Magda Indigo photography

+ FLOWERS 2017 PART 2

DARLING BUDS… DAHLIA
MY MONDAY ain’t BLUE… GLADIOLI
SILK-LIKE… IRIS
STELLAR... Cosmos
EXOTICA… LILIES
A PROPER YORKSHIRE WHITE ROSE…
ASTER-ISSIMO…
GENETICS… ASTERS
SUMMER GEMS… ASTERS
SALTO MORTALE… FUCHSIA
AUJOURD’HUI C’EST l’AUTOMNE…
BEAUTY HAS NO LIMITS... YET is OFTEN VERY EPHEMERA
THE YOUNG ONES… DAHLIA
CAMERA-SHY … Dahlia
PURE COTTON…
PINK ABUNDANCE… GLADIOLI
ANY WHICH WAY… Gladiolus
ELEGANCE in PINK… Gladiolus
LES BELLES BLANCHES... Alstroemeria
MENAGE à TROIS… Kniphofia
BRIGHT START… Fuchsia
FLOWER SCULPTURE… Lilium longiflorum
A ONE, A TWO, A THREE, A FOUR… Gerbera
A ONE, A TWO, A THREE… Gerbera
A TWO… VOULEZ -VOUS?
A ONE… GERBERA
THE LITTLE LANTERNS... PHYSALIS
LISTEN TO THE RAIN… ROSE
DELIGHT of THE MUSES… JUST JOEY ROSE
JAPONAISERIE… MONTBRETIA
A THOUSAND and ONE NIGHTS… LILY
ARABIAN NIGHTS... Lily
LAST of SUMMER FLOWERS… FUCHSIA
A BEAUTIFUL BEGINNING... FUCHSIA BUD
HOT STUFF… FUCHSIA
A HEART AFLUTTER… ORNITHOGALUM
BERRY BERRY NICE.. SORBUS
I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN...
BIG FAT BUDS… LILY
ZINGING ZINNIA…
LET ME COLOUR YOUR DAY… FREESIAS
SMILE...
PETALISSIMO... GERBERA
LISIANTHUS... and buds
HAPPY FLOWERS... Ranunculus
BUSTIN' OUT ALL OVER... RANUNCULUS.
SHOOTING STARS, Aquilegia…
THE HONEY-TRAP... yellow poppy
PHOENIX daffodils
FESTIVE FLOWERWORKS, yellow Protea …
LAST TANGO… Tulips
FLORAL INSECTS… ORCHID
LES TROIS BELLES… POPPY
NO MORE… POPPY
WEATHER-BEATEN Roses…
SUN-LOVERS… SUNFLOWERS
WHERE is THE SUN… HELIANTHUS
WHERE'S THE SUN? Sunflower...
SUMMER turned its back on us... Sunflower
HOT... HOTTER and HOTTEST...
CASCADE… Asters
LIVING ART NOUVEAU, the yellow tulips
COME FLY WITH ME… TULIP
BURNING PASSION... Tulips.
SPERMA?
VOULEZ VOUS… TULIPS
UNIT… Tulips
STAG PARTY… TULIPS
BELLISSIMI… Tulips
IT WASN’T ME… Tulips
ROMANTICO in WHITE…
TRIUMVIRATE of WHITE ROSES…
THE DANCE of the CALLAS......
THREE STAR CHRYSANTHEMUM…
DESESPOIR du PEINTRE… Saxifrage
PASSION FOREVER…. Ranunculus
TEXTURED SHAPES of CELOSIA Cristata
EQUILIBRIUM… TULIP
PURPUREA… ORCHID
STARDUST… ASTER
IL DIVO… Tulip
SUMMER OPULENCE...
INNER SECRETS… PEONY
PARADISE… STRELITZIA
HIERARCHY… RANUNCULUS
BROKEN… ORCHIDS
WHITE ROSE DAY…
ALA VICTORIANA… ROSE
UNIQUE… ROSE
EXPLOSION… PROTEA
CURVY… LILY
YOU GO YOUR WAY… ( LILY)
BIRD OF PARADISE...
POISONED CHALICE… ZANTEDESCHIA
LAST LOST… POPPY
FARANDOLE …
LINIAIR ART… POPPY
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES... Lavender
NOBLE SWORD… GLADIOLA
TODAY’s BEAUTY… GLADIOLI
COULEUR IMPERIALE… Gladioli
GLAMOUROUS… GLADIOLI
I ain’t BLUE… GLADIOLI
LOVE ME TENDER… CORNFLOWER
BLUE, SO BLUE… Cornflower
SUMMER-WIND… Cornflowers
UN AMOUR de BLUET… Cornflowers.
THE C in CORNFLOWER…
AS WE GROW OLDER…
THE STARS SHINE BLUE… Cornflower
BLUESETTE… Cornflowers
BLUE BOTTLED… Cornflower
MONDAY BLUES… CORNFLOWER
AMARYLLIS UNFURLING…
ALL YELLOW... AMARYLLIS.
VALSE DE l'ADIEU... TULIPS
A FOND FAREWELL… TULIPS
SCORPIO… Tulip
RENAISSANCE… Tulip
DANCE MACABRE… Tulips
THE BEAUTIFUL CHAOS… Tulips
THE GREAT ESCAPE… SWAN MILKWEED
DOUBLE FUN… Roses
JE VOIS LA VIE EN ROSE… Roses
IMPACT… ROSES
HIGH SOCIETY…ROSES
ROSARUM… Roses.
WILD STRAWBERRIES…
EVERLASTING BEAUTY… SCABIOSA
SUPER ELEGANCE… SCABIOSA
FLORETTES de FLEURS… Scabiosa
WHAT A FRILL… BLUE SCABIOSA
SPLENDOUR in BLUE, Scabiosa
A PERFECT MATCH… ROSES, SCABIOSA
PERFECT COMBINATION… Roses
PRETTY PASTELS… Peony, Scabiosa
CHANTILLY… Peony
LA TENDRESSE… Peony
WAITING in the WINGS… PEONY
GOTTA BE LOVE… PEONY
ADORABLE BLOOMS… Peony
MAGIC DUO… Peony
SENSUALITY in PINK... Peony
COMFORT and JOY… Peony
SILKS… Peony
SOFTLY, SOFTLY… Peony
NESTLED… Peony
HOT STUFF... BUD LIGHT… PEONY
BLUSH… PEONY
BELLEZZA… PEONY.
J'AI DEUX AMOURS… PEONY
FRIANDISE… PEONY
CERISE et VANILLE… PEONY
VANILLE et CERISE … PEONY
ILLUSION… Peony
DARK BEAUTY... Peony
QUINTUPLETS… PEONIES
JOIE de VIVRE… Peony
CHINESE PEONY...
STILL PEONIES…
THE PERFECT GIFT… LISIANTHUS
GOLDEN GIRLS… TROLLIUS
LIME GREEN TO LEMON YELLOW… Tulips
WHICH WAY??? TULIPS

DARLING BUDS… DAHLIA

I love Dahlia buds, so photogenic, and flowers are like people, some are more so than others! Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, perennial plants native to Mexico, Central America, and Colombia. There are at least 36 species of dahlia. Dahlia hybrids are commonly grown as garden plants. The Aztecs gathered and cultivated the dahlia for food, ceremonies, as well as decorative purposes, and the long woody stem of one variety was used for small pipes. The dahlia is named after Swedish 18th-century botanist Anders Dahl. thanks for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MY MONDAY ain’t BLUE… GLADIOLI

A 'FRILLED' Gladiola, aaah, when I see that... my resistance is low!!! From start to finish, from buds to blooms, always beautiful. Flaming fire petals, another variety I had never seen! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SILK-LIKE… IRIS

#abfav_white I dream of Beauty, I dream of Peace, I dream of all things good, I dream of a different world, I dream of people living side by side, I dream of love, I wake up, beside my love… Not only is the iris a beautiful flower, but also they have several uses. As a live plant they are used as a water purifier. They are ingredients in some perfumes, homemade toothpaste, pottery and herbal medicines. The stylised iris, fleur-de-lis, descends from the white iris which is native to Florence, Italy and which grew even in its city walls. Catherine de Medici carried this symbol of Florence to Paris when she married the king of France where this most famous of irises acquired its nickname, fleur-de-lis. The iris has been associated with France as Louis VII adopted it as a symbol in the 12th Century. Have a lovely day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

STELLAR... Cosmos

#abfav_white White Cosmos... a reminder of Summer, starred in my garden... thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EXOTICA… LILIES

#abfav_white 'I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.' Helen Keller The white trumpet-lilies seemed to reach for ... THE LIGHT? Hope this brings a bit of joy again, have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A PROPER YORKSHIRE WHITE ROSE…

#abfav_white From my garden… here in Yorkshire, one of the last ones this season. A bloom supported by two buds. On 1 August 1759, British troops and their allies defeated the French at the battle of Minden. After the battle, the British soldiers picked white roses and wore them as a tribute to their fallen comrades. Since that day, a number of Yorkshire-based regiments have worn white roses on 1 August to commemorate the events of 1759 and all those from Yorkshire who have fallen in battle since. Yorkshire is my adopted country. I live here by choice and love it. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ASTER-ISSIMO…

#abfav_white Although the common name is Aster and they are known to many by that name, the genus is Callistephus. There is a genus of Aster with approximately 180 species. This Callistephus Aster has a large solitary flower head at the top of the stem and sometimes on branches Names: Aster, Chinese aster, China aster, Matsumoto aster, Callistephus and annual aster Have a wonderful day, and thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GENETICS… ASTERS

this happens when you have white and purple next to each other, you get ‘mixed’ ones: whurple??? LOLOLOL Asters are almost the latest flowers in the garden here, still some colour though, despite the weather. The most popular asters are Monte Casino and the New England aster. Asters range in colours of white, red, pink, purple, lavender and blue. Like the sunflower, the Aster flower is actually a collection of very tiny tubular flowers, which are grouped together in a central disk and surrounded by a “ray” of flowers or petals. Asters are one of the easiest garden perennials to cultivate. Have a wonderful day, and thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SUMMER GEMS… ASTERS

#abfav_multicolour Yes, it is still Summer! And Asters are almost the latest flowers in the garden here, still some colour though, despite the weather. The most popular asters are Monte Casino and the New England aster. Asters range in colours of white, red, pink, purple, lavender and blue. Like the sunflower, the Aster flower is actually a collection of very tiny tubular flowers, which are grouped together in a central disk and surrounded by a “ray” of flowers or petals. Asters are one of the easiest garden perennials to cultivate. Have a wonderful day, and thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SALTO MORTALE… FUCHSIA

