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Beauty in a Single Bloom

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

Gerbera two tone yellow

Photo 2: Hopes

Gerbera daisy single on sparkle fade

 

Nature gets our attention with a Solar Eclipse.

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

Sun face and flowers

Photo 2: A Single Gerbera BloomGerbera Orange on grey

Featured Floral Photographs

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

water-lily

Photo 2: ‘Orchid Spray’ featured on ‘Flowers on Black’ Group

orchid-white-pink-spray

Photo 3: ‘Gerbera on Black’ featured on ‘Your very best photography’

Gerbera Orange on Black low res

Photo 4: ‘Seeds of Wonder’ featured on ‘Nuts, seeds and berries’ group

Dandelion head open

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Snow White Barberton Daisies

Life is fleeting as I was reminded this week when my Mum passed away. If my mothers life taught me anything it was to live without fear of living or dying as then we never see and experience the beauty that life holds.

Being in another country is not easy when you lose a loved one and a local friend was kind enough to bring me some beautiful white Barberton Daisies aka Gerberas – a South African favourite. Gerbera daisies can mean innocence, purity, and cheerfulness and were just the right flower to connect me to home.

The Gerbera daisy was discovered in 1884 near Barberton, South Africa, by Scotsman Robert Jameson. The scientific name of the flower is Gerbera jamesonii and reflects its discoverer but the meaning of its common name derives from German naturalist Traugott Gerber.

Photo 1: Snow White Barberton Daisy

Gerbera white

Photo 2: White and wonderful Gerbera

Gerbera white off centre

Photo 3: Peace and Purity

Gerbera white bunch

Photo 4: Softness and light

Gerbera white 6

Photo 5: Petal layers

Gerbera white centre 2

Photo 6: Macro

Gerbera white centre

Photo 7: Spreading petals of light

Gerbera white 5

Gerbera Daisy Pop Art

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

Gerbera pop art 2 low res1

Photo 2: Red Gerbera original shot

Gerbera red low res

Photo 3: Gerbera solar red

Gerbera solar red low res

Photo 4: Gerbera solar green

Gerbera solar green low res

Photo 5: Gerbera solar orange

Gerbera solar orange low res

Photo 6: Gerbera blue

Gerbera solar blue low res

Photo 7: Gerbera Daisy Pop Art half

Gerbera pop art 1 low res

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