with spring finally here I can hardly wait for the flowers to bloom. I am working through some old files, and finding some flower images to satisfy my needs for flowers! I love the red poppy. They are delicate, the color is rich, and they seem to dance with the slightest breeze.
Now for something completely different. I have been publishing a lot of different portraits lately. People I have met and worked with, so I thought it was time to mix it up a little. Flowers are always so beautiful that I can’t help but take pictures of them. Especially when visiting a conservatory as lovely as the Bloedel Conservatory in Vancouver BC.
It is april in Calgary, and I have heard that spring bulbs are starting to appear in people’s gardens, not in mine, and we are going to have snow today, with colder than normal temperatures predicted for the rest of the week. I do miss the flowers.
For this image I used Nik Silver Effects Pro to creat a black and white layer then reduced the opacity to allow a small amount of the color to come through. Since the flower in the original image was a bright red, it came through with a little color while the rest remain dark.
“When we walk like (we are rushing) we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact betwen your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feelt”
Thich Nhat Hanh
old boots on the camino route. the camino to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
I have recently started to follow Kat Eye Studio blog, and her Photo-Heart Connection for January was inspiring. Looking back over my January blog, this is the photo and memory that was in my heart, my Photo-Heart Connection.
As part of my Explore Calgary Project I want to visit activities and events happening around Calgary. The Foothills Orchid Society hold an annual show at the Triwood Community Center, some time in May. On display are beautiful and show the dedication members have to their plants. Last year I went early Sunday morning, just as the doors were opening, so it wasn’t too busy. If you are planning on taking pictures, be aware of other guest to the show, try not to take up too much space or stay in one place to long. Use either off camera or diffused flash to prevent harsh shadows.
The Triwood Community Center is holding their winter festival February 17, 2012: skating, winter games, campfire, definitely something else to add to my calendar for my explore Calgary Project.
All along the Camino to Santiago we noticed gardens of herbs and garden, always looking prettiest in the rain.
the Photoblog creative project challenge is “red” and while the photo is not completely red, the main subject is red. My husband the red jacket, top right corner compliments the flower and creates a diagonal line through the image. Have a look at the other images that have been submitted. Let me know if you get involved in the challenge.
Nymphaeacease better known as a waterlily or lotus flower.
In contrast to the snow and wintery conditions that is or will be surrounding many of us in the Northern Hemisphere very soon I thought I would bring you a lovely lotus flower image. An image I can contemplate and enjoy while we try to ignore the icy conditions outside!
A little information, and a quote I pick-up up off the web while preparing this blog post.
“A pristine waterlily undiscouraged by its surroundings, rises from the depths of a murky pond. It’s lotus petals perfume the air, as it flowers and blooms brilliantly, purely, divinely, despite and probably because of its origins. Becoming a spiritual person does not mean you to leave your prior life behind, but instead you integrate, learn, remember, and respect what brought you to this point in the first place.” Jacquelene Close Moore.
According to many sites the lotus flower is a symbol of enlightenment. Just as it rises out of the mud to become a beautiful flower we to can become better people. I hope you enjoy my offering today as an alternative to the snow outside!