Fuchsia flowers, some of the last from the garden, the were dangling precariously in the strong wind… I took pity on them lol. So delicate and pretty and in a lovely colour-combinations! Yes the garden is slowly beginning the long winter hibernation, I hope often under the beauty blanket of snow, to stop it from freezing! Because I want to see them back next year. Fuchsia is a genus of flowering plants that consists mostly of shrubs or small trees. The first, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (present day Dominican Republic and Haiti) in 1703 by the French Minim monk and botanist, Charles Plumier. He named the new genus after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501->1566) The Fuchsia flower has four long, slender sepals and four shorter, broader petals; in many species the sepals are bright red and the petals purple (colours that attract the hummingbirds that pollinate them), but the colours can vary from white to dark red, purple-blue, and orange... Thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

AUJOURD’HUI C’EST l’AUTOMNE…

“Aujourd'hui c'est l'automne Et je pleure souvent Aujourd'hui c'est l'automne Qu'il est loin le printemps…” A lyric from this French chanson by Alain Barrière https://youtu.be/u_-1AxtwwFg Still the vibrant ‘end of Summer oranges’, yet already heralding the Autumnal tones. Roses, berries, Montbretia… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) for more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BEAUTY HAS NO LIMITS... YET is OFTEN VERY EPHEMERA

#abfav_white A personal favourite. You will find beauty in everything, just look!!! The back of a Dandelion seed head (clock). Children LOVE them! We don't like them in our gardens... AND YET: The dandelion plant is a beneficial weed, with a wide range of uses, and is even a good companion plant for gardening. Its taproot will bring up nutrients for shallower-rooting plants, and add minerals and nitrogen to soil. It is also known to attract pollinating insects and release ethylene gas which helps fruit to ripen. Taraxacum seeds are an important food source for certain birds. Another thing I love about being a photographer, you start looking at things in a 'different' way? About 'BEAUTY'.. artists sculpt, architects build, painters paint, photographers make images... the 'makers' and 'keepers' of beauty of moment? Enjoy and make the BEST of every day! Thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE YOUNG ONES… DAHLIA

BUDS. You know, I do like Dahlias, all the shapes and colours, however, I love the buds even more? The sepals become translucent, the colour starting to show. So, I thought I’d give them prime-time in the studio and showcase them. The Aztecs gathered and cultivated the dahlia for food, ceremonies, as well as decorative purposes, and the long woody stem of one variety was used for small pipes. They are grown from tubers. The dahlia is named after Swedish 18th-century botanist Anders Dahl. thanks for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CAMERA-SHY … Dahlia

Are they camera-shy? LOL Had many in front of my lens, floral, animal and human, so very shy, so, then, you ’shoot’ them from the back eh! Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, perennial plants native to Mexico, Central America, and Colombia. There are at least 36 species of dahlia. Dahlia hybrids are commonly grown as garden plants. The Aztecs gathered and cultivated the dahlia for food, ceremonies, as well as decorative purposes, and the long woody stem of one variety was used for small pipes. The dahlia is named after Swedish 18th-century botanist Anders Dahl. thanks for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PURE COTTON…

#abfav_white The plant from which so many of our clothes and fabrics are made. We all know cotton, but what do we actually KNOW about cotton? What an influence it's had on our world in many different ways? www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSJZ12iMzvQ&feature=related It is not something you see here often in the UK, but I had the opportunity and took advantage of it.PLEASE, take the time to View LARGE and On Black, well worth it! I could NOT imagine my life without it, together with silk and wool, my absolute favourite materials. I do not like synthetics and avoid them as much as possible, not a fanatic in anything, I do enjoy Fleece (made from recycled bottles?). Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fibre that grows in a boll, or protective capsule, around the seeds of cotton plants of the genus Gossypium. The plant is a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world, including the Americas, Africa, India, and Pakistan. The fiber most often is spun into yarn or thread and used to make a soft, breathable textile, which is the most widely used natural-fibre cloth in clothing today. FOR EVERYTHING and more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton All the types of Cotton and usages for those interested: www.fabrics.net/cotton.asp I wish you all a very good day and thanks for all your kind words, time, comments, invites, faves and Awards. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PINK ABUNDANCE… GLADIOLI

Whether from the back, in profile or frontal, they are gorgeous, they enthral me. You too? Gladiolus flowers bloom on a long spike that ranges from 2 to 4 feet tall. These beauties open from the bottom and work their way upwards creating a long spire of blooms. The grass-like foliage resembles the blade of a sword giving these flowers a reputation as sword flowers. The blooms range in colour from bold orange and red to pastel blues, pinks and yellows, lilacs, whites and purple. The gladiolus flower symbolises honour and remembrance, but it has other meanings too. It can also symbolise the following: •Strength of character •Faithfulness, sincerity and integrity •Infatuation •Never giving up Have a charmed day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ANY WHICH WAY… Gladiolus

Whether from the back, in profile or frontal, they are gorgeous, they enthralling me. You too? Gladiolus flowers bloom on a long spike that ranges from 2 to 4 feet tall. These beauties open from the bottom and work their way upwards creating a long spire of blooms. The grass-like foliage resembles the blade of a sword giving these flowers a reputation as sword flowers. The blooms range in colour from bold orange and red to pastel blues, pinks and yellows, lilacs, whites and purple. The gladiolus flower symbolises honour and remembrance, but it has other meanings too. It can also symbolise the following: •Strength of character •Faithfulness, sincerity and integrity •Infatuation •Never giving up Have a charmed day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ELEGANCE in PINK… Gladiolus

Gladiolus flowers bloom on a long spike that ranges from 2 to 4 feet tall. These beauties open from the bottom and work their way upwards creating a long spire of blooms. The grass-like foliage resembles the blade of a sword giving these flowers a reputation as sword flowers. The blooms range in colour from bold orange and red to pastel blues, pinks and yellows, lilacs, whites and purple. The gladiolus flower symbolises honour and remembrance, but it has other meanings too. It can also symbolise the following: •Strength of character •Faithfulness, sincerity and integrity •Infatuation •Never giving up Have a charmed day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LES BELLES BLANCHES... Alstroemeria

#abfav_white Most of you know by now how I love 'playing' with light, a never ending beautiful challenge, food for my creative soul, which I so desperately need at the moment... I love my job, but contrary to what most 'enthusiasts' think, and wish it was their 'job', pro photographic work is often boring, the clients tell you what they want, if they know what they want, which is not always the case, that, or they DO know and just can't bring it across, there's not much space for personal input (not by lack of trying!!!). This here is my FREEDOM! Each flower seems to have a different 'personality' which I'm trying to capture. PLEASE: View On Black Alstroemeria, the genus named after the Swedish baron Alströmer who brought them back from a trip to South America in 1753. Also called the Peruvian Lily or Inca Lily, is a South American genus of about 50 species of flowering plants. Almost all of the species are restricted to one of two distinct centers of diversity, one in central Chile, the other in eastern Brazil. Species of Alstroemeria from the Atacama Desert of Chile are winter-growing plants while those of Brazil are summer-growing. The flower, which resembles a miniature lily, is very popular for bouquets and flower arrangements in the commercial cut flower trade. They have a vase life of about two weeks. And don't forget; lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MENAGE à TROIS… Kniphofia

Kniphofia also called tritoma, red hot poker, torch lily or poker plant, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asphodelaceae, first described as a genus in 1794. All plants produce spikes of upright, brightly coloured flowers well above the foliage, in shades of red, orange and yellow, often bicoloured. The flowers produce copious nectar while blooming and are attractive to bees. In the New World they may attract sap-suckers such as hummingbirds and New World orioles. The Kniphofia genus is named after Johann Hieronymus Kniphof, an 18th-century German physician and botanist. These plants of the lily family, natives of South Africa, used to be called tritoma. A stunning flower, exotic, well to us, not in the countries where they grow naturally. I always say it, one man's exotic is another man's 'daily'... lol I again tried to photograph them in the 'style that I love so much, a bit moody, playing with the light and dof. Thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRIGHT START… Fuchsia

Another week to look forward to, doing what I love, my passion… This is a bright start? LOL, two little dancers. Hope you also have a great one. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FLOWER SCULPTURE… Lilium longiflorum

This plant is native to Japan and the Ryūkyū Islands. It is a stem rooting lily, growing up to 1 m high and bears a number of trumpet shaped, white, very fragrant, and outward facing flowers. I saw the majesty and sculptural quality in close up. I picked it in our garden, the last one this year( they bloomed while we were away!!!)... and it opened in the strangest way... Please: View On Black THANK you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A ONE, A TWO, A THREE, A FOUR… Gerbera

A one, A two, A one, two, three, four lol More of the stunning vibrant Gerbera, still going strong! For those who didn’t read it yet: There was only one packet… lost, in a bucket round the back, a small bouquet of Gerber: reduced to clear… Oh what stunning colour, brought them home, took care of them, they straightened and are now standing gloriously next to me. So photogenic. Here number two, a duo… Gerbera is a genus of plants Asteraceae (daisy family). It was named in honour of German botanist and medical doctor Traugott Gerber. Gerbera is native to tropical regions of South America, Africa and Asia. The first scientific description of a Gerbera was made by J.D. Hooker in Curtis's Botanical Magazine in 1889 when he described Gerbera jamesonii, a South African species also known as Transvaal daisy or Barberton Daisy. Gerbera is also commonly known as the African Daisy. Thousands of cultivars exist. They vary greatly in shape and size. Colours include white, yellow, orange, red, and pink. The centre of the flower is sometimes black. Often the same flower can have petals of several different colours. It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip). Have a wonderful day, and thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: /www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A ONE, A TWO, A THREE… Gerbera

A one, A two, A one, two, three, lol More of the stunning vibrant Gerbera, still going strong! For those who didn’t read it yet: There was only one packet… lost, in a bucket round the back, a small bouquet of Gerber: reduced to clear… Oh what stunning colour, brought them home, took care of them, they straightened and are now standing gloriously next to me. So photogenic. Here number two, a duo… Gerbera is a genus of plants Asteraceae (daisy family). It was named in honour of German botanist and medical doctor Traugott Gerber. Gerbera is native to tropical regions of South America, Africa and Asia. The first scientific description of a Gerbera was made by J.D. Hooker in Curtis's Botanical Magazine in 1889 when he described Gerbera jamesonii, a South African species also known as Transvaal daisy or Barberton Daisy. Gerbera is also commonly known as the African Daisy. Thousands of cultivars exist. They vary greatly in shape and size. Colours include white, yellow, orange, red, and pink. The centre of the flower is sometimes black. Often the same flower can have petals of several different colours. It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip). Have a wonderful day, and thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A TWO… VOULEZ -VOUS?

