Category Archives: Flowers

Sunday Quote

There is pleasure in the pathless woods,
there is rapture in the lonely shore,
there is society where none intrudes,
by the deep sea, and music in its roar;
I love not Man the less,
but Nature more.



Helios & Helianthus

Summer’s Gone, But Not Forgotten- Weekly Photo Challenge

Summer may be gone, but a few flowers in the vase always brightens a gray winter’s day.

Taken with an iPhone5 using app Bracket Mode, combined in PRO HDR, then manipulated in Snapseed, RePix, Artista Oil, and Image Blender.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: this week’s theme is Gone But Not Forgotten. Check out other entries here.

Be Still, Lesson 18


Although Kim Klassen’s current course, Be Still 52, has been challenging, informative and fun,  I haven’t been participating much recently. Not because of the course, but it’s just not something (like this blog) that I’ve devoted any time to lately.  Sometimes when you stop doing something — reading a book, taking photographs, doing something of habit — it isn’t easy to get back into the practice after a period of time.  Claiming that you’re waiting for “inspiration” can be a crutch.  I decided that I was going to jump back in this week and do the lesson regardless of whatever it was.

This week’s prompt is “Organic”.   I wanted to run immediately, as I think that  the term “organic” is overused.   Food is “organic”, but the label is meaningless as there is no standard to define what “organic” should be.   When I was working, the sales and executive teams often talked of “organic” growth.   That was even more ambiguous and made me laugh whenever I heard it.   I thought it sounded organic — as in like the stuff that one might put on one’s garden!

But, since I was committed to the prompt, I decided to think of things natural and in nature.   I took a walk along the nearby creek and found these wildflowers.  In other situations, they might be considered weeds.  On the creek bank, they grow naturally, without any sort of intervention or cultivation.    I placed them on the wood floor in my house when the late afternoon sun was streaming in through the windows.   I like these images.

Part of the lesson included using LightRoom’s Print Module to create a diptych.   I tried several times — I’ve done this before!   But, I could not get the picture placement to work correctly when I exported the file.   I’ll have to keep working on how to do that.   Guess it isn’t something that came naturally — organically — to my brain this evening!


The Last Rose of Summer?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday.


Used Kim Klassen’s latest “magic” texture, kk_magic0916.


Around the pond

A few shots from around my pond.  This is my little garden oasis, whether I’m working on the “weeding” of the algae or sitting nearby listening to the waterfall.










Unfortunately, the critter in photo #6 is the main suspect in the disappearance of several of the critters in photo #2.  On one hand, he is an uninvited inhabitant and I wish he would go away.   On the other, he may soon be the sole occupant so I’m wondering if I should name him.  Appropriate name suggestions welcomed in the comments section!

Geranium Pink



Travel Theme: Blossom

I had a big issue with Ailsa’s selection for this week’s theme.   The problem is that the theme is BLOSSOM and I take too many pictures of flowers that so it was difficult to choose!

Here is one I took on my recent trip to Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands.

Pink Blush, flowers, nature photography, Keukenhof Gardens
                                                        Pink Blush


Travel Theme: Close-up

For Ailsa’s weekly travel theme, a photo from my recent trip to Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands.    The tulips were lovely; the gardens are amazing.   I wish I could visit here every Spring.

tulip, keukenhof Gardens

Pink Tulip Closeup


From my recent visit to Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands.

Orange Tulip with Rain Drops

For more entries in this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring, click here.

For the Love of….SPRING!

It started raining this afternoon a minute or two after I stepped outside with my camera to capture a few shots of the daffodils which are finally starting to bloom.  And you know what?  It smelled like a Spring rain.   So wonderful!

Spring, flowers, daffodils

Daffodil with raindrop

Minor adjustments to vibrancy set in Lightroom, and gradient filter applied to lighten left side of background.  (I love using the gradient filter tool now that I’ve learned how!) Textured with one layer of Kim Klassen’s kk_rest_magic texture, blend mode screen, opacity 80%, brushed completely off flower and additional brushing at a very low opacity (12%)  to reduce effect  over the background.

Linking up with Kim’s Textured Tuesday today.