I did not grow up in a house that we owned. I lived in apartments and rentals all of my life. So when we purchased this house, our house, my first house, at the age of 36, experimenting growing flowers in my first garden was a treat, a constant experiment. I have had an experiment growing back there ... have finally narrowed it down to a few of my favorites that I grow now. Then I started photographing them with my little Nikon Coolpix 900 many, many years ago. With every image that appeared on my screen from my camera, from my eye, from my flower -- I was thrilled, excited, enchanted. I found macro (Raynox lens) photography and spent time in our local nurseries photographing flowers. My peonies, the beloved hydrangeas, my few remaining roses, all become the focal point of my awe and love. So Floral Treat for me, for Studio Friday, is a dream. Not in art but in photography. I am not a photographer, but my flowers have made me become an aspiring photographer -- in trying to capture their magic. I feel it is my privilege everytime I photograph some beautiful, living thing that is growing in my backyard. I could not make any art that is more beautiful than the real thing, that inspire me everyday to get out my camera and capture the moment.
This is a piece that I submitted Humus, but never hear back from them, so I am guessing they did not pick my submission for their site.
Peonies in vases from my yard, my beloved hydrangeas, macro flower experiments.
Sailing into the Sunset
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