GERBERA There was only one packet… lost, in a bucket round the back, a small bouquet of Gerber: reduced to clear… Oh what stunning colour, brought them home, took care of them, they straightened and are now standing gloriously next to me. So photogenic. Here number two, a duo… Gerbera is a genus of plants Asteraceae (daisy family). It was named in honour of German botanist and medical doctor Traugott Gerber. Gerbera is native to tropical regions of South America, Africa and Asia. The first scientific description of a Gerbera was made by J.D. Hooker in Curtis's Botanical Magazine in 1889 when he described Gerbera jamesonii, a South African species also known as Transvaal daisy or Barberton Daisy. Gerbera is also commonly known as the African Daisy. Thousands of cultivars exist. They vary greatly in shape and size. Colours include white, yellow, orange, red, and pink. The centre of the flower is sometimes black. Often the same flower can have petals of several different colours. It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip). Have a wonderful day, and thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: /www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A ONE… GERBERA

There was only one, lost in a bucket, round the back, a small bouquet of Gerber: reduced to clear… Oh what stunning colour, brought them home, took care of them, they straightened and are now standing gloriously next to me. So photogenic. Here number one, solo… Gerbera is a genus of plants Asteraceae (daisy family). It was named in honour of German botanist and medical doctor Traugott Gerber. Gerbera is native to tropical regions of South America, Africa and Asia. The first scientific description of a Gerbera was made by J.D. Hooker in Curtis's Botanical Magazine in 1889 when he described Gerbera jamesonii, a South African species also known as Transvaal daisy or Barberton Daisy. Gerbera is also commonly known as the African Daisy. Thousands of cultivars exist. They vary greatly in shape and size. Colours include white, yellow, orange, red, and pink. The centre of the flower is sometimes black. Often the same flower can have petals of several different colours. It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip). Have a wonderful day, and thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: /www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE LITTLE LANTERNS... PHYSALIS

#abfav_multicolour PHYSALIS alkekengi or Chinese Lantern Plant, they are native from southern Europe east across southern Asia to Japan. Popular for the papery bright-orange lantern pods that develop around the ripening fruit, these are often cut and used for Thanksgiving and Halloween arrangements. Plants are aggressive spreaders, and best kept out of the perennial border so they don't take over. Also can be grown in tubs. Small white flowers appear in midsummer, over a bushy mound of coarse green leaves. Pods are green at first, but should be harvested as soon as the orange colour develops, the leaves stripped then stems hung upside down to dry in a warm dark room. Thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LISTEN TO THE RAIN… ROSE

https://youtu.be/yXeh9TxJFtE One of the last roses in the garden, it’s been rained on and the wind was blowing this beauty mercilessly about, I took pity on it, and brought it in. "Just Joey" is a Hybrid Tea Rose and has a fruity fragrance (to me it smells like ripe raspberries mmmmmm) which wafts from large ruffled salmon blooms, once opened. This superstar rose is from England. Just Joey roses were inducted into the Hall of Fame by the World Federation of Rose Societies in 1994. The flowers are well-formed with large, high-centred buds, supported by long, straight and upright stems. Each blousy flower can grow to 8-12.5 cm wide. Hybrid Teas are the world's most popular type of rose by choice due to their color and flower form. With their long stems, it gives them the advantage, over others, as cut flowers. Most shrubs tend to be very upright, reaching up to 1.8 metres and are recurrent-flowering (flowering constantly during the season, unlike wild dog roses that flower once). Each time I think... that's it, there's only so much you can do with flowers... and yet again and again, I'll see something new. Being creative is not a choice... it is an urge in me. Have a wonderful day, and thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: /www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DELIGHT of THE MUSES… JUST JOEY ROSE

This is a tea-rose, name Just Joey, from the garden... Opened from the bud... the Roses are having a good second bloom. Facing the street, this beauty often gets ’stolen’, very fragrant and blousy, here with bud. Another rescue, due to an early Autumn rain and wind. Have a wonderful day, and thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

JAPONAISERIE… MONTBRETIA

When I first saw this it had such a Japanese feeling? Crocosmia (Montbretia) is a small genus of flowering plants in the iris family, Iridaceae. It is native to the grasslands of southern and eastern Africa, ranging from South Africa to Sudan. The roots of the lowermost corm in a chain are contractile roots and drag the corm deeper into the ground where conditions allow. The chains of corms are fragile and easily separated, a quality that has enabled some species to become invasive and difficult to control in the garden. Almost like Strawberries… They are commonly known in the United States as coppertips or falling stars, and in the United Kingdom as Montbretia. The genus name is derived from the Greek words krokos, meaning "saffron", and osme, meaning "odor" – from the dried leaves emitting a strong smell like that of saffron (a spice derived from Crocus – another genus belonging to the Iridaceae) – when immersed in hot water. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) for more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A THOUSAND and ONE NIGHTS… LILY

The Thousand and One Nights, also called The Arabian Nights, a collection of largely Middle Eastern and Indian stories of uncertain date and authorship whose tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba, and Sinbad the Sailor have almost become part of Western folklore. Loved the curvy petals of this lily, this here reminded me of veils and Arabian nights full of exotic passion, LOL. I brought this ’special’ Lily from Belgium, it did not travel well, and when it opened it was weird and wonderful, more to come! Each time I think... that's it, there's only so much you can do with flowers... and yet again and again, I'll see something new. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) for more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ARABIAN NIGHTS... Lily

Loved the curvy petals of this lily, this here reminded me of veils and Arabian nights full of exotic passion, LOL. I brought this ’special’ Lily from Belgium, it did not travel well, and when it opened it was weird and wonderful, more to come! Each time I think... that's it, there's only so much you can do with flowers... and yet again and again, I'll see something new. Being creative is not a choice... it is an urge in me. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) for more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LAST of SUMMER FLOWERS… FUCHSIA

Fuchsia flower from the garden. So delicate and pretty and in one of my favourite colour-combinations! Yes the garden is slowly beginning the long winter hibernation, I hope often under the beauty blanket of snow, to stop it from freezing! Fuchsia is a genus of flowering plants that consists mostly of shrubs or small trees. The first, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (present day Dominican Republic and Haiti) in 1703 by the French Minim monk and botanist, Charles Plumier. He named the new genus after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501->1566) The Fuchsia flower has four long, slender sepals and four shorter, broader petals; in many species the sepals are bright red and the petals purple (colours that attract the hummingbirds that pollinate them), but the colours can vary from white to dark red, purple-blue, and orange... Thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A BEAUTIFUL BEGINNING... FUCHSIA BUD

Doing what I love??? Making images? Again somebody wrote to me how, on a stressful day, they open my latest upload, they feel uplifted and positive... the world becomes a better place... I'm only quoting. Wow, that is achieving my goal! All I want... I am happy! ¡Olé!' Thanks for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HOT STUFF… FUCHSIA

Fuchsia from the garden. So delicate and pretty and in one of my favourite colour-combinations! Fuchsia is a genus of flowering plants that consists mostly of shrubs or small trees. The first, Fuchsia triphylla, was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (present day Dominican Republic and Haiti) in 1703 by the French Minim monk and botanist, Charles Plumier. He named the new genus after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501–1566) For those interested, the anatomy is as follows: 1:at the top the green 'stem is the PEDICLE 2:the thicker bit of green is the OVARY 3:then you have the (red here) TEPALS 4:the mauve petals are the COROLLA 5:there are 8 aATAMEN/FILAMENTS/ANTHERS 6: And finally: the STYLE or PISTIL, with at the end: 7:the STIGMA: the sticky tip of a flower pistil, on which pollen is deposited at the beginning of pollination. The Fuchsia flower has four long, slender sepals and four shorter, broader petals; in many species the sepals are bright red and the petals purple (colours that attract the hummingbirds that pollinate them), but the colours can vary from white to dark red, purple-blue, and orange... Thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A HEART AFLUTTER… ORNITHOGALUM

Ornithogalum Arabicum (Arabian Starflower) This member of the lily family produces clusters of scented white flowers with snappy black eyes in spring. Compact bloom spikes are 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall and studded with fragrant blossoms that provide substance and perfume to early season bouquets. Beautiful in the garden or arranged in the home on their own or in combination with Iris or Freesia, rose, be creative? A Mediterranean native that takes readily to warm weather garden conditions and asks for no special treatment. DOES “STAR OF BETHLEHEM” RING A BELL? The Star of Bethlehem is the common name for an uncommon plant: the Ornithogalum. This genus occurs in Southern Europe, Western Asia, and Southern Africa. It’s beautiful flower spikes are adorned with distinctive star-shaped flowers, and although it doesn’t flower at Christmas, the flower shape earned it its name. Have a great day and thanks for viewing, M, (*_*) FOR ALL THE GORGEOUS DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: view LARGE for more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BERRY BERRY NICE.. SORBUS

From a garden in Flanders. Brought some cuttings given by a friend with a lovely and opulent garden. Sorbus is a genus of about 100–200 species of trees and shrubs in the rose family Rosaceae. Species of Sorbus are commonly known as white-beam, rowan, service tree and mountain-ash. This upright, tree is the most compact of the Rowan trees making it ideal for small gardens. Fluffy, white corymbs of flowers appear in April-May that are popular with bees. Mid/dark green pinnate foliage turns vibrant shades of orange and red in the autumn which complements the reddish orange berries that hang in heavy clusters and are a treat for the birds. Popular folklore maintains that a heavy crop of fruit means a hard or difficult winter. Similarly, in Finland and Sweden, the number of fruit on the trees was used as a predictor of the snow cover during winter. However, as fruit production for a given summer is related to weather conditions the previous summer, with warm, dry summers increasing the amount of stored sugars available for subsequent flower and fruit production, it has no predictive relationship to the weather of the next winter. Have a great day and thanks for viewing, M, (*_*) FOR ALL THE GORGEOUS DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: view LARGE for more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN...

So, I hope you'll be happy with just these few? Thank you for your time, M, (*_*) FOR ALL THE GORGEOUS DETAIL AND THE GREAT EXPERIENCE: view LARGE for more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BIG FAT BUDS… LILY

Special Lilies I brought from Belgium, they are full of promise. I love the ‘design’, it speaks to me… Have a great day and thanks for viewing, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

ZINGING ZINNIA…

To brighten your day. Zinnia is a genus of plants of the sunflower tribe within the daisy family. They are native to scrub and dry grassland in an area stretching from the Southwestern United States to South America, with a centre of diversity in Mexico. Members of the genus are notable for their solitary long-stemmed flowers that come in a variety of bright colours. The genus name honours German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727–59) There’s not a more vibrant late-summer plant, with a brilliant range of colours and flowers that look as though they’ve been cut from velvet-coated cardboard. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LET ME COLOUR YOUR DAY… FREESIAS

both visual and fragrant pleasure... Freesia is a genus of 14-16 species of flowering plants in the family Iridaceae, native to Africa. Of the 14 species, 12 are native to Cape Province, South Africa, the remaining two to tropical Africa, one species extending north of the equator to Sudan. The genus was named in honor of Friedrich Heinrich Theodor Freese (1795-1876), German physician. They are herbaceous plants which grow from a corm 1-2.5 cm diameter, which sends up a tuft of narrow leaves 10-30 cm long, and a sparsely branched stem 10-40 cm tall bearing a few leaves and a loose one-sided spike of fragrant narrowly funnel-shaped flowers. Have a lovely day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on my web pages: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SMILE...

