A Time to Sow

All through spring, I resisted the flower shots; preferring instead to wait for summer to begin and the heat to take its toll. Now all I’ve got is this one, tired and withering. And yet I still find it beautiful. Even as the petals curl and fall, it delivers its most precious gift of all – the promise of the next generation. When spring returns it will be born again a hundred times over. And maybe, just maybe, I won’t wait too long to capture it.




  1. Heather says:

    Gorgeous. It looks like a painting.

  2. jt says:

    Beautiful Shot. Great colors on the flower.

  3. sal says:

    Heather was right, it's like a painting. Beautiful

  4. Tuan says:

    looks very depressing doesn't it? The sunflowers glory days are ove :|

  5. Jonathan says:

    This is stunning. It evokes a lot of emotion. Great capture.

  6. micki says:

    When my sunflowers would begin to fade like this, I was always a little sad to see their sunny faces go, but the bountiful harvest of seeds that followed was worth it. This is a beautiful shot. The lighting on the flower head is gorgeous!

  7. Demetrice says:

    I love shots of imperfections, especially those of things that we are so used to seeing in a perfect state.

  8. Troy says:

    Excellent. The richness of color, wow.

  9. Flemming says:

    Great shot, – and awesome PS work. Photography should look like photography – and indeed it does. To my opinion it doesn't look like a painting.

  10. chemp says:

    really like painting;)

  11. Angie says:

    Before I read your message I was thinking the same thing. Even though the flower is fading it is still beautiful. Good capture!

  12. Neil says:

    Such beautiful colours from something nearing the end of it's life cycle.

  13. Scott says:

    Lovely shot and treatment. I think this would be an excelent example for a tutorial. The mood in this shot is palpable.

  14. Lorri M. says:

    Lovely capture of tones, light and contrasts, and wonderful flow. A beauty.

  15. KK says:

    Such a sad and dramatic photo. Great lighting and framing.

  16. Chris Fry says:

    Wow. This is a truely beautiful image.

  17. reza khalili says:

    nice contrast select

  18. Roger says:

    Awesome shot!

  19. spence says:

    Love the contrast of burnt yellows and green.

  20. Ray says:

    That's the most incredible flower photo I've ever seen.

  21. Beautiful. The upper part of the flower looks almost like a painting.

  22. Heidi says:

    Fantastic! Inspired by Vincent VanGough, heh! Colors are great! Framing is great! Picture is great!

  23. Tone says:

    beautiful colours that seem both muted and bright. Nice composition gives the flower room to breath and great control of DoF. A really lovely image.

  24. Hza says:

    You can feel the texture in this shot. Very 3-Dimensional!!

  25. derLITOGRAPH says:

    Nice toning. Good macro shot and post processing.

  26. Kris says:

    very beautiful, i like the color tones

  27. Easily one of my favorite shots of yours. Great job.

  28. Absolutely beautiful. I'm glad you waited this long to capture it. How often do we see perfect flowers? They become boring. This however, is anything but boring!

  29. Catherine says:

    Beautiful colors and texture here… and I love the off-center composition

  30. Boyd Greene says:

    Unbelieveable! Amazing power and beauty.

  31. Amy says:

    Simply beautiful! I would love to see a tutorial on this.

  32. Roboceto says:

    WoW! Great composition!

  33. Stacey Griffin says:

    Stunning Image. I too would love to see a tutorial on this.

  34. Andy says:

    Great shot: so sharp and bright. I love it. It feels so real.

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