Originally published Nov. 14, 2012
In celebration of Georgia O’Keeffe’s 125th birthday, the GOK museum is holding a photography competition focusing on flowers. Tomorrow at 11:59 is the early bird cutoff for contest entry ($35/3 images). The second, and final, deadline is December 19 when the price will increase to $45 per 3 images.
Here is a link to get you there quickly:
Originally published June 16, 2012
A few years ago I came across a flower called Allium in a friend’s garden. I made a mental note of it because they were so unique and had an almost Dr. Seuss type quality to them. They remind me of the flower Horton is holding where the Whos live in Horton Hears A Who!.
I knew I wanted some in my garden as well. Eventually I found the bulbs at the local Costco and planted a bag of them last Fall.
Allium is Latin for garlic. There are hundreds of species of this plant. Bulb sizes are large varying from 2-3 mm to 8-10 cm.
Apparently some people eat these and they taste like onions. I have a funny feeling a bowl of Allium heads would not go over well at the dinner table, besides the fact that the Whos live in there. I think I’ll stick to enjoying mine in the garden at least this year.
They are exceptionally fun to photograph because of their long spikes. It is possible to find several different planes of focus within one flower head. And the extra bonus: I’ve read it blooms repeatedly throughout the summer, without the need to deadhead. I’ve seen one round of flowers and am currently awaiting the second bloom.
There’s also a neat picture of these all in a row at Wikipedia. I have no idea how you get them to grow exactly the same height like that but it looks very uniform and would make a nice background border.
Happy summer everyone!
Originally published Apr. 15, 2012
Spring season has finally arrived in Minnesota and the time is perfect to capture it. Fall comes easy with its bounty of colorful leaves and the brilliant blue of the October sky. Winter possesses its own attributes with snow and the transformative ability to appear as blizzards, icicles, hoar frost or a blanket of glitter. The fact that snow glitters, well, I have a thing about glitter and so it gets a lot of bonus points in my book for that reason alone. Summer of course graces us with green foliage, flowers, stormy skies, and a proliferation of life everywhere we look.
As a landscape photographer, I find Spring to be a more challenging season to photograph (at least in MN) with the exception of ice out on the local lakes. It is much easier on a macro scale – tulips budding and spreading their petals to bathe in the sun, baby leaves sprouting from twigs, a mother bird sitting on her nest, raindrops and puddles, a groundhog peeking out from his or her winter home, crab apple trees blossoming with white and pink flowers, and fiddleheads uncurling.
Maybe that is the gist of things – new and young and somewhat solitary and meek, until they prosper and flourish as one – growing and spreading into clusters, fields, and forest canopies.
The other challenge with Spring is the wind and when you are photographing up close, everything needs to be as still as possible. So when those windless days present themselves, nature photographers must act quickly or face resorting to a bag of tricks to keep things from blowing around.
My upcoming blog schedule includes: The Chinese Year of the Dragon and Tom Pham’s Wondrous Azian Kitchen; Motorcycles, the State Fair and Count’s Kustoms; Women In Photography; Minnesota’s Statehood Day; and another round of Ernst Haas’ thoughts on photography.
I hope you will visit again and in the meantime that you are enjoying Spring wherever you are.
I am a photographer who lives in Minnesota. I blog about Minnesota, photography, music, food and miscellaneous topics.