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   BOTANICALS...

Enduring Beauty

 

 

 

At work in my garden, I thrill to the loveliness of each species’ blooms.  Colors, textures, and shapes combine and create a feast for the eyes.  At the same time, I am ever aware that this traditional beauty is fleeting.  As I photograph my garden, I've become increasingly intrigued with photographing the blossoms and foliage as they age―the shapes, lines, muted colors, and textures that appear with nature's involution.  While I work to capture the lines and creases that emerge, I'm drawn to the beauty of the aging process itself.  Flowers, foliage, and seeds, as they fade, parallel our own human aging process — the way our skin’s texture transforms over time, the way our faces change, becoming ever more interesting and captivating. If we are patient and aware enough to notice, this alternative view of both botanical and human beauty culminates in an appreciation for the lovely compositions within nature's unfolding.