Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bright Spot


10 am Yesterday

Ok, I admit it, I'm fascinated by the growth and development of plants, particularly their flowers. A week ago I planted out two punnets of gazania seedlings, some of which already had buds. Most days I wander around our garden at least once, camera around my neck, observing and recording on camera what is or isn't happening.




Each day this week I have checked this gazania bud, looking carefully for any perceptible changes and finding none. Then yesterday morning the action started! Every time I looked there was further opening and development, much to my excitement and amazement. 


9:40 Yesterday


10am

No man can make anything of such intricate design and beauty, only God can create something as marvellous and alive! Look at the brilliant colours and structure of each unfolding "petal".


11:20

Tigerland gazania, open to the sunshine. Look at the tiny true flowers beginning to pop open in the centre - aren't they stunning!


11:20 Yesterday

Such a large flower for a tiny, growing plant!


12:20 Yesterday

Only an hour later and the whole ring of outer flowers has burst into life. Mid-afternoon the sky clouded over and showers came. The gazania half closed and continued to tighten overnight........


8:30am Today 


11am Today


11:40 Today

...... only to unwind and spring back into full bloom by mid-morning today.
 Thank you for watching with me.


Sharing at Macro Flower Saturday, Flowers on Saturday, Your Sunday Best, Today's Flowers,
I Heart Macro (most "likes"), Macro Monday, The Creative Exchange, Sweet Shot Tuesday.


96 comments:

Karen said...

Your photos are stunning! I enjoy watching the changes in my garden, too. I love the way you have captured the beauty in these changes.

My garden haven said...

Wow Karen, more lovely macros. Such vivid reproductions.Gazanias have been so well presented. :)
Rosie

missing moments said...

Such a remarkable set of photos! You always amaze me!

chubskulit said...

Oh my, these are stunning shots. Love that bloom!

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

I've never seen this flower and your photography is just stunning!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying my Devil's Trumpet painting process!

Linda Makiej said...

Fantastic macro work!!

Andrea said...

these making some wonderful photos

lina@women's perspectives said...

Amazing colors. Beyond gorgeous :)

Joyful said...

Stunning!

Maia said...

Gazanias are very beautiful photo subject and these macros are amazing.
The first one took my breath away, as the page loaded.

Jama said...

Stunning macro! I just love the colour.

a happy little life said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

smalldot said...

beautiful
I like a lot the last shot

Steve said...

Awesome captures. So detail.

Tina said...

So beautiful :)

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

You have got some spectacular blossoms !

Brandi said...

I love, love, love your photos! i enjoyed going through your posts and your wonderful blog!!

POESIE-LYRIK-HAIKU-KURZGESCHICHTEN-FOTOGRAFIE-H-P's FOTO ART said...

Blumenbilder der besonderen Art. GROSSARTIG!

Viele Grüsse aus der Schweiz

Hans-Peter

jocodeane said...

What a fabulous flower and your images are so sharp. I love the different stages and various crops. A real treat.

ANGEL said...

stunning! amazing photos. thanks for sharing!

~ANGEL~

Ana Eugenio said...

so beautiful :) your garden is a little paradise for sure. xo

Marianne said...

Fantastisch ♥ ♥

Barb said...

Oh my goodness! what a gorgeous flower and stunning photography! wow!

EG Wow said...

Absolutely beautiful photos! The light is gorgeous!

Ashley Sisk said...

Gorgeous - love those close crops.

Carletta said...

Beautiful color, stunning shots!

Bethe77 said...

You have captured incredible beauty in your garden. They look like paintings. So amazing!
Oh such beauty hand painted and designed by our Lord. An you have shared it all with us. Thank you.
Blessings

Modern Mom said...

Fabulous shots!

My entry.

Ewa said...

beautiful, it's great how you captured all the steps :)

renee said...

Right then - off you go back down to the photo processing shop! That first 10am shot has such an impact.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Hi Renee, the lovely thing about it is I only increased definition a little and sharpened it. Nothing else at all. It was just beautiful as it was. I was amazed!

Madge said...

WOW, your macro shots look like a kaleidoscope!

christinemyoung said...

I adore your 10am shot ~ and the your record of the whole process is fantastic! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog, so nice to meet you :)

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

This is an amazing series! What an outstanding flower -- the colors just burst!

Thanks so much for joining in at YSB this week. I am so appreciative. :)

Denise said...

I can understand your excitement and amazement as I feel both looking at these stunning photographs. Thank you so much for sharing them with Today's Flowers.

Teresa said...

What an amazing series!

Heather T. said...

Oh my, Betty!!! It's bursting with beauty. Love this.

Nayana said...

These are really beautiful and big flower for such a tiny plant. pics are so stunning.

SquirrelQueen said...

You have left me almost speechless, all I can say is gorgeous macro shots!

Karin M. said...

fantastic flowers ...... great shots ... I'm excited
LG: Karin

Bec said...

These are just beautiful. What camera and lenses do you use?

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Hi Bec, thank you for your lovely comment. I do not had an SLR and don't have any extra lenses, although some are available for my camera.
Here is a link to my post about my cameras.
http://piecesofcontentment.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-cameras-and-gear.html

Jenni said...

