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Flowers, the World's Paint Brushes

Updated on November 19, 2011

Lilly Pads in the Clouds

Lilly pads floating in the reflection of the clouds above (june 2011)
Lilly pads floating in the reflection of the clouds above (june 2011) | Source

If you ever want to see magnificent colors you can always look to the sky. At any time of day or night the sky has the potential to show you colors so brilliant and rich it can be breath taking. I have always said that the sky is the pallet of the world, showing a spectrum of rich colors blended together over one horizon. So if the sky is the pallet of the world, flowers would have to be the paint brushes. Yeah it sounds a little strange but each flower has a unique blend of colors, usually at the tip of a other wise green plant, a drop of color on the outer edge of the plant, like the paint on the tips of a paint brush. The texture colors of flowers are just has beautiful as the colors seen in the sky. Flowers come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and although not as big as the sky, these small specks of color can bring so much to any landscape. In this hub, I have a number of photographs I have taken in the last year that have flowers as the subject. Each one is different from the other just like each flower is different from one another.

The first photograph, Lilly Pads in the Clouds, (pictured above) is my favorite and technically does not involve any flowers but who needs flowers when the Lilly pads seem to be floating amongst the clouds. This photo was taken in a park in Connecticut on an early summer day. As you can see the sky is reflected in the pond and it was a beautiful day. Every time I look at this photograph I am reminded of Monet's Water Lilies paintings. Of course this photo is no where near the quality of the impressionist's painting, i do understand why he choose them as a subject!

A Pink Rose

Pink Rose by a brick fireplace (September 2011)
Pink Rose by a brick fireplace (September 2011) | Source

The next photo, A Pink Rose (above), was taken in early September. This rose blossomed on a rose bush that grows near my brick fireplace. The plant is actually a result of a transplanting a single rose branch one summer and ever since it has taken off. I like this photo because i was able to focus on the foreground where the flower was, making the pink rose almost pop off the screen!

Christmas flowers

a close up of a bouquet of flowers from Christmas 2010
a close up of a bouquet of flowers from Christmas 2010 | Source
close up of a white rose on Christmas day 2010
close up of a white rose on Christmas day 2010 | Source
a pink and white carnation on Christmas Day 2010
a pink and white carnation on Christmas Day 2010 | Source

The next three photos above titled Christmas Flowers were all taken on Christmas Morning 2010. I placed the three together because they are all from one bouquet of flowers that were sitting in my Kitchen for my mom on Christmas. They are also some of the first photos I took with my DSLR camera! I love that each shot is filled to the borders with flowers and leaves, in other words there is no empty space. I also love the position of each flower, especially the white rose (middle photo) and the pink & white carnation in the third photo.

Wildflowers at the Edge of a Pond

wildflowers near a log on the edge of a pond (june 2011)
wildflowers near a log on the edge of a pond (june 2011) | Source

The photo Wildflowers at the Edge of a Pond (above) was taken on the same day as Lilly Pads in the Clouds. As I hiked around the park i came across these purple wild flowers, growing in mud next to a rotting tree trunk along the edge of the pond. I love the natural placement of the subjects in the photo and proves that nature can be beautiful even in it's muddy crevices!

Christmas Cactus

A Christmas Cactus flower in bloom in April 2011
A Christmas Cactus flower in bloom in April 2011 | Source

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The final photo, titled Christmas Cactus, was taken in April 2011. This photo was taken inside my house of the blooming Christmas Cactus, which usually blooms around the Holidays, yet our plant seems to like to bloom at any time. I love the way the photo captures the small, hot pink flowers as they hang down from the green cactus stem. I like that i got close enough to have the flower take up almost the entire image. These are beautiful house plants and great little gifts for the holidays, i would recommend giving a Christmas Cactus to a host of a party!


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    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks JT!

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      JT Walters 

      7 years ago from Florida

      As always you take photgraphs nd make us marvel at the how you make simplistic things like lilly pads into Art.

      All My Best,


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      vasantha T k 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful pictures. Best wishes

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      7 years ago from Dubai UAE

      Beautiful photos :)


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