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
Photo 2: A Single Gerbera Bloom
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
Photo 2: ‘Orchid Spray’ featured on ‘Flowers on Black’ Group
Photo 3: ‘Gerbera on Black’ featured on ‘Your very best photography’
Photo 4: ‘Seeds of Wonder’ featured on ‘Nuts, seeds and berries’ group
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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
Photo 2: White and wonderful Gerbera
Photo 3: Peace and Purity
Photo 4: Softness and light
Photo 5: Petal layers
Photo 6: Macro
Photo 7: Spreading petals of light
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
Photo 2: Red Gerbera original shot
Photo 3: Gerbera solar red
Photo 4: Gerbera solar green
Photo 5: Gerbera solar orange
Photo 6: Gerbera blue
Photo 7: Gerbera Daisy Pop Art half
After procrastinating for ages I finally started playing with Photoshop Elements 10. I’ve had it for a almost a year but have had no inclination to try it – until today when I just couldn’t get the effect I wanted in camera.
Photo 1: Twirls
Photo 2: Ripples
Photo 3: Liquified Tulip
Photo 4: Liquified Gerbera
The gorgeous colour of this Gerbera just keeps calling out to me – I can’t walk by without trying another angle to capture it.
Photo 1: Gerbera downwards
Photo 2: Two Gerberas
Photo 3: Gerbera light and shadow
Photo 4: Gerberas and Lilies
Gerberas make me happy – not sure if it’s because they remind me of home or just because they have such brilliant colours.
Photo 1: Single Orange Gerbera
Photo 2: Gerbera on a log
Photo 3: Gerbera bloom
Photo 4: Orange Gerbera on wood