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.
Monday I was visiting Cochrane Ranch, near Cochrane Alberta, the willow trees were past the bud stage, but seemed to have a halo around them when seen in front of the setting sun. It is friday and I am looking forward to a long weekend.
The jolly jump ups have not yet made themselves known in my garden this year – it won’t be long now. But it seems to have been a busy week with little time to get out and photograph the world around me, and I am anxious to get out into the garden, so I thought I would dig, (pun intended) through some of my old image files and find a spring like picture to brighten the day. It is just +1 degrees here in Calgary, but things are looking good for a sunny warm weekend. Yes I might just get some pots planted.
Yesterday was a great day here in Calgary, people were out on the pathways and in the parks, enjoying the sunshine. I am pretty sure there were more than just a few of us out dreaming about getting into the garden, and if we forget about the snow storm of Saturday we could almost believe planting is just around the corner.
The Calgary Farmer’s Market has so many wonderful vendors. We picked these tulips up from the Innifail Grower’s. Delicate yellow and peach colored flowers, bundles of tulips sitting in a bucket of water calling out to me to take them home. They do a beautiful job bringing color and spring to my kitchen.
I went for a walk late yesterday afternoon, on Nose Hill Park, and much to my surprise the crocuses were blooming. I thought for sure that I would have missed them, that they would have bloomed by now and be all gone. But there were lots of the little flower with the delicate purple petals blowing in the wind. There had been a grass fire on the hill not too long ago so they were easy to spot, and needless to say I came home covered in charcoal and smelling like a fire, as I had to get right down on the ground to get the sun behind the flowers. Finally I can say spring has arrived.