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M’Eyes and The Goldfinch

M’Eyes and The Goldfinch

“Between ‘reality’ on the one hand, and the point where the mind strikes reality, there’s a middle zone, a rainbow edge where beauty comes into being, where two very different surfaces mingle and blur to provide what life does not: and this is a space where all art exists, and all magic.” – Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch. This speaks to me and how m’eyes see.  In that midd... Read More »

Peeling Bark

Peeling Bark

I see what I see, even if I can’t show it very well on a blog.  Here, the peeling bark of a Manzanita (Arctostaphylos densiflora) has been transformed into elegant orange, rust, and mahogany brush strokes with the Topaz Simplify3 filter.  It looks great in the print but it is hard to convey the effect in a small blog post. Of course the filter itself is not the point.  The image stands on its own.  In fact the ... Read More »

Seeing ‘Roger’s Red’

Seeing ‘Roger’s Red’

Some days, simply venturing out with the camera is truly a tonic.  With full intent to go capture some photo or another, I escape the office, get out of doors, needing, indeed craving for photos to wash over me, allow me to click a shutter, to respond and create.  And add some more products to the PhotoBotanic store. On this stormy autumn day I put on a rain suit so I could plunge into plants or plop on the ground.  ... Read More »

Tupelo Impressions, After the Fall

Tupelo Impressions, After the Fall

I have missed two entire months.  For the record, I fell off a ladder onto my studio floor on Aug. 30.  Six broken ribs, separated shoulder, fractured skull, and concussion.  Life can change in an instant. Much recovered by now except a residual paralyzed facial nerve that keeps my left eye from blinking.  It is taped shut and my vision is compromised.  This is the same eye that had the detached retina surgeries 2 ye... Read More »

Sunflower ‘Vincent’

Sunflower ‘Vincent’

Part of the commercial flower shoot for Sakata Seeds at the California Spring Trials were sunflowers, the variety ‘Vincent’.  To get them for the spring shoot in California they were flown in from Holland, where they waited for two weeks until the show, when I was on site to take pictures. No, they did not look surreal and deformed, but I was excited all day as they called to me from the edge of the staging  room set... Read More »

Autumn Leaves, Vermont Pond

Autumn Leaves, Vermont Pond

These leaves were photographed last autumn when I visited my cousin in Vermont.  I drove all across the state looking for fall color and then found this scene by a pond behind her property in rural Proctorsville.  Something to be learned about not driving around hoping to see, but staying still and opening your eyes. Some of the most interesting images to me in recent months have been two dimensional, flat tapestries... Read More »

Rosa ‘Apple Blossom’

Rosa ‘Apple Blossom’

It took 4 months to grow this picture; a single second in the garden to “see” it; and 8 hours of computer work to clean it up. The one second part is easy to explain.  Last Saturday was a garden day and when I walked the garden wondering where to start, what undone chore would be tackled first, I brushed under my ‘Apple Blossom’ rose, rambling and tumbling down from tree pillars.  That truss n... Read More »

Interpretations – Magnolia Glow

Interpretations – Magnolia Glow

A recent assignment took me to a very special magnolia in a very special, private garden.  The resulting photo was to be a surprise gift, and I was only allowed access during one afternoon when the owner was away. I previously wrote about this adventure on Gardening Gone Wild blog but did not go into much detail on how I decided to interpret what I found.  I will do this here, in Mental Seeds, where I allow myself to... Read More »

Golden Trees

Golden Trees

Mental Seeds blog is a promise to myself.  A promise of personal work.  A promise to find new ways to express what I see.  Even in those images I imagined before my eyesight changed. This image has been gnawing on me for years now, waiting to be revealed.  Taken from a group of photos I took near Como, Colorado while working on the American Meadow Garden,  I have always felt I had stumbled upon something special when... Read More »

M'Eyes, Weeping Tapestry

M'Eyes, Weeping Tapestry

I promised myself I would complete a portfolio of images documenting my perceptions after the detached retina.  There were a good number attempts to do this with my G11 camera in the first months after the surgery.  I never got around to working on very many of them. These photos are the weeping crabapple tree, ‘Molten Lava’ just outside my office door.  (Click on the photo to see a larger view.)  As I wa... Read More »

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