#abfav_yellow https://youtu.be/UN8oLGBNXpE FLOWER-FACE making me smile, making it smile... A bit of warmth and cheer from those Gerberas. Keep safe and keep smiling. Thanks for your visits! M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PETALISSIMO... GERBERA

#abfav_yellow Cascading gold, the petals of a Gerbera. Gerbera is a genus of ornamental plants from the sunflower family. It was named in honour of the German naturalist Traugott Gerber. It has approximately 30 species in the wild, extending to South America, Africa and tropical Asia. Colours include white, yellow, orange, red, and pink. The centre of the flower is sometimes black. It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip). Hope this brings a bit of joy again rather than Angst which I see around me and in so many images, have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LISIANTHUS... and buds

Originating in the West Indies, Mexico, and Central and South America, the flower is known botanically as Eustoma grandiflorum. The common name comes from the Greek words lysis, meaning 'dissolution' and anthos, meaning 'flower'. Colours include white, light and dark pink, lavender and deep purple. They are great cut-flowers. Double and single-flower varieties exist. Here, I tried a different light, more dramatic, well, you do have young up and coming-performers in the 'wings' and the 'STAR' taking front stage, lol. A reflection of real life? Hope this brings a bit of joy again rather than Angst which I see in too many images, have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HAPPY FLOWERS... Ranunculus

I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen, euh with my eyes! Ranunculus, a whole bouquet, all different! ALWAYS BEST and a TREAT LARGE and View On Black Layered, sweet coloured beauties in every stage from bud to full bloom. The green one was a new one for me, never seen them before... With love to you and thanks for the good wishes, M, (* _ *) IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. :copyright: All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com

BUSTIN' OUT ALL OVER... RANUNCULUS.

#abfav_yellow More of the 'youngsters', doing their very best, aren't they doing well? THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) !For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SHOOTING STARS, Aquilegia…

Aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Queen' . This columbine cultivar is perennial that features large, upward facing, fragrant, bright yellow flowers with long, outward curving spurs. Flowers grow on a long stem above the leaves and have five pointed yellow sepals and five yellow petals with long spurs projecting backwards between the sepals. At the center of the flower are many yellow stamens. Aquilegia comes from the Latin word for eagle in reference to the flower's five spurs which purportedly resemble an eagle's talon. THANK YOU for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE HONEY-TRAP... yellow poppy

#abfav_yellow I like my garden to be a haven for bees and butterflies. People smile when they pass... because of the colours, I mix herbs and flowers, it is semi-wild? I let it 'overgrow' in a controlled way, simply because I do not like weeding AND I do not have enough time. Well, it was inevitable that from some neighbouring garden, some of the wild yellow poppies were eventually be carried by wind or bird? They look lovely in their bright yellow frocks and are a real honey-trap for bees! I never saw them in Belgium, only red ones, gave family there some seeds and yet they have NEVER managed to grow them... Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, have a great w-e, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PHOENIX daffodils

#abfav_yellow PHOENIX daffodils Every year, the same bulbs, after their Winter-sleep, burst open and produce those lovely fresh flowers again and again, like a Phoenix... The Phoenix has long been presented as a symbol of rebirth, immortality, and renewal. The Belgian € 10 silver coin, commemorating sixty years of peace, depicts the Phoenix as a representation of a new Europe, post 1945. The capital of Arizona was so named as it was built on the ruins of the Hohokam civilization that had existed on the site centuries before. Thanks, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FESTIVE FLOWERWORKS, yellow Protea …

#abfav_yellow that thinks it is a firecracker… LOL View On proper Black I wish you all the very best, and thanks for all your kind words, time, comments, invites, faves and Awards. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LAST TANGO… Tulips

Con te partiro, Italian for time to say good-bye… These frayed Tulips entertained me for a week… then, came the end, one last dance before the petals fall… I love these frizzle frazzled lace-like Tulips! Frayed and elegant. Have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

FLORAL INSECTS… ORCHID

After the long beauty, this: they dry, fall and take on the appearance of insects, some are butterflies others moths. So attractive. Do you see the beauty and analogy too? LOL More fun and lighting from Studio Indigo. Thanks for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LES TROIS BELLES… POPPY

Iceland Poppies,I love them, these are from my garden. The petals are quite sheer, papery thin and very tender, indeed like butterfly wings. Their colours so vibrant, raindrops clinging on, yes, they were thrashed about by strong winds, a little damaged. The colourful poppy, with tissue-paper petals on thin hairy, wiry stems Cultivars come in shades of yellow, orange, salmon, rose, pink, cream and white as well as bi-coloured varieties. Papaver nudicaule, the Iceland poppy also called Arctic poppy, is a boreal flowering plant. Native to sub-polar regions of Europe, Asia and North America, and the mountains of Central Asia, (but not in Iceland)… Thanxks for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

NO MORE… POPPY

#abfav_yellow When all the petals have fallen, you are left with this, stamens and pistil… Like firework, like starburst, exuberant and vibrant. Have a wonderful day, filled with love, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WEATHER-BEATEN Roses…

Once more, from my garden. We had a lot of wind and then some rain… I saw the poor flowers, so doing their utmost, being thrashed about. Cherry-parfait, aptly named: Ice and fire, bloom and bud. A duotone rose from the garden, beaten by wind and rain, damaged... not perfect anymore, but very INTERESTING. They are plump and opulent but non-fragrant. I again tried to photograph them in the 'style' that I love so much, moody, playing with the light and dof. Designed them so you could see all the detail. Paler as they get ‘older’. Have a wonderful day, filled with love, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SUN-LOVERS… SUNFLOWERS

HELIANTHUS Heliotropism is sun tracking...flowers that follow the sun the whole day. As the sun was shying away, I bought this bouquet of Sunflowers (Helianthus), to brighten up the place and your life. I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! With my eyes.. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WHERE is THE SUN… HELIANTHUS

Sunflowers… Heliotropism is sun tracking...flowers that follow the sun the whole day. As the sun was shying away, I'd bought this bouquet of Sunflowers (Helianthus), to brighten up the place. I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! With my eyes.. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WHERE'S THE SUN? Sunflower...

#abfav_yellow Heliotropism is sun tracking...flowers that follow the sun the whole day. As the sun was shying away, I'd bought this bouquet of Sunflowers (Helianthus), to brighten up the place. I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! With my eyes.. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SUMMER turned its back on us... Sunflower

Heliotropism is sun tracking. I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! As the sun is shying away these days, I bought this bouquet of double Sunflowers, to brighten up the place. In the vase, this one kept turning the 'wrong' way, showing its back... so much for Summer, I thought, that's what you are telling me, your great sadness !!!!!! FOR ALL THE AMAZING DETAIL and BEAUTY, View LARGE and On Black . For years I 'experimented' in the studio, to get that Flemish painter's light? Well, I was born in Flanders, it must be in my blood? LOL. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HOT... HOTTER and HOTTEST...

#abfav_yellow It was the HOTTEST DAYS in YEARS HERE, stifling, help, I am the NORTHERN type... NOT made for this! Nor are most of the flowers in the garden. Now these Teddy-Bear Sunflowers, of course they LOVE it! Heliotropism is sun tracking... flowers that follow the sun the whole day. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, hope you have a lovely w-e, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CASCADE… Asters

IT'S ONLY MYSTERY and I LIKE IT! Red Aster Always keep a bit of mystery... you show all—> loss of interest? Best Large and View On Black These different stages of the red Asters look so much better now that you don't 'SEE' everything! LOL. Have a great W-E. Thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reservedFor more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

LIVING ART NOUVEAU, the yellow tulips

#abfav_yellow Art Nouveau is a decorative style in the visual arts, interior design, and architecture that flourished from 1890 to 1910. It is characterised by organic, sinuous patterns and ornamentations based usually on twisting plant forms. Here I 'shaped' Tulips in a circle... A circle is a simple shape of Euclidean geometry consisting of those points in a plane which are equidistant from a given point called the center. A circle as a metaphor and structure for defining a system of communication and interaction... Inner-circles, outer-circles... It seems to me that everything comes in 'circles'... It was Spring once more... Just a meditative day! THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

COME FLY WITH ME… TULIP

Another ‘inviting’ flower image, a tulip, duo-toned, with ‘wings’? My flowers are thrilling me still, after all this time! Hope you feel joy too when you view them? Have a great day and thank you for your visit and comment, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

BURNING PASSION... Tulips.

#abfav_red Yes, my burning passion for flowers, the capturing of their beauty in a thousand different ways, a wonderful challenge... everyday! There are people who 'talk' to the flowers and plants? Me, I just 'listen' to them, with my eyes… I open the wrapping, they fall open on the table and tell me. The closer I looked the more they invited me in, to listen , yet keeping the centre of the flower still very secret... They emerged from the dark. Have a great day and thank you for your visit and comment, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

SPERMA?

No a small frayed Tulip, lost in darkness, lol. I love these frizzle frazzled lace-like Tulips! On the Continent, for some reason they call them ‘frisée’ which means overly-curly? Mmmm Have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

VOULEZ VOUS… TULIPS

I love these frayed, frizzle frazzled lace-like Tulips! On the Continent, for some reason they call them ‘frisée’ which means overly-curly? Mmmm Often that first furtive ’touch’ is as good as a first kiss? Have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

UNIT… Tulips

family unit… getting frayed sometimes? LOL Rather protective! I love these frizzle frazzled lace-like Tulips! On the Continent, they call them ‘frisée’ which means overly-curly? Mmmm Have a good day and thanks for your visit, so very much appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

STAG PARTY… TULIPS

These tulips look somewhat rowdy? LOL Like you see the lads when they are out, singing drunkenly… Ah well, imagination is a wonderful thing! More fun from studio Indigo. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BELLISSIMI… Tulips

Five beauties… and I having fun in the studio. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IT WASN’T ME… Tulips

… it was him/her, LOL two tulips, pink beauties, and I having fun in the studio. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ROMANTICO in WHITE…

Roses and Gypsophila, a genus of flowering plants in the carnation family. It looks like a match made in heaven? Arranged in a small white jug, ever so lovely on the table! Yes our home is always well foreseen in flowers, IF they make it out of studio Indigo, lol Have a creative day and thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TRIUMVIRATE of WHITE ROSES…

A SYMBOL of PEACE, WHITE ROSE... If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. — Thich Nhat Hanh There are plenty of myths and legends behind the white rose. As one myth has it, the first rose on Earth was a white rose, and it miraculously transformed to other hues. The pure white rose was said to have been tainted by blood, making it red; and it was also made to blush from a kiss, making it pink. Another myth came from the Ancient Greeks. It was said that roses were originally white until one day Aphrodite the Goddess of Love and Beauty pricked herself with the thorns of a rose. The blood that dripped from her finger turned the white roses red. These myths indicate the loss of innocence, which is the absolute opposite of what the white rose symbolises – innocence and purity Have a sweet day and thank you for viewing, Magda (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE DANCE of the CALLAS......

