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Pink Roses Blooming

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”  William Shakespeare

Despite the persistent drought and the subsequent water restrictions the rose bushes continue to produce some lovely specimens. After trimming the pink one I was really happy to see the blooms appear.

Photo 1: Pink rose

Pink rose in bloom

Photo 2: Pretty in pink

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Photo 3: Blooming pink roses

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Photo 4: Pink rose bud

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Roses after the thunderstorm

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

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Photo 2: Wet bloom and buds

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Photo 3: Droplets and rose ruffles

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Photo 4: Pink Rose after Rain

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Photo 5: Raindrops on a pink Rose

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Everything is coming up Roses

The rose bushes in the garden have greeted Spring with fervour. It brought to mind the song from the musical Gypsy. The song lyrics give the meaning to the idiom Everything is coming up Roses,  and the words go “Things look swell, things look great, Gonna have the whole world on a plate. Starting here, starting now Honey, everything’s coming up roses.”

Photo 1: Variegated pink Rose

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Photo 2: Bloom and bud

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Photo 3: Emerging rose

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Photo 4: Side by side

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Photo 5: Rosebud

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To be judged by Anne Geddes – please vote for my entries!

There aren’t many people who haven’t heard of Anne Geddes. The wonderful creativity and unique niche of her photography is so distinctive.

FineArtAmerica is currently hosting a National TV photo contest that she will be judging. The winners of the competition will appear in their next TV commercial which is scheduled to begin airing in July 2015.

To make it through the first round your photos need to get at least 250 votes. There are thousands of entries and the last number I saw of shares of the competition were over 38 000! Some lovely people have already voted for my work and that was very heartwarming!

Competition is so tough but since this is the week of shipping for the #YourTurnChallenge I have submitted my three entries and I’m hoping for the best!

So if you like what you see – please vote for me! Clicking on the image will take you directly to the voting page.

Entry 1: Chrysanthemum

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Entry 2: Chrysanthemum dreams

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Entry 3: Blooming

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When photos cause a firestorm #day3 #YourTurnChallenge

While watching the news this morning there was a report about a weight-lifting Mum showing off her six pack and causing a firestorm. She did it by posting a photo with a caption on Instagram. It offended some and got support from others. It also made me think about a beautiful and thought-provoking song Try by Colbie Caillat.

To me the interesting thing about this story – it all happened because of a photograph.

Images tell a story like nothing else can. It’s why photography is fascinating and captivating.

I recently posted a floral photograph on my Facebook page. It was not an image I had thought much of but it got a significant response from my friends. We don’t always know what resonates with people in the art we produce but it’s great to know when a connection has been made.

What are you photographing today?

Photo 1: Wet Rose on Facebook

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Photo 2: Pink Roses near the Creek

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Photo 3: Pink Roses in my garden

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Flares adding fantasy to florals

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

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Photo 2: Blooming

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Photo 3: Pink Rose

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Photo 4: Wishful Anemones

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Photo 5: Singular Simplicity

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Like what you see? These images are available for purchase on my artist website.

Raining on the Roses

Some much needed rain finally arrived in drought-stricken California this week. I took the opportunity to feed the roses and admire some late bloomers in the nearby park.

Photo 1: Raindrops on a variegated Rose

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Photo 2: Wet yellow Rose

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Photo 3: Orange miniature Rose cluster

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Photo 4: Single wet white Rose

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Photo 5: Rose romance

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Some of these images are available for purchase on my fineartamerica artist page.

Caught in the Rose Garden

Getting together with a portrait photographer on my usual walk about the local park was lots of fun. Specimen spotting and talking to the sun to get the right light was also rather entertaining for her 2 year old charge who happened to be carrying a lovely sprig of lavender given to him by a passerby. When I got entranced by the blooms in the rose garden I also got caught on camera…

Photo 1: Caught in the Rose Garden

Me in the rose garden

Photo 2: Fresh Yellow Rose

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Photo 3: Rosey blues

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Photo 4: After the rain

Rose raindrops

Photo 5: Rose refreshed

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