The Urn Plant

We have had an urn plant for a few years and about two years ago after it bloomed, it sprouted and we transplanted these into other pots. Sine then we have watched them grow and nurtured them as best we can and have waited with expectation to see when they will come into bloom. Three of these new urn plants have started their journey to blossom and they are now making their exit to open up and display their wonderful colours, blooming only once in their lifetime.

Aechmea fasciata (silver vase, urn plant) is a species of flowering plant in the bromeliad family, native to Brazil.

Season of Singing

For many of us, we page through a Bible and don’t take too much notice of the small things. I wanted to find a verse on flowers, so I did a quick search in the app that I use. I remembered a verse that says “See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these” ( Matthew 6 and Luke 12). But here is something that the search revealed which I did not know. In the Old Testament, flowers are referred to as ornaments made for the ancient Jewish Temple in the books of Exodus and Kings. Every other reference to flowers in this app, speaks of how they wither and fade way. Except one. Where the New Testament speaks of “Solomon in all his splendour”, Solomon wrote this amazing verse tucked away near the middle of the Bible.

Song of Solomon 2 verse 11: “See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come.”

For those of us who live in Cape Town with a winter rainfall, this is so true.
The season of singing has come.

Blushing Bride

My wife went to one of her favourite places to look for some flowers for our home. She was fascinated by the beauty of the Blushing Bride’s which were in the cooling room. With their opaque petals opening to a display of soft pink, these flowers were a rare find.

Mini Gerbera

Flowers are part of God’s unique creation where no two are alike. They resemble beauty beyond our grasp and we as mere man, can only be in awe of what is displayed for us to see. While passing by a florist, I saw these mini Gerbera’s. They were all bundled according to their colours. “But what if I could make a bundle of my own” I wondered. Wondering turned into question, so I asked the owner if it was possible. While giving me the nod, I had to ask one more question. “Would you mind if I hand selected my bundle, I need to photograph it?”

Giving me another go-ahead, I selected tree bundles of each colour, took them apart and reselect a multicolour bundle just for me. Yes, I know it seems a little selfish, but it was for a good cause and I’m sure you will agree.

Featured here are Rosalin in white, Damar in orange and Showgirl in pink.

 

Macro Workshop

The Cape Town Photographic Society asked me to host a workshop on macro photography for them. I had been one of the judges at their monthly meeting and this was a great opportunity to show both them and myself how to get closer to ones subject.

To start the session, there was a mystery shot that I took the day before. The one who guessed it right, went home with a decadent chocolate. It took quite a few hints before the prize was won, but that is because the world of macro can look so different from the norm.

Photographers got to do some shooting first before the session with live shooting began. After our time together, we went and shot the same things that were done before we started. The transformation of the images was amazing, as one smile after the other come back to show their shots.

Macro is an amazing world, an adventure to discover the not so obvious.

Here are some of the shots taken during the workshop.


The Small Things

With a world filled with big ideas, God in His infinite wisdom is filled with small details. The things we pass by and hardly look at, are some of the most beautiful in all creation.

We often look at the stars and say WOW, I know, I do. But today, I’m stopping and looking at the small things. The things that are created to perfection. The things that had to be designed in Heaven and showed on earth. These are the wonders of the small.

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