I positioned these beauties, the stage was set, the lights were on, camera/action/ ready for their close-up... TIP-TOEING? My imagination running wild again... More experiments with lights and shapes Zantedeschia, usually erroneously called Calla or Arum lilies (only when big and white), they are not a true lily. It is named after Italian botanist Francesco Zantedeschi. The Zantedeschia species are very poisonous, capable of killing livestock and children. All parts of the plant are toxic. More experiments with lights and shapes Thank you for your time and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THREE STAR CHRYSANTHEMUM…

Spider Chrysanthemums, a very funky flower that looks great in any arrangement! The fine florets are long, tubular and tend to curl upwards, Love the light-play in these 3D spider-Chrysanthemums. Have a flower head with tubular ray florets which are open at the tip. Like natural fireworks, always a great accent in the house. Enjoy and thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit NEW, FAST site here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DESESPOIR du PEINTRE… Saxifrage

PLEASE VIEW on BLACK. From the garden, late Spring-early Summer. I love the ‘dramatic’ lighting, the depth that creates. Le désespoir: the true despair of the painter, with the graceful flowers, whose colouring are nigh impossible for the painter to reproduce them. London Pride is a hybrid between Saxifraga umbrosa, native to the Spanish Pyrenees, and Saxifraga spathularis (which is the plant to which the name St Patrick's Cabbage more correctly belongs, coming from western Ireland). The hybrid has been known at least since the 17th century. Some images are extremely close to my heart, this is one of them. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, hope you all had a great time! M, (* _ *) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PASSION FOREVER…. Ranunculus

#abfav_red In everything that I do! I don’t mind the fact that it is Monday, I see it as a new opportunity, to create more images, beauty. I am already looking forward to the results… of the photo’s I have yet to make. What are the flowers going to tell me now? LOL Have a good one! THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TEXTURED SHAPES of CELOSIA Cristata

Celosia cristata. Common name Yellow Toreador? Also Cockscomb? This unusual flower, to me it looks like a brain, the intricacies, different lobes. It was my full intention to photograph it like this from the moment I saw it. Difficult to control the light because of the glossy texture of the velvety flower. More play with light and dof. In the Victorian language of flowers, Celosias signified humour, warmth, and silliness. The cockscomb or cristata types feel and look like prickly but are soft and shiny as velvet. Have a fun day and thanks for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EQUILIBRIUM… TULIP

#abfav_red The petal of a parrot tulip, dropped off and was caught on the leaf. Now I love images that are different, and this here truly captured my imagination! Beyond the obvious! Love it! Each time I think... that's it, there's only so much you can do with flowers... and yet again and again, I'll see something new. Being creative is not a choice... it is an urge in me. READ MORE HERE, Blog: href="magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2010/01/about-innovative-creativity.html THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

PURPUREA… ORCHID

This lovely branch broke off the mother plant, a sign: photograph me? Blooms and buds, for hope and awakening. Purple was the colour worn by Roman magistrates; it became the imperial colour worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, and later by Roman Catholic bishops. Similarly in Japan, the colour is traditionally associated with the Emperor and aristocracy. Phalaenopsis Orchid, known as the Moth Orchid, abbreviated Phal in the horticultural trade, is an orchid genus of approximately 60 species. Phalaenopsis is one of the most popular orchids in the trade, through the development of many artificial hybrids. It is native to southern China, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.), New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, and Queensland. They bloom in their full glory for several weeks. If kept in the home, the flowers may last two to three months. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

STARDUST… ASTER

If your birthday is in September, let the Aster bring you good luck. With the vast array of colours and sizes that Asters, also known as starworts, come in (over 600 species). Not only are they lovely, these flowers will not fade as quickly as other flowers in arrangements. The Monte Casino is a popular Aster. This flower is often used to symbolise afterthought or true love. A love of variety is associated with this flower as well. In China, the aster signifies fidelity. The name "aster" has Latin origins meaning "star". Many stories tell the origins of the Aster, but the most popular ancient myth explains how asters were created from stardust as Virgo, also known as Astaea, the goddess of innocence cries over sin on earth. Her tears fell as stardust, covering the earth with asters. This myth gives light to the Aster's star-like beauty and shape. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IL DIVO… Tulip

Definitely tulips with attitude eh? Somehow they looked ‘male’? A bit of posturing, a little too much testosterone? LOL There are people who 'talk' to the flowers and plants? Me, I just 'listen' to them… with my eyes. Thank you for ALL your likes and comments, M, (* _ *) PLEASE READ THIS: MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME, VIA THE WEBSITE! www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

SUMMER OPULENCE...

flowers, from the garden, rain- and wind-damaged, doesn't make it less appealing to me because it's not 'perfect'! Another type of beauty... A personal favourite. Please View LARGE and On PROPER Black From my garden, a fragrant Rose, white Hebe, Yellow St John's wort (Hypericum), and some blue, bell type flowers... again ala Victoriana... Another aspect of Summer... Have a lovely day and thanks for your comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

INNER SECRETS… PEONY

This one opened one petal at the time, ever so slowly, the bright yellow stamens came peeping through… I captured it quickly! Peony Flower is a stunning flower with a large, lush head. Numerous ruffled petals slowly unfurl to stand tall till... eventually, they fall... THE MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF PEONY... With a recorded history that dates back thousands of years, it is not surprising that even the mythology surrounding the origin of the peony has multiple versions. One legend has it that the peony is named after Paeon, a physician to the gods, who received the flower on Mount Olympus from the mother of Apollo. And another tells the story of that same physician who was ‘saved’ from the fate of dying as other mortals by being turned into the flower we know today as the peony. Went for again for a dramatic lighting, to make them 'different' from other flower images... My favourite... Lol, thanks for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PARADISE… STRELITZIA

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/1G4isv_Fylg by Coldplay Portrait of a Strelitzia reginae also called Bird of Paradise. A stunningly beautiful flower, exotic, well to us, not in the countries where they grow naturally. I always say it, one man's exotic is another man's 'daily'... lol Strelitzia reginae is a monocotyledonous flowering plant indigenous to South Africa (the Cape Provinces and KwaZulu-Natal), where I saw them in nature. Common names include crane flower or bird of paradise, though these names are also collectively applied to other species in the genus Strelitzia. Its scientific name commemorates the British queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Although native to South Africa it is naturalised in Mexico, Belize, Bangladesh, Madeira Islands and Juan Fernández Islands off the coast of Chile. It is the national flower of Madeira, Portugalx since 2005. [2] The plant grows to 2 m tall, with large, strong leaves 25–70 cm long and 10–30 cm broad, produced on petioles up to 1 m long. The leaves are evergreen and arranged in two ranks, making a fan-shaped crown. The flowers stand above the foliage at the tips of long stalks. The hard, beak-like sheath from which the flower emerges is termed the spathe. This is placed perpendicular to the stem, which gives it the appearance of a bird's head and beak; it makes a durable perch for holding the sunbirds which pollinate the flowers. The flowers, which emerge one at a time from the spathe, consist of three brilliant orange sepals and three purplish-blue or white petals. Two of the blue or white petals are joined together to form an arrow-like nectary. Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: /www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HIERARCHY… RANUNCULUS

Golden cups, here a definite ‘pecking’ order, from bud to bloom eh… I love seeing where they come from, the bud, what they look like at their peak, the bloom, and the in-between, love ALL! So beautifully layered, all coming out of this one bud, this bud unfurling and displaying all this beauty... it NEVER ceases to amaze me. The evolution, the unfurling, ready for the GRAND opening... THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BROKEN… ORCHIDS

This lovely branch broke off the mother plant, a sign: photograph me? Blooms and buds, for hope and awakening. Purple was the colour worn by Roman magistrates; it became the imperial colour worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, and later by Roman Catholic bishops. Similarly in Japan, the colour is traditionally associated with the Emperor and aristocracy. Phalaenopsis Orchid, known as the Moth Orchid, abbreviated Phal in the horticultural trade, is an orchid genus of approximately 60 species. Phalaenopsis is one of the most popular orchids in the trade, through the development of many artificial hybrids. It is native to southern China, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.), New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, and Queensland. They bloom in their full glory for several weeks. If kept in the home, the flowers may last two to three months. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WHITE ROSE DAY…

HAPPY YORKSHIRE DAY! On 1 August 1759, British troops and their allies defeated the French at the battle of Minden. After the battle, the British soldiers picked white roses and wore them as a tribute to their fallen comrades. Since that day, a number of Yorkshire-based regiments have worn white roses on 1 August to commemorate the events of 1759 and all those from Yorkshire who have fallen in battle since. Yorkshire is my adopted country. I live here by choice and love it. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALA VICTORIANA… ROSE

A white Rose and bud from the garden, the second bloom! The little buds around the full bloom, seeing how it is done? I love this kind of light, with only slight accents here and there. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

UNIQUE… ROSE

Each flower is unique, some are very close, but, just like people there are often small differences. Also I have yet to encounter the “PERFECT’ flower, is there such a thing? LOL, don’t look at my images of flowers, I’make’ them perfect! I wish you a day full of love and joy, and thanks for commenting, always very appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EXPLOSION… PROTEA

Protea flowers normally remain closed, (with the style curved, and the stigma within the mass of tepals), until an insect, bird, or rodent disturbs the flower. At that point, the flower snaps open, the style straightens and the stigma is held some distance above the bloom. Read all about this amazing plant, this is the BEST article I've EVER come across on any flower: HERE Some of the most spectacular species in the diverse vegetation of the Cape region of South Africa are the proteas. Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugar-bushes. The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carolus Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus who could change his form at will, because proteas have such different forms. Proteas attracted the attention of botanists visiting the Cape of Good Hope in the 1600s. Together with the Springbok Antelope, the Protea had been treated as a sometimes controversial national symbol in South Africa, both during and after apartheid. I wanted it to look like fireworks. Hope you enjoy it? Thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CURVY… LILY

Always fascinated by the shapes, colours and textures of flowers, what CURVES!!! CURLING with pleasure? White Lily here... me playing with light... Please View On Black Lol, thanks for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

YOU GO YOUR WAY… ( LILY)

#abfav_films_songs You go your way I'll go your way too. -The sweetest little song from the book of longing by Leonard. Cohen Out of a magnificent bouquet of stunning fragrant white Lilies, that embalmed our home for 2 weeks, these were the two last ones, a bud and a bloom, so very curvy! Gently carried them into the studio, photographed them, as I finished, ALL the petals of the bud dropped off… LOL Please View On Black Thanks for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BIRD OF PARADISE...

