The Language of Flowers: A Photography Adventure

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“Mama, flowers smile when they see you”, that’s what my daughter told me when she saw me with my camera one day.

When I started my photography adventure, I was always taking pictures of flowers be they in my garden or somebody else’s garden.

Every time I see flowers, I could not resist them; I just had to take their picture. If I do not have my camera with me, I will try to ask or beg or buy a few sprigs just so I can take their pictures when I get home.

So my family and friends got used to seeing me take pictures of flowers wherever and whenever I have a camera. I always get so engrossed with flowers such that sometimes I even have to be reminded to take photos of people too.

Anyway, my adventures with flower photography made me discover many things about them and one discovery that I am sharing in this hub is that – flowers can "talk". Yes, you can coax them to talk with a camera by discovering their most expressive angle. Not only that, but by a slight shift of the camera angle, the message they express can change.

golden offering
golden offering

When Flowers Talk

The captions I used in these photos are what the flowers "told" me either while I took their photos or after I uploaded the photos to my computer. They are simply my own understanding of what the flowers are trying to tell me.

However, some other message might come to you as you look at these photos. If a new message comes to you, then that is how the flowers talk to you. I would appreciate it if you share with us what their messages are.

Flowers Tug at Your Heart

One of the reasons why I love taking pictures of flowers is that they are beautiful by themselves. With just the right light, they will speak up to you some strong emotion. This photo shows you what I mean by that.

deep in my heart
deep in my heart

This is one of my earliest flower photos. I was lucky to get the perfect light in this such that it seems to be lighted from within. Thus I title this “deep in my heart”.

Flowers are Fresh and Full of Hope

This flower is called “baby’s breath”. It is usually used as an add-on to a bouquet. Its freshness and innocence seem to capture a new beginning. So I think it’s saying, “hello world!”

Hello world!
Hello world!

Change the Angle, Change the Message

The next three photos are that of the same flowers that I took from different angles. Notice how the messages they convey also changed. Don’t you agree?

you go your way, I go mine
you go your way, I go mine
Can we talk?
Can we talk?
I'm sorry
I'm sorry

And here are two more photos, this time of Anthurium , again showing how a change of angle of the same flower can also change the message it conveys.

Doesn’t this remind you of body language in people?

convince me!
convince me!
I'm listening
I'm listening

More Flower Talk

This is me
This is me
First blush
First blush
So this is what love is
So this is what love is
got to believe in magic
got to believe in magic
light my fire!
light my fire!

The Language of Flowers is Very Personal

I got more flower photos that speak out to me but I think there are enough examples here of what I’m trying to say.

The language they speak really depends on how you see them. How they touch your heart as you gaze at them. It is really a very personal thing.

I wish to reiterate my earlier request. If you do get a different message from the photos, different from the caption I placed, could you please share the message with us? Thank you.

My Flower Book

I now have made a little book about my flower photos. The link is in the capsule below.

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

These are so pretty.Great hub. So nice to enjoy their beauty,thanks for sharing.


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QuirkyPearl 6 years ago from England - UK

Beautiful photographs Jill, I think these flowers have spoken their truths to you, I really enjoyed the journey.


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Jerilee Wei 6 years ago from United States

Wow! I wish I had your photography skills. Lovely hub.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Putz,

You are very welcome. Thank you very much for your inspiring words!

Hi QuirkyPearl,

I'm happy that you enjoyed this hub. Thank you for visiting and leaving a heartwarming comment.

Hello Jerilee,

What a beautiful thing to say! Coming from you, that is truly a compliment. Thank you very much!


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Jill, I loved this Hub and all the captions spoke to me too. You are not only a talented photographer, you are highly intuitive.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Green Lotus,

Thank you very much! You really say the nicest things. I am indeed flattered especially since you are an artist.


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Enelle Lamb 6 years ago from Canada's 'California'

You take beautiful photos jill - and your captions capture their essence perfectly!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

Of course they'll talk to you, Jill - you make them so incredibly beautiful! Thank you for this wonderful hub!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Enelle,

Thank you for the visit and for your beautiful words.

Hello Shalini,

I always love your comments. They never fail to make me happy and thankful for all my blessings.

All the best!


teresa r. perez 6 years ago

very nice baby. i really enjoy your pictures. was in new zealand last week and it's spring. the flowers are really awesome. i am an admirer of beauty but i can no way capture them the way you do. keep up the good work and continue to share them with us.

thanks and best regards,

tere


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Very aptly written hub, as always beautiful pictures and I would add a good ear that hears well. I think I agree that they spoke truth to you and that you heard exactly what needed to be said. I would love to see more -a part 2 maybe? Your artistic genius is exhibited in the very heart of your love of photography - great work and great heart!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Tere,

It's nice of you to drop by. Thank you very much.

