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Introductions – The Iris and the Lily

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I have been following The Iris and the Lily for over two years.  I started following her blog when I started my gardening blog.  Her blog is full of beautiful photos of her garden and I was attracted to that at the time as I was trying to sort my garden out.  Eventually my garden blog stopped happening and I started concentrating on this one, but by the time it had happened Bonnie and I had become friends.  We realised that we both had an appreciation of photography and I still love seeing what she is up to.

img_5388One of the things that always struck me were the wonderful images Bonnie took of the flowers in her garden.  I know you are going to start thinking that I am only going to show people that do macro type of work, but it is also about the type of work that I am attracted to.

I asked Bonnie why she takes photos and her response was:

I take photos to clear my mind from my job as a domestic violence counselor. The natural beauty of our world is a constant which combats the ugliness I hear about in my job. It brings me peace and joy!

img_1613She always shows us many images of her garden and how it evolves in all different conditions.  Though she does a lot of close-ups she also does a lot of larger style images as well.

One of the things that I really love is that she doesn’t have a big DSLR camera, and as far as I know doesn’t do a lot of processing to her images, well, not like me.

My inspiration IS the natural world.  We overlook so much and I want others to share the beauty I see around me on a daily basis.

I did purchase a new camera and began using it in March.  It is a Nikon Coolpix P510.

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She seems to look at the world in all its detail, from the very small, to the very large.

img_2894Her natural world is so beautiful and full of so many things.  I am sure you will all agree with me.  It amazes me too because of what she achieves with her camera, she really uses it to its best potential.

She did give me one final bit of information, about how she works.

Usually in my pajamas! I’m often out walking the garden before I go to work!  I also often run back to the house while in the midst of digging or moving plants when I see something I think would be amazing to photograph grab my camera and hope it’s charged!

I think many of us can relate to this.  I used to potter around in my garden every morning in my pajamas, I must get back to doing it.

I have put together another gallery of some of my favourite images from her blog over the last couple of years.  I do hope you will go and visit Bonnie at The Iris and the Lily, you won’t be disappointed.

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  1. Aren’t these the best photos captured, the ones that are not contrived or planned…in our mental and physical pajamas! Kudos to you and your dear friend.

    August 12, 2013
    • Well really kudo has to go to Bonnie, she does a brilliant job.

      August 12, 2013
    • I couldn’t agree more! This is amazing :) Respects!

      August 12, 2013
  2. Very creative

    August 12, 2013
  3. I really like the photos, they seem to lean towards seeing the rest of the world, rather than just the limited parts that you deal with in your job.
    Talented stuff!

    August 12, 2013
    • That is fantastic way of seeing what she does, I love it. She is very talented.

      August 12, 2013
  4. What a visual treat! Thank you for this lovely introduction to a fine photographer, Leanne.

    August 12, 2013
    • You are very welcome, I really do like doing this. It is a visual treat.

      August 12, 2013
  5. elysejulianne #

    Obsessed. Thanks for sharing! AND thanks for all the love :)

    August 12, 2013
  6. Excellent.

    August 12, 2013
  7. Lovely – thanks, Leanne for sharing! I also like to take macro shots of flowers – a friend of mine years ago thought they were a bit indecent, can you believe! I’ll be adding The Iris and the Lily to my list immediately.

    August 12, 2013
    • That is fantastic to hear, I cannot believe that anyone could think macro flowers were indecent, how strange. I hope you continue to enjoy her blog.

      August 12, 2013
  8. Thanks for sharing this wonderful work – some really lovely photos. I especially like some of the flower images.

    August 12, 2013
    • Great to hear Terri, her work is wonderful, and it was wonderful that she let me share it.

      August 12, 2013
  9. These are such beautiful photos – so crisp. Her composition makes each one a little masterpiece. Thanks for sharing!

    August 12, 2013
    • I love what you have said about her work Anna, I totally agree with you.

      August 12, 2013
  10. Pyjama shots are the best :-) Its such a lovely transition I to the day to slip into the garden while still half asleep. She takes some lovely shots.

    August 12, 2013
    • Oh yes, they are the best, nothing like taking the morning coffee out into the garden to see what is happening.

      August 12, 2013
  11. Yay, Bonnie! Her gardens are as inspiring as her photos…a visual respite from the chaos that has overrun my garden this season :)

    August 12, 2013
    • Yeah, I had to do her photography. I think I pretty much met both of you at about the same time. Her garden is a so wonderful, I wish it were mine. :)

      August 12, 2013
  12. those are extremely beautiful

    August 12, 2013
  13. Pat #

    Thanks for the introduction to this beautiful blog.

    August 13, 2013
  14. Thank you for introducing this blogger. Lovely!

    August 13, 2013
    • It was a pleasure, I hope you have enjoyed her work and taken a look at her blog.

      August 13, 2013
  15. One of my regular reads. She takes interesting pictures of an interesting garden.

    August 13, 2013
    • A very interesting garden, I love her garden and what she has done with it.

      August 13, 2013
  16. She does beautiful work, thanks for sharing.

    August 13, 2013
  17. Those are beautiful. She is a masterful photographer. :)

    August 13, 2013
    • I totally agree Marsha, she really is.

      August 13, 2013
      • You know how to pick ‘em, Leanne. 😊

        August 15, 2013
      • Haha, thanks Marsha, I just pick the ones I like.

        August 15, 2013
  18. Such a glorious garden Bonnie has, She truly has created such a work of love and that heart and soul is shown through her images you’ve shared here. Such a beautiful introduction Leanne. thank you!

    August 13, 2013
    • YOu are welcome Emily, she does have a wonderful garden and I have always enjoyed looking at her photos, of everything really.

      August 13, 2013
  19. LB #

    Awesome!! Can’t wait to visit her blog!

    August 14, 2013
  20. Another brilliant photographer. Thank you for introducing her.

    August 17, 2013
    • She is brilliant, and I am so glad you like her work Chris.

      August 17, 2013
  21. She certainly has a talent — beautiful photos!

    August 17, 2013

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