#abfav_multicolour Portrait of the Strelitzia reginae also called Bird of Paradise. A stunningly beautiful flower, exotic, well to us, not in the countries where they grow naturally. I always say it, one man's exotic is another man's 'daily'... lol I again tried to photograph them in the 'style’ that I love so much, a bit moody, dramatic, theatrical, playing with the light and dof. Thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved Strelitzia reginae, Bird of Paradise, exotic, flower, single, black-background, studio, colour, square, design, magda indigo

POISONED CHALICE… ZANTEDESCHIA

Zantedeschia, usually called calla or arum lily( when white), they are not a true lily. It is named after Italian botanist Francesco Zantedeschia. More experiments with lights and shapes, M, (*_*) The Zantedeschia species are poisonous due to the presence of calcium oxalate. All parts of the plant are toxic! More experiments with lights and shapes, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LAST LOST… POPPY

A last lost poppy from the garden. Papaver nudicaule , the Iceland poppy, is a boreal flowering plant. Native to sub-polar regions of Europe, Asia and North America, and the mountains of Central Asia (but not in Iceland). A boreal ecosystem is an ecosystem with a subarctic climate in the Northern Hemisphere. Iceland poppies are hardy but short-lived perennials, often grown as biennials, that yield large, papery, bowl-shaped, lightly fragrant flowers supported by hairy, curved stems. They were first described by botanists in 1759. The wild species blooms in white or yellow. All parts of this plant are likely to be poisonous, containing (like all poppies) toxic alkaloids. A boreal ecosystem is an ecosystem with a subarctic climate in the Northern Hemisphere. Have a lovely day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FARANDOLE …

of FLOWERS. POPPY and Cornflower, dancing joyously in the light. I find this a happy and summery image. Bringing ‘joie de vivre’. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LINIAIR ART… POPPY

A last Iceland Poppy from the garden. Looking so tender and vulnerable with the papery petals. On my desk, I suddenly saw the image… even before my camera took it, here is the result. Hope you like, I know it is quite abstract, and why not, the ‘quest’ is a continuous process. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES... Lavender

I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! These 'fofolles' expressed exuberance, joy de vivre, plumes and glitzy glamour????? Haha... Lavender Butterfly : In compact spikes, purple, topped by large bracts sterile highly decorative purple. Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

NOBLE SWORD… GLADIOLA

Gladiolus flowers bloom on a long spike that ranges from 2 to 4 feet tall. These beauties open from the bottom and work their way upwards creating a long spire of blooms. The grass-like foliage resembles the blade of a sword giving these flowers a reputation as sword flowers. The blooms range in colour from bold orange and red to pastel blues, pinks and yellows, lilacs, whites and purple. The gladiolus flower symbolises honour and remembrance, but it has other meanings too. It can also symbolise the following: •Strength of character •Faithfulness, sincerity and integrity •Infatuation •Never giving up Purple, specifically means: Charm, grace and mysteriousness. Have a charmed day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TODAY’s BEAUTY… GLADIOLI

Gladiolus flowers bloom on a long spike that ranges from 2 to 4 feet tall. These beauties open from the bottom and work their way upwards creating a long spire of blooms. The grass-like foliage resembles the blade of a sword giving these flowers a reputation as sword flowers. The blooms range in colour from bold orange and red to pastel blues, pinks and yellows, lilacs, whites and purple. The gladiolus flower symbolises honour and remembrance, but it has other meanings too. It can also symbolise the following: •Strength of character •Faithfulness, sincerity and integrity •Infatuation •Never giving up Purple, specifically means: Charm, grace and mysteriousness. Have a charmed day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

COULEUR IMPERIALE… Gladioli

I love them ‘all-around’, the front, the back or profile! The gladiolus flower’s message may vary, but it will never be ignored. This bold beauty captures the heart and soul like no others with its impressive spire of flowers. Whether you choose a floral arrangement with similar coloured gladioli or you prefer a rainbow of colours to impress your love, there is a gladiolus for nearly every occasion. Purple was the colour worn by Roman magistrates; it became the imperial colour worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, and later by Roman Catholic bishops. Similarly in Japan, the colour is traditionally associated with the Emperor and aristocracy. Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The colour purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic. Have a charmed day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GLAMOUROUS… GLADIOLI

Gladiolus flowers bloom on a long spike that ranges from 2 to 4 feet tall. These beauties open from the bottom and work their way upwards creating a long spire of blooms. The grass-like foliage resembles the blade of a sword giving these flowers a reputation as sword flowers. The blooms range in colour from bold orange and red to pastel blues, pinks and yellows, lilacs, whites and purple. The gladiolus flower symbolises honour and remembrance, but it has other meanings too. It can also symbolise the following: •Strength of character •Faithfulness, sincerity and integrity •Infatuation •Never giving up Purple, specifically means: Charm, grace and mysteriousness. Have a charmed day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

I ain’t BLUE… GLADIOLI

A 'FRILLED' Gladiola, aaah, when I see that... my resistance is low!!! A gladiola sword… Flaming fire petals, another variety I never saw before! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LOVE ME TENDER… CORNFLOWER

Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for their blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in some tea blends and herbal teas and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. I find this a happy and summery image. Bringing ‘joie de vivre’. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BLUE, SO BLUE… Cornflower

Portrait of a Cornflower. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for their blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in some tea blends and herbal teas and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SUMMER-WIND… Cornflowers

https://youtu.be/Ug8cBIbxDaY by Frank Sinatra Another I had in my head for over a week, just could not find the blue ribbon to perfectly match this and then, when I did, no stopping me, LOL. Here, these Summer blooms and the ribbon, blowing in the wind. Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for their blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in some tea blends and herbal teas and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. I find this a happy and summery image. Bringing ‘joie de vivre’. A personal fave again. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

UN AMOUR de BLUET… Cornflowers.

The ‘BLEUET’ of France worn in the buttonhole is the symbol of memory and solidarity towards veterans , victims of war, widows and orphan I had this image in my head for over a week, just could not find the blue ribbon to perfectly match this and hold this a the perfect gift for you. Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for their blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in some tea blends and herbal teas and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. I find this a happy and summery image. Bringing ‘joie de vivre’. A personal fave again. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE C in CORNFLOWER…

and CENTAUREA cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for their blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in some tea blends and herbal teas and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. Another personal fave again. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

AS WE GROW OLDER…

we go from a vibrant blue to a greyish white… CENTAUREA cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for their blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in some tea blends and herbal teas and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. Another personal fave again. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE STARS SHINE BLUE… Cornflower

4 bright stars, shining just for you… Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for their blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in some tea blends and herbal teas and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. I find this a happy and summery image. Bringing ‘joie de vivre’. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BLUESETTE… Cornflowers

Bluesette is a jazz standard, composed by Belgian musician Toots Thielemans. It was composed in the key of B-flat major. https://youtu.be/yKnG_9q4crA I make my photo’s with music, LOTS of MUSIC, must have an influence? LOL. Here, like musical notes? Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. In the past it often grew as a weed in cornfields (in the broad sense of the word "corn", referring to grains, such as wheat, barley, rye, or oats), hence its name. It is now endangered in its native habitat by agricultural intensification, particularly over-use of herbicides, destroying its habitat. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BLUE BOTTLED… Cornflower

A small bouquet of Cornflowers, in a bottle vase… The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Cornflowers have been used and prized historically for their blue pigment. Cornflowers are often used as an ingredient in some tea blends and herbal teas and is famous in the Lady Grey blend of Twinings. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MONDAY BLUES… CORNFLOWER

Cornflower blue is a shade of medium-to-light blue containing relatively little green compared to blue. This hue was one of the favourites of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Centaurea cyanus, commonly known as cornflower or bachelor's button,is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe. In the past it often grew as a weed in cornfields (in the broad sense of the word "corn", referring to grains, such as wheat, barley, rye, or oats), hence its name. It is now endangered in its native habitat by agricultural intensification, particularly over-use of herbicides, destroying its habitat. The cornflower is considered a beneficial weed and its edible flower can be used for culinary decoration, for example to add colour to salads. Bon Appetit! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

AMARYLLIS UNFURLING…

Hippeastrum, these plants are popularly but erroneously known as Amaryllis and are cultivars of bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidacea. The botanic name Amaryllis is taken from a shepherdess in Virgil's pastoral "Eclogues"(An eclogue is a poem in a classical style on a pastoral subject. Poems in the genre are sometimes also called bucolics. Virgilius wrote the Bucolica, consisting of 10 Eclogues). As a flower symbol it has come to mean "Dramatic", which seems most fitting here! Hippeastrum is a popular bulb flower for indoor growing, it is Greek for "horseman's star" (also known today as "knight's star"). Another Macro+++, and the 'dramatic' light I've grown to love so much. To have the flower head giving away its little secrets and beauty, slowly… PLEASE, View On Black I wish you a day full of peace and goodness, thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALL YELLOW... AMARYLLIS.

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/yKNxeF4KMsY Coldplay - Yellow lyrics excerpt ...Cause you were all yellow I drew a line I drew a line for you Oh what a thing to do And it was all yellow... It's true Look how they shine for you Look how they shine for you Look how they shine for Look how they shine for you Look how they shine for you Look how they shine... Hippeastrum, these plants are popularly but erroneously known as Amaryllis and are cultivars of bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidacea. Have a great day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

VALSE DE l'ADIEU... TULIPS

A last dance… already pale now, so whimsical. https://youtu.be/dedLXUWkWSA I love Tulips, in every stage of their lives. Thank you for ALL your likes and comments, M, (* _ *) PLEASE READ THIS: MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME, VIA THE WEBSITE! www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY images or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. If you do, without accreditation, it is STEALING © All rights reserved

A FOND FAREWELL… TULIPS

These double Tulips were slowly, beautifully ‘drying’… Becoming more curved and whimsial Sometimes some flowers will lose their petals while others will just ‘mummify’ in the warmth of the studio conditions. I know that some people are not keen on decay and that others love it. But here I saw such beauty still, in the shapes and the colours. Another of my personal favourites. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SCORPIO… Tulip

#abfav_films_songs Scorpio is a 1973 spy film directed by Michael Winner and starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Paul Scofield. This Tulip dried along the others, but turned into what looked like a scorpion… LOL Imagination is a wonderful thing eh… Sometimes some flowers will lose their petals while others will just ‘mummify’ in the warmth of the studio conditions. I know that some people are not keen on decay and that others love it. But here I saw such beauty still, in the shapes and the colours. Another of my personal favourites. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

RENAISSANCE… Tulip

‘Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things.’ Robert Brault RENAISSANCE, in this case re-awakening… into something different, beauty of the second kind. Dried Tulip. Sometimes some flowers will lose their petals while others will just ‘mummify’ in the warmth of the studio conditions. I know that some people are not keen on decay and that others love it. But here I saw such beauty still, in the shapes and the colours. Another of my personal favourites. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DANCE MACABRE… Tulips

