34 days until Christmas

34 days until Christmas and the Rose are still blooming! copyright jmeyersforeman 2014

34 days until Christmas and the Rose are still blooming! copyright jmeyersforeman 2014 

The days have been getting shorter, we have witnessed cities and town putting Christmas lights on the light standards and in the streets, and I have been talking about Christmas Markets,  so yesterday when I noticed this lovely pink rose blooming in the cemetery at the St. Peter’s Abbey, in Salzburg Germany, I was surprised to see it.

Flowers blooming in November, in Calgary Alberta,  just doesn’t happen, unless of course they are house plants, then I started to think about the date, and realized it was only 34 days until Christmas.

34 more days until Christmas………….

will you be ready?

Poppy in Black and White

Poppy in Black and White; copyright jmeyersforeman

Poppy in Black and White; copyright jmeyersforeman

One of my favourite flowers, the poppy, so many colours, blowing and dancing delicately in the breeze. Then when the flower is gone the seed pod is always interesting.

 

There isn’t much to be said about a pretty flower photo, so I thought I would show you what I started with……..

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When I was travelling I limited the lens I carried and without a macro lens I was unable to fill the frame the way I wanted to. I knew that I would be doing some cropping in Photoshop. After the framing and cropping I then used Nik Silver Effects Pro 2 to create the black and white.

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If  you are new to Photoshop or Lightroom, Nik Software is a “plug-in”  or for lack of a better term a program we can use inside these two editing programs to develop the image and create “quick” result.  I say quick, because if you have used the software before and have a vision for what you want then  the results can be quick, if however you are unsure of what might be best then there are so many variables both in presets and the changes that can be made to those presets. There are so many variables that I have been known to play with and loose an hour or more on one image!  The adjustments I made are not featured in the screen shot, I recreated this image for the blog as an afterthought!

 

The Gardens and Fountains of the Alambra; Granada Spain

white lotus flower in the ponds of Alambra, Granada Spain

white lotus flower in the ponds of Alambra, Granada Spain 

Reflecting the beautiful architecture, fountains and ponds are a feature of the palace with the soft sounds of running water said to aid in meditation, water is central to Moorish architecture, and essential to life.

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain 

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain 

 

Red Poppy and Raindrops

Red Poppy

Red Poppy and Raindrops 

It rained enough today to pull on the poncho’s, a soft gentle rain that is good for the ground and the flowers. I needed to get down in the grass along the side of the road, to get close enough to the poppy I wanted to show the raindrops, and then wait for that perfect moment when she was standing still to get this shot.

I love seeing the beautiful red poppies blowing in the breeze beside the road.

The timing for our walk through Spain, and the Via la Plata has been perfect for spring flowers.

Hopefully we have more sunshine and less rain tomorrow.

White Amaryllis Flower: Black and White Photography

white amerillis flower

white Amaryllis flower

You might not find me outside when it is cold and rainy, but there is always something to photograph.

Meconopsis; Blue Himalayan Poppy in the UBC Bontanical Garden

Blue himalayan poppy in the sunshine

Blue Himalayan poppy in the sunshine

Last summer we visited the University Botanical Gardens , their canopy walk was so much fun, and their gardens a mix of BC rainforest, alpine garden, and asian garden, they have a food garden, and so much more.

This beautiful Blue Himalayan Poppy had a tiny bit of sunshine shining through the forest on it, the head was so heavy it was hanging down.  There I was laying on the ground trying to get this image. Luck was with me, first it wasn’t windy, and the poppy was sitting quietly in the sun. Secondly, only a couple of people came by and looked at me as I was laying there in the flower bed, lucky one of the gardener was not one of them. I am always very respectful about the gardens, not stepping or crushing anything else as I maneuver through to get the image I want.

I am not the greatest gardener, so it is no surprise that I have had no luck growing this beautiful flower, and I take time to photograph them when I get a chance. What is your favourite flower?

More beautiful flower images are available for licensing or printing at my gallery.

Red Poppy; beautiful and delicate

Red Poppy

Red Poppy

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.

What is your favourite flower?

Lily at the Bloedel Conservatory, Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver BC

lily at the Bloedel Conservatory, Vancouver BC

lily at the Bloedel Conservatory, Vancouver BC

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.

Orange Cypripedioideae – lady slipper orchid

Orange Cypripedioideae- lady slipper orchid

Orange Cypripedioideae- lady slipper orchid

not long ago I told you about the Calgary Foothills Orchid Society here is another of the images taken during their last show.

Foothills Orchid Society – Cypripedioideae – pink lady’s slipper orchid

pink lady's-slipper orchid

pink lady’s-slipper orchid 

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.