07 September 2015
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American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) had a saying that poignantly describes humanity’s ability and inability to understand what is before them.: “Nobody really sees a flower, really–it is so small—we haven’t time, and to see takes time…”
That veil of the unseen sometimes can restrict our experiences, keep them distant, illusive, and unknowing. As I stood in front of the day’s geranium boughs, I knew that those flowerheads were a prime example of O’Keeffe insights. Her observations of the natural world very much influenced her floral abstractions, whose subjects became larger and larger. She used those paintings to bring bold attention to nature’s floral spectrum.
Most of the USA and Western Europe has had oddly memorable summer months. Here on the East Coast, USA, they wavered from cool to intensely hot, dry to driving rain. As a seasoned gardener, the seesaw weather verified that each season must be taken as a new challenge, especially with climate change.
This summer’s geraniums were some of the most prolific that I’ve ever cultivated. All were in planters in the shade of a southern exposure, defying what is suggested: full sun. They were not babied or cuddled, simple watered daily.
Their flowers ranged from rosy pink to burgundy red, and conjured profuse visual effects. Giant leaves and seriously ample flowers stood tall above each clay pot. The four containers nestle side by side, and spread a meadow-like swath of technicolor.
What makes the geranium an apt choice to explain O’Keeffe’s saying is their need for up close and personal investigation. From afar they seem one flower with many petals. But move into their boughs, and you will see individual florets are their true selves.
In the Lens section is my attempt to reveal two geranium florets. These tiny jewels are lost without intense inspection. Each has individualism with reasons to be appreciated.
A floret of a geranium needs to be recognized for its role in the overall bounty of these beauties. Each one pronounces their legacy with brilliant hues and lush leaves that lure bees, hummingbirds, other nectar lovers, and me.
Tip of the Week: I spend some part of every day in nature, and thus think a lot about how to capture the character of a landscape, which is even more problematic with a Smartphone. Here is an article that has useful pointers and suggestions. “Landscape Photography: Tips for your Smartphone” by Daniel K. Berman. It can be viewed here. Let me know if you find a few helpful ideas.
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If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:
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, Panorama, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.