Dried Tulips. Sometimes some flowers will lose their petals while others will just ‘mummify’ in the warmth of the studio conditions. I know that some people are not keen on decay and that others love it. But here I saw such beauty still, in the shapes and the colours. Another of my personal favourites. I just HAD to photograph them! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE BEAUTIFUL CHAOS… Tulips

Dried Tulips. Sometimes some flowers will lose their petals while others will just ‘mummify’ in the warmth of the studio conditions. I know that some people are not keen on decay and that others love it. But here I saw such beauty still, in the shapes and the colours. Another of my personal favourites. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE GREAT ESCAPE… SWAN MILKWEED

I uploaded the pad a few days ago… what happened next? Due to the heat given off by the lights in the studio, the pods started to open and the pod opened and released the seeds. Hundreds of seeds fluffing from that one pod.Here TWO! In a matter of minutes all of the seeds floated out of the pods. Once the process of release started, it could not be stopped. I loved shooting this small miracle of nature in my studio. Gomphocarpus fruticosus: Asclepias fruticosa is the old botanical name, Narrowleaf cotton bush, Swan bush, Swan milkweed the popular ones. Here: the seed-box/seeds Inflated green and later light brown, papery pod or follicle; short bristly hair cover the outer surface; dark seeds have silvery cotton wool-like attachments that facilitate wind distribution. Asclepias fruticosa is a species of milkweed native to South Africa. It is also common in New Zealand where it is the main host of the monarch butterfly. The plant's tissues contain sufficient cardenolides that consumption of significant quantities of the plant's leaves, stems, or fruit may lead to death in livestock and humans. Brought this from Sardinia to photograph in my studio. Thanx for your comments and time, M, (*_*) A MUST LARGE and View On Black For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DOUBLE FUN… Roses

once more… they look like they are having fun, lost in a world of dance? LOL Small Roses with BIG thorns!!! Thanks and have a happy day, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

JE VOIS LA VIE EN ROSE… Roses

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/kYkVtz6ozJE By Grace Jones Roses and more Roses. I wish you a day full of love and joy, and thanks for commenting, always very appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IMPACT… ROSES

Orange/yellow/red Roses, a vibrant accent on the dining table. Non fragrant, strong flowers with a great name: HIGH SOCIETY There is something ‘antique’ about them? LOL Thanks for your visits! M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HIGH SOCIETY…ROSES

Orange/yellow/red Roses, a vibrant accent on the dining table. Non fragrant, strong flowers with a great name: High Society. There is something ‘antique’ about them? LOL Thanks for your visits! M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ROSARUM… Roses.

Red and yellow, egg and tomato, go together so very well? Lying on a bed of soft green leaves, mini roses. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanx for your ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WILD STRAWBERRIES…

Straight from our garden in Summer, Wild Strawberries... Smaller than store-bought strawberries, which are a hybrid of the wild strawberry and a European species, the berries are a favourite treat to many birds and animals, as well as people. They are sweet and full of flavour, but very tiny! Some a little tart. Woodland Strawberry fruit is apparently still grown on a small scale commercially for the use of gourmets. Hey we got so many maybe I should try and sell them, hihi? Lol. The 3 different stages of a plant again. WILD STRAWBERRIES... an Ingmar Bergman Movie Wishing you a fine day and thanks for your visit, as always, M, (*_*) Have a super day and thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EVERLASTING BEAUTY… SCABIOSA

Last year’s Summer, I brought some stunning Scabiosa into the studio, made some photographs, it was Summer, it was hot, they did not last long, dried up nicely. I kept them, because I wanted to photograph them again. I had this image in my head, fresh and dried, old and new. I keep saying how patience is a big virtue in a photographer? The dried ones became very fragile, however they made it for the shoot. So, come this Summer, and I bought fresh ones, made my photo’s once more, phew, hot again in the studio, so the fresh ones did not last very long, started to shrivel-> more images to be made. Here they are, not quite dry yet, but oh so beautiful and interesting. Losing pollen and petals. Lavender blue Scabiosa,beautifully frilled, a genus in the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae). Another common name for members of this genus is pincushion flowers. Scabious flowers are nectar rich and attractive to many insects, including butterflies and moths such as the Six-spot Burnet. Have a super day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SUPER ELEGANCE… SCABIOSA

I said it before, I think Scabiosa is a very feminine flower. Each floret is composed of tightly packed, button-shaped, nectar rich centres which up close have charming dancing stamens, which coat pollen over visiting bees and butterflies. Each flat flower is beautifully skirted in large outer florets and collared by reflexed vegetative bracts. If regularly deadheaded, they continue into October and last two weeks in the vase. I love what I’am doing and look forward to another week of finished images, to add to the vast collection. I am addicted to the final thrill… each time, when I press save, for the last time! Have a super day and thank you, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FLORETTES de FLEURS… Scabiosa

FLOWERS IN FLOWERS In the ‘heart’ of Scabiosa, there is a pincushion-like center, filled with little bals… they open one by one. Each head contains many small florets, each floret cupped in a membranous, saucer-shaped bract. The calyx has five sepals in the form of awns almost as long as the petals. After the flowers have dropped, the calyces together with the bracts form a spiky ball that may be the reason for the "pincushion" common name. Scabious flowers are nectar rich and attractive to many insects including butterflies and moths. Scabiosa is a genus in the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae) of flowering plants To me, this is one of the most ‘feminine’ flowers. Thanks for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. Many are with Getty and other agencies© All rights reserved

WHAT A FRILL… BLUE SCABIOSA

“If you fill your mind with a beautiful thought, there will be no room in it for an ugly one. - King Amor” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett Lavender blue Scabiosa,beautifully frilled, a genus in the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae). Another common name for members of this genus is pincushion flowers. Scabious flowers are nectar rich and attractive to many insects, including butterflies and moths such as the Six-spot Burnet. Have a super day and thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SPLENDOUR in BLUE, Scabiosa

Lovely, lavender blue, pincushion like flowers from July to September held on delicate stems above clumps of lance shaped, grey green leaves. This long flowering blue scabious is ideal for a sunny, well drained rock garden or container planting. The charming pincushion like flowers are highly attractive to butterflies and they make very pretty additions to fresh and dried flower arrangements. Hope you like it, thank you and have a happy day, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

A PERFECT MATCH… ROSES, SCABIOSA

A PERFECT MATCH… ROSES, SCABIOSA 2X2, lying on o bed of leaves, these are probably my favourite colour combination: red and mauve, Roses and Scabiosa. Thanks and have a happy day, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

PERFECT COMBINATION… Roses

And Scabiosa. “I have no plans to retire. It's the perfect combination of work and play that keeps you young. If I quit work it would be the beginning of the end for me.” Hugh Hefner I think, in food, fashion, art and other things, the secret is in the combination! Such a lovely combination of colours, shape and textures. Thanks and have a happy day, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

PRETTY PASTELS… Peony, Scabiosa

A late pink Peony bud and a blooming Scabiosa, a perfect pair. They looks happy together. Quickly one of my faves! Thanks and have a happy day, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

CHANTILLY… Peony

Crème chantilly or crème fouettée. NO sugar: crème fouettée (whipped cream) WITH sugar: becomes crème Chantilly.. Two peony buds, trying their best to open… Some images just have an emotional impact… more than others? This one, the moment I saw it in the perfect light, when I photographed it, when I first laid eyes on it, aaah the thrill! I can’t begin to tell you how it feels. I always keep these a little longer before I publish them, keep them close for awhile. Now I am ready to share it. Hope you like it, thank you and have a happy day, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

LA TENDRESSE… Peony

LA TENDRESSE… Peony “No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else”. Some images just have an emotional impact… more than others? This one, the moment I saw it in the perfect light, when I photographed it, when I first laid eyes on it, aaah the thrill! I can’t begin to tell you how it feels. I always keep these a little longer before I publish them, keep them close for awhile. Now I am ready to share it. Hope you like it, thank you and have a happy day, Magda, (*_*) Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com

WAITING in the WINGS… PEONY

These youngsters (buds) seem ready to take over? LOL They did really well in my garden this year. The peony is the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and western North America but grow very well here too, Peonies are actually very easy to grow; once established they can tolerate drought and suffer from very few diseases. Colours range from pure white through baby pinks and palest peaches to clear deep pink and darkest rich maroon. There is also a pale yellow but it is rare. Peonies are only available between late May and early July, so get them while you can! They are very thirsty flowers, so make sure you top up the vase or bowl. THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOTTA BE LOVE… PEONY

So sweet, two Peonies, a bloom and a bud, huddled together... making a book on the Peony. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ADORABLE BLOOMS… Peony

The peony is among the longest-used flowers in Eastern culture. Along with the plum blossom, it is a traditional floral symbol of China, where the Paeonia suffruticosa is called 牡丹 (mǔdān). It is also known as 富貴花 (fùguìhuā) "flower of riches and honour" or 花王 (huawang) "king of the flowers", and is used symbolically in Chinese art. In 1903, the Qing dynasty declared the peony as the national flower. The ancient Chinese city Luoyang has a reputation as a cultivation centre for the peonies. Throughout Chinese history, peonies in Luoyang have been said to be the finest in the country. Dozens of peony exhibitions and shows are still held there annually. In the Middle Ages, peonies were often painted with their ripe seed-capsules, since it was the seeds, not the flowers, which were medically significant. Mischievous nymphs were said to hide in the petals of the Peony, giving it the meaning of Shame or Bashfulness in the Language of Flowers. While the peony takes several years to re-establish itself when moved, it blooms annually for decades once it has done so. Peonies tend to attract ants to the flower buds. This is due to the nectar that forms on the outside of the flower buds, and is not required for the plants' own pollination or other growth. Peonies are a common subject in tattoos, often used along with koi-fish. The popular use of peonies in Japanese tattoo was inspired by the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi's illustrations of Suikoden, a classical Chinese novel. The peony became a masculine motif, associated with a devil-may-care attitude and disregard for consequence. Famous painters of peonies have included Conrad Gessner (ca. 1550) and Auguste Renoir in 1879. Paeonia officinalis can be found in the altar picture of Maria im Rosenhag by Schongauer in the former Dominican Church in Colmar. The Italian Jesuit, painter and architect Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), who worked at the court of the Qianlong Emperor in the Qing dynasty, painted peonies. Thanks for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MAGIC DUO… Peony

I watch them develop with full admiration… The Greeks believed they could cure over 20 ailments and were found in every monastery garden. Peonies have been cultivated for over 2,000 years, more for their medicinal qualities than for ornament. The Japanese protect the earliest peony blooms from the snow by protecting them with individual small thatched shelters. Some geishas used to wear special peony colours. The Chinese name for peony is "sho yu" which means "most beautiful" and they idolised this flower. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Went for again for a dramatic lighting, to make them 'different' from other flower images... My favourite... Lol, thanks for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SENSUALITY in PINK... Peony

