This is our latest offering in our ever-expanding artwork dealing with flowers. Red Tulip is a portrait of a bright red tulip found in the flower garden one spring morning. The main motivation for the work revolves around the lighting and the detail of the dew on the petals of the flower.
Black and White photography allows for you to see pieces of the flower that you would otherwise be unable to view due to the bright colors. The challenge in creating a piece like this is twofold. The first, and probably the hardest, is taking the shot. But to do that it is necessary to mentally sift through hundreds of tulips and lighting angles to find the right one. The fact that I only use natural lighting conditions when taking a picture really pushes my creativity when searching for my subject.
Another trick is that you have to be there early to get this shot. Most photographers preferring natural light will tell you that as the day progresses the light from the sun becomes more and more harsh. But there are other reasons for getting to the flower garden before the sun becomes your enemy. Early morning is the best time to capture the morning dew. The random droplets of dew on enhance our attention to detail when viewing a flower. It just naturally appears fresher.
The second challenge in this shot is the use of filters. Because I do not use artificial light, I use various colored filters to create a darker or lighter image among the colors when converted into a black and white image. These filters only do part of the job however, as it is then necessary to use dodge and burning techniques to enrich areas of the flower that will enhance the natural lighting or darken the background as my creativity inspires me to do. While this is consumes a great deal of time, the result is worth it.
As usual, the hardest part of any artwork is the naming. I decided that since the main reason any flower attracts our attention for so long is definitely the color. So, I decided that I was going to name it according to the color of the original tulip. Thus Red Tulip was born.
Tea Rose Morning is an example of the most popular rose flower in the world. Long the staple of florists, the tea rose produces the signature buds and flowers that people often reference when thinking of rose flowers.
The many petal wonders of a tea rose also produce a light scented fragrance that carries on the spring and summer air. These roses are known to bud and bloom singularly on a stem and not in a cluster like other roses. Gardeners and florists love them for their ability to produce flowers throughout the length of the growing season.
Often a rose will bloom, add its beauty to the world, and then die and be replaced by another on the same bush. This allow for the greatest enjoyment of these rose bushed for the length of the season.
These roses do need some care though. Monitoring for disease on their leaves and watered regularly is necessary. Careful pruning of the plants before they bloom is also needed to keep the most air circulation around the leafs and buds to make sure a full harvest of flowers.
Further, in hot locations such as areas of Texas and the south, these flowers usually require mulch around its base to help make sure that the roots keep moisture and are kept cooler than the rest of the plant.
What fascinated me about this particular rose was the blending of the orange and light pinks in the petals. It’s as if they took an orange and pink rose and blended them together to create a colorful start to a walk through the local rose garden. Truly this picture is a fashionable addition to your day.
A yellow rose is a very elegant gesture. As we know, contain a lot of symbolism have meaning according to their color. While earlier blog entries discussed this at leisure, the issue is that the colors of roses have more than one possible interpretation.
Let’s say you have a co-worker that, for lack of better wording, saved your job at the last staff meeting. Maybe this coworker took one for the team, or preformed an all night work session when everyone else abandoned the project. Regardless, this person deserves a little recognition.
Symbolism is important at this point. The problem is that this friend is a member of the opposite sex. Maybe a flower would be a nice touch. Oh, and yes, guys like getting flowers. You want to convey your heartfelt friendship in a meaningful gesture but at the same time not send the kind of signals that would endear you to the office tabloid gossip makers for a month.
Red roses are most definitely out of the question. Even something like a pink rose is still a little too familiar and might seem romantic for this situation. A white rose is something you’d think of at a wedding, not a serious thanks for being a friend type event. The problem is a difficult one.
I draw your attention to the yellow rose. Yellow roses mean friendship. They’re considered a sign of happiness and thanks. It’s the perfect answer to this thorny problem.
You manage to thank your friend in a proper and non-romantic way all the while maintaining the proper symbolism that what they did for you was an important event. It’s definitely a win-win situation.
Of course, the advantage to my yellow rose above is that as a work of art, it will never die. It’s the perfect statement of friendship to hang in an office or at home.
The first real cold front of the season has finally rolled through the area, meaning we no longer have to suffer in 90 degree or more heat, and I thought now would be a good time to say goodbye to summer.
During my exploration of the local sunflower field this summer, I couldn’t help but notice that all the sunflowers were facing the same direction. It was a curious sight and gave an impression that the entire field was “looking” at something. After a little research at The Naked Scientists website , I had my answer.
I discovered that the sunflower tracks the sun through the sky during the day. Since the flower has no muscles, if manages to do this by growing cells in the stem on the eastern part in the morning, facing the sun, and the western part in the afternoon, following the sun. By the end of the day the stem, once re-balanced, repeats the process in the morning. This gives it the appearance that it follows the path of the sun. This odd behavior helps insects. Facing the sun with those large flower heads causes the flowers and the seed area to warm up quicker than the surrounding plant. Insects depend on this warmth to help regulate their body temperature and thus become more active. So, they visit the flower more often. Being more active on the flower means a greater chance of the flower being pollinated and reproducing. It also means you get great fine art! I love it when everyone wins.