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In a Blue Mood


Camas in Bloom

Camas in Bloom

Spring brings a wave of blue in the garden when these tiny starry shaped wildflowers reappear to grace us with their loveliness.  I got down and photographed them on a morning after a spring rain, bringing back with me two very wet feet and one big grin for the treasure I had captured in my camera.

Iris

Iris

Not to be outdone by the tiny camas were these giant irises floating in my sea of blue.

Camas and Sea Blush

Camas and Sea Blush

Isolating the camas from the surrounding green grass and pink sea blush was sometimes difficult and sometimes unnecessary as in the photo above.

Almost blooming

Almost blooming

The stalks of deep blue greens are almost as captivating as the flowers in bloom.

For more photos of my blue flower photoshoot, go here, and if you’re lucky enough to live by the sea go out and see some for yourself!


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The Exquisite Camelia


Camelia Red

Camelia Red

I spent this past Easter Sunday  shooting pictures for a local triathlon (photos to follow in a later post). In a quiet moment between transitions I turned my camera to these lovely camelia blooms beckoning for some attention. I happily obliged. More pics below and here. Wishing everyone a creative colorful week!

Camelia Sepia

Camelia Blue

Camelia Blue

Camelia Pink


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Stop and Smell the Flowers


Bree With Fower

Bree With Fower

The other day I brought home a small but gorgeous bouquet of blooms and quickly set about photographing them. Placing them down on the floor in the sunlight, they naturally drew the attention of D’s curious cats.  Rather than shoo them away I took this opportunity to shoot some sweet candid shots of the kitties sniffing at the blooms. This one, above, of Bree is my favorite. She’s not totally in focus but I love the angles and how the soft focus reflects her gentle, hesitant approach to the flower.

A few photos of the flowers themselves follow.

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Unfortunately I don’t know the names of these flowers. Does anyone here? Which are your favorite flowers?

Note: I’ve found out they are all chrysanthemums. The pink colors threw me off but I see now they come in all petal shapes and colors!


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Photo Fridays – Blooms in Blue


Gabriola Morning

Gabriola Morning

Last weekend I went up to Gabriola Island for a wedding. While having breakfast I couldn’t help but photograph these luscious hydrangea blooms that were spilling out onto the ground in a riot of blueness!

More pics of these blooms and our scrumptious breakfast here.

Pics of a gorgeous Gabriola sunset to follow.

Great weekend to all!


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Photo Friday – Elba Primavera


Primavera

Primavera

Spring is finally here and today was a beautiful sunny day on the westcoast, with lots of flowers already blooming. These blooms were shot on the island of Elba, just outside Napolean’s summer residence in exile, the Villa Napoleonica di San Martino. They look like a kind of rose but unlike any that I had seen before. It had just rained that morning so the flowers were still wearing their raindrops. Does anyone here know the name of this flower? Another photo of these flowers is below.

Primavera 2

Primavera 2

Great weekend to all! Hope it’s sunny and warm for you.


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Tuesday Tales – Into the Sun


Girasole

Girasole

                                          For the earth tilts
                   While the dark night sings to the dawn
                                               Too long December

Sunflower – the ultimate sun worshipper! This bouquet of sunflowers was given to me to brighten up  a gloomy day, and today I am returning the favor by brightening up my viewers’ day with this richly colored print. I photographed the sunflowers when they were expiring their last breaths. I had kept them well past their best, for they became glorious in their decay. I placed them in the sun to bask one final time while I captured their beauty for posterity.

dying sunflowers

dying sunflowers

Girasole is the Italian name for sunflower. I like this word for it means to turn towards the sun. As we approach our shortest day of the year, we too wait impatiently for the earth to turn and bring back the sun.

Girasole, a 5″x7″ photopolymer gravure etching on 10″x11″ paper, is offered until Friday midnight this week for $100 unframed.
Please contact me at chiarina@chiarina.com to purchase or for further info.

I will also be having an online sale starting on Friday of this week to coincide with the Stinking Fish Studio Tour open house  this weekend at my studio. There will be lots of new and older works for purchase at special prices. I will post more details about this later in the week both here and on my Facebook page so stay tuned!

                                         


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Photo Fridays-Chancing Upon Chihuly


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Yesterday we happened upon a Chihuly exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. This phone pic gives you an idea of the gorgeous abundance of forms and color on display that just blew us away! If he ever comes to town or if you can see one of his permanent exhibits around the world go see it. Absolutely exquisite and over the top explosion of beauty! Will post a bunch of pics when I get home. Happy weekend all!


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Photo Fridays – Camas Chameleon


Camas 1

Camas 1

Camas 2

Camas 2

Camas 3

Camas 3

Camas 4

Camas 4

Just found a post I had intended to publish while on holiday but never got around to, so decided to post it today.

Some fun with Adobe Lightroom, from original to black and white. Any preferences?

Happy weekend to everyone! Wishing you all wonderful adventures.