New Zealand,wow, I've never been there. I was in Australia at about this time once and I remember how beautiful their flowers are. Unfortunately, I was not into photography then though. So my pictures then were the usual tourist snap shots.

Again, thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi coffeesnob,

Thank you for dropping by dear friend. You always make me happy with your comments. You never fail to inspire me with your beautiful and kind words.

A part 2? - hmmm, that's something to think about.


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Artemus Gordon 6 years ago

These are some excellent images. You can always find me in the spring out shooting flowers with my macro lens. It seems like you cannot go wrong with these subjects.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

You really do have a talent, Jill! Your profile name fits you perfectly :D


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Jill I just love the captions that you put in with the pictures of the flowers . A very creative mind at work .And as usual your work with film Is outstanding !


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Artemus,

Thank you for your kind words. Yes, it's always fun to shoot flowers. Once I focus on them, I usually lose my sense of time.

I just wish to make a qualification though on what you said - "you cannot go wrong with these subjects". Unfortunately, sometimes we can go wrong especially if we do not know how to use the light. I still remember how I did some injustice to their beauty during my first attempts in photography.

Thanks again for visiting and leaving a comment. I'd love to see your flower photos. I'm happy to meet a fellow enthusiast.

Hi Dohn,

Nice of you to drop by. Thank you for making me happy with your comment!

Hello Tony,

Nice to see you again! I always love the comments you leave. They are very heartwarming!


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tim-tim 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

You speak my language, love the photos! Thanks for sharing:)


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi tim-tim,

Great! Thanks for the visit and your lovely comment!


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Beautiful images. The language of flowers--they speak volumes, if only we can stop and not just smell them but allow them to talk to us. I'm a great flower lover and now, one more reason to just sit and gaze.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello anglnwu,

Thank you very much! I'm happy to know that you are also a flower lover! If only we can get together and compare notes, it would just be great!


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Mitch King 6 years ago from Wilsoville, OR, USA

Beautiful images! Flowers are some of my favorite subjects as well.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Yehey, another flower lover! Nice to meet you Mitch King!

Thank you for dropping by and leaving an inspiring comment!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Your artistry with a camera lens is spectacular. It is always such a special treat to take a look at your hubs! I think that your captions cannot be improved...they are perfect.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Peggy,

Thank you very much for your kind words. They really make me very happy.


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aoiffe379 6 years ago

Your photography skills left me gaping in awe!Like you, I take lots of photos of flowers. Just today, I was viewing some; and yes, they do 'talk'! I found some of birds too.One such bird is seen among the photos on Spiritual Warfare:Facing the Flood.You have inspired me so much.Thank you!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello aoiffe379,

That's great to know! I'd love to see your flower photos too. They really 'talk' to us, don't they?

Thank you very much for your inspiring words. Hope to see you again. I'll check out your hub on Spiritual Warfare.


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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

Beautiful photos, interesting interpretations!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello RTalloni,

Your words are beautiful too! Thank you very much. I hope to see you again soon.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Also love taking pix of flowers. Thanks for sharing yours.

Love and peace

Tony


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Tony,

That's great! I'd love to see your flower pictures. Do you have them in your hubs?

It's good to hear from you again.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

That's great tonymac! I hope you don't mind if I call you as tonymac. You see I have another hubber friend named Tony. So I just want to be able to differentiate you two.

I'm going over to your hubs now. Oh, I remember, I even left a comment in your spring is sprung hub.


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

What a fun idea! And beautiful pictures.


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mod2vint 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Awesome idea, pointing it out I can see them talking..


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello frogyfish,

It's nice to see you again! Thank you for the visit and wonderful comment!

@mod2vint, That's great! You are another kindred spirit! Thank you for dropping by and leaving an inspiring comment.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Your flower photos are so beautiful. It's a real treat to look at them in the winter. But the best part of this hub is what your daughter said, that flowers smile when they see you. It brought tears to my eyes. Your daughter is a poet!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Wow! Your words touched my heart Dolores! Thank you very much. I'll tell my daughter what you said. She will love that! Thank you very much for visiting!


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HubCrafter 6 years ago from Arizona

Hi Jill:

Love your photos! and love your heart too.

Your writing is so gentle and sweet. Like the flowers.

