Marja-Leena Rathje
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The visual theme on these pages lately seems to be mostly black and white, and some sepia. Is it a reaction against the late summer heat (which I'm not fond of) and the garden's vivid colours (which I do love)?

Marja-Leena | 16/08/2011 | 16 comments
themes: Nature, Photoworks


That really works well in b&w. (Maybe it's one of the few ways to photograph flowers without feeling trapped in cliche?)

Even in black and white these are very voluptuous.

I know what you mean. I'm not looking forward to winter but I don't like hot and sticky weather either.

Oh, my, these guys seem to be reaching out, beseechingly.

Dave, why yes, that may be so.

Susan, glad you like. We're lucky that at night it cools down here. I've certainly been busy watering a lot lately, unlike the spring and early summer.

Zhoen, 'beseechingly', that's good.

Hieno kuva, mustavalkoisessa tekstuuri pääsee jopa paremmin oikeuksiinsa.

stunning. they look like lots of siblings to me. x

Taina, kiitos. Todella, niinhän tapahtui. On hauska kokeilla eri näkemyksiä tutuista aiheista.

Elisa, thanks. "Siblings' is an interesting word to use for the multiple parts in a flower head.

Are those the seed pods with the sticky, aromatic sap? I love their very round roundness, if you know what I mean.

Hattie, these are the just opening little flower buds at the heart of lacecap hydrangea blooms. I'm wondering what seed pods you are thinking of?

Have been in the doldrums of late ... the heat ... headaches ... and your black and white photographs somehow make me feel better. Colour seems so overwhelming for this time of year.

rouchswalwe, I'm happy that these images offer some cooling and calming for you, as they do for me.

Marja-Leena: I'm thinking of the camphor tree seed pods. Of course hydrangea is a lot different.

Hattie, I don't think I've ever seen a camphor tree or its seed pods. Are they in your area?

Such sensuous images. No distractions from the forms.

An interesting post about your cousin. Jerry and I are thinking about taking a trip to Finland next year.

Anne, thanks. And how very exciting that you might visit Finland! Has Jerry some relatives there to see, and whereabouts are they?

Heavens! I missed this the other day when I visited. How beautiful. I love how Zhoen described them, as beseeching.

I am very much enjoying your B&W images, Marja-Leena. I am actually 'seeing' more of the subjects.