Super Bowl Sunday is now a thing of the past, and I was at work. Guess "somebody" had to be there, and since I'm not a huge football fan, it was me. But another winter milestone has passed and we are that much closer to Spring! And it appears that Phil saw his shadow this week, so this will be an abbreviated winter, even though by the looks of things outdoors today, one would not know. A foot of new snow is in the predictions for the next couple of days. As I look out my window, it is coming down with a vengence.
In my quest to hasten Spring, I shopped for flowers again, and I found a Gerbera Daisy. For me, flower shopping becomes a mission, and I seek out those that have "character". I think you know what I mean - the leaves or petals curve a certain way. They seem to have "personality". The Gerbera I found was the only one of its kind there at Meijers, and it had one large flower, and partially hidden underneath were three blooms that were fused together - somewhat deformed. It just looked like it needed some love and TLC. When I got her home to photograph her, I found she was really quite a thing of beauty, as is often the case with all of us with our imperfections. We had a "marvelous" photo session, and had it not been for the imperfect triad of blooms, she would not have been as remarkable a model. The larger bloom hovered over the smaller, fused blossoms in a way that had almost a protective quality. I couldn't help but make the correlation to how God sees the beauty in us, with all our imperfections, and has an umbrella of protection over us as His children.
I also photographed her in Infrared, which is something I've been experimenting with. Last fall, I had a Canon 50D camera body I was no longer using and I sent it away to have the Infrared conversion done. The results are often unexpected, and I was curious to see how flowers would photograph using just the Infrared portion of the light spectum. I was delighted with the results. The varying shades of pink all came out as pure white, which I felt to be quite lovely and ethereal. I hope you enjoy them too.
....until we meet again....