I too, love to photograph everything. It's a new substitute for painting, for drawing. Photos are a way for me to share my delights, my little discoveries, the many and varied beauties I find in God's world.

How lovely that you have a daughter to share this with. Thanks for offering us a glimpse into your world of light.

HubCrafter


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Hubcrafter,

Thank you very much for your heart-warming comment. I'd love to see your photos. Are they in your hubs? I'll go over there after I post this.

Yes, it's always fun if you have someone to share your interest and passion with. My son is also into photography.

Thanks once again! All the best!


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Watch Tower 6 years ago from New Zealand

HI Jill

really fantastic photos, and the amount of detail is what I would also like to capture as you have (Jill read my first photography hub)

Baby's breath "can we talk", spoke to me saying

" we love to dance" and also "we're in love"

thanks for the great tips, love your work


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Watch Tower - It's wonderful to see you here! Now, flowers talk to you also, isn't it great? You will get there, see the details, that is. Just move closer, as close as you can when you want to see more details.

I already visited your hub and even left a comment. Check it out.

Thank you for stopping by!


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Haunty 6 years ago from Hungary

This is an amazingly creative - and cute - hub. Thank you. :)


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Haunty - thanks for visiting and leaving a wonderful comment!


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Sure some good pictures here. There are flowers pictured here, that have such beautiful shades:) Great Hub!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello heart4theword - Thank you for dropping by and for leaving a positive comment. I'm happy that you enjoyed the pictures.

All the best!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Jill of alltrades, Beautiful! You capture the essence of natural beauty in these marvelous photos! I think your daughter explained it best "“Mama, flowers smile when they see you”

Thank you for sharing your inspiring photography! It is wonderful!

In His love, Peace & Blessings!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi DeBorrah - Thank you very much. Your words are music to my ears. They are so inspiring.

You are very welcome. The pleasure is really mine.

God bless!


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suny51 6 years ago

Hello-Jill,now this one sure inspires me,I am gonna track you and will try to(try to) do some thing like this,but remember professor I said will try to.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi suny,

It's great to see you again!

Go right ahead suny! Just do it. It is fun! I am looking forward to seeing your photos!

See you around!

God bless!


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Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California

Well, Green Lotus dropped a link to this in on of De Greek's hubs, and I have to say, she was right on with it. I'm not typically a photo-hub fan, and this was just a total delight. The three that appear first after the Change the Angle; Change the Message sub-head were so very cool, and I "saw it" too before I got to the subtitles to discover we were on the same page. Very cool stuff. I hope this hub gets a new breath of traffic from De Greek's hub, it deserves it, and De Greek is pretty popular so people hopefully will see the link. Thumbs up. Very beautiful pictures too.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Shadesbreath,

Wow, I did not know about this. Green Lotus is so nice for dropping a link to this hub. Oh, I'll go over to De Greek's hub. I don't know him yet and as you said he is very popular. So it's time that I get to know him. Thank you for telling me about him.

Thank you very much for your kind words. You have made me very happy. It's so nice to start the day on a high note.

Hope to see you again.

God bless!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

Hi Jill! I too saw the link on DeGreek's hub. A very nice work, and you're photographs are really great! Thanks for bringing us these fine pictures.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Hi Jill, Green Lotus sent me here and I am glad she did. I loved your Change the Angle, Change the Message caption. Very effective :D


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Christoph,

Wow, it seems that what De Greek started in his hub is really working. I am happy to see you here.

Thank you very much for your kind words.

You are very welcome. The pleasure is mine really.

Hope to see you again!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello De Greek,

Green Lotus is so kind for placing that link. I am very happy and honored that you decided to visit.

Thank you very much for your wonderful comment.

You really started something nice in your hub. Now I get to know more great hubbers.

God bless you!


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

What a gorgeous Hub. Trish1048 found your Hub and emailed me about it. Your work is a real inspiration to take a new look at a lot of things, not just flowers. The phrase "It's all in how you look at things" took on a powerful new meaning for me after viewing your work. Needless to say, voted up and awesome!


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yellowstar2000 6 years ago from WestCoast Florida

love, love, love your photos! I have the same such affinity for flowers, plants, trees, etc. Thanks for sharing your talents and intuitions; fabulous! keep up the great work!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Sally,

Thank you very much for your kind words. They warmed my heart. I just opened my hubpages and this is the first comment I saw. What a great way to start my day!

Thank you very much for your "awesome" and vote up. I really appreciate it.

Hope to see you again!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello yellowstar,

Love, love, love your comment too!

That's great, we are on the same wavelength re flowers, trees and nature. They never fail to bring a smile to my face.

