Magda Indigo photography

+ THE PEONY COLLECTION

MOTHER and baby… PEONY
COMFORT and JOY… Peony
THREE PEONIES… ALA VICTORIANA
SWEET BEAUTY, PEONY…
A FLOWER DUET, PEONIES...
DELIGHT… PEONY
SLOWLY OPENING... PEONY
STILL PEONIES…
JOIE de VIVRE… Peony
HOT STUFF... BUD LIGHT… PEONY
BLUSH… PEONY
BELLEZZA… PEONY.
J'AI DEUX AMOURS… PEONY
FRIANDISE… PEONY
VANILLE et CERISE … PEONY
CERISE et VANILLE… PEONY
ILLUSION… Peony
CHANTILLY… Peony
LA TENDRESSE… Peony
PRETTY PASTELS… Peony, Scabiosa
WAITING in the WINGS… PEONY
GOTTA BE LOVE… PEONY
PINK FRENZY… PEONY
ADORABLE BLOOMS… Peony
BLUSH… PEONIES
SOFTLY, SOFTLY… Peony
WHERE LITTLE ANGELS SLEEP…
A SINGLE SOUL???? PEONIES
PEONY... ALA FLAMINGO…
SECRET LOVE… PEONY
LIGHTER SHADE of PALE, PEONY...
PORTRAIT OF A PEONY…
CHINESE PEONY...
HI, I'M BUD! PEONY BUD...
SOUVENIRS… PEONY
HOT STUFF... PEONY
MEMORIES of SUMMER… PEONY
INNER SECRETS… PEONY
AND NOW, I AM FULL ON PEONY...
PEONY... ALA VICTORIANA...
A FLOWER DUET, PEONIES...
THE PEONIES are BACK…
SAYONARA... Peony
SWEET DECLINE...PEONY
FOR ALL MAMA'S... PEONIES...
SEXY.. AND WE KNOW IT...
READY TO BLOOM... THE PEONY BUD...
CHINESE PEONY BUD...
OH HAPPY DAY, OH HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY...for ALL MAMAS
AND FOR DESERT? COEUR de PEONY...
THE LITTLE CHICKADEES...
THE SOUL-MOVING BEAUTY of THE PEONY...
THE WELL- KEPT SECRETS OF THE PEONY...
AB FAB...
BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!!!
ONLY THE LONELY... PEONY
THE WILD ONES... PEONY
TWO BUDS and A BLOOM... PEONY
PEONY MEDLEY...
MOTHER'S LOVE... PEONY
DARK BEAUTY... Peony
NEON-BRIGHT… Peony
CLARO Y OSCURO... PEONY
LAS BELLEZAS... Peonies
LAST BUT NOT LEAST... PEONY
SENSUALITY in PINK... Peony
MAGIC DUO… Peony
A SINGLE SOUL????
THE THREE DEGREES...
PEONISSIMO... PEONY
PRETTY IN PINK...
WORLD PHOTO DAY... Peony
FLAMINGO? NO, PEONY...
FLAMINGO PINK PEONY...
ONE of THE LAST OF THE PEONIES...
POETRY... PEONY, Aspect2
WINDBLOWN Peony...
OPULENT BEAUTY... PEONY, Aspect1
WILD THING… PEONY
THE PORTRAIT, MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF PEONY…
LADIES in WAITING... PEONY
THE JUMELAGE of THE PEONIES...
A SINGLE SOUL????
REMINDERS OF SUMMER... PEONIES.
TOGETHERNESS… PEONY
FINIR EN BEAUTE...
CHINOISERIE...LES TROIS PIVOINES
BEAUTY NEVER DIES...
LIKE A VIRGIN… Peony
LIGHTER SHADE of PALE, PEONY...
THE BLUSHING PEONY...
THE MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF PEONY
CLARO Y OSCURO... PEONY
DARK BEAUTY... Peony
SILKS… Peony
THE THREE BUDDIES...
PUNK MOVEMENT... PEONY
I'M BLOOMING BURSTING... THE PEONY BUD...
JUST THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT... PEONY
THE ARISTOCRATIC PEONY...
READY FOR THE BIG SHOW!
THE GENTLE AWAKENING... PEONY BUD
PEONY WITH LEAVES LIKE TALKING HANDS...
TOUCHED BY PINK... PEONY BLOOM
RASPBERRY-VANILLA DELICE... PEONY
THE FLOWER PETTICOAT... A PEONY
APPARITA... PEONY
A HANDSOME TRIO... PEONIES
LES BELLES TIMIDES... Peonies
AND NOW THE END IS NEAR...
THE SWEET BEAUTY of THE PEONY...
THE 'ALL-AGE' BEAUTY of THE PEONIES...
PASTEL PINK... PEONY
THE BEAUTIFUL COUPLE… PEONY
FIRST PEONY…
POETIC PEONY…
WHEN YOU'VE GOT... FLAUNT IT? A WHITE PEONY.
THAT WAY!!!
SHAME or SHY??? Peonies
EXPLODING HEARTS… PEONIES
RICH HEARTS… PEONIES
SO PEONISSIME… PEONIES
BLANC de BLANCS, white-peonies for CELEBRATION... 1000!!!
BUD to BURST, TO BLOOM...
BUD to, euhh, BURST, TO BLOOM...
THE CHIAROSCURO PEONY... so much more than a flower?
SISTER... Peony and bud
EVOLUTION II... THE PEONY
FLEMISH LIGHT... Peony
THE SUMPTUOUS PEONY, IN ALL ITS GLORY!
HER MAJESTY... THE PEONY
FULL of ADMIRATION for THE PEONY...
I'M BLOOMING PINK...
NESTLED… Peony
AN ANGEL FELL ON A CLOUD...
QUINTUPLETS… PEONIES
WHERE ANGELS SLEEP... PEONY
VANILLA RASPBERRY SWIRL...
RASPBERRY SWIRL of A DIFFERENT KIND...
CRESCENDO...PEONY
AN ANGEL FELL ON A CLOUD...
PEONISSIME… White Peonies in mono
METAMORPHOSIS… PEONY
SWEET PEONY…
THE MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF PEONY…
THE MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF PEONY…

MOTHER and baby… PEONY

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. THANKSfor 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

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

THREE PEONIES… ALA VICTORIANA

THREE PEONIES… ALA VICTORIANA They came from my garden They write (amongst many other things): It is the ability to "think outside the box" ! I ask: WHAT BOX???? LOL I must admit that as a 'creative', 1, being a night-person, my 'best' ideas mostly come after midnight! 2, it is an urge, not a choice... and 3, ... as soon as I have 'problems', however small, with client, family, health... the first thing to GO is: my creativity! So please, tee hee, do not upset me, he? Characteristics of the creative personality: Creative individuals have a great deal of energy, but they are also often quiet and at rest. Creative individuals tend to be smart, yet also naive at the same time. Creative individuals have a combination of playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility. Creative individuals alternate between imagination and fantasy at one end, and rooted sense of reality at the other. Creative people seem to harbour opposite tendencies on the continuum between extroversion and introversion. Creative individuals are also remarkable humble and proud at the same time. Creative individuals to a certain extent escape rigid gender role stereotyping and have a tendency toward androgyny. Generally, creative people are thought to be rebellious and independent. Most creative persons are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well. The openness and sensitivity of creative individuals often exposes them to suffering pain yet also a great deal of enjoyment. Found HERE: California State University, Northridge, From Creativity - Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I recognise myself COMPLETELY in this! 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

SWEET BEAUTY, PEONY…

I again tried to photograph the Peony with lots of drama! 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 common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. My favourite? lol 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

A FLOWER DUET, PEONIES...

