Instead of standing at a distance to view the garden, I sit on a bench to greet the flowers at eye level. This changes everything! Immediately my senses are magically transported to a whimsical, dreamy place. Looking through my lens I see a lively blend of shapes and colors waltzing with the breeze, and I notice the delicate details of each bloom. I hear a busy, buzzing bee and can smell the sweetness of the flower nectar he is seeking. I notice a sun ray pin pointing the delicate transparency of his wings.......or maybe it was a fairy's wings I saw. I'm not sure. My mind settles and I am still. I stop thinking about taking photos and begin to marvel at the miracle of God's creations. Multitudes of growing things, each variety uniquely different and beautiful, yet those in this garden, all living and dancing together in perfect harmony. For me it is therapy for the heart and soul!
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
those of you not familiar with desert landscapes, the Siler Pincushion
Cactus is a federally listed endangered plant and only grows in a small
region on the Utah, Arizona border. The blossoms are small, about an
inch, or around the size of a quarter.
Monday, April 19, 2021
Friday, April 16, 2021
Spring in the desert is beautiful!
I love seeing views like this every day! (For those interested, when shooting a landscape scene where I want the flowers in the foreground to be the main subject, I often choose to have the background in a softer focus so as not to compete with the flowers. I most often do this when the background is bright and/or has many small details. I guess this goes against striving to have all parts of a landscape image be tack sharp from foreground to background as many landscape photographers strive to do.)