Colors of Summer

June 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

As I mentioned in a previous post, every year we go to some of the local greenhouses and get some flowers to pot on the back deck. Over the years I've grown to tolerate, then enjoy and now very much look forward to the trip. Though I've been shooting a lot of photographs for close to ten years now, I don't have much of an eye for color. These days I'm beginning to realize how much I don't know and I'd like to devote some serious time to drawing, painting and studying color so that I can be more aware of it when compositing photos.

With all that said, this year's trip to the greenhouse revealed these orange knockouts. Though we've seen gazanias before (Meg pointed out that we saw them growing out of the sidewalk when we visited Salema, Portugal last year), this year's batch really grabbed me. Next up I've become a fan of these flowers with the weird and wonderful name of osteospermum which come in a variety of colors. This year, there was a variety of osteospermum with pinkish to magenta coloring which I just loved. As it turned out, we got some of both flowers and Meg potted them up over the last couple of days. Though we were at first wondering how they would go together, Meg did a masterful job and I'm loving the result.

Every year is different (the shot below is from last year's crop) and I've really come to enjoy seeing how she arranges and combines the various colors and textures to create something wonderful. Maybe if I pay attention I can bring some of this instinct to my photography - who knows?


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