As well as flowers, one of my passions is photography. And this has developed since I started writing Flowerona. It was triggered initially by the first on-line blogging course which I took back in 2010. It was a Blogging Your Way course run by Holly Becker from Decor8 and Leslie Shewring gave lessons every week on photography. I was so inspired by Leslie’s photos and realised how important images would be for my blog. So, shortly after the course, I acquired my first Digital SLR camera…a Canon EOS 500D.
Since then, I’ve taken part in several photography courses, in person. But when Erin of Floret (whose photographs are absolutely stunning!) recommended an on-line course called Eyes Open, I felt compelled to sign up. I’m currently taking part in the course and really enjoying it. We have homework every week and I thought today that I’d share with you some shots, which I took at the weekend of a beautiful amaryllis. Aren’t the back of the petals amazing?
I grew this particular amaryllis from a bulb which was given to me in a pot when I attended a Flower Council of Holland event in December. But these elegant blooms, which are also known as Hippeastrum, are currently available in florist shops as cut flowers. You’ll find them in red, white, pink, burgundy and peach. Three or five stems look wonderful in a tall glass cylinder vase with stems of pussy willow.
P.S. Holly and Leslie have been working together again recently. They’ve written a book called ‘Decorate with Flowers‘ and it will be published in the UK in March. I’m so looking forward to reading it!
Lovely photos Rona – I’ve fallen for the Amaryllis this year! Never been a fan before but I have used white ones and a red variety in large displays and they last for AGES! (mind you, timing is important as they also takes forever to actually come out!) I didn’t even need to put a cane up inside the stems. I’ve had fun putting magnets inside the hollow stem and attaching them to a vase to look like they are floating too! Hope you well, Belinda xx (I’ll tweet some of my pics although they are nothing like as lovely as yours!)
Thank you Belinda. Yes, they are very long-lasting, aren’t they! Thank you very much for you Twitter pictures. 🙂
Lisa Cox says
Gorgeous photographs Rona!
Thank you so much Lisa! 🙂
Clara Barthorp says
Really lovely photos. You can almost feel that Matt silky centre. Gorgeous.