Flowers

A selection from the floral photography I have taken over the years. To see the images I’ve posted on RedBubble, click here.  I have a gallery on Fine Art America, as well. Remember that both RedBubble and Fine Art America are sales sites as well as online galleries, so any image that grabs you can live in your home.  I’ve even put some of my fuchsia photographs on coffee mugs.

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

As the theme for today is Cozy Mysteries, and you can’t have a cozy mystery without at least one death, I did a google search to find what flowers are appropriate for a funeral. Top of the list is the lily. I assume they mean a white lily, but this golden day lily was growing in my garden when I photographed it, and that’s what you’re getting today.

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

I’m not terribly fond of calla lilies. In California, they seem to attract slugs and snails. But this calla, blooming near San Francisco’s Land’s End struck me with its simplicity. Hence the name, Homage to [Georgia] O’Keeffe.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

One of the irises growing in my garden, this time caught with a visitor in the form of a wasp. Is this a floral picture or one of an insect? I leave it to you to decide.

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Momma’s house in Smith River California had several hedges of fuchsia. This is one that was growing in her back yard. Fuchsias grow so well on the northern California coast that the Del Norte County Fair has a building dedicated just to fuchsias. I wish they grew that well here in northwestern Montana. In order to keep mine alive over the winter, I leave them in (large) pots, and bring them indoors before the frost hits. This image is available in a variety of forms at my RedBubble online sales gallery. Personally, I think it would make a lovely tea cup, similar to the one I have posted at the bottom of this page. Just click on the blue lettered caption under the photo to open a new tab and visit my gallery.

Monday, March 30th, 2020

The South Bend Water Garden is adjacent to the Pacific County Court House in South Bend, Washington. I know I’m playing fast and loose with the category, but what a beautiful spot to stop for a while, perhaps to have lunch, or just relax from the drive. And if you look closely enough, you’ll probably find a flower or two.

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

Orchid Cactus Blooming above Organ Pedals

Several years ago, Kevin and I were in the greenhouse of a nursery in Polson, Montana. Walking into the enclosed space, I was immediately drawn to plants I assumed were some sort of Christmas Cactus on steroids. No, I was told, the plants were orchid cacti. With green fronds hanging almost to the floor and colorful blossoms easily as large as my fist, the plant, Disocactus ackermannii was certainly an eye-catcher. While I didn’t feel I could afford one of the hanging baskets, I certainly could afford to buy a 2 inch pot which, fortunately, the nursery had. The one I chose was covered with bright pink blossos, and I was delighted. “Do not transplant it for at least a year,” the clerk told me. And so I took it home, put it on my plant table in the living room, and waited. In time the blossoms faded, folded up and dropped off. And still I waited. A year later, I transplanted the cactus into a larger pot. I also went back to the nursery and bought another orchid cactus, this time in bright red. The red one blooms every year, giving me many red blossoms. The pink one has bloomed twice since I transplanted it. The green fronds grow voluptuously, and are several feet long, but yesterday is only the second time I have found a blossom on the plant. Of course, I had to take a photograph. There is another photograph of this same plant at the bottom of this page. I took that photo the first time the plant bloomed after the transplant. Maybe it’s finally beginning to feel at home in its pot.

Friday, March 27th, 2020

A Rose for my Love--Gay Male Romance
A Rose For My Love

The rose is the classic flower for romance. Poppa grew beautiful roses. I have not been as fortunate. That said, I have several rose bushes planted in the flower beds and maybe, just maybe, this year I’ll see something as beautiful as this rose I photographed back in 2011, before we moved to Wild Horse Plains.

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

The Flower Market in the Rain
Turku’s Flower Market with the Orthodox Church in the background.

I didn’t see many flowers blooming as I traveled around Finland in September, but the Market in Turku’s central square was awash with blooms, brightening an otherwise gloomy day. The church facing the square is the Orthodox Church dedicated to the martyrdom of the Empress Alexandra–no, not Nicholas I’s wife, but rather the wife of the Emperor Diocletian. It’s just a coincidence that Nicholas, who ordered this church built in 1838, had a wife who was also named Alexandra.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

A clump of daffodils blooming in my yard two years ago. As one of the few flowers the deer don’t eat, daffodils grow in several places outside our fenced yard. They haven’t reached this point yet this year, but I continue to have hope. I took this photo on April 21st, 2018. It is available in various formats on my RedBubble sales gallery.

Saturday, March 21st, 2020

Wild Horse Day Lily

One of the new lilies I plan to order and plant this Spring. This is not my photograph, but rather one taken from Breck’s online sales catalog. When my own Wild Horse Day Lilies are blooming, I will replace this shot with one of my own.

Sunday, March 15th, 2020

Morel Mushrooms for Sale at the Farmers' Market
Flowers of the Forest

Morel Mushrooms on sale at the Farmers’ Market in Butte, Montana. July 16, 2016. OK, so they aren’t really “flowers.” It’s my blog.

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

My mother’s house on the northern California coast had a large tree at the southeast corner. The tree was so large, and grew so well, it had to be cut back on a regular basis to protect the house’s roof. And from January through March it was covered with these large pink blossoms that German botanist Engelbert Kämpfer called the Japanese Rose. Today, we know it as the Camellia. a flower almost synonomous with the American South. We had magnolias growing in the area as well, but if I were to describe my southern belle mother, she was more a Steel Camellia.

Taken March 11th, 2007 in Smith River, Del Norte County, California, USA.

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Hibiscus in March

One of my hibiscus bushes blooming in the family room window on March 6th, 2017. Processed as an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image to bring out the color.

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

One of the orchids blooming in my kitchen window. Taken March11th, 2019.

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

One of the day lilies in my garden, photographed as a macro image.

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

I have quite an assortment of lilies in my flower gardens, both day lilies and asiatic lilies, like this one which I photographed back in 2017.

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Whaddya mean, teasel seedpods aren’t a flower. I just love this image which I took at Mile Marker 91 on Montana Highway 200 with the teasels backed by the water of the Flathead River. Besides, weavers used teasels historically to full cloth. Works for me.

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

Or at least we had glads in late September, 2017, when this photo was taken.

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

In 2017, I grew my dahlias in pots on the deck. As Fall progressed, I moved the pots onto a table in the master bedroom’s bay window. In early December, one of my dinner-plate dahlias graced us with this blossom.

Friday, March 6th, 2020

One of the irises growing in my garden, covered with rain drops and a small insect sheltering from the store at the flower’s heart.

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

I have learned to bring my fuchsias inside before the first frost. This year, the frost came early, but the end of August this beauty was still growing outside, sheltered by the garage wall.

Featured in the group Fuchsias Only, Jan. 28th, 2020.

Taken August 20, 2019 at home near Plains, Sanders County, Montana, USA.

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

Two of my three blooming phalaenopsis orchids currently blooming in the kitchen window, the only south-facing window in my house.

Taken March 11th, 2019 at home, near Plains, Montana, USA.

A fuchsia mug I had RedBubble make for me, using my photograph.
One of my Phalaenopsis orchids currently blooming in the kitchen window.

One of my orchid cacti in bloom.