I generally follow a circuitous route while exploring the Hopeland Gardens grounds. Over the years I’ve learned where I’ll likely have the best chance at finding something to point my camera at, and that changes depending on the season, the timeframe (e.g., early, mid, or late), weather patterns, etc. However, I will almost always make my way around the Dollhouse because when it is being properly tended to, the odds of discovering subjects are quite high. Such was the case the morning I created my Little Flowers piece. I couldn’t say when these were planted, but I didn’t remember seeing them on any prior trips around that area (maybe they were there, but they hadn’t yet bloomed). I was attracted to them by their vibrant colors and unique shape. They appear to bloom on top while their petals slope downward. My artistic vision was to capture both the flowers and the buds after lining them up with the gorgeous blue flowers in the background. To ensure that the background only consisted of colors, I had to compose nearly wide open. That didn’t allow for much depth, but, even with that, individual hairs and surface texture is visible.
Just a few feet north of where the previous flowers were growing, I composed my Icy Pink Flames piece. I had created a similar image from the same general location almost a month prior to composing this, so I thought another look at these flowers might be worth my time. I believe this may be a type of coneflower. Whatever it is, I loved the colors and naturally abstract patterns. In my mind’s eye, the florets looked like pink flames with light blue and purple tips. My artistic vision was to center it horizontally in the frame so that the flames could expand outward toward the edges. Thanks to the high level of captured detail, surface texture and individual hairs can be seen.