Wednesday’s Flower Gallery

A bud, the inception… Is the beginning of a dream, a vision, and you never really quite know how it’s going to unfurl. As it does, it may be difficult to see those many layers and struggles to be as lovely as each petal of a flower. I believe as challenging as it may be while any endeavor evolves, that the beauty of anything that is worthwhile and that has meaning will radiate, just as a st...

This flower was popping up all over… As I photographed it at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Looking at it now, it feels as if it’s bursting out of my screen; as if I could reach in and pick it. Though I can’t actually pick it, I will take an extra moment to admire it and download it (see below) to use as my digital wallpaper, to bring something bright and wonderful into my week. I invi...

What is the size of a half dollar... And much prettier than a toad? Sounds like the beginning of a joke. Actually, in its own way, it is a joke, as this flower's name contains lily and toad. Though it has blotchy toad-like marks, for me, its name belies the jewel of a flower it is with its orchid-like qualities. The gift of this flower, the size of a silver dollar, is that it packs a punch, sur...

In my travels… With my other work with M30 Productions, I always try to seek out the nearby botanical gardens and arboretums. But on this particular trip while working and visiting family, I opted out of going to the local botanical garden, as right outside my brother’s front door were the most colorful and inviting plants. I thought, how could I overlook these blooms?! And I could feel them ...

Take a look with me… At the fluorescent, orange petals that jut out from the bottom of the yellow stamen crown. They are vibrant, curved and look as if they would be soft to the touch, and they are. Then my eye is drawn to the outer right and left petals and I’m perplexed by their softer, paler color. For the many, many times I have looked at it, I didn’t realize, until I sat down to writ...

The many colors of Autumn… That are coming into play here in the northeast are varying yellows, oranges, reds and browns. In September, though, I have also come across another color to add to the autumnal palette: fuchsia. Yes, it’s quite a surprise, just as mother nature is constantly surprising us lately. This fun burst of color, for me, softens the change of the seasons and saying goodby...

From the very tippy top… Of the bloom, the first floret popped open with five tiny, light purple petals and stamen of white. I was oblivious at first to this metamorphosis taking place on my desk as this singular stem stood in its vase. What caught my eye to the tiny blooms appearing, I cannot say, but as it continued it fully encompassed the full sphere. To witness nature is a true blessing.

Its chartreuse, waxy, button-like bud… Has a very small and tight-lipped façade, which doesn’t create much appeal. But with the prodding of a restful evening in the garden, a breakthrough occurs as daylight comes, and its petals decide to have a voice. Each one, with intention, slowly peels outward to display a coral wonder. What are you waiting for? It’s time to breakthrough!

It started at the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris… Where I found this flower to photograph. It didn’t have a name posted, but it was bright and lovely, so how could I pass it up. I had a good feeling it was a type of begonia, so I connected with the United Kingdom Begonia Flower Society. My contact led me to the perfect person, Robert Bryce, as it was his brother who created this species and name...

A moment of calm… Softly falls over me as I gaze at the brilliant, royal blue petals that are encompassed by the soft chartreuse background. How is there so much beauty and grace in this one flower? For me it creates a feeling that all is right with the world at this very moment. I feel its peace flowing over and into me, and I can start my day on the right note.

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