You are very welcome. It's my pleasure really. I am so honored by your appreciation of my work.

God bless you!


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MCWebster 6 years ago

Wow, what gorgeous photos. I am also a lover of flowers. My heart swells whenever I see them, so it is perpetually large right now, since our front garden is a veritable bower at the moment.

Thanks for sharing :)


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello MCWebster,

Thank you very much for your visit and wonderful comment.

Wow, I wish I could see you garden! Flowers are nice reason for having an enlarge heart! Hahaha!

Thanks again for being appreciative of my efforts.

Hope to see you around.

God bless!


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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

I think I need to take your advice on photographing my flowers...thanks for the tips!

As I work with my plants I am always inspired because it's true, "Behind every green leaf tip is the power of God!"

When so many situations in this life overwhelm it is a wonderful thing to be able to believe and meditate on what our Creator says about His omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence. Creation, especially flowers, speak His power in a magnificent manner! Thanks for sharing through these beautiful photos.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello RTalloni,

It's nice to see you again!

Do take photos of your flowers. I'd love to see them. They always inspire me. I can only say "amen" to your quote there. So true, so true!

Thanks again for your visit and wonderful comment.

Hope to see you again.

God bless!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

rated up & beautiful! so glad you contacted me on RG; love your flower photos and to meet someone who feels and sees God in the beauty of flowers..., blessings to you my new friend, have a glourious day!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Sam,

Great to see you here! I'm happy too that our paths crossed here and in RG.

Thank you very much for your heartwarming comment and your rate up!

Hope to see you again!

God bless!


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Solange Sol 6 years ago from California

Wow!

Your pictures are awesome...

I love flower too... I am happy I found you...

Love and light

solange


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Solange Sol,

Thank you very much for your wonderful comment.

I am happy to have you too!

Hope to see you around!

God bless!


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yaritza 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

Beautiful !!! You have an amazing talent.


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello yaritza,

Thank you very much for your kind words! You make me happy!

Hope to see you again!

God bless!


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

DeGreek/Green Lotus sent me here, and i am so glad! These are absolutely awesome photographs!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello mysterylady,

I am glad too that you decided to come over. I really appreciate your visit and heartwarming comment!

God bless!


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megzi_24 6 years ago

beautiful..i'm a photographer as well. Loved to see your photos! (0:


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello megzi,

Thank you very much! It's nice to meet another photographer!

Hope to see you again!

God bless!


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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

jill of alltrade4s hello sister You are so gifted. These pictures are so very beautiful. Impressive. The pictures jump out at me and 'sing to my heart' God is so cool. Coming to this hub was like the Lord giving me a big hug though your awe inspiorign work. I have had a wild day and I am lifted/ Flowers sing to me. What a creation

Thank You. Keep on jill. Love You


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello skye,

It's nice to see you! It's great to read a heartwarming comment so early in the morning. If my hub was able to give you a lift, your comment gave me a nice feeling to start my day.

Thank very much Skye! May God bless you!

All the best!


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KingDrew 6 years ago from Knoxville, TN

Great hub Jill. Those are some beautiful photographs you took. Keep up the great work!!


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KingDrew 6 years ago from Knoxville, TN


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello KingDrew,

Thank you very much for your visit and wonderful comment!

Sorry for this late reply. I just got back from a one week visit to the province and did not have time to access the internet while there.

God bless!


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Excellent photography. Great hub, thanks for sharing.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Becky,

Thank you very much! You just made me very happy with your kind works.

Thanks for drop[ping by!

God bless!


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Sandyksk 5 years ago from Sanger

nice to stop in and see some beautiful ~chats~ in nature...:))


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Sandy,

It's nice to see your smiling face again!

I'm happy that you enjoyed the "chats" in nature.

Hope to see yo again!

God bless!


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mannyrolando 5 years ago

I love the pictures of the two flowers viewed in three different angles... to me the three pictures spoke of a beautiful courtship! Once again, I really enjoy your style!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Manny,

It's nice to see you!

Thanks very much for your wonderful words.

Hope to see you again!

God bless!


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

Beautiful! I love flowers and these ones won't die

Thank you for sharing


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello gr82bme,

Thanks very much for your beautiful words. I am just happy to share what I love doing. The pleasure is mine.

God bless!


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain

What a fabulous Hub, my special favourite is sorry, it is so touching and sad somehow I am rating this hub up well done.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Maggs,

It's nice to see you!

Thanks very much for dropping by and leaving a heartwarming comment!

God bless!

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