Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wonderfulicious Wednesday

What? I haven't posted since mid June?
These days I mostly post on Instagram at @gailpe.
Dancing Leaves, above.

I have a penchant for decay and or withered botanicals. 
My gardener knows that if I have leaves on the patio table that
they're not to be cleaned up. Often, a leaf needs another day or
two of weathering.

I'm not sure which version of the Plumeria leaf I prefer. 
The leaf was so delicate that pieces of it started flaking off
before I got it into the house.
I created all of the backgrounds.

My guy planted a yellow hibiscus 8 years ago that hasn't grown much
over the years, in fact, it's shrunk and has nearly died a few times.
It rarely blooms. This year I severely cut back a red hedge
of hibiscus and fertilized them, a lot. The bushes have filled out
and bloomed like crazy. But until the last few weeks the struggling yellow bush
continued to look pathetic and then suddenly it started filling out and 
producing flowers. 
The macro above is unedited. I know, rare for me . . .

The center of the yellow hibiscus is spectacular! 
There is another yellow hibiscus in the yard, but it's 
center is yellow, nice, but a bit ordinary.

Continuing with my love of creating a series of images 
the Mexican Bird of Paradise bush started blooming  . . .
I only have one bush this year after the other one
drowned last winter when the pot didn't drain. 
Decayed flowers, above.

A single flower, sculptural, went through a variety of apps
to achieve the painterly/sketch effect.

When a bunch of flowers scatter
on the ground they become precious to me.

The above flower went through a few apps to give
it a painterly/sketch effect and then it needed a background.
The background was a long process of layering and layering and layering
textures and images. I imagine I'll use the background again someday.

And finally, a macro of the Mexican Bird of Paradise 
in all of its glory! This image is only tweaked a little
to bring out the texture and colors. 

I must have flowers, always, and always.
Claude Monet