Lens-Artists Challenge #221 – Favorite Flowers
“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.
“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.
“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 😊.
“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.
If bees only gathered nectar from perfect flowers, they wouldn’t be able to make even a single drop of honey.”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.
“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.
“Flowers whisper ‘Beauty!’ to the world, even as they fade, wilt, fall.”Dr. SunWolf
Next, a touch of gold along with some tiny visitors.
“Flowers are the music of the ground. From earth’s lips spoken without sound.”Edwin Curran
Last but never least, a lovely rose captured earlier this week on one of my local walks.
“It’s the time that you spent on your rose that makes your rose so important.”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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