“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment.” (Georgia O’Keefe)
Wouldn’t you just love to cup this floral beauty in the palms of your hands, peer closely into its deep luscious tones, savor its delectable freshness with all your senses, and then relish its purity forever?
Wouldn’t you just love to touch its softness, transfixed by the Master’s simplicity?
Let’s travel now down several floral highways as I attempt to capture a sliver of divine creativity through the camera lens. Peer into and walk undisturbed in my rhododendron world…for my moment
Rhododendrons—late spring, early summer displays hidden in the hills of the Great Smoky Mountains beside refreshing streams and in tucked-away ravines.
Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina
If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.
Rhododendrons—early summer showpieces found blooming profusely in botanical gardens throughout the United States.
Memphis Botanical Garden in Memphis, Tennessee
How can one help shivering with delight when one’s hot fingers close around the stem of a live flower, cool from the shade and stiff with newborn vigor! ~Colette
Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, Missouri
Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the hollyhock.
~Henry Ward Beecher, Star Papers: A Discourse of Flowers
Rhododendrons—One of my most beloved photographic sessions with rhododendrons occurred in June of 2010 along the northwestern coast of Germany. Even though peak season passed days before walking along the well-manicured garden paths and under towering rhododendrons, perceptive eyes spied numerous bursting clusters of color and texture throughout two Bad Zwischenahn rhododendron parks. The glory of the spectacular blooms was beyond description and almost intoxicating for this flower photographer. If gardens are a form of autobiography, then flower photography the signature of my romantic novel.
Rhododendron Park Gristede in Bad Zwischenahn,
Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844
Park der Garten in Bad Zwischenahn, Germany
Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.
~Henry Beecher, Life Thoughts, 1858
Rhododendrons—friends have especially been generous in sharing their flourishing floral possessions.
Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. ~Mrs. C. W. Earle, Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden, 1897
In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban
“The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones. You shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.” Isaiah 58:11
I hope creating loveliness through flower photography has been refreshing and like a well-watered garden for you. Additional rhododendron images can be seen at www.corinthrose.com under Flowers. If time constraints prevent you from visiting the rhododendron gallery, why don’t you take a peak at a few them in the opening slideshow. Thanks for stopping by.
Note: the majority of my digital images can be purchased but financial gain is not the purpose of this blog nor my website. If you find yourself digitally appropriating any of my photographs, please consider emailing me first at firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to share His blessings with you.