Each morning is a thrill for photographing the lotus! About 100 are in bloom right now, with buds still coming on. The pods from the withered blooms are enlarging, with seeds beginning to show in their development. Great season for these flowers! I am enthralled by them.
Here are two images. One is a straight photographic image and the other is a montage produced through manipulation. I actually like them both. Your thoughts?
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
The lotus are filling the pond behind my gardens and are numbering about 50 in bloom at one time. Hard to convey the full sense of the flowers swaying in the gentle breeze, glowing in all types of light, and changing hues depending upon the time of day, the age of the flower, and the amount of light. I photograph them early in the morning, when the light is soft, or late in the afternoon for the intensity of back lighting. This pond will be on the Garden Conservancy tour on July 31st, 10-4, if you are in the Ithaca area.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The wild day lilies are abundant in NYS but can hardly compete with some of the gorgeous cultivars available. These cultivars have a breath of colors, are robust, and beautiful to observe. Here is one I purchased a few years ago from Daylily Days, Ann Rider, in Ithaca.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Lilies that grow from bulbs are in bloom in Ithaca right now. The day lilies are also in bloom but are not the same plants. According to an internet site, Lilies are believed to have been under cultivation longer than any other ornamental flower, having existed in gardens 3,000 years ago. Floral designs, particularly of Lilies, made their appearance and became very popular in the 18th dynasty of Egypt. Many flowers have interesting symbolism and use, which is always fun to study. This lily was photographed back lit by the afternoon sun.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Several members from the NYFA MARK program (marketing program for artists run by