Variegated Photos

Icing Inspiration
Monday, December 5, 2005
Icing Inspiration

I'm starting to practice decorating cakes for a special event the end of this month. I have seen some beautiful roses created in icing and decorated with powdered food coloring so I was looking for an image to use as a reference. If I come close to this I'll post a photo of the buttercream version. If not... well, I'm sure it will be a delicious failure. :-D


Dahlia in the Sun
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Dahlia in the Sun

This is another image taken as a reference for my best friend's watercolors. An earlier Dahlia appeared here on April 12th.

Strange though, I haven't seen any watercolors come from these yet. I'll have to talk to her about that!


Poppy from a different point of view
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Poppy from a different point of view

I thought this would be a nice contrast to the Photo of the day for the 17th. They are quite different images, but they were taken only moments apart of exactly the same flower.


Possibilities
Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Possibilities

My favorite roses are yellow in the middle with red edges. Yellow roses stand for friendship, red for love. My best friend recently told me that yellow with red edges means "possibilities".

I guess that makes sense.


Purple Tiger
Friday, September 2, 2005
Purple Tiger

By request! (see yesterday's feedback) This is the only purple rose I could find, and even though they are named "Purple Tiger" they are a very red purple. But, at least I grew this one myself! :-D


Award Winning Rose
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Award Winning Rose

Award winning, but maybe not the kind of award you might think.

Last August was the first time I put my photography on display. I was very excited about doing it, but I did not really know what to expect. I have received many kind words and great stories (especially stories about humming birds,) but one of the highest complements yet was on Sunday at the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show.

This rose was framed and sitting on an easel near the sidewalk. A young girl, about 10 or so, walked by talking to someone I assume was her mom. Neither of them were really paying much attention to the show. But, she stopped in mid sentence and said "WOW! Look at that Rose!."

Now that is the kind of complement I like. There are many artists out there trying to impress people (especially people with money) with their "deep interpretation" of things. And, that's not to say none of them have great work. But, as far as I am concerned, the complements of children (and animals) are among the highest you can receive!


Flaming Petals
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Flaming Petals

My best friend loves to paint watercolors. She started learning about watercolors with the desire to paint a bird of paradise and she has made several beautiful images. Now she has been eying Dahlias. She has been looking for a good model to inspire her so I have been grabbing shots of them whenever I see them. I can't wait to see the masterpiece she creates!

Apparently these are the National Flower of Mexico. The mountains of Guatemala and Mexico are their ancestral home. Must be a beautiful place!!

There are quite a few different kinds, this seems to be some sort of "Cactus Dahlia"


Rose in the Clearing
Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Rose in the Clearing

This rose was in a small clearing surrounded by a man-made (or woman-made) jungle at Lotusland. There was just enough opening in the canopy to allow a nice shaft of light on the rose. The setting made the background much darker offsetting the vibrant flower.

As I have experimented with my photos I have found that the background is sometimes more important than the subject itself. The right surroundings can make a mediocre subject really pop, and it will make a beautiful subject something really special. Another good example of this and one of my favorite backgrounds is in the first image on this site.


Dewdrop Marigold
Friday, January 21, 2005
Dewdrop Marigold

This is another picture from my back yard. When I am feeling like taking pictures but don't have enough time to go on a full expedition, I like to wander there. There is always something new if I look close enough.


Canna Close-up
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Canna Close-up

One of my favorite subjects, flower closeups. This was actually the theme of my first show at the Santa Barbara Public Library in August '04

This one is a special favorite because the plant was a gift from my mom over six years ago, and it is still going strong.