It was recently brought to my attention that both my photography and card portfolios were lacking in yellow roses. I have the pinks and the reds covered, but no yellows. Until now. What I personally love most about this photo is the soft pink subtleties, providing a tiny blush on the yellow petals. This photo makes me think of crisp weather, morning dew drops and Easter.
"If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I'd be picking roses for a lifetime."
As the end of summer approaches, I thought it would be appropriate to share one of the most summery photo's I have - a bee busily pollinating a young sunflower. This photograph, with all of the beautiful yellow, orange and golden colors, feels warm and comforting to me. And my hope is that it does the same for you as we transition into a brand new season.
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do."
The thing I've learned about rose photography is that there's actually a very small window of opportunity to capture the gorgeous spiraling center before the outer leaves begin to wilt and shrivel. I see this as a metaphor. Let's not focus on the majority of time in which things aren't ideal, instead let's focus on the short moments in which things are perfect.
"Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness, know that, like life, things sometimes must fade before they can bloom again."
I took this shot while hiking through the beautiful countryside of Lassen Volcanic National Park. I had just climbed a pretty long, steep section of the trail, tired and ready for a break, and then there in front of me was this beautiful buck. Just grazing on grass and enjoying the coolness of the shade.
"Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."