Friday, December 28, 2012

Cyclamen


The Gaiser Conservatory at Manito City Park always has a seasonal flower display of some kind.  When we were there last April it was Cyclamen, a flower I find very difficult to photograph well.  I spent some time trying to get good photos and these are the results, some good, some less so.












12 comments:

  1. Magical photos. It's amazing how you see plants!

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    1. Thank you for the kind comments. They are, I am sure, beyond what I deserve for my amateurish efforts.

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    2. Your photos speak FOR THEMSELVES.

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    3. Thanks, my friend. Your kindness is much appreciated.

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  2. Ron,
    These are so voluptuous that I feel like going out and buying a cyclamen immediately.
    But I`d best not.
    I`ve made many a beauty of a cyclamen into a mushy cowering creature that eventually keels over and dies.

    These cyclamen pictures are magical conversions of plants. They are like coral in flesh or shells of light that are all curvature, spin and whorls.

    You`ve got such an eye (a third eye that is!)

    Lovely, lovely edges and corners and hues. They show the souls of the blooms.

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    1. I posted this, Julie, only because I'd run out of hiking pictures and because I get a bit antsy and starved for color and for the outdoors at this time of the year. Thanks very much for you kind comments, though. They are much appreciated.

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  3. Hi Ron,
    I love Cyclamen. Nice photos really. I like their abstractness. The flowers being reduced to color and shape.
    I have seen Cyclamen purpurascens on a few occasions in the wild during trips in the alps. However I never came around to take pictures. At times I should rush less I suppose. I will try to get pictures this summer during my excursion for Nigritella-species in Austria.

    Regards,
    Martin

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    1. Hi Martin,

      Nice to hear from you again and I trust you are well. Happy New Year too to you and yours, and I hope you enjoyed the holidays and had some time to relax.

      Appreciate the kind comments on the photos. Am really antsy for spring and summer and hiking weather and weary of the cold and rain.

      Look forward to seeing more of your work.
      Ron

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    2. Hi Ron,
      Happy new year to you and your beloved ones too! I had a nice quiet time.
      Here it is more rainy than cold at the moment. I long to see the sun again. I can't wait to do the first hikes in good weather too.
      Two more months until spring starts with an explosion of colors and three more months until we have the first orchids (Orchis morio and Ophrys araneola) in bloom. I am getting impatient.
      I really enjoy this blog, as it makes me remember the beauty of the northwest.
      Martin

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    3. Good evening (here), Martin. We've had endless rain and are starved for some sunshine. I can think of only two decent days the last month.
      About the same length of time till spring here, but we get our first orchids, the Calypsos, around the middle of April, and then everything comes in a rush.
      Appreciate your looking through this blog and hope sometime you have opportunity to return to our beautiful Pacific Northwest.
      Regards,
      Ron

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  4. Living in California I'm not often starved for color the way I was in Seattle but I'm so glad you were. Okay, that sounds tacky. I love what you do with the delicacy of flowers. I can't wait to see more orchids and I'll bet you can hardly wait too. Your work, as always, is stunning. These were a special Valentine inspiration for me today.

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    1. Thanks, Lou Anne. We have a son in Spokane and when visiting there almost always go to Manito City park where these were photographed. After a while, however, one gets weary of just snapping ordinary pictures and I've tried to capture something of the wonderful curves and details of some of the flowers. It's not so easy since tripods are not allowed in the greenhouses, but these turned out reasonably well.

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