"Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself."
L. Wolfe Gilbert
During the last several days I've spent my time working indoors with flower setups in preparation for the natural outdoor floral occurances that should be coming soon. Too me it's a whole different exercise in seeing and working almost in miniature. It's also a time when I spend long moments with my nose within inches of the ground absorbing the aroma of the spring soil and Mother Earth. Here in northwest Iowa there is a large "spring flush" of color and then things sort of slow down and the task becomes being at certain places at certain times for certain species. Of course weather plays an important part in all of this as well as the warming spring light of the sun.
The blog image is brought to you by a grouping of daffodil's, well, one exactly...the others were watching in envy. I "constructed" (liberal use of the term) a fairly large box where light from my electronic flash would be bounced around, thus avoiding shadows. The background is a blurred print that I use for such occasions (I need to make more, but usually forget) that provides a complimentary "garden" feel of color and blur.
I was about ready to fold things up when I decided to try a shot of the back of a daffodil and I'm quite happy that I followed my instincts, although I do stress in my beginner classes of the importance of working from several points of view from any subject.
Winter is fading fast, the lake is about to shed it's icy coat and it won't be long before the lush Spring greens will surround all of us. Take the time to get out, walk, chase the kids, run the dog and enjoy this greening of the earth.
Go Baylor...Sic 'Em Bears.
For more views of my work visit;
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org