My wife has nice flowers but does our neighbor and the other day I couldn’t help but be drawn to her collection of yellow tulips, which had just bloomed. The light was poor but I enhanced the scene with on-camera flash. I rarely use flash but I have taught my students that it’s ok to use flash as long as it doesn’t overpower the scene. In the case of this photo, I think it works.
I call this post “Our Neighbor’s Tulips I” because she also has some amazing deep purple tulips and I am waiting patiently for them to bloom. And though I’ve featured them before, those who follow this blog know that I like 2nd chances on most photos I take.
Here is the chain of consciousness that led me to post this photo:
- I’m not impressed with the options available on TV
- I check my DVR for possibilities
- I find that I have recorded 9 episodes of “Lonely Planet,” a travel show
- I start watching the first one, which is set in London
- Half-way through, the travel guide takes us to Kew Gardens
- I remember that I have some Kew Gardens photos
- I stop watching the TV show
- I find this photo and work on it
- I post it here
That sounds like a disciplined mind hard at work, doesn’t it?
After a black and white weekend here at “A Photo A Day,” how about a splash of color? And I have no deep thoughts today. . .
There is no inherent juxtaposition in this photo but if you put yesterday’s photo next to this, you will no doubt see a bit of a contrast.
As the flowers fade, the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, mundane shots of a simple flower in summer bloom start to look better and better. I took this photo in late June and the image file was gathering dust amongst the 12,000 photos in my 2012 Aperture library.
Canon 5DIII 1/400s f/2.8 ISO400 100mm
I have been known to “fake” rain drops by spraying leaves and petals of my garden subjects. But these drops are real: it actually rained the other morning!
I don’t know the name of this plant, which was flourishing in Bill and Cathy Zs’ garden, but I do know that it fed my penchant for green things with fascinating texture.
If you saw yesterday’s post you might recognize this flower. Is it really the exact same tulip that Katie is holding? Only the tulip knows.
But, like dandelions, this tulip is a genetic clone. It is an exact duplicate of all the other lavender tulips that came in the package of bulbs my wife planted. That’s what you get when you have self-pollination and asexual reproduction. Humans, on the other hand, are a rich and varied species. Human duplication (I’m trying not to use the word “sex” here) is a little less convenient but the results are worth it.
Which is to say that I’m glad I’m not a tulip. . .
I was walking away from another flower shoot when I noticed the way the early sunlight was bathing this “grove” of incipient lillies. And so I had to take a few photos. The dew, incidentally, is real – I didn’t not have to spray it on.