If I were a flower…

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“If I were a flower.. I would be a sunflower.
To always follow the sun, Turn my back to darkness,
Stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds.” ~ Author Pam Stewart

A Weekend of Art

Affections

Inviting all of my local followers (and anyone who can travel) to stroll through Doylestown for the second Annual Doylestown Art Days.  Local shops and businesses will be adorned with work by local Bucks County artists from June 4th to 7th.  My photography will be hanging in Booktenders Secret Garden located at: 42 E State St, Rear Plaza, Doylestown, PA 18901.

When you stop in to see my work, be sure and have Ellen, the owner of Booktenders, help you with all of your summer reading lists – support local artists and business owners and check items off of your “to do” list all at once!

 

Tulip II

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“Art makes better humans, art is necessary in understanding the world and art makes people happy.  Undeniably, art is not optional.” – Nathan Sawaya

A Mother’s Perfect Love – A Tulip and a Poem

A Mother's Perfect Love

A mother’s perfect love,

Forever giving,

Infinitely strong,

Her purpose for living,

Being willing to forgive any wrong.

Her beautiful eyes,

Bright,

Filled with joy,

Delight at the sight

Of her girl or her boy.

A mother’s beautiful love

Always there with open arms,

Encouraging to soar above,

Protecting from harm.

Is there any love more perfect?

Is there any love more beautiful?

Than the love of a mother who never neglects,

But is always there to tell us we’re wonderful.

 Copyright Robyn Graham

A couple of the meanings of the tulip are beautiful eyes and perfect lover.  I chose these two representations of the tulip for Mother’s Day and wrote the above poem to accompany the image of the tulip.  Being a mother is the most challenging yet the most rewarding role a woman can ever have.   I hope my words and image honor all mothers, near and far.

Tulip I

Tulip I

Tulip I, a Day Dream

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Tulip I is the first image in my 2015 tulip series. I used natural light to photograph several tulips that were decaying. Tulip I is a day-dream. I used back lighting, ambient light, and a shallow depth of field to achieve the swirly, dreamy effect.

In post processing I did a simple curves adjustment, just to give a little color pop.

Blue

 

Blue

Blue

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“No water, no life. No blue, no green.” – Sylvia Earle

This image was taken during the evening blue hour on the Pacific Coast in February.  The “blue hour” refers to the period of twilight every morning and evening when the sun is below the horizon and the indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue with a cool color temperature.

To learn more about the blue hour, the golden hour and twilight feel free to read this great article by PetaPixel.

Remember, tomorrow is Thursday and I will be posting a black and white image on Monochromia.  Be sure to stop by!

Easter Delights

Easter Delights I

Easter Delights I

Easter Delights II

Easter Delights II

Easter Delights III

Easter Delights III

Wishing  you a blessed and happy Easter!

What I dream of…

Serenity

Serenity

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“What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.” – Henri Matisse

 

Notice the shutter speed above.  The long exposure created the soothing, serenity effect of the water.  Long exposure is my favorite technique when shooting water.  I love the calming feeling that lends to mindfulness, peace and a joyful heart.

Red Tulips

Believe in Love Declared

Believe in Love Declared

“I love you, I’ve loved you for years and I’ll love you for years more. It’s not something I can fight, it’s not something I want to fight.” ― Somi Ekhasomhi, Always Yours

The red tulip means “Believe Me” and “Love Declared” in the Victorian Language of Flowers, thus the title of this image and the reason I selected it for Valentine’s Day.  I wish you all a day filled with love and joy.

Love Declared…

“I felt that I admired you, but…

To see more visit my Thursday Post on Monochromia.