Although when budding the petals look waxy... they are silky soft. The more they open the more silky they become. Also the paler the petals get... As you know, I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! "READY TO BLOOM and regale you with my beauty"? 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

DELIGHT… PEONY

DELIGHT… PEONY As you know, I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen, with my eyes! LOL "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. 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.co.uk 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

SLOWLY OPENING... PEONY

Another aspect of the Chinese Peony. You can see for yourself that this Peony was saying : "READY TO BLOOM and regale you with my 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. 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 likes and comments, M, (* _ *)SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PINK FRENZY… PEONY

Soon the last Peonies of the season again. A full bloom, a half bloom and a bud landing on the soft pink petals... 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

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

BLUSH… PEONIES

Pale Peonies, from the garden once more, so beautiful, with a multitude of ruffled petals, with a slight blush! THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! 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

WHERE LITTLE ANGELS SLEEP…

... a peony bud nestled in the petals... so snug! More from my garden. 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 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

A SINGLE SOUL???? PEONIES

"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." by Aristotle Shimmering in silky tones, trembling with beauty and individuality... joined in passion like grown from one stem, they belong together. I discovered these, a salmon pink I had NEVER seen before! The petals look 'waxy' but feel silky soft! 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. THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! 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

PEONY... ALA FLAMINGO…

About creativity, they write (amongst many other things): It is the ability to "think outside the box" ! I ask: WHAT BOX???? LOL I must admit that as a 'creative', 1. being a night-person, my 'best' ideas mostly come after midnight! 2. it is an urge, not a choice... and 3. ... as soon as you have 'problems', however small, with client, family, health... the first thing to GO is: my creativity! So please, tee hee, do not upset me, he? Characteristics of the creative personality: Creative individuals have a great deal of energy, but they are also often quiet and at rest. Creative individuals tend to be smart, yet also naive at the same time. Creative individuals have a combination of playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility. Creative individuals alternate between imagination and fantasy at one end, and rooted sense of reality at the other. Creative people seem to harbour opposite tendencies on the continuum between extroversion and introversion. Creative individuals are also remarkable humble and proud at the same time. Generally, creative people are thought to be rebellious and independent. Most creative persons are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well. The openness and sensitivity of creative individuals often exposes them to suffering pain yet also a great deal of enjoyment. Found HERE: California State University, Northridge, From Creativity - Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I recognise myself COMPLETELY in this! THANX 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

SECRET LOVE… PEONY

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul. Pablo Neruda This Pale Peony, from the garden once more, so beautiful, with a multitude of ruffled petals and guarding the inner secrets so very well! THANKS for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! 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

LIGHTER SHADE of PALE, PEONY...

This beauty had a slight 'blush' maybe a bit camera shy? Like so many of us? LOL. LOVE, BEAUTY, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, will be my survival mechanisms! 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 name of Peony is after a Paion (Peon) who was a student of the Gods' Doctor Asklipios. Paion had cured a wound Hercules had caused to Pluto. Asklipios got very angry with his student and killed him. Pluto then metamorphosed Paion into a flower. This flower is supposed to relief many illnesses and fever. 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. THANX 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, 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

PORTRAIT OF A PEONY…

Full on, still from the florist. Only just opening tentatively in the garden. With a recorded history that dates back thousands of years, it’s 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. The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honour. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. 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

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

HI, I'M BUD! PEONY BUD...

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! YES, it IS THAT season again! As you know, I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! "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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? 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.co.uk 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

SOUVENIRS… PEONY

Photographs are our best souvenirs… Here this peony, from early Summer. When I look through my extensive archives, it is mostly with a smile, it reminds me of how it used to be, it conjures up, the fragrance, the mood, the music with which many of my images were made, hmmmm, so engrained and intertwined. This was a last peony from my garden, with drops. The peony is the only genus in the flowering plant family Paeoniaceae. Thanx 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

HOT STUFF... PEONY

HOT STUFF... PEONY I've been working on this project, 'Flowers in the studio' for many a year. I hope you enjoy them. A Chinese Peony, THIS is how they start, the bud opened up... see tomorrow how they end, you won't believe your eyes! Peonies are actually very easy to grow; once established they can tolerate drought and suffer from very few diseases. The peony, along with the prune blossom were two traditional floral symbols of China, where the famous ancient Chinese city Luoyang has a reputation as a cultivation centre for the peonies, the peonies in Luoyang are often said to be the finest in the country, . Dozens of peony exhibitions and shows are also annually held there. The Japanese name for the peony "Ebisugusuri" means "medicine from China". Peonies have long been venerated in their native China and Japan. The peony was formerly regarded as both ornamental and medicinal, but is now mostly grown as an ornamental plant for the very large, showy single, double red, pink or white, often scented flowers. The peony is the State flower of Indiana. They are amongst my top ten favourite flowers, if there is such a thing! I love them in the garden, and in the house, such a blousy opulent display, an explosion of colour, they fragrance a whole room. THANX 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.co.uk 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

MEMORIES of SUMMER… PEONY

This one opened one petal at the time, ever so slowly, the bright yellow stamens came peeping through… I captured it quickly! Well into Autumn now, I look back to the Summer flowers, all gone, nothing but sweet memories to brighten up our ‘dark’ months, before and after the season of light, December. 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. THANX 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

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

AND NOW, I AM FULL ON PEONY...

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! Likcking lips in delight? Do you see it too? Although the petals look waxy... they are silky soft. The more they open the more silky they become. Also the paler the petals get... As you know, I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! "READY TO BLOOM and regale you with my beauty"? 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? 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.co.uk 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

PEONY... ALA VICTORIANA...

