Reading a Tulip

What does this wide open violet tulip say to you?

Does this singular tulip bloom tell a story of sorrow or joy? What do you find at its core?

My first impression of this tulip is of “arms wide open,” a loving embrace. The bright yellow and white center look like light and goodness at the core. The purple color and fine texture bursting out of the darker disorderly background also speak to me of joy, and the renewal of Spring.

Christians may see an Easter message: purple for the Lord’s Passion, his suffering and death. The white center revealed could symbolize the divinity and hope of the Resurrection.

What do you think?

Lupines in Evening Light

It’s amazing how a warm ray of evening light can make a garden look special. That ray of light is even sweeter after a day of heavy rain.

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Purple Lupines have withstood the heavy rain and stand out amid the lush greenery in the evening light.

Lupines are one of my favorite flowers. They bloom in Western Pennsylvania in late May and early June. I enjoyed photographing them in New Zealand in December. The seasons are reversed Down Under!

Farmers’ Market

Last Saturday I discovered the Farmers’ Market in Union Square, New York City. As my family walked ahead of me, I lingered, taking photos. For me, it was a feast for the eyes, and the highlight of my day.

I love to photograph farmers’ markets in cities all over the world — from Hoi An, Vietnam to Yichang, China. Who knew that our own mega metropolis New York would present itself with such artistry?

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Eggplant share their color and texture. The stems catch my eye.

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A square crop seems to complement this collection of irregular spheres. Ripening in the sun, these tomatoes are warm, not long off the vine.

 

For the New Yorkers buying this week’s fresh vegetables and flowers, Union Square on Saturday morningĀ was a pleasurable outdoor grocery shopping experience. For me it was even more.

Farmers market in China? Read my earlier post:https://blogcathykellyphotography.wordpress.com/2016/07/28/a-moment-that-transcends-time/

Rose of Sharon by Sony

This morning’s heavy rain gave way to sunshine, and my Rose of Sharon bushes — both purple and pink — were dotted with raindrops. It was a good time to test out my friend’s Sony A7r. I purchased the Metabones Nikon adapter, so I could attach my Nikon lenses. For macro images of flowers, I love to use my 105mm Sigma lens. Because I was shooting hand-held and focusing manually, I raised the ISO to 1,000.

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This bumble bee coated with pollen was having a big day.

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The petals reminded me of tissue paper. More buds wait off stage for their day.