Friday Flower Fiesta (1-30-15)—Epiphyllums, the orchids of the cactus world

Friday Flower Fiesta

My favorite flowers are those which are quite complex: orchids and epiphyllums. Epiphyllums often are called the orchids of the cactus world. They actually are succulents, which are basically cactus without thorns; while all succulents are cactus, not all cactus are succulents.

Today’s Friday Flower Fiesta features epiphyllums, but these are not just any epiphyllum pictures. These were in my throwaway folder, my “see-if-you-can-make-something-out-of-these-when-you’re-bored” folder. These were pictures that most of my photographer friends would have thrown away, deleted. Me? I keep them and eventually play around with them using various digital editing software and filters: Photoshop, Photo-Paint, PaintShop Pro, Fractalius, Topaz, Perfect Effects, Photomatix…. Some others, too, but those are the main ones I use.

So here you go, crappy photos made into Photographic Art stamps. The 12¢ is my favorite.

Epiphyllum

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Epiphyllum

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Epiphyllum

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Epiphyllum

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Epiphyllum

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Epiphyllum

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Epiphyllum

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Epiphyllum

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Epiphyllum

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Epiphyllum

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Epiphyllum

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Epiphyllum

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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9 thoughts on “Friday Flower Fiesta (1-30-15)—Epiphyllums, the orchids of the cactus world

  1. Celia Rhodes The View From My Window

    My favorites: 1, 3, 4, 12. NONE are “crappy.” I fund myself smiling as I read this, because I’ve passed over photos that weren’t quite what I was hoping for. Sometimes it’s a matter of learning and growing as a photographer that prompts us to re-evaluate those near-misses. I like the stamp border–I’ve used it, too. Keep shooting!

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  2. philipfontana

    Russel, I picked a good day to drop in with the lovely orchid and epiphyllum photos…..Spell check wants me to spell that epithelium if they have the right word or, perhaps, the Latin terminology. Trying to get more time out of life! Phil

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  3. orples

    It is hard to choose from these, Russel. I tend to favor the 2 and 8 cent versions, if I were to have to choose. They all look pretty good to me. Very cleaver the way you’ve turned them into postage stamps, which I notice you tend to do anyway. Nice effect. 🙂

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Thanks! I use framing to tell me visually if a photograph has appeared in a blog post. I have two types of framing, stamp borders/photo corners and such, and then my Photographic Art border, which tells me the picture is for sale at Fine Art America.

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