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! They write (amongst many other things): It is the ability to "think outside the box" ! I ask: WHAT BOX???? LOL I must admit that as a 'creative', 1, being a night-person, my 'best' ideas mostly come after midnight! 2, it is an urge, not a choice... and 3, ... as soon as you have 'problems', however small, with client, family, health... the first thing to GO is: my creativity! So please, tee hee, do not upset me, he? Characteristics of the creative personality: Creative individuals have a great deal of energy, but they are also often quiet and at rest. Creative individuals tend to be smart, yet also naive at the same time. Creative individuals have a combination of playfulness and discipline, or responsibility and irresponsibility. Creative individuals alternate between imagination and fantasy at one end, and rooted sense of reality at the other. Creative people seem to harbour opposite tendencies on the continuum between extroversion and introversion. Creative individuals are also remarkable humble and proud at the same time. Creative individuals to a certain extent escape rigid gender role stereotyping and have a tendency toward androgyny. Generally, creative people are thought to be rebellious and independent. Most creative persons are very passionate about their work, yet they can be extremely objective about it as well. The openness and sensitivity of creative individuals often exposes them to suffering pain yet also a great deal of enjoyment. Found HERE: California State University, Northridge, From Creativity - Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I recognize myself COMPLETELY in this! Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? THANX 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.co.uk 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 FLOWER DUET, PEONIES...

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! Although the petals look waxy... they are silky soft. The more they open the more silky they become. Also the paler the petals get... As you know, I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! "READY TO BLOOM and regale you with my beauty"? 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? 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.co.uk 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 PEONIES are BACK…

Brought them back from Belgium! 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. View LARGE. THANX 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

SAYONARA... Peony

Here, last beauty, tomorrow the petals fall... 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’s 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. 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. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. 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. The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honor. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanx for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

SWEET DECLINE...PEONY

Chinese Peony, THIS is how they end, changing colour,, not all at the same time, different stages, but now opening without closing again, still beautiful, still photogenic... Those huge heads, so layered, all coming out of this one bud... it NEVER ceases to amaze me. They are amongst my top ten favourite flowers, if there is such a thing! I love them in the garden, and in the house, such a blousy opulent display, an explosion of colour, they fragrance a whole room. THANX 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.co.uk 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 ALL MAMA'S... PEONIES...

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! Today, in the States and in most countries in Europe it is MOTHER'S DAY! I remember when I was a young mum... never seemed to have enough hands... however the heart big enough for all the love! Sometimes these 'special' days can be tinged with a little sadness... I'll not see them, only hear them... we live too far apart, the phone becomes suddenly so inadequate... but the heart, and the brain take care of things... Happy Mother's day, I hope they'll remember you well and not just today but EVERY day. A few of my favourite quotes on the matter... A mother understands what a child does not say. ~Author Unknown A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~Irish Proverb Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children. ~Sam Levenson Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn't have anything to do with it. ~Haim Ginott LOL! 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!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: http://www.indigo2photography.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm 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

SEXY.. AND WE KNOW IT...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Yes, it IS THAT SEASON again! 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 name of Peony is after a Paion (Peon) who was a student of the Gods' Doctor Asklipios. Paion had cured a wound Hercules had caused to Pluto. Asklipios got very angry with his student and killed him. Pluto then metamorphosed Paion into a flower. This flower is supposed to relief many illnesses and fever. 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. READ MORE HERE, new Blog: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2010/01/about-innovative-creativ... Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? THANX 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.co.uk 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

READY TO BLOOM... THE PEONY BUD...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! It is THAT season again... As you know, I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! You can see for yourself that this Peony was saying : "READY TO BLOOM and regale you with my 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? 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.co.uk 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 BUD...

so ALL my images were yet again pulled down... DISLIKED! WELL DONE, LOL, who cares? You are helping me get a lot of exposure...thanx to ALL THE "DISLIKES", LOL. I NOW HAVE 669.000 VIEWS, 53.600 LIKES AND 25.100 FAVES!!!! WOW!!! SO : the MORE you dislike, the more I upload and you eventually run out??? I have images galore! 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. I discovered these, the petals look 'waxy' but feel silky soft! View LARGE and On Black 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? THANX 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, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

OH HAPPY DAY, OH HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY...for ALL MAMAS

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Today, in most countries in Europe it is MOTHER'S DAY! I remember when I was a young mum... never seemed to have enough hands... however the heart big enough for all the love! Sometimes these 'special' days can be tinged with a little sadness... I'll not see them, only hear them... Hope yours is a HAPPY ONE! THE WELL- KEPT SECRETS OF THE PEONY.. This is the heart of the Paeonia lactiflora, also Chinese Peony, the flowers have modified stamens that are petal-like, called petaloid stamens. I love the translucent petals, yet when they are in bud, it looks like they are waxy and 'hard', not at all silky, which they are. AN ABSOLUTE MUST LARGE and on black 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. THANX 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.co.uk 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

AND FOR DESERT? COEUR de PEONY...

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! Don't they look 'sweet'? Good enough to 'eat'? Right inside, the inner sanctum of the Peony! This is the heart of the Paeonia lactiflora, also Chinese Peony, the bloom has a flower-like circle of stamens and unique carpels & stigmas,its very own little surprise tucked inside its petals. I love the translucent petals, yet when they are in bud, it looks like they are waxy and 'hard', not at all silky, which they are. 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. THANX 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.co.uk 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 CHICKADEES...

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! Don't they look 'sweet'? Like little chicks in a nest? Right inside, the inner sanctum of the Peony! This is the heart of the Paeonia lactiflora, also Chinese Peony, the bloom has a flower-like circle of stamens and unique carpels & stigmas,its very own little surprise tucked inside its petals. I love the translucent petals, yet when they are in bud, it looks like they are waxy and 'hard', not at all silky, which they are. 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. THANX 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.co.uk 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 SOUL-MOVING BEAUTY of THE PEONY...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! "The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him/her... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death." Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating." — Pearl S. Buck writer of the book " PEONY" This beauty really touches my soul! I love the translucent petals, yet When these are in bud, it looks like they are waxy and 'hard', not at all silky, which they are. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? THANX 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.co.uk 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 WELL- KEPT SECRETS OF THE PEONY...

This is the heart of the Paeonia lactiflora, also Chinese Peony, the flowers have modified stamens that are petal-like, called petaloid stamens. AN ABSOLUTE MUST LARGE and View On Black 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. THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

AB FAB...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Another fascinating flower-study. Saved from the rain... 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. 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. READ MORE HERE, new Blog: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2010/01/about-innovative-creativ... THANX 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.co.uk 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

BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!!!

