Sometimes life hurls moments at you that are uncomfortable to process – things that hurt you and that we would prefer to be outside the realm of our life experiences. My father passed away last month only a couple of years after my mom and they had been married for half a century. Yesterday was their anniversary and a stark reminder that they are no longer here but the day also triggered memories of happy times celebrating with them.
A friend sent me a note that simply said “be gentle with yourself” – I found it both profound and comforting in my time of grief and it inspired the name of this image.
“Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. In the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.” Max Ehrmann
Photo 1: Be Gentle
This year has gotten off to a great start as I take my floral photography to the next level. I have entered several competitions and submitted my work to a number of groups on Fine Art America.
I am thrilled to have been featured several times including two featured on the same day! Here they are:
Photo 1: ‘Floating Water Lily’ featured on ‘Images that excite you’ group
Photo 2: ‘Orchid Spray’ featured on ‘Flowers on Black’ Group
Photo 3: ‘Gerbera on Black’ featured on ‘Your very best photography’
Photo 4: ‘Seeds of Wonder’ featured on ‘Nuts, seeds and berries’ group
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“Sowing seeds of kindness and compassion is an endeavour that yields joy and and makes hope bloom.” Vanessa Lee Thomas
Photo 1: Thistle Seed Head
The flower that inspired a name for a color. The first two images were taken of a plant growing in a pot on a main road in Monterey, California. The third image is from the garden next door. Wherever they grow they provide a vibrant and eye-catching display.
Photo 1: Fuchsias in Bloom
Photo 2: Little dancing Fuchsias
Photo 3: Fuchsia next door
The ever resilient rose bushes are greeting Spring enthusiastically and are bursting with buds. A few of the sights from the garden this week.
Photo 1: Rosebud
Photo 2: Rose on the rise
Photo 3: First bloom
The roses are certainly on the rise and I am expecting some magnificent blooms.
Nature reveals incredibly beauty in the details of its blooms. Rippling textures and nuanced shading are both captivating and gorgeous.
Something I really enjoy about being a Floral Photographer is when people notice blooms that they find appealing then they contact me and either send photos or tell me the location.
I had spotted a patch of poppies close to our home and had taken a few pics but the light was just too bright to do them justice. Then a friend sent me a pic of them and it motivated me to give the Poppy Patch another visit. These photos are the ones I took then.
Photo 1: Poppy Bud under Bloom
Photo 2: Peaceful Poppy
Photo 3: Playing in the Poppies
Some of these images are available for purchase on Fine Art America.
Have a beautiful day and I hope you find time to stop and smell the flowers!
The walk home after the bustling activity of the school run is my time for some quiet reflection and focusing my mind for the day. What’s great when I get home is that the wonders in the garden greet me and there is always something to see and make me grateful for being here.
Photo 1: Rose blooming
Photo 2: Memorable rosey moment
Photo 3: Glowing rose
Photo 4: Opening rose
Photo 5: Musing Society Garlic
As is customary when I have a striking bunch of gladioli, I was out in the back yard with my camera trying to capture their beauty. Being so focused on the task at hand I was rather surprised when a cobweb strand appeared in my view and then I noticed the little golden visitor too!
Photo 1: Golden visitor on Red Gladiolus
Photo 2: Hiding
Photo 3: Reappearing
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