I love how you documented the changes. And your photography is STUNNING.
Jenni

Lou Belcher said...

Wonderful photos. I love to see a series of flowers at different stages. Nice job.

Lou

Kym Hunter Designs said...

I love how you captured the different stages of the flower opening. Very beautiful flower and great pictures!

Cecilia Artista said...

Wow - great photos!
The first one is just gorgeous and outstanding!

LauraX said...

fantastic macros, bursting with color!

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

HOLY COW!!!!!!! Those are phenomenal!!!!!!!!!!

august2011 said...

I simply had to vote for yours. It is unlikely to gt bettered.

Bonnie said...

Glorious works of art!!!

Shel said...

Oh My - Those pics are simply amazing! Amazing!!!

My Life Under the Bus said...

OMG!!! Just gorgeous!!!!

Elisabeth said...

Great picture - love the strong colors!

T... said...

just stunning, your pictures are beautiful

My Sweet Prairie said...

#1 & 4 - wow!! Oh and I jsut ADORE your profile pic! sooo lovely. I'm so glad I found your blog. ; )
~Monika in Canada

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Wow, truly awe inspiring photographs. I love the first picture and the seventh one (12:20) and the 11:40 today photo with the droplets. All of them are fantastic though! Thank you for sharing these pictures.

Pat said...

Beautiful documentation of the various stages of this flower!

Luna Miranda said...

your photos hypnotized me! stunning shots!

CraftyHope said...

Holy cow!! Those shots are just amazing!! Beautifully, beautifully done!

Henrietta said...

My gosh this is so beautiful that I drop down:) The first macro is so amazing, I really really do love it.

Twiggy said...

Wow, stunning! It feels like I never seen a strawberry flower before. At least not looked at it closley.

Tracey N. said...

WOW I am absolutely blown away by your pictures. Simply amazing.

Charlene: the Polarblogger said...

These are truly wonderful images that are filled with beauty and sunshine! So clear and colorful!

Margaret said...

These are absolutely fabulous!!

forgetmenot said...

Your photos are absolutely stunning--beyond gorgeous. The flowers are beautiful, and your shots are perfect--clear,and sharp with incredible detail. A real treat to view this lovely series. Have a great week. Mickie ;)

forgetmenot said...

Your photos are absolutely stunning--beyond gorgeous. The flowers are beautiful, and your shots are perfect--clear,and sharp with incredible detail. A real treat to view this lovely series. Have a great week. Mickie ;)

Corilu Designs said...

Magnificent captures! Truly gorgeous photos!

Caroline said...

So beautiful they are, I especially like the close- ups.

One said...

Your photos are simply amazing!!! The best I've seen.

AJ said...

Really awesome flower macro shots!

Nadege, said...

Stunning flowers and you have captured their beauty with so much details and colors.

Ruth said...

I love the first image, I too am fascinated by the changes, I love visiting your blog :)

Artlover said...

There have been enough to just show the first image, which was wonderful.

lisa said...

These photographs are simply gorgeous!
The detail you have captured is simply wonderful.
Fantastic series!

Thank you so much for sharing these today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful day!

lisa.

Evelyn S. said...

Yes...aren't gazanias such fascinating flowers??? I have three varieties this year, two of which are similar to the ones you photographed. Obviously, yours are much healthier than mine! I love how you've captured each transient stage!

em said...

You have such beautiful flowers and I love that you show the time progression of the flowers open. This one is stunning!

Deanna said...

Wow, wonderful macro shots of those gorgeous flowers!!

Linda Makiej said...

These are absolutely fabulous!!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Phenomenal shots! The first word that came to mind was "groovy"; I don't know why. :)

Jillsy Girl said...

Jaw-dropping! What a fabulous flower and your photos are absolutely stunning!

ladyfi said...

Breath-taking works of art!

Connie Smiley said...

Gorgeous reflections of a loving Creator! Thanks for sharing them with us.

Abi said...

I am positively speechless... your first and last photos are truly spectacular!

Softflexgirl said...

Wow!

Kala said...

A stunning series of macro images!

Cedar said...

Wow! Just wow!

Barbara said...

These. Are. Gorgeous. And clearly I'm not the only one that noticed.

kimmyskids said...

Wow!

The Shades of Pink said...

Wow those are beautiful!

Susan said...

Gorgeous! I LOVE that first shot! Simply amazing!

Nicole V Lozano said...

amazing... I've always been just a weee bit jealous fabulous marco shots like these. WOW!

Annelie said...

What a wonderful piece of art and professionally photographed!

Bec said...

this is just so so beautiful! one of my favourites. xx

Rena said...

Whoa! my comment will get totally lost in the midst of all of these...but I just saw this post. VERY stunning but, oh, so beautiful. Indeed, what a Creator we have! Thank you so much for sharing these, put a bright spot in my cloudy day.:)

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

WOAH~ My eyes popped out of their sockets when the first picture popped up and they did not retract for some time afterwards. I am floored by the beauty of these flowers and GOD is truly the artist but he gave you the talent to capture them.
Outstanding.

Chez Vies said...

Wow...amazing photos

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