I'm in the sun and so the shadows are BEHIND me?? LOL! Another image... yet again pulled down... DISLIKED! WELL DONE, LOL, who cares? Whoever is trying to bring you down, is already below you. You are helping me get a lot of exposure...thanx to ALL THE "DISLIKES". I NOW HAVE 703.000 VIEWS, 56.000 LIKES AND 26.500 FAVES!!!! WOW!!! SO : the MORE you dislike, the more I upload and you eventually run out??? I have images galore! Green-eyed monster? Meaning: Jealousy. Origin: Green is a colour associated with sickness, possibly because people's skin sometimes takes on a slightly yellow/green tinge when they are seriously ill. Green is also the colour of many unripe foods (immature?) that cause stomach pains. A couple of fabulous quotes on envy and jealousy: A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity. quote by Robert A. Heinlein Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies. quote byElizabeth Bowen I don't talk to plants, they talk to me and I gladly listen! What I heard here was the peony leaves, shivering and hugging in the nippy wind in the garden... saying!!! Large and View On Black Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? 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.co.uk 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

ONLY THE LONELY... 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 name of Peony is after a Paion (Peon) who was a student of the Gods' Doctor Asklipios. Paion had cured a wound Hercules had caused to Pluto. Asklipios got very angry with his student and killed him. Pluto then metamorphosed Paion into a flower. This flower is supposed to relief many illnesses and fever. 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 again for a dramatic lighting, to make them 'different' from other flower images, as usual, comp in camera... THANX 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, 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 WILD ONES... PEONY

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally with inhuman sensitivity. To him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death." Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating." ó Pearl S. Buck These were so very ‘wild’… the petals curvy, all over Baroque, LOL. Paeony 'Celebrity’ of the Paeoniceae family, these blooms with large fuchsia pink and white ruffled flowers, heavenly scented, the large flowers have layer upon layer of petals creating an awesome display of beauty. I love seeing where they come from, what they look like at their peak! Those huge heads, so 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, the GRAND opening... My favourite... Lol, thanx for your time and comments, M, (*_*) SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! 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.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm 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

TWO BUDS and A BLOOM... PEONY

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! The last from the garden sadly, for this year, I collected the buds and smaller ones, tentatively opening, still gorgeous and fragrant, so bounteous with their beauty. HERE NOW: YOU NEVER KNOW... A photographic 'anecdote' of the making and selling of one of my photos! Please view Large and in HD, only 7 minutes! Hope you enjoy this story, Magda, (*_*) youtu.be/2iX5id0dSnY Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 thanx 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.co.uk 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

PEONY MEDLEY...

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! The last from the garden sadly, for this year, I collected the buds and smaller ones, still gorgeous and frangrant, so bounteous with their beauty. HERE NOW: YOU NEVER KNOW... A photographic 'anecdote' of the making and selling of one of my photos! Please view Large and in HD, only 7 minutes! Hope you enjoy this story, Magda, (*_*) youtu.be/2iX5id0dSnY Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 thanx 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.co.uk 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

MOTHER'S LOVE... PEONY

A HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY... SAY IT WITH FLOWERS! A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. After his Mom dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said: For cutting the grass: $5.00 For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00 For going to the store for you: $.50 Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: $.25 Taking out the garbage: $1.00 For getting a good report card: $5.00 For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00 Total owed: $14.75 Well, his mother looked at him standing there, and the boy could see the memories flaashing through her mind. She picked up the pen, turned over the paper he'd written on, and this is what she wrote: For the nine months I carried you while you were growing inside me: No Charge For all the nights that I've sat up with you, doctored and prayed for you: No Charge For all the trying times, and all the tears that you've caused through the years: No Charge For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead: No Charge For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose: No Charge Son, when you add it up, the cost of my love is: No Charge. When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked straight at his mother and said, "Mom, I sure do love you." And then he took the pen and in great big letters he wrote: "PAID IN FULL". Lessons: You will never how much your parents' worth till you become a parent! Be a giver not an acquirer, especially with your parents. there is a lot to give, besides money. COZ MONEY IS THE WORST WAY OF MEASURING HAPPINESS... WITH LOTS OF LOVE,..........and A HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, from one mum to ALL the others! 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

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

NEON-BRIGHT… Peony

from the garden, you can never buy this at the florist!!! Luminous and luscious! THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! 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

CLARO Y OSCURO... PEONY

CLARO Y OSCURO... PEONY "A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds." quote by Percy Bysshe Shelley Now I paraphrase: "A photographer is a wizard, wo works in darkness and shines the light to show off a lovely subject with delectable forms" These were the darkest peonies, only from the garden? HERE NOW: YOU NEVER KNOW... A photographic 'anecdote' of the making and selling of one of my photos! Please view Large and in HD, only 7 minutes! Hope you enjoy this story, http://youtu.be/2iX5id0dSnY You can LISTEN TO ANOTHER STORY HERE: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us2tUsqOtZI&feature=youtu.be For more, read here: 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.co.uk 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 Paeonia,peony,flower,mauve,single, leaves,studio,colour,black-background,square, NIKON D7000, magda indigo

LAS BELLEZAS... Peonies

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! "Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself." quote by Desiderius Erasmus These were the darkest and last peonies, only from the garden, never saw them in the shops? HERE NOW: YOU NEVER KNOW... A photographic 'anecdote' of the making and selling of one of my photos! Please view Large and in HD, only 7 minutes! Hope you enjoy this story, http://youtu.be/2iX5id0dSnY You can LISTEN TO ANOTHER STORY HERE: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us2tUsqOtZI&feature=youtu.be For more, read here: 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.co.uk 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 BUT NOT LEAST... PEONY

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! Flowers don't worry about how they're going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful. quote by ~Jim Carrey These were the darkest and last peonies, only from the garden, never saw them in the shops? For more, read here: 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.co.uk 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 Paeonia,peony,flower,mauve,three, leaves,studio,colour,black-background,square, NIKON D7000, magda indigo

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

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

A SINGLE SOUL????

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! "Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." by Aristotle I was put in 'THE SPOTLIGHT', a new feature here on 500 px, check it out: portfolios.500px.com/spotlights/magdaindigo# I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! Shimmering in silky tones, trembling with beauty and individuality... joined in passion like grown from one stem, they belong together. I discovered these, a salmon pink I had NEVER seen before! The petals look 'waxy' but feel silky soft! 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? THANX 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.co.uk 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 THREE DEGREES...

CHINESE PEONIES. 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.I discovered these, never seen this color before, the petals look 'waxy' but feel silky soft! View On Black 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? THANX 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, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

PEONISSIMO... PEONY

Another fascinating flower-study. The GRAND opening... 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. My favourite... Lol, thanx for your time and comments, M, (*_*) MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY! 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.co.uk 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

PRETTY IN PINK...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! 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 name of Peony is after a Paion (Peon) who was a student of the Gods' Doctor Asklipios. Paion had cured a wound Hercules had caused to Pluto. Asklipios got very angry with his student and killed him. Pluto then metamorphosed Paion into a flower. This flower is supposed to relief many illnesses and fever. 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 again for a dramatic lighting, to make them 'different' from other flower images, as usual, comp in camera... Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? THANX 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.co.uk 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

WORLD PHOTO DAY... Peony

The date behind World Photo Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre in 1837. On January 9, 1839, The French Academy of Sciences announced the daguerreotype process. A few months later, on August 19, 1839, the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift "Free to the World". The first commercially available 35mm film camera was developed only 90 years ago, the digital camera became popular just 20 years ago and 15 years ago, camera phones didn’t exist! Thank you for your time and comments, M, (* _ *) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm 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

FLAMINGO? NO, PEONY...

This Peony so made me think of Flamingo birds... This is the Paeonia lactiflora, also Chinese Peony, the bloom has a flower-like circle of stamens and unique carpels & stigmas,its very own little surprise tucked inside its petals. I love the translucent petals, yet when they are in bud, it looks like they are waxy and 'hard', not at all silky, which they are. 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. THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! 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.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm 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

FLAMINGO PINK PEONY...

