During my eight years of blogging, I have developed a great passion and love for flowers of all kinds, from weeds to orchids, anything that grows and blooms and has an intricate design pattern in its leaves. When I started blogging, I just looked around to see what I could photograph. In St. George, I could photograph flowers and desert plants almost the year around, so that is where I learned how to take a little better pictures over a period of eight years. I went through several cameras, settling on a Canon 7D as my camera of choice about 5 years ago. The venerable 7D is still my work horse, though I have been tempted to buy the newer Canon model. Instead, I bought the relatively inexpensive Canon G9X, which is handier, I can stuff it in my pocket, and I can take a range of photos on it that I can't take on my monster 7D without changing lenses. This amaryllis photo was taken with the G9X, as were the four pictures of the morning sky and the jet trails posted below.
We take so much for granted that we often pay little attention to flowers and the beauties of nature except to give them a passing glance and say "Oh how beautiful" and let it go at that. When I started taking photos of flowers in earnest, I learned that I could take dozens of photos of the same flower and no two photos would be the same. I know I have many things yet to learn, as most of my efforts have been by trial and error. I am becoming more and more impressed with the versatile and competent photos we can take on our iPhones and iPads and have bought several cheap photo apps to enhance the photos I take on both of those devices. I have well over 100,000 photos of flowers on my hard drive and I wonder what will happen t them when I am no longer here.
We use flowers for so many purposes, for expressions of grief, for messages of joy and congratulations, for special achievements and special days and events, to convey our love, and for so many other reasons. We need more flowers in our lives, especially in winter. Your assignment today is to go out and buy a flower, either a fresh flower to stick in a vase or a bulb to plant or some seeds to plant to watch grow. The first thing I do each morning is to count the amaryllis blossoms on the amaryllis in the photo above. Now four, it may expand to a total of seven blossoms. And then I know it will wither all too soon but I am starting several other bulbs and waiting for my paper whites to bloom and for every blossom I see, I see a brighter hope, a more beautiful side of life, and try more diligently to find a redeeming purpose to my life after my great loss. And through the miracle of digital photography, I will have a permanent record, a beautiful keepsake of my amaryllis blossom vigil to remind me just what a blessing this beautiful flower brought into my life.