People are like insects where it comes to flowers – it’s that basic. We look into the face of a flower and it speaks to us. So what if we don’t have proboscis to let us feast on the nectar? Just looking at a flower feeds us. So here’s a lovely, luscious, soul-enriching feast of flowers to enjoy…
This first pic (above) I took during a visit to a tulip trial field because the little people on the horizon reminded me of insects hovering over the flowers. Here (below) is more proof of the interconnectedness between flowers and other living things – on an orchid I snapped in the Netherlands. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure those white patterns function like runway markings at a busy airport – they help direct bug traffic to the nectar and pollination zone.
Sometimes it’s pure colour that feeds, like this combination of orange set against yellow in this tulip (below). I look at this shot and I feel my spirits lift.
Here again (below) are the same colours, configured slightly differently, but with the same result.
And again, in this Flower Carpet Amber rose below, it’s the same colours blended even more, so that it reads more as a delicious sherbet desert.
I also think the texture of a flower has a lot to say to us, like this Western Australian native which is really a primordial dinosaur of a flower. There’s a lot going on here – colour, spikey bits and fuzzy tufts – and it’s all fabulous.
Sometimes my love of food and love for flowers is blurred. The hippeastrum (above) speaks strawberries and cream, and the frothy coconut-ice confection (below) is actually a tulip (!).
This candy striped Flower Carpet Pink Splash rose shrieks of peppermint candy-canes while the hydrangea (below) would make anyone thirsty for a grape juice or Blue Heaven milkshake.
Sometimes it’s the shock factor that surprises in a delightful way like this chrysanthemum. Then again, there are times when a single lush tone – this is magnolia Black Tulip (below) – speaks more profoundly.
Last of all, here’s a little bit of Christmas fun – the red and green of a traditionally cold-weather festival, expressed by a tropical anthurium. Merry Christmas, or as we say in Australia, Happy Christmas!