This Peony so made me think of Flamingo birds... This is the Paeonia lactiflora, also Chinese Peony, the bloom has a flower-like circle of stamens and unique carpels & stigmas,its very own little surprise tucked inside its petals. I love the translucent petals, yet when they are in bud, it looks like they are waxy and 'hard', not at all silky, which they are. 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. THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! 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.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm 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

ONE of THE LAST OF THE PEONIES...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below. Its season has come to an end again. The last ones are those pink ones, and as they open more they go to a salmon pink and end a creamy white! The Peony, so luscious and romantic, pure joy for all the senses.The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? My favourite... Lol, thanx for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

POETRY... PEONY, Aspect2

Please, VIEW on BLACK... This is the Paeonia lactiflora, also Chinese Peony, the bloom has a flower-like circle of stamens and unique carpels & stigmas,its very own little surprise tucked inside its petals. I love the translucent petals, yet when they are in bud, it looks like they are waxy and 'hard', not at all silky, which they are. 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. THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! 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.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm 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 ‪

WINDBLOWN Peony...

The 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 ís 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. 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. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. 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. The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honour. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanx for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

OPULENT BEAUTY... PEONY, Aspect1

BEAUTY, once photographed, it NEVER DIES! Its season had come to an end again. The last ones are those pink ones, and as they open more they go to a salmon pink and end a creamy white! The Peony, so luscious and romantic, pure joy for all the senses. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. My favourite(???)... Lol, This is the Paeonia lactiflora, also Chinese Peony, the bloom has a flower-like circle of stamens and unique carpels & stigmas,its very own little surprise tucked inside its petals. I love the translucent petals, yet when they are in bud, it looks like they are waxy and 'hard', not at all silky, which they are. 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. THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! 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.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm 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

WILD THING… PEONY

AB FAV for today… https://www.facebook.com/groups/1148438991917313/ Last beauty, tomorrow the petals fall... 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 ís 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. 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. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. 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. The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honour. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanx 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

THE PORTRAIT, MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF PEONY…

Full on, the first ones this year, from the florist. With a recorded history that dates back thousands of years, it’s 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. The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honour. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. 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

LADIES in WAITING... PEONY

That is what these two look like to me? Yep, a vivid imagination, which I'm happy for. A lady in waiting is a woman who attends a monarch or high ranking noble. Historically, ladies in waiting were members of the nobility themselves, although this is no longer necessarily required. This role has also greatly evolved; most modern ladies in waiting are discreet companions rather than members of a huge court entourage which is designed to impress. A good lady in waiting is said to be intelligent, good natured, and not afraid to offer honest or useful advice to her mistress. 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. I again tried to photograph them in a 'Victorian' style. Lots of drama! THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) PLEASE READ THIS: MY PHOTOS ARE ONLY FOR SALE DIRECTLY FROM ME, VIA THE WEBSITE! 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.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm 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

THE JUMELAGE of THE PEONIES...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! The 'JUMELAGE' or 'twinning' is the action of combining two identical or complementary things, the term is now widely attached to the association of two cities (most of the time in different countries) Its season has come to an end again. The Last ones are those pink ones, and as they open more they go to a salmon pink and end a creamy white! The Peony, so luscious and romantic, pure joy for all the senses. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? My favourite... Lol, thanx for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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 SINGLE SOUL????

"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." by Aristotle Shimmering in silky tones, trembling with beauty and individuality... joined in passion like grown from one stem, they belong together. I discovered these, a salmon pink I had NEVER seen before! The petals look 'waxy' but feel silky soft! The peony was originally introduced as medicine. In fact, its ancient Japanese name "Ebisugusuri" literally means ëmedicine from Chinaí. 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. THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! 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.co.uk 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

REMINDERS OF SUMMER... PEONIES.

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! 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 Peonies are only available between late May and early July. 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. Honoured in many cultures, the common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. A joy for all the senses again. 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. Anybody who likes my images, that my photos 'give' something to... then, I have achieved my goal, that's all there is to it, thank you. 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.co.uk 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

TOGETHERNESS… PEONY

Here it is cold for May… so, are these beautiful Peonies huddling together? Or just shy in front of the camera? One of the reasons why I love photographic images: you can make up your own crazy stories? LOL I seem to live my life with the flower seasons. Not yet in the garden. 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

FINIR EN BEAUTE...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Finir en beauté, to end in a blaze of glory!Their season has come to an end again. The Last ones are those pink ones, and as they open more they go to a salmon pink and end a creamy white! The Peony, so luscious and romantic, pure joy for all the senses. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? My favourite... Lol, thanx for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

CHINOISERIE...LES TROIS PIVOINES

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Three peonies, pure beauty...View On Black Gave them a more dramatic light! "The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death." Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating." — Pearl S. Buck writer of the book " PEONY" READ MORE HERE, new Blog: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2010/01/about-innovative-creativ... Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? THANX 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.co.uk 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 NEVER DIES...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Its season has come to an end again. The Last ones are those pink ones, and as they open more they go to a salmon pink and end a creamy white! Once photographed, it NEVER DIES! The Peony, so luscious and romantic, pure joy for all the senses. The common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? My favourite... Lol, thanx for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

LIKE A VIRGIN… Peony

so white, so virgin white… A joy for all the senses again. As the Tulip season ends, the Peony season starts, and so the year goes bye once more. Anybody who likes my images, that my photos 'give' something to... then, I have achieved my goal, that's all there is to it, thank you. 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

LIGHTER SHADE of PALE, PEONY...

PEONY... This beauty had a slight 'blush' maybe a bit camera shy? Like so many of us? LOL. Went again for a dramatic lighting, to make it 'different' from other flower images, as usual, comp in camera... 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 name of Peony is after a Paion (Peon) who was a student of the Gods' Doctor Asklipios. Paion had cured a wound Hercules had caused to Pluto. Asklipios got very angry with his student and killed him. Pluto then metamorphosed Paion into a flower. This flower is supposed to relief many illnesses and fever. 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. THANX 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, 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 BLUSHING PEONY...

