Contrasting textures

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Sometimes, when I don’t have something new or specific to photograph for these weekly posts, I’ll search my home for something already on hand. Like this mask, for example. I saw it hanging on my mirror, and I thought it might make for a nice, pre-Halloween celebration post.

Instead, I got distracted by the different materials that make up the mask. It’s nothing fancy. I think it cost me maybe $10 or $15 at a Halloween store a few years ago. That doesn’t make it any less pretty, though. I love how the soft feathers make a dainty flower appear so rough, and the way the sparkles on the mask manage to both set everything off while drawing your eye to them.

It’s such a beautiful contrast of colours. Can you forgive me for choosing this picture instead of one celebrating Halloween?

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Adding some spring to that fall step

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Who says you need to stick to warm colours during the autumn months? Not me. Sometimes, a few of those brighter spring colours are exactly what you need.

And if those bright spring colours happen to be decorating a bouquet of orchids? Well, there’s no complaining about that. Especially if those orchids come on the last day of a particularly busy week.

In bloom

I’m going to do something a little different with today’s photo post. Normally I would write up a little narrative, something for you to read between photos.
Not for these ones, though. I love these flower pictures, but I don’t really have much to say about them. So I’m just going to let them speak for themselves.

I hope you enjoy them.

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Something I need a little more of

SONY DSCFlowers are some of my favourite things to photograph, especially if I’m able to use my macro lens. I love how the edges of their petals are both sharp and soft, and the way the sleek stem flows effortlessly into the flower’s base.

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Oddly, though, I almost never buy flowers for myself, so I rarely have the chance to photograph them. These ones were a surprise from my mom. She dropped them off one afternoon a few weeks ago, brightening my day.

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I really do need to buy myself flowers more often. If nothing else, they provide some beautiful pictures.

Veins of a leaf

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I’m going to be honest here: I have no idea how this little plant is still alive. Well, half alive. Some of the stems appear to be dead, but others are flourishing. It’s surprising, considering how seldom I remember to water it.

Regardless, and despite my forgetting to water it, I’m quite happy this little plant is still growing. I like seeing it in my window. It’s like a little bit of springtime, even though we’re on the verge of winter.

Feather

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Okay, so there are no actual feathers in this picture. But the petals make me think of feathers, especially the ones up in the top right corner, so it seemed like a fitting name.

Anyway, I don’t normally switch flower pictures over to black and white, because I love featuring the colours so much. But a grey-scale palette just seemed to suit this one too much not to make the change. Without colour, it’s a lot easier to see the soft texture of the petals and the slight swirl in the centre of the foremost flower.

Or maybe that’s just me. What do you think–would you have preferred to see this picture in colour, instead?

Brighten My Day

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My parents gave me some more flowers a couple of weeks back. These ones were a bit different from the last ones–more carnations and daisies, but in pink and white this time.

The colours seemed to contrast so nicely, and they brightened up my living room so well, that I couldn’t resist getting a few pictures. I’ll share another one with you next week, but I wanted to feature this one on its own. It makes me smile every time I look at it.

I hope it does the same for you.