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Friday Flower Fiesta (12-19-14)

Friday Flower Fiesta

A collection of twelve of my favorite flower pictures that I cataloged this past week.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (12-12-14)—Orbs (or making something out of nothing at all)

Friday Flower Fiesta

My main reason for creating Photographic Art is because my camera, a Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i if you bought it in the United States) is a semi-professional camera that cost me about $700. My main camera lens is a Tamron 28-300mm macro zoom lens that cost me about $300. In other words, I have a whopping thousand dollars worth of camera equipment. Although I have 48 years of photographic experience, do I really think that I can compete with the professional with $35,000 worth of camera equipment and his own gallery downtown? No, I don’t.

So with the poor quality from the inadequate equipment, I create something unique, one of a kind images that no one else can create because they don’t know how I do it. They can try because they know I use Photoshop, and they might even come close, but unless they know the exact settings I use, they’re not going to get an exact reproduction of my Photographic Art. Heck, sometimes the Art is so unique that even I don’t know what settings I used, so even I cannot reproduce it!

Some of the pictures in my vast collection are what many photographers would call throwaways. However, a couple of things that my wise old grandmother told me back in 1966 has always stuck with me:

“What comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with.”
and
“Don’t throw anything away. There is no away.”

Throughout the ensuing decades, I have learned to throw things away, but I take far less trash to the curb each week than my neighbors do. Maybe they just buy more crap than I do………….

Anyway, for today’s Friday Flower Fiesta, I thought I would take ten of my throwaway photographs and use them to make flower orbs in brushed aluminum frames. These pictures were out of focus, had poor composition, or are simply too small to use to make high quality Photographic Art. Here they are, with the original picture beneath each framed flower orb.

1

Framed flower orb

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2

Framed flower orb

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3

Framed flower orb

flower (269) original

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4

Framed flower orb

flower (270) original

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5

Framed flower orb

flower (301)

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6

Framed flower orb

flower (302)

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7

Framed flower orb

flower (312)

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8

Framed flower orb

flower (334)

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9

Framed flower orb

flower (342)

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10

Framed flower orb

flower (350)

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Number 5 is my favorite. It looks like a face, maybe something out of a Stephen King novel. Number eight is my second favorite, and then number 7 is third.

If you would like to learn how to create orbs, see my post here. It’s really easy; takes just a couple of minutes…. Unless you don’t have Photoshop…. Then it will take a lot longer!

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Friday Flower Fiesta (12-5-14)—Winter flowers

Friday Flower Fiesta

Some of the “winter” flowers that are blooming in San Diego right now.

African violets are very popular at the grocery stores and plant nurseries for the Fall and Winter. These three are plants of mine:

African violet

African violet

African violet

Begonias, especially the wax leaf, angel’s wing, and cane begonias, bloom year-round in San Diego.

They are some of my favorite plants because of that, as well as the fact that they are easy to grow, can adapt to shady or sunny conditions (or anything in between), and their flowers simply are cheery little things that, well, cheer me up.

The following are from my gardens.

Begonia

Begonia

Begonia

The veritable pansy is another flower which I find immensely cheerful to look at.

It also was one of my wise old grandmother’s favorite flowers, especially purple ones since purple was her favorite color.

Pansy

Pansies

Pansies

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Adobe Falls now off limits

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San Diego doesn’t have many natural waterfalls. I think it has something to do with needing water to fall from the skies in order for water to flow along the ground and create waterfalls. Just a hunch.

The waterfalls that we do have, however, are pretty nice. The problem is how to get to them safely.

Inevitably when the rains come (another four weeks or so) and the waterfalls start falling, people who have no appreciation for the outdoors tend to make their way to the waterfalls, destroying everything in their path and sometimes destroying the waterfalls, too.

One of the rare year-round waterfalls here in the County is just a mile from me and at the side of Interstate 8, but it is extremely difficult to get to because it’s in a small canyon surrounded by highway and houses.

The reason why it is year-round is because it’s in a small canyon occupied by the San Diego River. It’s called Adobe Falls.

Adobe Falls location

It also happens to be on land owned by San Diego State University.

Because of the damage and destruction to houses and environment caused by those trying to get to the waterfalls, SDSU has decided to make the waterfalls off limits to the extent that anyone caught on that little sliver of land will be arrested.

The grapevine tells me that they mean it and have been backing up their words. Thus, I will not be going to the waterfalls this year, so you’ll simply have to enjoy these pictures from past trips.

Adobe Falls

Adobe Falls

There’s a huge building on the SDSU campus with a magnificent view of the little canyon where Adobe Falls is located, although the Falls is hidden from view in the midst of all the palm trees and brush:

SDSU building overlooking Adobe Falls

Adobe Falls

Even though there is a 12-lane freeway between Adobe Falls and that building, wouldn’t that be a great place for SDSU to station lookouts to keep an eye on trespassers to the Falls?

On my last trip to Adobe Falls, I found this little guy:

Green heron at Adobe Falls

I’m pretty sure that is a Green Heron, and it was not in the least bit frightened of me. It let me get within a few feet to get that picture! Just kept one eye on me, seeming to say, “Yeah, I’ve seen your kind around here before. I’m keeping an eye on you.”

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Friday Flower Fiesta (11-21-14)—San Diego late Fall flowers

Friday Flower Fiesta

I started getting sick last Monday and it hit home hard yesterday and today.

I have a horribly sore throat, no voice, and no energy.

Nonetheless, onward with Friday Flower Fiesta featuring some of our late Fall flowers here in San Diego, which also happen to be winter, spring, and summer flowers.

Never without flowers here in San Diego….

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Well, I thought I could do twelve flowers as I usually do but the energy is gone so you’ll have to settle for seven this week.

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Friday Flower Fiesta (11-7-14)—Purple Day

Friday Flower Fiesta

I had a request for purple flowers.

Purple Day (yes, there really is Purple Day) is March 26, which I think is too far away, so I’m just going to have a Friday Flower Fiesta Purple Day today!

Besides, purple was my wise old grandmother’s favorite color.

My wise old grandmother

Purple iris

Purple flower

Purple flowers

Purple iris

Purple iris

Lady in Purple

Purple flowers

Purple Geranium

Electric Purple Stamp

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Friday Flower Fiesta (10-31-14)—Merry Halloween!

Friday Flower Fiesta

Let’s see if anyone can guess what the theme for today’s Friday Flower Fiesta is.

Aloe flower buds

Flower in an organic garden

Flowers at San Diego State University

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Friday Flower Fiesta 4-5-13

Nasturtium flower

Ranunculus at the Carlsbad Flower Fields

Flower and rain drops

Flower and rain drops

Flower and rain drops

Coneflower

Friday Flower Fiesta

Happy Halloween!

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