This beauty had a slight 'blush', maybe a bit camera shy? Like so many of us? LOL. There's a speck, no, only pollen and I left it, natural... Went again for a dramatic lighting, to make it 'different' from other flower images, as usual, comp in camera... View On Black 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 name of Peony is after a Paion (Peon) who was a student of the Gods' Doctor Asklipios. Paion had cured a wound Hercules had caused to Pluto. Asklipios got very angry with his student and killed him. Pluto then metamorphosed Paion into a flower. This flower is supposed to relief many illnesses and fever. 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? THANX 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, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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 MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF PEONY

With a recorded history that dates back thousands of years, it’s 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. The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honour. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanx 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

CLARO Y OSCURO... PEONY

"A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds." quote by Percy Bysshe Shelley Now I paraphrase: "A photographer is a wizard, who works in darkness and shines the light to show off a lovely subject with delectable forms", lol? These are the darkest peonies? 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, (*_*) 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.co.uk 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

DARK BEAUTY... Peony

FLOWERS MY GRANDMA LOVED: PEONY… She especially love 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. THANX 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

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

THE THREE BUDDIES...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! HERE NOW: YOU NEVER KNOW... A photographic 'anecdote' of the making and selling of one of my photos! Please view Large and in HD, only 7 minutes! Hope you enjoy this story, Magda, (*_*) youtu.be/2iX5id0dSnY 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.co.uk 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

PUNK MOVEMENT... PEONY

It is a 'bumper' year for the peonies... This one the petals laced with 'raspberry sirup'... Punkish attitude. I love seeing where they come from, what they look like at their peak! Those huge heads, so 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, the GRAND opening... 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. An interesting extra bit of info given by www.flickr.com/photos/eytyxhs/ : The name of Peony is after a Paion (Peon) who was a student of the Gods' Doctor Asklipios. Paion had cured a wound Hercules had caused to Pluto. Asklipios got very angry with his student and killed him. Pluto then metamorphosed Paion into a flower. This flower is supposed to relief many illnesses and fever. 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. My favourite... Lol, thanx for your time and comments, M, (*_*) SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! 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.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm 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'M BLOOMING BURSTING... THE PEONY BUD...

I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! You can see for yourself that this Peony was saying : "I'm blooming bursting" !!! 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? 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.co.uk 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)

JUST THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT... PEONY

The way you look tonight, sung here by Peter Skellern accompanied by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band, also a treat! www.youtube.com/watch?v=und3e9ZN_Tc&feature=BFa&l... I love Peonies, here full of promise... soon to be opening into a gorgeous voluptuous bloom... I don't talk to flowers like some people, they talk to me and I gladly listen! Here saying: A new season of peonies, am I not a beauty? Look at all my pretty curves and candy colours? 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? 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.co.uk 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 ARISTOCRATIC PEONY...

It's been a 'bumper' year for the peonies... This one the petals laced with 'raspberry sirup'...View On Black I love seeing where they come from, what they look like at their peak! Those huge heads, so 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, the GRAND opening... 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. An interesting extra bit of info given by www.flickr.com/photos/eytyxhs/ : Τhe name of Peony is after a Paion (Peon) who was a student of the Gods' Doctor Asklipios. Paion had cured a wound Hercules had caused to Pluto. Asklipios got very angry with his student and killed him. Pluto then metamorphosed Paion into a flower. This flower is supposed to relief many illnesses and fever. 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? Went for again for a dramatic lighting, to make them 'different' from other flower images, as usual, comp in camera... My favourite... Lol, thanx for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

READY FOR THE BIG SHOW!

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! HERE NOW: YOU NEVER KNOW... A photographic 'anecdote' of the making and selling of one of my photos! Please view Large and in HD, only 7 minutes! Hope you enjoy this story, youtu.be/2iX5id0dSnY www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u1aOqA4KdM 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.co.uk 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 GENTLE AWAKENING... PEONY BUD

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! The bud opened up into this beauty... 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. I again tried to photograph them with lots of drama! READ MORE HERE, new Blog: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2010/01/about-innovative-creativ... THANX 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.co.uk 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 peony,petals,flower,pink,bud,studio,macro,colour,black-background,square, Nikon D7000, magda indigo

PEONY WITH LEAVES LIKE TALKING HANDS...

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! What is the peony trying to say? 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? 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.co.uk 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 green,leaves,studio,macro,colour,,black-background,square, Nikon D7000, magda indigo

TOUCHED BY PINK... PEONY BLOOM

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! I love seeing where they come from, what they look like at their peak! Those huge heads, so layered, all coming out of this one bud... it NEVER ceases to amaze me. The evolution, the unfurling, the GRAND opening... HERE NOW: YOU NEVER KNOW... A photographic 'anecdote' of the making and selling of one of my photos! Please view Large and in HD, only 7 minutes! Hope you enjoy this story, Magda, (*_*) youtu.be/2iX5id0dSnY Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 thanx 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.co.uk 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

RASPBERRY-VANILLA DELICE... PEONY

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! The bud opened slowly into this beauty... 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. I again tried to photograph them with lots of drama! Here I give an exclusive interview: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mol7mfKqYk READ MORE HERE, new Blog: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2010/01/about-innovative-creativ... THANX 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.co.uk 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 FLOWER PETTICOAT... A PEONY

To me, this looked like one of those frilly, rock&roll sixties petticoats... 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. 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 and thanx for your visit, M, (*_*) MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! 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: magdaindigo.co.uk 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 SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT!

APPARITA... PEONY

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him. ~Quote by Auguste Rodin Like an apparition? I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! Damaged by rain and touched with mauve they stood, shimmering in silky tones, trembling with beauty and individuality, appearing, opening. with the impatience of youth, one day...please, soon... I again photographed them with lots of drama! Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 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!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS: http://www.indigo2photography.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm 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 HANDSOME TRIO... PEONIES

A HANDSOME TRIO... PEONIES SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! AND, THEY'RE BACK, yes in season! 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. I again tried to photograph them with lots of drama! Here I give an exclusive interview: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Mol7mfKqYk READ MORE HERE, new Blog: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2010/01/about-innovative-creativ... THANX 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.co.uk 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 peony,petals,flower,pink,three,studio,macro,colour,black-background,horizontal, Nikon D7000, magda indigo

LES BELLES TIMIDES... Peonies

Beautiful Peonies, looking a little bit camera-shy??? LOL Another fascinating flower-study. The GRAND opening... 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? My favourite... Lol, thanx 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.co.uk 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

AND NOW THE END IS NEAR...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! Another fascinating flower-study. These Peonies start out bright deep pink and towards the end, they start to discolour beautifully and they turn to a very pale pink almost creamy white... Gorgeous till the end. As you know, I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! You can see for yourself that this Peony was saying : "I regaled you with my beauty, for days, and did IT MY WAY" !!! 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? 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.co.uk 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 SWEET BEAUTY of THE PEONY...

so my beautiful previous image... yet again pulled down... DISLIKED! WELL DONE, LOL, who cares? You are helping me get a lot of exposure...thanx to ALL THE "DISLIKES", LOL. I NOW HAVE 695.000 VIEWS, 55.400 LIKES AND 26.100 FAVES!!!! WOW!!! SO : the MORE you dislike, the more I upload and you eventually run out??? I have images galore! This is an Award-winning image, one that is so much liked, why? If only we knew, he? View LARGE and On Black for the GREAT EXPERIENCE? 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. Went for again for a dramatic lighting, to make them 'different' from other flower images... My favourite... Lol, thanx for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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 'ALL-AGE' BEAUTY of THE PEONIES...

