In my last post I wrote about photographing jewelry because that’s where it started for me. But I’ve always taken pictures of my pets and sometimes the sky, but rarely flowers.

Homeless Beauty

When I became homeless, there was no place really to create jewelry. I think this is when I started noticing the beauty all around me. When I would walk my dogs, I started taking pictures of the flowers. There are many flowers that I’ve no idea what their names are.

This lemon clover, although considered a weed is edible and has a tangy essence to it. One can pair it with miner’s lettuce if lost in the woods and/or low on food.

Common Yellow Wood Sorrel (Oxalis stricta) with a stone Spring 2020
White flowers Spring 2020

These pinkish lavender looking flowers grow on a large bush. The open flowers don’t look like much, but the budding ones, or the closed up ones are very unique.

Pink-lavender flower buds

Contrasting Colors

When I saw the red roses growing together with this Vitex, I took the picture… but it came out blurry. I’ve noticed that I cannot really take pictures of large subjects with the iPhone 7+ as the images tend to not be crisp.

Vitex agnus-castus with red roses

But if I take images up close – like the photograph below… The image on the left is of another Vitex or Chaste tree, and the image on the right is a closeup of the “branch” – you can see the incredible detail of each individual flower.

Vitex

Adding Borders

I started applying my own borders to my images as it adds pop to my “subjects.” It draws the eye to the color of the flowers. However sometimes, the flowers have their own backdrop.

I was at a parking lot walking my dogs and a tiny pink flower caught my eye. I grabbed my phone and knew I wanted to capture the pink flower amidst its dark blue-black berries, but also wanted the warm terra cotta brick as the background.

Tiny pink flower amidst blue-black berries

If I saw this bush by itself, I wouldn’t have looked twice at it. It’s not very pretty. It’s just a bush. But I’ve noticed to look on a smaller scale now.

Flowering bush

I used to download colors from the internet, but trying to get the correct color was extremely tedious. Now, I just take the color of my subject and that becomes my border.

Notice how perfect the border matches the flower in this image? There is no way I could get this perfect color by searching the internet. Well, maybe, but it’d take awhile. I would have missed this flower entirely if I wasn’t looking at this plant. This is a huge growing vine-like plant growing next door to my Dad’s house… and there was the one flower on it, just one.

A Rainbow of Flowers

Again, my apologies as I don’t know what most of these flowers are. But they are all in Santa Cruz, California.

Snapdragons growing underneath stairway

This tiny blue flower is magnetized by 8. The grass seed next to it indicates how small this flower really is. The tanbark is the background.

Wood sorrel

Flower Wreath

While taking pictures of flowers around the lot I’m staying at, I came across a bunch of purple daisies which belong to the Osteospermum family. In one section of flowers while editing, I saw what looked like a wreath of flowers – see image below with “X” above wreath.

I then used one of my apps to erase everything except for the wreath of flowers.

With this, I was able to create what I think of as a “masterpiece.” Halo, my Pomeranian with her ‘halo of flowers.’ This collage took a long time to make, but it was well worth it.

All photographs are the property of JC Heart Designs.