All posts tagged: Bird of Paradise

Death of the Bird

Death in the Summer

It had been my plan to do a tutorial today, but I was having a hard time working out what I was going to do, and time is short today.  I have to do a few things.  I went out this morning, and I was going to buy some flowers and photograph them, but nothing caught my eye.  Then as I was coming back into my drive, I saw the Bird of Paradise plant and noticed that all the flowers on it were all dead.  They are all drying up, so I thought I might do those. You can see the one up there.  I still love how they look after they have died.  When you look at them closely there seems to be so much more detail and so much more to them than there is when they first open.  I should try photographing them one day when they have just opened. The flower takes on another meaning with the black backdrop and I can’t help thinking that it reminds me of something in …

Going in Every Direction

No Longer Alive

It’s Wednesday and I usually do a still life of some sort.  I try to get my daughter to bake something and then use it in a still life of some sort, but today I thought I would try something different. I spent the morning painting a canvas.  I use the canvas normally in its white state as a backdrop for my still life’s, but I really don’t like the stark white of the canvas.  So I took the canvas out to my studio and painted it.  I think it looks so much better and was exactly what I needed for todays subject. I picked some flowers from the garden that are definitely past their use by dates.  Some would say past their attractiveness.  I, however, disagree with those people and think the flowers from my Bird of Paradise look even more extraordinary when they have dried out. For you today some photos that I took with my new backdrop and my dead bird of paradise flowers.  The image above is a straight image, and …

Paradise Dies 3

Beauty in Death

The Bird of Paradise has flowered and now the flowers start a new type of beauty.  They die, shrivel,  yet they remain beautiful. This is the first year this plant has flowered, and now that time has passed. As one flower has died, another behind is still looking beautiful, though will join the death cycle soon. I love Birds of Paradise, and I love them before they flower, as they flower and after they die.  They are such a beautiful, graceful plant.