Whether they are bloom or bud... I love seeing where they come from, what they look like at their peak! Those huge heads, so layered, all coming out of this one bud, this bud unfurling and displaying all this beauty... it NEVER ceases to amaze me.View On Black 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. Honoured in many cultures, the common thread is that the flower always denotes luxury and indulgence. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? THANX 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, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

PASTEL PINK... PEONY

I again tried to photograph them in a 'Victorian' style. Lots of drama! 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. My favourite... Lol, READ MORE HERE, new Blog: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2010/01/about-innovative-creativ... Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanx for your visit, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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 BEAUTIFUL COUPLE… 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. I again tried to photograph them in a 'Victorian' style. Lots of drama! My favourite... Lol, READ MORE HERE, new Blog: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2010/01/about-innovative-creativ... Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanx 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

FIRST PEONY…

Yes, it that is time again soon, saw this on Saturday in a flower-shop in Pickering, wow. I seem to live my life with floor seasons. Not yet in the garden. 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

POETIC 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, thanx 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

WHEN YOU'VE GOT... FLAUNT IT? A WHITE PEONY.

This white Peony opened in full beauty, strutting her stuff... A joy for all the senses again. This NOT a crop, I always prefer comp in camera. 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? Anybody who likes my images, that my photos 'give' something to... then, I have achieved my goal, that's all there is to it, thank you. With love to you and thank you for ALL your faves and comments, hope you all have a good time! M, (* _ *) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

THAT WAY!!!

rectification on previous image: DISLIKES: 835... LOL. I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! You can see for yourself what this White Peony was saying!!! View On proper 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? Anybody who likes my images, that my photos 'give' something to... then, I have achieved my goal, that's all there is to it, thank you. 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 or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

SHAME or SHY??? Peonies

Two peonies, white, from my garden, they showed me their back, also beauty, but did I detect shyness or shame? I guess both nowadays! What have we become, a race filled with hate and greed! NOT ME, I am still stand for goodness, beauty and love! I am on the winning team? 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

EXPLODING HEARTS… PEONIES

Two white Peony opened in full beauty, strutting her stuff... A joy for all the senses again. Anybody who likes my images, that my photos 'give' something to... then, I have achieved my goal, that's all there is to it, thank you. With a recorded history that dates back thousands of years, it ís 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. 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. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. 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 lovely day and thanx for your comments, 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

RICH HEARTS… PEONIES

Three white Peony opened in full beauty, strutting her stuff... A joy for all the senses again. WE are in the Peony season once more. 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. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. 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 lovely day and thanx for your comments, 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

SO PEONISSIME… PEONIES

THE MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF THE PEONY: With a recorded history that dates back thousands of years, it’s 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. The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honour. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. They come in more colours than I knew! These here a pure white. Such luscious blooms. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and thanx 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

BLANC de BLANCS, white-peonies for CELEBRATION... 1000!!!

Today, I saw that I am uploading my 1000th image! A TREAT View On proper Black I joined on 22nd of September 2011, nearly 10 months ago. Stats: Views: 828.000 Likes: 65.900 Faves: 32.000 Comments: 39.700 Dislikes: 833 I received a number of Editor's choices and I was invited for an exclusive interview by 500px. You can read it HERE:500px.com/blog/139/portrait-magda-indigo I'm happy with the results, a lot came out of all the hard work. So it is awesome, cause for celebrations and who better than with you? www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxmf2o3GotY HIP HIP CHIN CHIN! Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL and 500px! I hope you enjoyed viewing them as much as I enjoyed photographing them! The greatest thirill is to bring some beauty, if my images release ANY emotion, I feel I have achieved my goal, so, your time, visits,comments are much appreciated. Thank you, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

BUD to BURST, TO BLOOM...

I love seeing where they come from, what they look like at their peak! Those huge heads, so layered, all coming out of this one small bud, the other bud tentatively unfurling and the bloom displaying all this beauty... it NEVER ceases to amaze me. The evolution, the unfurling, the GRAND opening... thanx 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

BUD to, euhh, BURST, TO BLOOM...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! I love seeing where they come from, what they look like at their peak! Those huge heads, so layered, all coming out of this one bud, the other bud tentatively unfurling and the bloom displaying all this beauty... it NEVER ceases to amaze me. The evolution, the unfurling, the GRAND opening... HERE NOW: YOU NEVER KNOW... A photographic 'anecdote' of the making and selling of one of my photos! Please view Large and in HD, only 7 minutes! Hope you enjoy this story, Magda, (*_*) youtu.be/2iX5id0dSnY Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 thanx 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.co.uk 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 CHIAROSCURO PEONY... so much more than a flower?

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! HERE NOW: YOU NEVER KNOW... A photographic 'anecdote' of the making and selling of one of my photos! Please view Large and in HD, only 7 minutes! Hope you enjoy this story, Magda, (*_*) youtu.be/2iX5id0dSnY I was fortunate to grow up in a family of great readers! We had a wealth of books in different languages to choose from! The novel Peony, by Pearl S. Buck, I read at a fairly young age, in English, because, I was raised in 3 languages. I remember enjoying it, but now realise I did not fully understand... faculty.randolphcollege.edu/fwebb/buck/jlgornto/Peony.html The Concepts of Yin-Yang Presented Throughout Peony A revisiting is imminent! Pearl was a wise lady and proved it in everything that she wrote, no wonder she was awarded the Nobel Prize! Here are some of her quotes that I favour: "The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death." Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating." — Pearl S. Buck Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 thanx 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.co.uk 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

SISTER... Peony and bud

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hry4TTkqpqE from The Colour Purple. I don't talk to flowers, they talk to me and I gladly listen! Shimmering in silky tones, trembling with beauty and individuality, the bud looking up at big 'sister' with the impatience of youth, one day...please, soon... Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 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 visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

EVOLUTION II... THE PEONY

I love seeing where they come from, what they look like at their peak! Those huge heads, so 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, the GRAND opening... View On Black 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. An interesting extra bit of info given by www.flickr.com/photos/eytyxhs/ : Τhe name of Peony is after a Paion (Peon) who was a student of the Gods' Doctor Asklipios. Paion had cured a wound Hercules had caused to Pluto. Asklipios got very angry with his student and killed him. Pluto then metamorphosed Paion into a flower. This flower is supposed to relief many illnesses and fever. 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, as usual, comp in camera... Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 My favourite... Lol, thanx for your time and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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

FLEMISH LIGHT... Peony

Shimmering in silky tones, trembling with beauty and individuality... we are joined in passion. The works of the Flemish Primitives are characterized by their vibrant, sophisticated and detailed painting technique in which the visible world is portrayed in a naturalistic way. Displaying accurate light, light and light effects on individuals, material and landscaping was also one of the characteristics of the Flemish Primitives. 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. THANX 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.co.uk/magda-portfolio.htm 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

THE SUMPTUOUS PEONY, IN ALL ITS GLORY!

The bud opened up into this beauty... 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. I again tried to photograph them with lots of drama! Comp in camera, A REAL TREAT LARGE and Viewed On Black THANX 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.co.uk 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 READ MORE HERE, new Blog: magdaindigo.blogspot.com/2010/01/about-innovative-creativ...

