A collage of sceneries

Tulips everywhere
Patch after patch of vivid colors are a feast to the eyes. If you peel your eyes away from this wondrous view, the faraway mountains and dreary sky paint a contrasting picture. And in between the two, the people, the buildings and the trees.

A collage of sceneries!

Red

Light and Translucency
A lovely flower causes eye-catching play of light and shadow without even realizing it! πŸ™‚ I think it’s the red that makes the effect striking.

Sighted while strolling around the Washington Park Arboretum.

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: DarkΒ Reds

Part of my Flowers series.

Blooms on blue

Blooms on blue
I own a top in a beautiful blue color, with small white flowers and leaves embroidered on it. I’ve always loved this top, but it’s only when I clicked a macro of it for this SL-Week theme (Blue) that I noticed that the fabric’s texture looks very much like knitting! Macros just show so much more of the world, don’t they — all the stuff that we never usually notice. Because I too knit, my love for the top has now doubled. πŸ˜‰

The title ‘Blooms on a bed of blue’ passed through my mind for this post, but that’d be way too much alliteration, right? πŸ˜›

Lotus

Lotus
A lotus at a pond behind the Nandi near Lepakshi temple, India. We had some great selfie moments at this pond as well!

For my Flowers series, and for Color your World challenge: Tickle Me Pink. This daily challenge is hosted by

Gerbera duality

Gerbera dualityCoincidentally,Β this week’s Monochrome Madness is both a 2-year anniversary and a theme — Closeup. Congratulations to Leanne, and a big thank you as well for hosting it for so long. I don’t participate every week, but in the weeks when I don’t submit anything, I still don’t miss out on looking at everyone else’s submissions. πŸ˜‰

So for this momentous week, Leanne suggested we try combining the two occasions in our submissions, and incorporating ‘two’ somewhere in them. While I wondered what to click for this dual theme, I decided to go through my old pictures as well. I came across another macro shot of the Gerbera that I loved photographing a while ago, and had an idea. Most of the lower part of the picture was in shadow, so I rotated a copy of the image and overlaid it on the original. Kinda like the face cards in a deck of playing cards. The overlay, with some playing around with the masking and shading in the layers, makes the picture look like a reflection, but also not a reflection. I love, love this duality! ❀ I’m waiting to see the other MM submissions — Leanne will publish them all on Thursday.

This picture is an addition to my Flowers series as well.

Cheery

A Dandelion Flower

During my stay at Seattle, my friend and I visited the Washington Park Arboretum on a boring day — we could think of nothing else to do. With plenty of willing, flowery company to click (and pose for) photographs, we ended the day with much cheerfulness! πŸ™‚ .

Pictured is a dandelion flower that I clicked then. An addition to my flower-series.

Gerbera monochrome

Gerbera

A monochrome photograph of the red gerbera that I’d clicked a while ago. The two pictures are refreshingly different! (They look similar but they’re not the same shot, they’re just the same flower…)

Revisiting my gerbera post reminded me that I’d started a Flowers series but have completely forgotten about it. I should probably work harder on keeping this series alive, heh? πŸ™‚

This photograph also goes as my submission to Sylvain Landry’s SL-Week series — this week’s theme is Macro. Coincidentally, I submitted the red gerbera photograph as my first ever entry to the SL-Week series!

Well, isn’t this gerbera related to one too many facts on this blog…?

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Flowers – Red Gerbera

GerberaA red gerbera from a bouquet I received recently — the bouquet, coupled with macro photography, contributed to my whiling away an entire afternoon. πŸ™‚

This is a part of my flower series, and is also my first post in the SL-week series hosted by Sylvain Landry — this week‘s theme is Rouge (Red.)