Lens-Artists Challenge #221 – Favorite Flowers

flower, bud
About To Bloom

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

Henri Matisse

This week Ann-Christine has gifted us with an opportunity to share some of our favorite flower images. I am the first to admit that unlike Ann-Christine, I know almost nothing about flowers other than that I love them as they bud, bloom and even as they die. They share our love of the sun and teach us the joy of turning our faces toward the rain. I may not know their names but I love the lessons they teach us and the beauty they so generously provide.

flower, butterfly, orange

“The butterfly is a flying flower, the flower a tethered butterfly.”

Ecouchard Le Brun

Some of today’s images are from the archives others are more recent, most haven’t been previously posted. My only criteria was to include flower images that I love for one reason or another, including exhibit A, above. The blossom may have lost its luster but still it provides sustenance and a place for butterflies to rest while passing by. Or below, a blossom captured in a friend’s garden a while back. I thought it was so unique and richly-colored that it deserved a place in today’s challenge response.

flower, purple
Pretty in Purple

“I must have flowers, always and always.”

Claude Monet

The next image is rather simple but that’s one of the reasons I like it. Captured recently here on Kiawah, I call it a trumpet flower because that’s what it reminds me of. I believe the actual name is Crossvine but I like my suggestion better ๐Ÿ˜Š.

crossvine, trumpet-shaped
Trumpet-like Crossvine Blossoms

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”

yearOscar Wilde

I created the collage that follows for an earlier post and hope those who may remember it will forgive me for the repeat. With the exception of the sunflower image (although they are plentiful here in season) all of the images were photographed here on Kiawah at various times of the year. I couldn’t resist including it for this week’s challenge.

collage, flowers, colorful, Kiawah
A Plethora of Posies

If bees only gathered nectar from perfect flowers, they wouldnโ€™t be able to make even a single drop of honey.โ€

Matshona Dhliwayo

I chose to treat the field of flowers below with a touch of Topaz Impressions to give it a sense of motion. Its naturally bright colors would be a welcome gift on any given day.

impression, orange, green, flowers, field
Colorful Impression

“Without a voice the flowers speak.”

Bert McCoy

I’m adding a few more favorites despite the length of my post, but I promise to stop eventually. Perhaps this is a challenge we need to think about repeating – just sayin’. First up, three beautiful pink cactus flowers blooming in California.

cactus, flower, pink
Blooming Cactus

โ€œFlowers whisper โ€˜Beauty!โ€™ to the world, even as they fade, wilt, fall.โ€

Dr. SunWolf

Next, a touch of gold along with some tiny visitors.

golden, yellow, flowers, bugs
Mining for gold

โ€œFlowers are the music of the ground. From earthโ€™s lips spoken without sound.โ€

Edwin Curran

Last but never least, a lovely rose captured earlier this week on one of my local walks.

rose, flower, pink, yellow
A Rose by Any Other Name

โ€œItโ€™s the time that you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.โ€

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Flowers are just the most marvelous way to appreciate the beauty of the world around us – every now and then they simply cannot be resisted! We are very much looking forward to seeing your favorites this week. Be sure to link back to Ann-Christine’s amazing original here and to use the Lens-Artists Tag.

Thanks to Patti for last week’s One Photo Three Ways challenge. We especially enjoyed the variety and creativity of your responses. Amy will lead us next week on her Share and Connect site so be sure to check it out. In the meanwhile, as always please stay safe and be kind.

Note: Today’s header features local flowers from left to right: iris, sweetgrass, wisteria, magnolia

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104 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #221 – Favorite Flowers

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  2. hello tina,
    a very interesting selection of images that you have chosen for this theme, all images are fantastic and each have for themselves, something special.

    many greetings robert

  3. The more the better, Tina! That was my hidden message…too. Gorgeous gallery and quotes, and the thing is with flowers, that they are always beautiful in their own way. And, you certainly don’t need to know their names. You have picked really fabulous flowers to feature, and in Sweden we call your trumpet ” trumpet vines “. I love it that you made the gallery with all the butterflies in the flowers as well. And I wish I had that Topaz you used in your colourful impression – it is a divine image!

      • I ‘m having a great time! So many beauties and so many never seen or heard of. Now they are in my book for me to try and find in Sweden…

  4. Hi Tina, I just got home from volunteering at the neighborhood farm’s fall festival, on this ridiculously warm Sunday! Your array of favorite flowers is incredible! That pink rose in bokeh is fabulous. I always love to see your Topaz-enhanced images, this one is just the epitome of Autumn! The sunflower bud with the sneaky ant is quite lovely. Have a great week!

  5. T-Bear, Thoroughly enjoyed this weekโ€™s endeavor. In addition to your beautiful photos, you have such a wonderful way with words. Loved it. Thank you. Miss you. Dar

    Sent from my iPhone

  6. Definitely not too many flowers here Tina! They are all gorgeous ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the impact of your collage but my favourites are the purple clematis and the one you call colour-coordinated. The impressionist edit is lovely too.

