“Raindrops on Springtime”

As you can see, I’m still trying to get in some more spring images before fall arrives, and being that it is now September 1st, well it’s certainly on our doorstep!!

In May, I found large areas of beautiful bright pink Azaleas in Virginia. This day happened to be a rainy one, which played really nicely with the flowers.

For the most part I’ve been processing them in color, but I decided to do one in monochrome. This one was processed first in Lightroom, then in Nik Silver Efex Pro.

There isn’t a lot of contrast here, but I like the tone on tone look to it. When adding more contrast, it seemed to detract somehow from the flowers themselves.

Take a look, and see how you like it!! 🙂

-Raindrops on Springtime- mono

“Dogwood Curtain” 2

“Dogwood Curtain” 2

-Dogwood Curtain-  mono 2

A day of pink
Of blossoms fair.

Wind blows gently
Petals flare.

Distant thoughts
My soul to share.

Far off bench
Anyone there?

A day in spring
The world is new.

Among the blossoms
I’ll be with you.

~~ Rachel Cohen~~

“Flowers and Stone”

Flowers and stone
Spring dreams

Tumbled boulders
Timeless past

Season’s renewal
Wildflowers sprout

Perhaps unnoticed
Perchance to be seen

I have noticed
I have climbed

Life ever changing
Reaching new heights

Flowers and stone
Of God’s Gifts
We do delight

by Rachel Cohen

“Sand Flower”

In stark contrast to the two images in my last post, I thought I’d show you one of the flowers of pure beauty that lives and thrives in the sand at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore.

I have no idea what this plant or flower is called, so feel free to let me know. I found this botanical among thousands of others on a climb on the eastern facing side of the dunes.

This day was also extremely windy, especially in this location, so I decided to climb further up, then down, to try and get away from the strong gusts. I ended up going along some very narrow trails, over and under trees of varying sizes, and in the end I found that there was no way to escape the wind. I basically just had to cling onto a tree with all my strength to steady myself in order to get this image. I imagine these flowers only bloom for a short while every year. So I’m happy that I was there to see it at the right time!!

I hope you like it! I sure do, especially after what I went through to get it!! 😉

A Dose of Beauty

“Illuminate”

This image is part of my set of images from the flowering Quince Bonsai tree that I have posted on 500px, and my site. The day that I was shooting the Bonsai trees the sun happened to be shining really brightly, coming in at a strong mid afternoon angle.
After I had already done many other shots, I decided to just go with the flow of light, and let it totally surround and embrace the subject, the Quince Blossoms.
In the end I’m glad that I did. I feel it adds a light and beautiful air to the image. So bright that it feels like a summer’s day! Enjoy!

 Quince Blossoms
Quince Blossoms

“Cascading White” B&W

While doing some botanical photography recently I took a quick stop at the orchid section of the conservatory before heading to the desert climate area for some succulent images.
I thought I’d like to process these orchids in a strictly black and white form, giving them more of a contrast. They really came out with what I feel is a contrast of darkness and light in a very literal sense!
On 500px I uploaded a very similar image, although not the same one, but in color if you’d like to take a look at that.
So if you’re having a dark and rainy today like we are, and want some some black and white drama, here’s the image for you. All we need is a little thunder and lightening to go with it! 😉

 Orchids in monochrome

Orchids in monochrome

“Summer’s Snowflakes”

In today’s post I thought I’d take us back to a little bit of summer delight ( I know, summer seems a lifetime ago for some of us) LOL! Enjoy a lovely and delicate image of the humble Garlic Chive in bloom!

Quite a large patch of this beautiful flower that I call the snowflake of summer was growing on the outskirts of a an herb garden last summer. I grabbed a couple of shots back then. This image is the color version , but I also created a monochrome version, which while beautiful, didn’t seem quite right for today’s post.

As I gaze out my window while writing this, I see a single sign of spring. The grass is getting greener, but other that that, the north winds are blowing quite strong, and a cold front is here! Our temperatures have dropped like a rock! Who knows, there might even be a stray snowflake or two later in the night.

But for me, I can always look at a snowflake of a different kind. One that evokes the scents and feelings of a light and warm summer’s day. Maybe you might also be in need of a little bit of soft and beautiful summer feelings! If so take a look at this image, then close your eyes and imagine the scent of green plants, a field of delicate white flowers. The sound of birds chirping, and butterflies flitting from one flower to another. Take a deep breath, then exhale slowly.

Are you relaxed now? If not, then try it again. Just remember summer isn’t far off……… oh yea, I forgot, we have to get to spring first! 😉

Anyway, It will be here soon enough, for now though I’m wishing everyone a warm (even if only on the inside) , safe, and wonderful spring weekend!! 🙂

-Summer's Snowflakes-

“Sparkling Orange”

I guess I’m switching gears so to speak from auto photos, back to nature! 🙂 I’m in the middle of processing wayyyy to many photos from the auto show, so I thought I’d bring us back to nature tonight. To a little bright and lively color!

An orange and creamy white Amaryllis in full bloom. This is one of many images from a conservatory that was featuring many types of Amaryllis at the time. These are bulb flowers, and make a great showing during the winter here. Inside of course! 😉

Just think, it probably won’t be too many more months till we can all get outside again, and drink in the beauty of the earth, and all it has to offer! 🙂

For now though, we shall be satisfied with whatever we can find of beauty, or interest and In truth all we need to do is look, and we’ll find something wonderful that grabs our attention and then we can’t resist the urge to get out the camera, and have some fun!!

I’m sure I’m not alone in that sentiment! 🙂

Brilliant Orange and cream Amaryllis!!
Brilliant Orange and cream Amaryllis!!

“Sun Flare” 2

Well, I thought we may need a bit of sunshine today, left over from last summer’s flowers! I don’t know about your location, but it’s cold and rainy here, and has been cloudy for a good long while!
Last summer the flowers in our local botanical garden weren’t as abundant as usual because of the severe drought, but despite that, some hearty survivors gave a good show!
This is some type of sunflower. These seem to range in color from reds to yellows. With brown, mahogany or dark purple centers, and can tolerate dry soil, and drought! Thankfully!!
I hope this brightens your day if you too are having a dark and rainy day! 🙂

A bit of sunshine on a dreary day!
A bit of sunshine on a dreary day!