the image unique and remarkable. Often my attempts don’t yield the results I want so it usually feels like every one is an experiment. Each bloom has a different energy when you see it up close and the detail in each image focuses attention on different aspects. These are some of my experiments with adding lens flares in Photoshop.
Photo 1: Enchanting
Photo 2: Blooming
Photo 3: Pink Rose
Photo 4: Wishful Anemones
Photo 5: Singular Simplicity
Like what you see? These images are available for purchase on my artist website.