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“Garden Sunshine”

“Garden Sunshine”

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” 
― Maud Hart Lovelace

I noticed, as I wrote this post, that I have not posted an image since May 31st. That’s what happens when you step away from something for too long; the time gets filled with other things.

The discipline of posting every day has been a very fulfilling experience for me. It forced me to be inspired when I was not and has taken me into the world of writing, which is not something I believe I am very good at. Posting and writing daily has caused me to consider my photos on a much deeper level. Writing about them has allowed me to go back to photos and the words that wrote and reflect back on that time and place. It has become a journal of my journey into me deliberate photography and has expanded my ability to explain much of the ‘why’ behind the photograph as well as the ‘how’.

So, today, as the rain finally falls outside, bringing much-needed moisture, summer is upon as, and so too, are roses.

As those who follow my blog will realize, I have a love for gardening and most plants do very well in my gardens. The one plant I have not been really interested in  is the rose. I love the look and fragrance of them, but have not felt a desire to grow the. My father was an avid and successful rose gardener, but for some reason, I never picked up on his particular passion. Perhaps that will be my challenge for next season.

The rose pictured above is actually named Garden Sunshine by the Richmond Hill Horticultural Society and is described by the hybridizer as ” “brilliant yellow, like sunshine in a plant,”. That is an apt description for this beautiful rose. What the description leaves out is the magnificent fragrance. I’m actually looking forward to having them in may garden.

The blossoms I photographed were given to my wife by a family friend who has several of these roses in his garden.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mmm
3.0 sec, f/29.0, ISO 100 

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“Purple Flowering Raspberry”

“Purple Flowering Raspberry  -Rubus odoratus”

“Saepe creat molles aspera spina rosas” – “Often the prickly thorn produces tender roses” 
― Ovid

This was a mystery plant to me, for a long time. On initial inspection, it looks like a wild rose, but the leaf is not right. It looks like a raspberry, but the flower is too big. So, what is it? Turns out, it’s a bit of both. It’s a flowering raspberry, and a member of the rose family. It’s also one of the larger trailside blossoms, so is easily located. The blossom colour varies considerably from pale purple to magenta, pink to almost white.

It’s also know, in some locations as Thimbleberry and is harvested to make preserves. I’ve tasted the berries, tentatively, thinking they might be raspberries, but found them to be very bitter and not to my liking. Maybe it makes a good jam thought? It would take a lot of berries and they are not overly plentiful.

When I looked back through all my images, I was surprised that I did not have many of this common blossom. So, it was time to make a fresh one and talk a bit about it.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/160 sec, f/9.0 ISO 800

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“Ivory Mist”

“Ivory Mist”

“Hidden by diaphanous clouds of mist and fog floating gracefully over vales of heather and flowing runnels, she began to dance.”
― Lawren Leo

It would appear that I got carried away with the spay bottle.

Between making images of the lily, I did spend some time with the creamy-white roses that are also part of the bouquet. This particular blossom has been a bit slower to open than its counterparts and just appeals to me a bit more.

It was going to be my Valentine’s Day image, but with so many other flowers to share, this one was relegated to my second choice, and so, is being shared today.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
0.6sec, f/32.0, ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Simple Elegance”

“Simple Elegance”

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
― Clare Boothe Luce

Today, the roses in the bouquet opened up a bit more, including this beauty, which was tightly closed yesterday, now partially open and looking marvelous and nearly flawless.

I’ve spoken before about the wonderment that I experience when making these macro images and I ask myself why I have missed these wonderful details all these years. The fine structures of a simple rose petal is absolutely stunning. When you look closer, you can even see the ridge created by the overlying petal as the flower was still tightly closed, the warm translucency of the petals, as the overlap, and the soft glow along the petal edges.

Isolating the blossom against the black background forces the eye into that detail, with no background to distract the eye. The rose, is the singular focus, and as the eye drifts over the surface, more and more detail becomes noticeable. I know I will never look at flowers the same way.

My photography is beginning to change how I see the world, not that I have ever been overly casual about nature, but now I’d add ‘deliberate’ to that description. I’m forcing myself to slow down, observe carefully, and truly appreciate the intricate systems in play in our natural world.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
0.6sec, f/25.0, ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Creamy Comfort”

“Creamy Comfort”

“As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness” 
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

Back in the studio today, with a fresh bouquet. This time creamy roses, red carnations, spider dahlias, and lilies, which have not opened yet.

My first selection was the soft cream coloured roses, which have just began to open. As I positioned the blossoms under my lights I could not help but be captivated by the soft glow that seemed to come from within the bloom itself. The the title of this image. That warm radiance just spoke of comfort and softness. A tender bloom indeed.

I still have not tired of these studio images of flowers. Every image capturing a moment of beauty, often surprising me in its complexity and details, most of which I  don’t seem to notice until the blossom is lighted and isolated against the black background. This is something that I don’t believe I’ll ever stop enjoying. Right now, I’m a bit limited to whatever flowers are available in stores and I’m looking forward to capturing more images using this style as I begin to visit some botanical gardens in the upcoming weeks.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
0.6sec, f/25.0, ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Better Days”

“Better Days”

“There are times in our lives when we have to realize our past is precisely what it is, and we cannot change it. But we can change the story we tell ourselves about it, and by doing that, we can change the future.”
― Eleanor Brown

As I was making images of the flowers from a recently purchased bouquet, I realized that I had saved a dried rose back in the fall. It was sitting on a bench in my studio but I had not figured out how I wanted to present it.

I had made another image that day, involving a coffee cup and biscotti titled “Taking a Break”. The shot involved a wooden charcuterie board, which my wife had given me at Christmas. The wooden board seemed like a nice background for the rose. After adjusting it a few times and playing with the lighting to minimize shadows, this is the result, simply titled “Better Days”, since the rose has certainly had them. The title, which came readily, prompts me to reflect deeply on the image created. It is significant.