Spring River Flowers Moon Night… The river is smooth and calm this evening, The peony flowers bloom. The moon floats on the current. The tide carries the stars. — Qian Qi (Tang Dyanasty) A romantic flower, this peony starts pink and ends ever so pale. The Greeks believed they could cure over 20 ailments and were found in every monastery garden. Peonies have been cultivated for over 2,000 years, more for their medicinal qualities than for ornament. The Japanese protect the earliest peony blooms from the snow by protecting them with individual small thatched shelters. Some geishas used to wear special peony colours. The Chinese name for peony is "sho yu" which means "most beautiful" and they idolised this flower. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Went for again for a dramatic lighting, to make them 'different' from other flower images... My favourite... Lol, thanks for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

COMFORT and JOY… Peony

Two sweet, too sweet.. making a book on the Peony. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SILKS… Peony

THREE OF A KIND... There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened. - Mary Kay Ash This will also feature in THE PEONY book I am currently making. Peonies are only available between late May and early July, so get them while you can! Best bought in bud, slightly plump like these, too closed and, they might NEVER open!!! They are very thirsty flowers, so make sure you top up the vase or bowl. Honoured in many cultures, the common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SOFTLY, SOFTLY… Peony

a small bud and two beautiful blooms. The Peony is indigenous to China, but was imported to Japan so early it is difficult to be certain when the transplantation occurred. It is a perennial plant with single flowers of white, red, hot pink or pale pink, which are born in late spring. The peony was originally introduced as medicine. In fact, its ancient Japanese name "Ebisugusuri" literally means ‘medicine from China’. However, due to its beautiful and now mostly double blooms, in time, many decorative varieties were developed. In Japanese society, it was seen both as a medicine and a source of beauty. Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

NESTLED… Peony

This peony bud lies snugly on the soft petals of the bloom. I am at the moment making a book of The Peonies, this one is a definite in it! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HOT STUFF... BUD LIGHT… PEONY

This Peony bud was about to open in the heat of the studio/lights, I had to hurry, once they start going, there is no stopping them! As you know, I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen, with my eyes! "READY TO BLOOM and regale you with my beauty"? Although the petals look waxy... they are silky soft. The Peony is indigenous to China, but was imported to Japan so early it is difficult to be certain when the transplantation occurred. It is a perennial plant with single flowers of white, red or pink which are born in late spring. The peony was originally introduced as medicine. In fact, its ancient Japanese name "Ebisugusuri" literally means ‘medicine from China’. However, due to its beautiful and now mostly double blooms, in time, many decorative varieties were developed. In Japanese society, it was seen both as a medicine and a source of beauty. For years I 'experimented' in the studio, to get that Flemish painter's light? Well, I was born in Flanders, it must be in my blood? LOL. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BLUSH… PEONY

BEST ON BLACK... Some flowers can still just so overwhelm me with their beauty. So pure, like this one, with the tender petals, sepals and colours. All I want with my images is to bring you that joy. This one comes also from the hot pink buds, so, beauty in age. LOL I wish you a day full of love and joy, and thanks for commenting, always very appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BELLEZZA… PEONY.

Some flowers can still just so overwhelm me with their beauty. So pure, like this one, with the tender petals, sepals and colours. All I want with my images is to bring you that joy. This one comes also from the hot pink buds, so, beauty in age. LOL I wish you a day full of love and joy, and thanks for commenting, always very appreciated, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

J'AI DEUX AMOURS… PEONY

#abfav_films_songs https://youtu.be/yQVmsSCj2Fg this title come from this very old song by Josephine Baker, that my paternal grand-mother used to listen to and loved. She was French and that was her first language. I remember sitting on the floor, playing with puzzles and her singing along… memories, yes. These two beauties, Peonies, that I so adore came from super hot pink buds to this, unfolded in full glory, displaying their petals with grace. Thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FRIANDISE… PEONY

THE PINK SWEETNESS of THE PEONY. This one, I waited and waited to photograph. Patience can be a virtue in a photographer! This bloom comes from the vibrant hot pink, the age and pale, retaining some of the former glory, and still elegant and full of beauty. The peony is the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. The colours range from pure white through baby pinks and palest peaches to clear deep pink and darkest rich maroon. There is also a pale yellow but it is rare. Peonies are only available between late May and early July, so get them while you can! They are very thirsty flowers, so make sure you top up the vase or bowl. The Japanese protect the earliest peony blooms from the snow by protecting them with individual small thatched shelters. Some geishas used to wear special peony colours. The Chinese name for peony is "sho yu" which means "most beautiful" and they idolised this flower. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Went for again for a dramatic lighting, to make them 'different' from other flower images... My favourite... Lol, Thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CERISE et VANILLE… PEONY

The peony is the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and western North America but grow very well here too. Peonies are actually very easy to grow; once established they can tolerate drought and suffer from very few diseases. Colours range from pure white through baby pinks and palest peaches to clear deep pink and darkest rich maroon. There is also a pale yellow but it is rare. Peonies are only available between late May and early July, so get them while you can! They are very thirsty flowers, so make sure you top up the vase or bowl. The Greeks believed they could cure over 20 ailments and were found in every monastery garden. Peonies have been cultivated for over 2,000 years, more for their medicinal qualities than for ornament. The Japanese protect the earliest peony blooms from the snow by protecting them with individual small thatched shelters. Some geishas used to wear special peony colours. The Chinese name for peony is "sho yu" which means "most beautiful" and they idolised this flower. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanks for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

VANILLE et CERISE … PEONY

The peony is the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and western North America but grow very well here too. Peonies are actually very easy to grow; once established they can tolerate drought and suffer from very few diseases. Colours range from pure white through baby pinks and palest peaches to clear deep pink and darkest rich maroon. There is also a pale yellow but it is rare. Peonies are only available between late May and early July, so get them while you can! They are very thirsty flowers, so make sure you top up the vase or bowl. The Greeks believed they could cure over 20 ailments and were found in every monastery garden. Peonies have been cultivated for over 2,000 years, more for their medicinal qualities than for ornament. The Japanese protect the earliest peony blooms from the snow by protecting them with individual small thatched shelters. Some geishas used to wear special peony colours. The Chinese name for peony is "sho yu" which means "most beautiful" and they idolised this flower. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thank you for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ILLUSION… Peony

You would think this was photographed on a reflective surface, and, sorry, you’d be wrong, these are actually two beautiful Peony blooms. The peony is named after Paeon, a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. When Asclepius became jealous of his pupil, Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DARK BEAUTY... Peony

Love this wild one, with the yellow stamens showing, blousey and stunning. FLOWERS MY GRANDMA LOVED: she especially loved the more common ones from the garden, the dark red ones. Again, memories very much connected with the fragrance! The Peony is indigenous to China, but was imported to Japan so early it is difficult to be certain when the transplantation occurred. It is a perennial plant with single flowers of white, red or pink which are born in late spring. The peony was originally introduced as medicine. In fact, its ancient Japanese name "Ebisugusuri" literally means ‘medicine from China’. However, due to its beautiful and now mostly double blooms, in time, many decorative varieties were developed. In Japanese society, it was seen both as a medicine and a source of beauty. THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

QUINTUPLETS… PEONIES

Full of promise, and…they delivered in all their splendour. Quintuplet definition, any group or combination of five, especially of the same kind. thanks for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

JOIE de VIVRE… Peony

a bud and two beautiful blooms. The Peony is indigenous to China, but was imported to Japan so early it is difficult to be certain when the transplantation occurred. It is a perennial plant with single flowers of white, red, hot pink or pale pink, which are born in late spring. The peony was originally introduced as medicine. In fact, its ancient Japanese name "Ebisugusuri" literally means ‘medicine from China’. However, due to its beautiful and now mostly double blooms, in time, many decorative varieties were developed. In Japanese society, it was seen both as a medicine and a source of beauty. Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHINESE PEONY...

"READY TO BLOOM and regale you with my beauty"? Although the petals look waxy... they are silky soft. The Peony is indigenous to China, but was imported to Japan so early it is difficult to be certain when the transplantation occurred. It is a perennial plant with single flowers of white, red, hot pink or pale pink, which are born in late spring. The peony was originally introduced as medicine. In fact, its ancient Japanese name "Ebisugusuri" literally means ‘medicine from China’. However, due to its beautiful and now mostly double blooms, in time, many decorative varieties were developed. In Japanese society, it was seen both as a medicine and a source of beauty. Lead and enjoy a good life, do and say things that enrich... and do not forget to tell the people close to you, how much you love them! With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

STILL PEONIES…

Discovered this in my archives, a ‘forgotten’ image of peonies, still working on the book of these lovelies. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Dramatic lighting, to make them 'different' from other flower images... My favourite... Lol, Thank you for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE PERFECT GIFT… LISIANTHUS

ORIGIN The lisianthus originates from North America, where it grows in desert riverbeds and in prairie regions. In the states of Texas, Nebraska, Nevada and Colorado they call this plant prairie gentian. Although originally an American beauty, the lisianthus’ rise to glory really only started in Japan. It was Japanese growers who crossed the prairie gentian in the 1930s to create the lisianthus we know today. Its appealing symbolism - it symbolises gratitude amongst other things - makes it the perfect gift. They come in white, green, blue, pink, lilac, purple and salmon. Some flowers even have petals with multiple colours. Apart from being colourful, the lisianthus’ petals are also very soft and delicate. So handle with care! SYMBOLISM The lisianthus may appear soft and cute, but it has a powerful symbolism, since this flower represents appreciation, gratitude and charisma. Lisianthus (Eustoma Grandiflorum) is a genus of 3 species in the family Gentianaceae. The name comes from the Greek words lysis, meaning 'dissolution' and anthos, meaning 'flower’. Thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOLDEN GIRLS… TROLLIUS

Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen’. Bright orange early summer flowers with yellow centres and deeply divided mid green leaves. These cheery, buttercup-like flowers are perfect for the middle of a moist border or for planting at the margins of a pond or stream. Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. Many are with Getty and other agencies© All rights reserved

LIME GREEN TO LEMON YELLOW… Tulips

An unusual variation of Tulips, slim, pointed and with odd-shaped petals and leaves. They come as lime-green buds and grow into lemon yellow blooms In Persia, to give a red tulip is to declare your love. To give a yellow tulip is to declare your love hopelessly and utterly... Thanks for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. Many are with Getty and other agencies© All rights reserved

WHICH WAY??? TULIPS

The lemon yellow flowers in this bouquet seemed lost, which way? Where is the light? In Persia, to give a red tulip is to declare your love. To give a yellow tulip is to declare your love hopelessly and utterly... Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use or COPY any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. Many are with Getty and other agencies© All rights reserved