Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #101 – One Single Flower

I must have flowers, always, and always.
Claude Monet 

This week we are honoured to have Cee Neuner of Ceenphotography leading us all in One Single Flower. One of Cee’s favorite quotes is If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. –  Buddha.  Cee says: ”I know flowers have changed my world.” – And I must agree – a world without flowers would be unthinkable. See her splendid flower show on Ceenphotography!

A flower blossoms for its own joy.
Oscar Wilde

A rainy morning, last week, my garden poppies decided to stop hiding their faces – and let the world marvel. They are short lived beauties – but so delicious.

I woke up terrified the rain would have been too heavy for their delicate stems – but they were still there, and ready to go.  I love to follow the swelling buds…

…and rejoice at their bursting into full splendour.

The bud shell yields its grip, and the flower unveils like a butterfly – the show only lasts for some minutes. I was lucky and grateful to be there.

Butterflies are self propelled flowers.
Robert A. Heinlein

 

We look forward to seeing your “One Single Flower” interpretation. Please use the Lens-Artists tag and link to Cee’s original post (the link on WP Reader does not work).

I hope this week will be filled with inspiration and good health for you and your loved ones. As always, thank you for your support, and we hope to see you again June 20, when Patti will host challenge #102.

90 comments on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #101 – One Single Flower

  1. GREAT photos! The banner shot is stunning!! Love the Heinlein quote. One of my favorite sci-fi authors, back in the day. (Grok, Stranger in a Strange Land.)

  2. Poppy … what more do I have to say!!!! Your gallery got me nearly in tears. Yesterday when I was on the bus from Helsingborg … there are fields just outside Gumslöv that just red of wild Poppies. My heart nearly stopped. Never ever seen anything like it. Thousands and thousands of them. This is pure MAGIC, A-C!!!!!

  3. Beautiful – and a challenging colour to capture. I love what you’ve done with the last shot – not just the combination of textures, but the character of how the the bud opens.

  4. Your captures are gorgeous. I always like your raindrops flowers, Ann-Christine. I know exactly how your felt when it rained and you worried about the flowers. I feel the same way about the flowers and the hummingbirds. 🙂

  5. Wow Ann-Christine, I had no idea! Have never seen a poppy before it bloomed. And the rain may have worried you but oh my did it ever enhance your images. So very beautiful and a great choice for the week.

    • So glad you enjoyed them, Tina, and that I could show their road from bud to flower. Some years they lie on the ground from the rain, glory lost. I was lucky this time!

    • So was I, I know they do not last more than a couple of days in flower, and some years they are lying on the ground from heavy rain. Thank you – happy to share them!

    • Thank you so much, Wilma – my fingers trembling to get a good shot before the last ”shell” falls to the ground! And I was so lucky with the rain that morning.

  6. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen poppies so closely, but now I see the lure and the magic of these. Thanks for the post — I’m going to see if I can field of these some time and take some pictures, too!

    • Glad you liked them! I find it very interesting to see them develop from bud to full flower – a shame they do not last for more than a couple of days.

  7. Lovely poppy photos Ann-Christine. The water droplets especially. Funnily I have poppies on a post tomorrow, but nothing as sharp as these!

    • Thank you, Jude! I am so later in commenting as we have no connection at our summer house – or a very bad one at least! But I will be back for a couple of days and try to keep up.

  8. WOWZA!!! What superb raindrops and macros of your budding poppies. Because of nurseries and gardens being closed, I’ve not seen a poppy this year, so your post brought me so much joy today. Thanks for the honor of hosting this challenge. I’m so looking forward to seeing all the flowers everyone will post.

    • Thank you so much, Cee! Hearing this from the leading flower lady – it really made me happy! And so glad I could provide you with the first poppies!

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