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November 12, 2011

Best of, Part 2

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 10:54 am
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You just knew this topic would have to be one of my “best of” posts, didn’t you?  You knew flowers would have to sneak in here, didn’t you?  Because I find flowers to be such an easy, beautiful photo subject, I tried very hard in my narrowing down process to choose shots that I thought were different or unusual in some way, at least for me.  Let me know if you agree.

I remember being really happy with this lilac bud photo – one of the first flower shots of the spring that I took back in April.  The light in the background, as much as I’d like to say I planned it, was a happy accident.

Lily of the valley

I chose this one because tiny lily of the valley can be a challenge to shoot.  I’ve got a small patch of them that have been growing near the foundation of this house since long before I lived here.  They aren’t showy flowers and they aren’t easy to get at, so I was pleased with how this shot came out.

crazy poppy

“Crazy Poppy” made it into my favorites because of the interesting relationship I have with this flower.  Orange is not one of my favorite colors; at the time I bought this perennial, I thought it was red.  Imagine my surprise when it bloomed flaming orange.  I’ve tried to remove it from my garden a couple times – and every time it came back, so I let it be.  Now I look forward to seeing its funny buds (almost perverse looking – really, have a look here!) and cheerful bloom each spring.

The next three photos come from my experience at Big Summer Potluck in Pennsylvania this past July.  While we sat in a rustic barn listening to presentations, I couldn’t take my eyes off the lovely arrangements placed in the windows and the beautiful filtered light coming through.
Gorgeous arrangement #2

Gorgeous arrangement #1

I also had the chance to photograph perhaps the most unusual flower I’ve ever seen, the lotus:

Strange centers too!

My daughter Sarah received a bouquet of sunflowers for her birthday this year.  The flowers remind me of her sunny personality.  In the light of a sunny window and reflected in a mirror, this is one of my best flower photos:
sunny sunflowers (2)

This is part 2 of my contribution to Scott’s photo assignment #16.


  1. They’re all so pretty I can’t even pick a favorite!
    That’s my problem…. trying to narrow them down! I may not participate in this assignment because of that, but we’ll see.

    Comment by TheDailyClick — November 12, 2011 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

    • Thank you. I hope you do decide to participate – even if it is with multiple posts like me! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — November 13, 2011 @ 8:47 am | Reply

  2. I love the poppy but, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve really taken a liking to orange.

    Comment by Becky Sue — November 13, 2011 @ 7:58 am | Reply

    • Thanks Becky. Sarah is a big orange fan too!

      Comment by Karma — November 13, 2011 @ 8:47 am | Reply

  3. That lotus is gorgeous…I’ve never seen one before.

    Comment by kanniduba — November 13, 2011 @ 8:36 am | Reply

    • Thank you – I didn’t even know they were lotus at the time I was taking the pictures! They were quite fascinating; unfortunately there is no scale in that photo, but when the blossoms were open they were about the size of your head!

      Comment by Karma — November 13, 2011 @ 8:49 am | Reply

  4. Another nice grouping! The first and last shots are my favs.

    Comment by milkayphoto — November 13, 2011 @ 2:07 pm | Reply

    • Thank you – those are probably my favorites of this group too.

      Comment by Karma — November 13, 2011 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  5. Love the lotus, never saw one before! And of course the sunflower!!

    Comment by Dawn — November 15, 2011 @ 9:47 pm | Reply

    • Those lotus are pretty cool, aren’t they? Thanks, Dawn.

      Comment by Karma — November 16, 2011 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

  6. I like the rich color of the Crazy Poppy and it’s my favorite.

    Comment by Nye — November 16, 2011 @ 1:12 am | Reply

    • The poppy sure is photogenic! Thanks, Nye.

      Comment by Karma — November 16, 2011 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

  7. You are a little difficult Karma. There are too many good pictures here on 5 posts for commenting them all. I’ll simply give all my points to the first piscure on this post. I cant say why, but it appeals to me and my eyes get the same impression wherever i focus on it.

    Comment by Carsten — November 18, 2011 @ 10:14 am | Reply

    • Sorry for being difficult Carsten! Thanks very much for coming by and commenting. That first picture does have a bit of mystery!

      Comment by Karma — November 19, 2011 @ 8:37 am | Reply

      • You have reason to be proud of this level of difficulty.

        Comment by Carsten — November 20, 2011 @ 6:29 pm

  8. These are all so lovely, I can’t pick a favorite. Beautiful work, Karma. Just beautiful. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — November 19, 2011 @ 2:44 pm | Reply

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    Pingback by Assignment 16 Recap | Views Infinitum — November 23, 2011 @ 6:53 am | Reply

  10. What a stunning series of flower images. I have never managed a good Lily of the Valley shot – so I really appreciate yours.

    Comment by Dawn — November 24, 2011 @ 9:24 am | Reply

    • Much appreciated, Dawn, and thank you for stopping by and commenting.

      Comment by Karma — November 25, 2011 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  11. […] And of course I can’t forget the crazy poppy: […]

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