Farewell, Tulips


β€œNobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we haven’t time – and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” 

~Georgia O’Keeffe

 

Flowers, Photography, Tulips, Fujifilm X-T2, Close-up, Black and White, Color,

Still Life

 

Flowers, Photography, Tulips, Fujifilm X-T2, Close-up, Black and White, Color,

Nature’s Grace

 

Flowers, Photography, Tulips, Fujifilm X-T2, Close-up, Black and White, Color,

One Last Twirl

 

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”Β 

~Confucius

 

Flowers, Photography, Tulips, Fujifilm X-T2, Close-up, Black and White, Color,

Tulips Together

 

 

Flowers, Photography, Tulips, Fujifilm X-T2, Close-up, Black and White, Color,

Do the Twist

 

Flowers, Photography, Tulips, Fujifilm X-T2, Close-up, Black and White, Color,

I’m Still Here

 

Flowers, Photography, Tulips, Fujifilm X-T2, Close-up, Black and White, Color,

Nature’s Grace II

 

“There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.”

~Conrad Hall

 

 

 

Categories: Flowers, Plants and Trees, Macro, PhotographyTags: , , , , , ,

185 comments

  1. I’m in love with all of them Jane πŸ™‚

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  2. Beautiful tulip like its name

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  3. hi jane, wow i am always happy to look at your pictures, especially the two s & w pictures i like them very much.
    many greetings robert

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  4. This is an exceptionally stunning set Jane! The fading tulips make excellent subjects, and prove flowers are beautiful from beginning to end. I am thinking you did these on a lightbox. I have one and need to play with it instead of just thinking about it! It is so rewarding to come and see a whole set of wonderful images like this.

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    • Thank you so much, Denise. Very happy you like these. I am enamored with blooms past their prime, and I agree, tulips look fantastic right to the end. They do look like lightbox creations, but for these, I just pulled down the window shade with the bright morning sun shining through and placed the vase of flowers right in the direct sunlight. The benefit, I think, is that they aren’t laying flat. What a thrill seeing them through the camera! Glad you are inspired. 🌷❀️

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  5. Very nice πŸ‘Œ

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  6. They are quite beautiful. It’s a nice way of looking at them once expired.

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  7. Spectacular photos! The bright white background/light sets this off perfectly.

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  8. It’s truly a pleasure for me..
    Thank you, stay connectedπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

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  9. You’re always welcome Jane..πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

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  10. Sehr schΓΆn, gefΓ€llt mir sehr gut.

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  11. Very unusual and effective series of images, Jane, wonderfully done. And I’m sure the O’Keeffe quote is true – and I’m as guilty as the rest! πŸ™‚

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  12. Jane, these are etheral images of tulips. It’s almost like I capture flowers , we seem to have a very similar technique, it works very well.

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  13. Love

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  14. Jane, I love the purity and simplicity of this post. The wise quote really appeals to me. And the photographs! What can I say? Perfection, each and every one. The “lightbox” technique works really well for the fading tulips, whether in color or black and white. I love that one stamen peeking through behind the petal in “Do the Twist.” The details and the whole are equally compelling in each image. Lovely pale tones, delicate colors…

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    • Hi Lynn, I am so pleased you enjoyed these- thanks very much. The high key does some magical things to the details (just pulled the window shade down with the bright sun backlighting) The figurative form in the twisting bloom made me smile. I plan to shoot more and try other types…

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  15. Such a short lived beauty…. you captured each stage….

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  16. These are so cool as well as stunning. Beautiful shots. πŸ˜€

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  17. These are lovely, Jane. A special beauty as they fade.

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  18. Stunningly pretty

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  19. Beautiful photos, Jane. ❀
    I love the quote by Confucius.

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  20. Just beautiful

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  21. Wow. They look like paintings. How beautiful.

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  22. Even in this stage, they keep their beauty.

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  23. Beautiful post
    Beautiful pictures 😍

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  24. I am wondering if I see paintings or photos , Jane .Whatever it is I consider this is a beautiful artistic expression.
    love ❀
    Michel

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  25. Tulips decay so elegantly. I love them. Your photos are very beautiful, did you use a light box, or simply use a high-key effect? Whatever, the translucent look on the white background takes floral photography to another level.

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  26. These are cool. I like the high key of each tulip.

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  27. One of my favorite things about tulips is how they morph. Even when they’re cut and in a vase they continue to stretch and evolve. This “Farewell Tulips” series is truly enchanting, Jane, espec. with your subtitles and wonderful quotes.

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  28. Hi Jane,
    it’s a modern version of the memento mori theme of the Flamish painters of the 16th c and the Baroque emblemata. We really like your photographs.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  29. Such ethereal beauty – wonderful shots!

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  30. Even fading they are still showing the beauty that you capture. Great images!

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  31. A very interesting effect – like glass.

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  32. Very beautiful series of a flowers πŸ˜πŸ’–

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  33. Fantastic, Jane. Over the years I also got a lot of images of tulips because my wife loves tulips, too. But these are really fantastic πŸ‘ well done, Jane

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  34. These are wonderful, Jane! The images, and your captions say so much. Yup, still life…

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  35. such beauty feels like a tribute to my Dutch heritage 🌷 beautifully composed Jane πŸ€“πŸ‘Œsending you joy hedy

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  36. You discovered the beauty of the decaying tulips. It is a great metaphor we can easily apply to human beings as they grow older, Jane.

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  37. Eloqent quotes here, Jane. I also love the first monochromatic capture – the flower looks like it is in a form of a dance! So dynamic!

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  38. You composed a great elegy, what a keen appreciation of nearly spent blossoms, really poignant.
    Still here alright. And “One last twirl” is just cool.

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  39. I liked what you quoted from O’Keeffe enough that I tracked it down. The rest of the paragraph explains why she decided to paint flowers on such a large scale:
    https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/11/15/georgia-okeeffe-flower/

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  40. Ahhh, lovely captures, Jane. There is great beauty in senescence. ❀

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  41. Elegant, Jane, each in their own way. And very peaceful to look at.

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  42. For me, the white background brings out the beauty, the simplicity, and the details. Yes, the last two may be a contradiction, but I stand by it. πŸ™‚ Love the collection, Jane. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. Very beautiful, every single one of them.

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  44. These are absolutely gorgeous! You are so talented.
    Alison

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  45. Grat execution of a touching subject.

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  46. Beautiful images, Jane. Tulips are very special and their decline is interesting.

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  47. Awww Jane. They look great as always but is was my project for tomorrow. Sigh. Now I have to find something else. Love the images.

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  48. More fine water colors that photos. Loved it~

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  49. Whoa! Poetry in photos. I really have no words for this series. Utter perfection.

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  50. Lovely! They look both delicate and full of life, ironically. A nice reminder of my tulip set πŸ™‚

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  51. I so relate to these tulips

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  52. All of them are absolutely beautiful! But I could not keep my eyes off from one last twirl. It’s stunning!

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  53. An amazing and captivating set of images Jane, beautifully done!

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  54. Flower power! Great collage

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  55. Love the quotes and the photos but that first quote drew me in with its truth. I would add to time that it takes attention and not to your phone, but attention to the thing you’re looking at or the person you’re with.

    janet

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  56. Intriguing post, Jane. Makes me appreciate this delicate, final stage.

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  57. I have many images of decaying tulips…they are the best for decay!

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  58. Very nice “portraits” of a flowerπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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