    • Aw, thanks so much Beth. As you know we in the south have a bit of advantage here because our flowers bloom throughout the year versus only seasonally. I’m hoping we decide to run this challenge more than once as everyone seems to be having a hard time knowing when to stop LOL! Looking forward to seeing your choices for this one.

  7. You’ve given us a “riot” of beautiful, colorful flowers this week, as well as wonderful quotes. What a delight! I like your experiment with Topaz. Sometimes the effects are surprisingly good–as in your photo. The rose and cactus flowers are stunning. And your opening flower bud….Now I’ve got to figure out what flowers to feature! Yikes!

    • Many thanks Patti – as expected this week has brought an incredible set of beautiful responses with more to come – including yours I’m sure! Here’s to A-C for giving us a week to be filled with ever-more beautiful examples of Mother Nature’s gifts.

    • Well I must admit I’d not thought of A-C as “mean” but you’re so right Margaret. She definitely showed a cruel streak by setting the bar so high with her own beautiful post this week! Happy you enjoyed my efforts to come close to her floral knowledge and skills!

  8. It would be a perfect garden if we could have all the flowers you shared with us, Tina. There’s something uplifting about a flower, so no chance of overloading, more the better!

  9. Tina, you manage to choose such appealing pictures. Flowers are almost universally attractive, but your touches add a bit of wow! #1 super clarity and macro fibers, #2 an adoring butterfly worshipping his favorite flower before it passes, #3 the colorful Monetesque collection of orange daisies, and #4 the sideways sprouts of the cactus. You make the thorny look dreamy. What a miracle of art. Thanks for sharing.

    • Well Marsha, you’ve made me blush this morning! Thanks so much for the wonderful comment, so glad you enjoyed these. We’re blessed with incredible beauty in all of the responses this week!

      • Yes, people love flowers and they are such wonderful posers. They never hide or act silly, even old decrepit ones are beautiful.

  10. I have trumpet flower in my garden, too, Tina, and I call it that. I’d not heard of Crossvine before, but in looking it up (thank you, Google), they look pretty much the same to me. I guess I’ll just have to tell Google that you and I have decided…. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜†

    • Many thanks Kellye – hard not to love an abundance of nature’s bounty and this week we’ve been gifted with it across the board from our followers. Glad you enjoyed this one.

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    • Thanks PR – I agree, I think they’re that much more special because they bloom so infrequently. I’ve only seen that one time and it was gorgeous. Appreciate your joining us this week!

      • Even more interesting is the cactus fruit – the prickly pear! In Malta, they make liqueurs and jams out of it. Today I saw them in my neighborhood supermarket but I have no idea how to process them, so I didnโ€™t bring them home (having once done so and then throwing away the lot, when they gave up waiting for me to do something with them!)

  12. I am still at wonder of your flower over load Tina. It gives me hope when I do my post as I couldn’t stop at a few either. Wonderful………just wonderful โค

    • Aw, you made my day with that one Lee Anne – I’m hoping we run with this challenge again one day soon. Not only do I love flowers, I also enjoy photographing them and seeing others’ photographs of them. What’s not to love?!

  13. Beautiful Tina! I don’t know much about each flower I photograph either, but I love doing it. The flowers on Kiawah are gorgeous and your images are beautifully photographed. I absolutely loved the effect you achieved with the Topaz filter.

    • Many thanks Anne – I know based on previous posts that your response this week will be amazing. I look forward to seeing it! Glad you liked the filtered image. I’m hoping we see some Lens-Baby images this week. I came close to getting one but am not sure I won’t be changing cameras one day soon so I’m holding off. I think you use one, no?

      • No Lens-Baby for me. They are way too difficult to use. There’s only one person in this area that uses Lens-Baby lenses successfully and she does a great job. I guess I’m too old to tackle something that requires sooo much brain power!!

  14. I think I recognised clematis Nelly Moser as your pretty purple flower, Tina, but like you I don’t really care what they’re called. It’s enough just to look and enjoy. I loved your opening shot too, and always have a soft spot for roses.

    • However or whatever – 100% agree Laurel! Glad you enjoyed the collage – I had fun putting that one together. It’s a way to kind of “cheat” by including many more flowers without making the post ridiculously long! ๐Ÿ˜Š

  15. As you know Tina I love flowers, so this theme is right up my street. I cannot pick a favourite here, but the Ecouchard Le Brun quote is perfect. I do like the Topaz effect on what I believe to be Rudbeckias. Maybe I’ll have a play with some filters on my flowers.

    • I do hope you join us this week Jude – this one is surely right up your alley! The filters are especially fun with flowers. And once I saw the Le Brun quote, I knew I had to find a flower image to match it ๐Ÿ˜Š. Many thanks for the lovely comment – and the rudbeckia ID!

  16. Beautiful collection of flowers.
    I really like thistles, so the picture with the butterfly on the thistle is really great.
    Well, all pictures are great and beautiful!

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