11 August 2014
I. Native Hibiscus
II. Native Sunflower
Let me know which you prefer and why.
Mid-summer is high season for the showy yet gentle appearance of hibiscus. I revel in their mesmerizing beauty.
They have a delicate balance, and their charm captivates my gaze. Every flower is so sweetly stunning that I become awash in emotion.
These natives of the mallow family hijack descriptors that are synonymous with eloquence: dramatic, breathtaking, impressive, melodramatic, striking, theatrical, appealing, and expressive. Their flare for simplicity is evident in a design that reminds me of the Japanese culture with its attention to a quiet and uncomplicated style.
Hibiscus reigns for its constancy that honors no frills, no toe-tapping performance that lasts for days. Although each flowerhead is short-lived, their effect is so strong that it matters not.
Petals are ultra thin, easily allowing the light to filter through them. They resemble tissue paper’s silky soft exterior, and etched with elongated lines from edge to edge. I’m in love.
Summer also brings sunflowers, which seem to be universally loved and planted. Swaths are found all over the world. It’s not only their bold beauty, but they provide food for animals, birds and human consumption. Oh, and they even have industrial applications.
A native of North America this annual was instantly popular, and introduced to the rest of the globe by early explorers and travelers. Today all sorts of varieties are available–colors and sizes. But I enjoy the charm of the common sunflower; it has a delicacy in its heft. And I adore that it woos bees and other insects, proving it’s an important pollinator.
In the Lens section are two examples of native hibiscus and one of the common native sunflower. Summer provides these floral triumphs, and I cannot keep from being an admirer.
Tip of the Week: Miki Asai is a Japanese artist who specializes in macro photography. Her work will astound you. It’s not just her technical skills, but the outrageous creativity that she uses to reveal the unseen world around us. Click here to view her outstanding interpretation of the miniature universe that surrounds us.
“Through a macro lens, I am trying to show the beautiful world of the small.” When asked by 500px about her advice to those newly interested in macro photography, she said: “I learned that when it comes to living things – if you want to achieve the shot that’s in your head – patience is really the only way.” — Miki Asai
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1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.