Mama said…

March 25, 2010 § 8 Comments

The other night, I was asked to close the bathroom window because my mom didn’t want “the orchids to get cold”. I took a few steps and pondered this…Then I started laughing. Loud, which for those of you that know me, is the ONLY way I laugh.

I asked her why, and she then proceeded to tell me that she didn’t want the orchids to catch cold.

My mom is from New Orleans, and even though she has lived in California longer than she live in Louisiana, she still has a very thick accent. So when she talks about orchids catching cold with a bit of a drawl, it just strikes my funny bone.

That statement also summed up my mom and her care of her flowers so well. She can make pretty much anything grow and can resurrect anything that has stopped growing. She makes flower centerpieces just for dinner, and makes the ordinary (flowers, gift baskets, drapes, you name it) beautiful.

Besides acting as my art director and marketing director, my mom is also a great influence in my photography. Because of her, I am in love with macro flower photography, and take photos like this any chance I can get:

Purple

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 5.9 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Purple Iris 2

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 5.9 mm
ISO Speed: 200

I did a little bit of experimenting with Lightroom 3 beta on this one and added a watermark. Hmm, maybe I should check out the online tutorials for LR3.

The irises are from the yard of a co-worker that were brought into the office. I saw these purple beauties and just had to get my paws on my camera. Since I was at work, all I had was my trusty point and shoot. Luckily, I am pleased with how the macro works on my “little” camera.

And pictures of those orchids with a cold to come soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

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