Moody Nature Shots

A collection of “dark” flower shots.

ūüď∑¬†Canon EOS 60D

All photos were taken in direct sunlight around noon. I love the dark bokeh background effect in photos, but I never take these shots intentionally because getting the right lighting and angle is difficult without flash. And I don’t use flash.

So these are basically accidental shots that turned out quite pleasing to me. I hope you enjoy them too.

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Will You Remember Me in the End?

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Flower Lives

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Reaching for the Light

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Drops in Time

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Vancouver Reflections: Day 1

Vancouver Reflections

People typically research a place they intend to visit before arrival. I do not. Perhaps I just enjoy the elements of surprise and anticipation. Or because I tend to set high expectations for destinations that I have heard great things about and become disappointed if anything is less than perfect.

This time, I wanted everything to feel fresh when I first landed in Vancouver. As such, I was entirely unprepared for the city and surrounding area to be as breathtaking as it ultimately turned out to be. Mountains, trees, clear waters, bold sunsets. Vancouver had it all.

BCU

University of British Columbia

When I first stepped off the plane, the weather was a perfect 71 degrees Fahrenheit (or 22 degrees Celsius). My friend and I drove to UBC to see the gardens and take it slow on the first day. ¬†I can’t recall ever seeing¬†so many different types of flowers blooming at the same time. You could even see the mountains and ocean¬†in the distance.

UBC Rose Garden

After a 10 minute walk among giant fir trees, the scenery completely changed into a peaceful shelter with Japanese-style landscaping.

Among the Trees

UBC Botanical Gardens

Sanctuary

Later that evening, we walked along the English Bay Beach to witness a gorgeous sunset. (For more sunset photos, please see my earlier post.) It was certainly an amazing start to my Vancouver visit, and I was eager for more adventures to follow.

Sky

Is that a tree on top of that building?

Sunset

Brilliant English Bay Sunset

ColorWheel: Purple

Nemesia Bluebird

Nemesia Bluebird

Part 1 of my “ColorWheel” series with Purple as the featured color. As they¬†say, nature is perfect at color harmony.¬†Over the next few weeks, I will upload some new nature photos that highlight a particular color and share some thoughts on that color.

‚ÄúI think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.‚ÄĚ

‚Äē¬†Alice Walker,¬†The Color Purple

Purple is the color of romantic lavender fields and majestic twilights. The color of lightning across a dark sky. The color of mystery and solace.

To me, purple has always conveyed a sense of serenity with a touch of sadness. Soft purple flowers remind me of nature trying to cheer people up. For photography, purple works well with greens, blues, and yellows to create nostalgic or inspiring scenes.

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Fairy Lily

Purple Violas

Purple Violas

Texas Bluebonnets

Texas Bluebonnets

Nothing says “It’s springtime in Texas!” like miles of bluebonnet fields along Texas roads.¬†The charming state flower blooms from¬†March through¬†May, so April is the best month to see dozens of cars parked on roadsides¬†with babies strategically placed amidst a bluebonnet field for the obligatory family photo.

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The Forgiveness Flower

Hyacinth

Hyacinths are common Easter flowers and are famous for their sweet scent. According to popular legends, the purple hyacinth symbolizes sorrow and seeking forgiveness. This meaning may have been derived from the Greek legend about Apollo and¬†Hyakinthos. When Hyakinthos was accidentally killed, a Hyacinth grew from his blood, and Apollo’s tears turned the Hyacinth purple.

I found this particular Purple Hyacinth blooming alone at the base of a large tree. I was quite intrigued by the way this vibrant flower was surrounded by dead leaves and barren soil, which not only provided a nice contrast to the photo, but also seemed to carry out the symbolism.

Since these flowers only bloom around March and April, Easter is usually a great time to appreciate these lovely forgiveness flowers.