To think back on the past occasions where a flower was given as a gesture of love, friendship, a bond and how some of those relationships may have represent better days, others, have not. Yet, they cannot be so easily discarded and within what remains there is some trace of the beauty they once symbolized, some future lesson to be realized?

Nikon D800
Nikor 24-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ @ 35 mm (with 20mm extension tube)
2.0 sec, f/25.0, ISO 100

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”

“Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming”

Es ist ein Ros entsprungen,
aus einer Wurzel zart,
wie uns die Alten sungen,
von Jesse war die Art
Und hat ein Blümlein bracht
mitten im kalten Winter,
wohl zu der halben Nacht.
– author Unknown

Today, a break from the birds and an image of a rose from a recently purchased bouquet. The image got one of my favourite Christmas carols rolling through my head. Growing up in a German household, the original words take me back to simpler times and my parents, sister, and grandmother. My parents and grandmother have all since passed away, leaving only memories.

The music is so familiar, yet the English version, by Theodore Baker (1894), now dominates my brain, until I look back on the German words and it all comes rushing back to me. I can almost smell the sweet fragrances of childhood at home and see the smiles of loved ones, now gone.

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,
From tender stem hath sprung.
Of Jesse’s lineage coming,
As men of old have sung;
It came, a flow’ret bright,
Amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night.

So, I consider and share this image of a red winter rose, a flower my father could cultivate with ease, as a connection to faith, family, and the simple beauty that was and is Christmas season; a bright rose, that warms dark, cold days; whose fragrance reminds me of warm days in the garden, and symbolizes love for so many of us. As Christmas rapidly approaches, my wish is that all of us can keep an eye open for these small glimpses of beauty and calm, and feel a sense of peace throughout the holidays.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 130 mm
1 sec, f/25.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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“Rose Dreams”

"Rose Dreams"

“We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.”
― Cassandra Clare

A very short post today, off to my nephew’s wedding in Hunsville. Recalling my own wedding 25 years ago and the dreams we had, many realized, some still in the works.

I chose this rose image, from my recent journey into macro photography, to represent the future, a bit soft and dreamy, and glowing brightly.

My wishes for wishes for David and Katelyn are many years of love, happiness, and dreams realized on their big day.

Nikon D800
Schneider-Kreuznach Exida-Xenon 50mm f/1.9 @ 50mm (14mm extension tube)

1/60 sec, f/1.9, ISO 4000

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“Into the Rose” – Enfolded in Love

"Into the Rose"

“Of all the flowers, the rose speaks to me, especially, of love. The delicate petals, layer by delicate layer, draw me to the heart, while the fragrance entrances me with its subtle sweetness. Promising future passions, while echoing back to tender memories” – Ed Lehming

I had not, till now, deeply explored my thoughts and feelings on roses. Those feelings are complex and tied together by many threads of memory. My father and maternal grandmother were both avid gardeners. Since my grandmother lived with us, the two spent much time pursuing their mutual love of gardening together. I found this an odd, but wonderful teaming. My mother had no real interest in gardening, other than enjoying the final product as the backyard filled with sweet fragrances and bright colours.

The gardens were carefully planned and cared for, weeds were quickly plucked from this sacred place, reserved for the chosen plants and  no others.

What stands out for me, and the topic of this post, is their extraordinary gift for growing roses. I have no idea of what the varieties were, though I consider myself a talented gardener, my dad and grandmother had a true gift for growing roses. Be it climbers, bushes, what have you. Every garden was ‘anchored’ by some form of rose. I regret never asking them where this passion for roses came from. My grandmother grew up in Berlin and my father came from a small village along the Oder river, in present day Poland. Neither location invokes thoughts of roses for me. I will have to pursue this thinking at some point.

As we enter July and roses begin to peak, I can’t help but look at them and think back on our backyard gardens, carefully sculpted, flowing, planned to be in bloom throughout the summer. Of course, the  sight and fragrance of the roses dominated the warm summer days, lounging on the patio and gazing across their labours.

Ah, I took this all for granted as a child and now appreciate those gentle memories that bring me back to simpler times of family, childhood, love and the sweet fragrance of summer. For that, and many other things I thank them, and miss them deeply.

Nikon D800
Schneider-Kreuznach Exida-Xenon 50mm f/1.9 @ 50mm (14mm extension tube)

1/60 sec, f/1.9, ISO 4000

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The memory that really stands out for me, and the topic of this post is the roses they grew. I have no idea of the specific varieties planted, I  did not acquire their gift for roses.

“Graduation Rose”

“Graduation Rose”

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”
― Maud Hart Lovelace

A few days ago, I had the great pleasure of attending my youngest daughter’s High School graduation. It seems another chapter in our lives has drawn to a conclusion and another begins.

As a gift for her graduation, her boyfriend gave her a beautiful bouquet of roses, including these wonderful pinks. Of course, the photographer in me sees more than just the flowers, they are a subject to be studied and photographed. The image above is the result.

It will be nice to have this keepsake, long after the beauty of the real roses eventually fades and is gone. Another moment captured.

The other fun fact about this photo is that I used one of my dad’s old Pentax M42 mount lenses with an adaptor and extension tubes to make this image. A bit of history to achieve the image I had envisioned. At f/1.9 it’s a wonderfully fast 50mm prime lens with great optics. I have not used it since I inherited my dad’s Spotmatic 37 years ago. I’m looking forward to using it more in future projects.

Nikon D800
Schneider-Kreuznach Exida-Xenon 50mm f/1.9 @ 50mm (14mm extension tube)

1/60 sec, f/1.9, ISO 2200

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