Sunday Stills: The Power of Fantastic #Florals

American Beauty Rose, "The Earth laughs in flowers." Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

This week, for Sunday Stills, let’s blow up WordPress and the rest of the Internet with gorgeous flowers! We all need some hope and beauty in our lives. Linking to Sunday Stills this week will be like we are sending each other wonderful bouquets.

From Hawaii Botanical Gardens in Hilo, 2019

Purple hibiscus flower
“Blue Bayou” Hibiscus hybrid

Calming Florals

If you haven’t read Cindy Knoke’s incredible photo-blog, please view her post, Pandemic Anxiety Busters, where she not only shares her stunning florals, but also her expertise as a psychotherapist.

Last spring’s hydrangea.

Blue and purple hydrangeas

Did you know that merely looking at photos of nature will calm your stress levels?

“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” Luther Burbank

Flower Power

Plumeria blossom
Plumeria Close-Up
Black and White Sunflower Bud

Be as creative as possible: show us a field of flowers, or an extreme close-up of your favorite flower. Try a new angle to create a fantasy look to your flower.

These tree blossoms looked like snow after a spring storm!

Tree blossoms scatter on top of walkway

Or use your photo-editing skills to show us a fantasy flower.

Painted Plumeria

This one was created from the Painnt Filter I describe below.

Drops on Top

I am linking some of my square florals of raindrops on top with Becky B’s new April Squares Challenge, Top.

Geranium Drops
Raindrops on top of my geranium.
Drops on tops of rosebud
Droplets on my American Beauty Rose
Drops on Top
My backyard plumerias enjoy Northern California’s rain and heat
Last teddy sunflower of the summer

Digital Floral Art

I love the Painnt-Pro Art Filters (for android and apple) for editing images into something different.

Painnted Hibiscus flower

I also enjoy the digital coloring app Oil Painting by Color Planet. I LOVE photography, but I also like to color! I find this to be very relaxing.

Sunflowers Graphic
Fantasy FLorals

I use my photo editing clone feature to make the logo disappear.

You can save your creations from both apps to your devices for a variety of uses: wallpaper for devices, photo-editing, etc. Both apps can be found in the Apple store and Google Play for Android users. They are free if you don’t mind the ads.

Painnted Plumeria
Painnted Sunflower

For Sunday Stills challenge this week, it’s OK to use flowers from your media files, if you can’t get out and find new images. All of these flowers and their fantasy counterparts were grown in my backyard!

And most of these images were taken by my various Samsung Galaxy series mobile phones!

Join the flower power by linking with Cee’s Flower of the Day! She loves flowers, too!

The sky is the limit this week and I can’t wait to see what you have to share.

American Beauty Rose, "The Earth laughs in flowers." Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday Stills: A #Fresh Look

Hawaiian Honeysuckle
Hawaiian Honeysuckle
Hawaiian Honeysuckle

For many, Spring is just around the corner. February has been a challenging month for severe weather! Are you as ready as I am for spring’s beautiful colors and the warmer weather it brings?

I got a great shot of this honeysuckle close to our B&B after some rain in Hawaii last year.

Here in Northern California, after at least two months of gray, cold weather, we are happy to see some trees beginning to bud. Many of our fruit and nut trees bud around the middle of February, showing us the promise of spring!

Pink Tree Blossom

“Fresh” is this week’s Sunday Stills theme.

While we are waiting patiently, here are some more photos to help inspire your creativity to the challenge.

Another fresh look includes a close-up of these beautiful tomatoes found last Fall at a local farmer’s market.

Macro view of tomatoes

I love taking close-ups and macros of flowers. I am always intrigued by the tiniest details found inside the petals of a flower.

Macro white blossom

I am also sharing these beautiful blossoms for this week’s Lens-Artists photo challenge: Nature and for Cee’s Flower of the Day!

For this week’s Sunday Stills challenge, show us a fresh perspective on something, some fresh food or flowers, even fresh snow (if you must). In the middle of February, show us the promise of spring. I can’t wait to see what you have to offer!

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Macro Moments Challenge: Week 34–Papery Poppy

Macro photo of poppy

My new camera and I are getting along just fine! Still have a lot to learn, but the macro close-ups are FUN!!

I couldn’t resist submitting another #April Flower for my Seasonal Sensations link-up, still going on! If you tried to link Friday, Inlinkz was having issues with my account. Everything is working perfectly, so head over to my link-up page.  if you want to link your floral-themed posts.

Happy spring poppies!The above photo of a poppy in my neighbor’s yard looks different than the California poppies we now see “popping out at parties” (as a drunk Lucy Ricardo would say after taste-testing Vitameatavegiman).

My eye saw something different, but when I downloaded the photos, apparently I had changed the filter setting to HDR and got this papery effect.

Other than a little post-editing with PicMonkey, frame, crop, and a little more contrast/shadow, the accidental effect and it’s beautiful orange colors are au naturel.

This photo is submitted for Musin’ with Susan’s Macro Moments Challenge, as well as the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge Dense.

As always, I appreciate you stopping by! Don’t forget to link any floral-themed posts!