Nature's Place

Petals of Pearl

I’ve been seeding the garden with all sorts for a year or so, not knowing what may grow, and every now and then a little wonder appears through the overgrowth. This one has been budding for about a week and finally opened yesterday, some – half of the petals anyway. And today it opened up completely to the spring sunshine.

It’s a little beauty and I’ve been working it to see what happens, image-wise. That’s one of the things I love about nature and photography, I never know exactly how a shot is going to picture – there’s the shot and then there’s the picture produced. And I don’t want to know.

A wonderfully creative way to spend a few minutes, or hours, in sense. To see what a flower looks like and is. The creases and shadows on the white that give it its texture, the shape of the petals that give them their magical quality. And the yellow, heart of the flower, giving up to the prince of light – the Sun.

Yellow face I’ll call it, in a halo of pearly white.

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It doesn’t have to ‘make’ sense, only to be it.

Whatever that means.

Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture and click again to enlarge

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  1. Jamiun Micheal said, on 28/10/2011 at 6:29 pm

    love the story behind your pics..you spend several days for having these pics..great effort..

    • Mark said, on 29/10/2011 at 6:38 am

      Thanks Michael Jamyun. But the real story, now that has taken a long time to tell and it’s still going … :)

  2. niasunset said, on 28/09/2011 at 5:52 pm

    This is the dance of the flowers through your beautiful eye of camera. Fascinated. Thank you Mark, with my love, nia

  3. EternalForms said, on 22/09/2011 at 2:28 am

    Very appropriate title, especially for those first few shots. Amazing sharpness and clarity, Mark! I love the detail in the last one.

  4. Lunar Euphoria said, on 19/09/2011 at 5:25 am

    Wonderful!

  5. Steve Schwartzman said, on 16/09/2011 at 9:30 pm

    Can you tell us what kind of flower this is?

    • Mark said, on 19/09/2011 at 5:44 pm

      No Idea Steve. Would like to know myself so I can plant some for next time. Beauties, aren’t they. And the one is still flowering. It took something like a week for the white bud to grow enough and open. Then the little yellow buds in the middle started to flower, and are still flowering after a week. It closes for the night and opens to the sun.

      If anyone knows the name please say here.

  6. Jack said, on 16/09/2011 at 2:45 pm

    Beautiful series Mark. Each with it’s own mood. I especially like the third leading into the fourth. What a beauty.

  7. Jenn said, on 16/09/2011 at 11:39 am

    Awesome captures Mark of a divine beauty….no plucking the weeds for me now!!!

    • Mark said, on 16/09/2011 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks Jenn. You’ve been pulling weeds … tsk, tsk. :)

  8. Karen Chandler said, on 16/09/2011 at 12:25 am

    Beautiful flower photography and great title for your post! I like seeing the petals before and after opening.

    • Mark said, on 16/09/2011 at 10:05 am

      Thanks Karen. It’s a pleasure to see the cycle of nature.

  9. Cindy Dyer said, on 15/09/2011 at 10:57 pm

    Really beautiful shots, Mark!

  10. Star B. Prior said, on 15/09/2011 at 9:41 pm

    pretty shot, as always. pretty flower too!

  11. timawa1904 said, on 15/09/2011 at 7:32 pm

    great texture!I thought I could hold it with my hands. :)

    • Mark said, on 16/09/2011 at 10:07 am

      Thanks T. You can, they grow close to the ground… :)


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