Thursday, May 23, 2013

Alluring Allium


I don't know if I'd have the courage


To bring out a cache of jewels
(if I happened to have one)


And slowly peel back the layers of protection
right in plain view


Revealing
all my shining
Gems



So potently purple 


Each one unique and priceless


Not just one of them,
but many


Out in the open
for everyone to see
and enjoy


That's what Mother Nature does
...daily


Her spirit of generosity
is an inspiration to us all



34 comments:

  1. Beautiful images, they look so positive. It is just the way that you filmed them, superb.

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  2. Alliums are perfect little packages - almost like a small bouquet of flowers in tissue paper. I am still intrigued at how quickly your flowers appear and open following the long winter - you seem to have caught up with us here already.

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  3. Unique and priceless indeed, Rosemary! Fantastic photos!

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  4. Your words and your photos - bliss! I've not seen alliums in real life.

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  5. Beautiful pictures! Do you know what variety that is?

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  6. I absolutely love, love, love these pictures you made! Did you use a macrolens? I can never get that close onto a flower by zooming in first because that's what I have to do with my camera. Think I have been dreaming of a camera with interchangeable lenses for ages by now ;-) Whenever I see a close-up picture like yours I always ask myself, would that picture have been taken with a macrolens ;-) I remember wanting to photograph exactly what you have done here in previous years but my photo's never came out like I wanted to so I know it's not easy to make the gorgeous pictures you did. I really, really enjoyed the whole evolution of the Allium flower coming to full bloom you're portraying here.

    I think your garden is overhauling mine. The Alliums here are still very much in their protective little 'box', not revealing any of their beauty yet but then we have had autumn weather instead of spring weather and our garden is very shady, so that will have a lot to do with it I'm sure.

    Marian

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    1. Thank you so much Marian, I am always so inspired by your gorgeous photos! You get amazing close-ups with your camera. I will share the same information that Karen from Pieces of Contentment shared with me when I asked how she took her fabulous macros. (Don't you just love generous, supportive bloggers who help you out and share their gold nuggets of information :) You can't help falling in love with Karen, her family and her photos! I'm including the link to the specific blog post in which Karen describes and shows the clip-on macro lens that she (and now, I) use. I strongly recommend it. I have had hours and hours of magical fun with it. Let me know if you need to know anything else :)

      http://piecesofcontentment.blogspot.ca/2012/05/dancing-and-singing.html

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    2. Thank you so much Rosemary. I will have a look at that link. I know Karen's blog by now, but probably hadn't discovered it when she wrote that post. You're so right, she's amazing, her blog is amazing and her family is.
      Bye,
      Marian

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  7. So beautiful!! It's a bit like having a gift unwrapped right before you. I'm always amazed at how much flower is packed into such a tight bud. :o)

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  8. Stunning macros; beautiful colour !

    Love your blue-belled trees too [great minds think alike ? ;>) ]

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  9. Wow oh wow! Fantastic series!

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  10. Immer wieder ein spannendes Ereignis...von der Knospe bis zur Blüte...
    Hab sie gestern hier im Garten auch fotografiert....Liebe Grüße Dani

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  11. gorgeous (re) birth of nature

    excellent work and photos.

    Erna

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  12. O.M.G r those onion flowers ................?i love 'em .....i haven't seen 'em for years ever since my grandparents sold their land....(that is where i knew even onions have flowers, i call those things so...) but i've never seen them in purple colour....only white.anyways they r absolutely gorgeous..........and would u mind if i ask u something?how do u watermark ur images ...using MS Office or some other app?

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    1. Hi Meghana, this purple flower is a lot like an onion flower, it is from a bulb called Allium that I planted in the fall. I created my watermark on Adobe Photoshop. It was quite easy. I chose a font I liked, typed what I wanted and saved it as a separate file (psd) and can drag it onto any photo I want in Photoshop. You can try Googling it, often someone will take you through the steps on YouTube :)

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  13. o wat mooi hier kan je toch uren naar kijken en genieten ,dit is puur natuur.

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  14. Such an inspiring post. I love the images showing those 'cache of jewels' and the accompanying captions - well done.

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  15. I love to watch emerging allium flowers open in my own garden. How tightly they are packed, so perfectly formed, just waiting to split open their cocoon and spread out!

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  16. Wonderful photographs, but I especially loved the sentiment. You are so right - Mother Nature gives us many treasures to enjoy every day.

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  17. WAU - where some great pictures you have taken of some beautiful flowers :)

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  18. Hello Rosemary,
    You always find the exact right words to fit your photography but not just...
    They are so accurate especially when you think of the mess humans are getting our precious planet into.
    And mother Nature offers all hers jewels unconditionally.
    Bright, colourful gorgeous pictures again!
    Cheers and enjoy your WE!

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  19. I just love my visits here. I don't think I've ever seen these before. Have a great holiday weekend Rosemary!!

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  20. Beautiful! My alliums have buds as well. Happy weekend, Rosemary!

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  21. Very nice Rosemary...i need Allium to....Lovley Greets Erwin

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  22. Mother nature is generous, but you are excellent in capturing the wonders ! Magnificent photos !

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  23. Rosemary, you've well shown all stages of allium opening. I love the photo the tulips with alliums - the same color but there are different shades.My alliums are having buds now.

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  24. Loving the bright colours! Are you using a macro lens?

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    1. Thanks Michaela, and yes, I'm using a macro lens for the really close-up shots :) I posted a link to a blog post by one of my favourite bloggers about the clip-on macro lens I use. It's in reply to flowersandhome's comment (7th one from the top) if you'd like the information. The lens is fairly inexpensive and easy to use :)

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  25. I think this might be one of my favorite series, ever! Incredible work, Rosemary!

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Thank you so much for your kind words :)

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