There are times when a single bloom in a bouquet captures my attention. A combination of vibrant color and intricate details that shouts out to the universe – isn’t life wonderful!
Its also an opportunity to practice mindfulness, to pause and reflect and appreciate a moment of stillness and the times that bring us joy.
My husband recently gave me a bouquet just before Valentine’s Day and he knows I like a collection of various types of blooms and colors. The one that stood out for me was a yellow Gerbera Daisy, bringing a piece of my African homeland to my home.
This description was taken from the ProFlowers Blog “The Gerbera daisy was discovered in 1884 near Barberton, South Africa, by Scotsman Robert Jameson. While the flower’s scientific name, Gerberajamesonii, recollects the name of its founder, the meaning of its common name draws from German naturalist Traugott Gerber.”
Here are two of the photos I took which are now for sale on my FineArtAmerica site.
Photo 1: Vibrance
Photo 2: Hopes
There is so much excitement locally around the pending total solar eclipse tomorrow, Monday August 21. I was rushing around last week looking for approved viewing glasses for my kids but I was way too late as stocks were already sold out.
Some parents I know even pooled resources to Fedex a shipment of them to get here in time but due to damage in transit they could not be delivered leading to severe disappointment.
I was intrigued by this solar fascination and how the wonders of our universe sometimes stop us all in our tracks and call us to pay attention.
In a way though it also saddened me that Nature has to put on such a dramatic visual display before we really notice the world around us.
The endangered bees and butterflies, the declining forests, the melting polar caps and the death of the Great Barrier Reef all come to mind.
There is beauty and wonder around us every day! Nature is battling for survival and we need to pay more attention more frequently to what is happening in our world even though it doesn’t always happen on such a spectacular scale.
With these thoughts in mind I created the image below from the intricate detail and coloring of a single Gerbera bloom and a photo of a decorative iron garden trellis.
Nature deserves our attention – our survival depends on it.
Photo 1: Solar Celebration
Photo 2: A Single Gerbera Bloom
Having fun with a red Gerbera and some solar effects to produce a pop art image. The first shot was red then I used a solar effect and changed hues to produce the different two-tone versions. Finally I removed some colour ranges completely to produce the blue flower. One photo, many faces…
Photo 1: Gerbera Daisy Pop Art
Photo 2: Red Gerbera original shot
Photo 3: Gerbera solar red
Photo 4: Gerbera solar green
Photo 5: Gerbera solar orange
Photo 6: Gerbera blue
Photo 7: Gerbera Daisy Pop Art half
It’s great to photograph Gerbera daisies – their wonderful colours simply make a shot come alive. Daisies usually symbolise innocence and purity but with a Gerbera there are added elements of cheerfulness and vibrancy due to their dramatic hues.
Photo 1: Orange Gerbera Daisy
Photo 2: Orange Gerbera Daisy Centre
Photo 3: Two Orange Gerbera Daisies
Photo 4: Orange Gerbera Daisy on Green
Photo 5: Orange Gerbera Daisy on Black
Photo 6: Orange Gerbera Daisy petals
Photo 7: Orange Gerbera Daisy in the spotlight
Although I have loads to do in preparation for the Uckfield Art Trail on 19 July I could not refuse an invitation from a friend to visit a few Garden Centres.
She was looking for something pretty to add to her hanging baskets and decorate the area around her fountain. I am at my happiest when viewing loads of lovely flowers.
Photo: Pretty Pink Verbena with stripes
Photo: Miniature Dahlias
Photo: Pale pink Geraniums
Photo: Bright Red Gerbera
Photo: Purple Petunias
Just couldn’t resist taking another pic of these beauties!
Gerberas are said to represent innocence, purity, and cheerfulness. You can see why with this vibrant red one. They remind me of South Africa.