Flights and Fancies

Hello friends! I seem to see photos of ranunculus everywhere these days and, since we all love them, I thought join in again and share a few more from my recent shoots. What is it we so love about these sweet flowers?

This week has been a whirlwind of fun and creative activities. I’ve been heavily into research and planning for my trip to Atlanta, Savannah and Charleston, doing detailed studies of public and private gardens, architecture and other aspects for my photo shoots.
I’ve been setting up and transferring files to my new 27″ iMac which I already love for its beauty, elegance and speed. And D and I got our new iPads which are so gorgeous and tremendous fun but which I also foresee becoming vital production tools.
And blossoms abound, so I’m torn between my lovely new tech devices indoors and my camera and the exploding spring outdoors.
But, in a few days I’ll be leaving it all behind to go on the road (D will be here holding the fort), first meeting my brother in Atlanta to spend a few days driving the Antebellum Trail and visiting and photographing Savannah. Then I’ll be meeting up with Flickr friends Tina and Kelly, photographing more of the area, including Beaufort and on to Charleston. (I’d love any advice you have on what to see and do in the Low Country, as it’s called.)
I’ve scheduled some posts ahead and plan to stay in touch while traveling, via here, Facebook and Twitter. (I just downloaded a nifty app called Zapd which makes mini websites that you can post directly from your iPhone or iPad so I hope to try out some of those as well so you can follow along on the trip.)

Lastly, thank you all for your wonderful comments and welcome to new followers. I hope you enjoy your visits here.
Wishing you a very beautiful week.

xo – g

Welcome Spring

It has seemed a long time coming, hasn’t it, dear friends? But, after an awe-filled night under a super-glorious full moon, a fresh new season arrived, splashed with crimson dawn beneath welcoming skies of Robin’s egg blue.

I wish that your week is rich with blossoming promise, that spring’s abundance carries through for those heading toward autumn, and most of all that our dear neighbors in the Land of the Rising Sun and elsewhere who are suffering feel love and comfort and have hope for new growth to come.

Thank you, as always, for stopping by. Across the world, from near and far, your visit means so much.


– g

Sweet Snowdrop

Hello, friends! The Equinox approaches, the coins of the year already nearly a quarter of the way spent and jangling away in memory.

Galanthus nivalis

Sweet snowdrops, early heralds of spring. Their delicate performance is nearly over, captured here in the lingering light of a longer day, soft sunlight through an open window. Do you see how it illuminates the fragile structure, so much smaller than the tip of my finger? Do snowdrops hold a place in your heart?

But I’m afraid I have told you an untruth. Forgive me, but I wanted to make a small point, as you are interested in what I do. You see, in fact, I took these photographs late last night, in the small hours of deepest darkness, when most people are snuggled in sleep.

On my way up to bed, passing my studio, I remembered that I promised this precious little bloom (the only one of his kind that braved our incessant rain this month) that if he allowed me to cut him out of the garden, I would take his portrait and share him with the world.

And thus, I did. Knowing that his beauty might be withered by morning, I did it then and there. Pitch black and bucketing rain outside but a sunny spring day inside.

And so, dear friends, I offer a little tip for you. If you are serious about your photographic journey, please don’t limit yourself to only sunny, daylight hours. Be willing and able to get any photograph, at any time. Every moment matters – and they are all fleeting. Learn proper studio lighting – it isn’t hard or expensive. It’s a whole new world.

Without it I wouldn’t be able to share this sweet Galanthus with you today. Doesn’t he look proud?

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Thank you, as always, for your visits and lovely words. I know our thoughts and hearts and wishes and love are oceans away with our island nation friends. I appreciate the time you take to stop here.
– g
p. s. Nikon 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens, at f/5.0, 1/250th of a second, Paul C. Buff softbox, Alien Bees B800 monolight, on Manfrotto tripod
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