HER MAJESTY... THE PEONY

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! I love seeing where they come from, what they look like at their peak! Those huge heads, so 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, the GRAND opening... View On Black 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. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? My favourite... Lol, thanx 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.co.uk 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

FULL of ADMIRATION for THE PEONY...

The title? They are so FULL (blousy) and I admire them, right now? My favourite... LOL. 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. I again tried to photograph them in a 'Victorian' style. Lots of drama! Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 THANX for ALL your comments and visits, so appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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'M BLOOMING PINK...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! I love seeing where they come from, what they look like at their peak! Those huge heads, so layered and the bloom displaying all this beauty... it NEVER ceases to amaze me. The evolution, the unfurling, the GRAND opening... HERE NOW: YOU NEVER KNOW... A photographic 'anecdote' of the making and selling of one of my photos! Please view Large and in HD, only 7 minutes! Hope you enjoy this story, Magda, (*_*) youtu.be/2iX5id0dSnY Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 thanx 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.co.uk 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

AN ANGEL FELL ON A CLOUD...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! ... a peony bud nestled in the petals... "The past is history. The future is a mystery and this moment is a gift. That is why this moment is called "the present". HERE NOW: YOU NEVER KNOW... A photographic 'anecdote' of the making and selling of one of my photos! Please view Large and in HD, only 7 minutes! Hope you enjoy this story, Magda, (*_*) youtu.be/2iX5id0dSnY Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 thanx 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.co.uk 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

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

WHERE ANGELS SLEEP... PEONY

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! ... The soft center of a peony. "The past is history. The future is a mystery and this moment is a gift. That is why this moment is called "the present". HERE NOW: YOU NEVER KNOW... A photographic 'anecdote' of the making and selling of one of my photos! Please view Large and in HD, only 7 minutes! Hope you enjoy this story, Magda, (*_*) youtu.be/2iX5id0dSnY Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 thanx 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.co.uk 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

VANILLA RASPBERRY SWIRL...

That Sunday we had very hot and sticky weather... now being a 'Scandinavian' type.... I SUFFERED, could not work in the garden, sit in the shade? Mmmmm, maybe, naah, take photos? ALWAYS. The peonies, of which I have 3 different varieties, had just unfurled and displayed all their luscious glory and beauty, a good thing I photographed them from all angles, coz on Monday... thunder and lightning... Another example of DO NOT POSTPONE...when it's there, TAKE IT!!! All natural, no crop, no manipulation, lol. Have a gorgeous day and as always, thank you for your comments, appreciated, M, (*_*) A REAL TREAT, LARGE and View On black 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

RASPBERRY SWIRL of A DIFFERENT KIND...

One of my beloved peonies, white with a pink swirl, scrumptious! It had been 'beaten' in the garden by the weather, so it was studio time again... View LARGE and On Black, A REAL TREAT Peonies are actually very easy to grow; once established they can tolerate drought and suffer from very few diseases. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? Thank you for your comments, appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk 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 was invited for an exclusive interview by Debbie Slater of 500px. You can read it HERE:500px.com/blog/139/portrait-magda-indigo Hope you enjoy it? A small peep behind the camera? I do not often give them, but when I do, I go all out, LOL. Thank you Debbie and 500px. Thanking everybody who took the time to view and comment on my images over the 8 months I've uploaded on 500px. Your warm respons touches me deeply. A BIG THANK YOU ALL, M, (*_*)

CRESCENDO...PEONY

SUPPORT the PHOTOGRAPHER: BUY DIRECT! Two petals emerging in the center, like a surprise in a birthday-cake, surrounded by the happy yellow stamens, A happy photo... Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? 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.co.uk 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

AN ANGEL FELL ON A CLOUD...

a peony bud nestled in the petals... VIEW the NEW BOOK and movie:THE MONOCHROMES here: https://youtu.be/GoOj18_lEVg thanx 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 reserved For more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.com

PEONISSIME… White Peonies in mono

"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise,O a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death." Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating of image, music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating." ó Pearl S. Buck Anybody who likes my images, that my photos 'give' something to... then, I have achieved my goal, that's all there is to it, 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

METAMORPHOSIS… PEONY

Always mesmerising to see a bud unfurl into one of the blousiest blooms! I collected the buds and smaller ones, still gorgeous and fragrant, so bounteous with their beauty. The name of Peony is after a Paion (Peon) who was a student of the Gods' Doctor Asklipios. Paion had cured a wound Hercules had caused to Pluto. Asklipios got very angry with his student and killed him. Pluto then metamorphosed Paion into a flower. This flower is supposed to relief many illnesses and fever. 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. thanx 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.co.uk 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

SWEET PEONY…

I've been working on this project, 'Flowers in the studio' for many a year. HMMM, 25 years! hope you enjoy them. It completely unfurled, I eternalised it (in the studio, in my usual way, playing with light...). Peonies are actually very easy to grow; once established they can tolerate drought and suffer from very few diseases. The peony, along with the prune blossom were two traditional floral symbols of China, where the famous ancient Chinese city Luoyang has a reputation as a cultivation centre for the peonies, the peonies in Luoyang are often said to be the finest in the country, . Dozens of peony exhibitions and shows are also annually held there. The Japanese name for the peony "Ebisugusuri" means "medicine from China". Peonies have long been venerated in their native China and Japan. The peony was formerly regarded as both ornamental and medicinal, but is now mostly grown as an ornamental plant for the very large, showy single, double red, pink or white, often scented flowers. The peony is the State flower of Indiana. They are amongst my top ten favourite flowers, if there is such a thing! I love them in the garden, and in the house, such a blousy opulent display, an explosion of colour, they fragrance a whole room. Sometimes I just 'feeeeeeeeel' like this, a flower image in b&w... I love the subtle tones, all the varied tones, that give the flower/petals/stems their texture, depth and form, their delectable shapes accentuated, extracted and emphasised without the colour. Don't you agree? VIEW the NEW BOOK and movie:THE MONOCHROMES here: https://youtu.be/GoOj18_lEVg 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

THE MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF PEONY…

With a recorded history that dates back thousands of years, it’s 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. The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honour. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. Monochromatic? Not really he? All the shades of grey... from a true black to white... as it should be! Sometimes I just 'feeeeeeeeel' like this, a flower image in b&w... I love the subtle tones, all the varied tones, that give the flower/petals/stems their texture, depth and form, their delectable shapes accentuated, extracted and emphasised without the colour. Don't you agree? NEW BOOK and movie:THE MONOCHROMES here: https://youtu.be/GoOj18_lEVg 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, 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

THE MEANING & SYMBOLISM OF PEONY…

With a recorded history that dates back thousands of years, it’s 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. The traditional floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honour. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage. Monochromatic? Not really he? All the shades of grey... from a true black to white... as it should be! Sometimes I just 'feeeeeeeeel' like this, a flower image in b&w... I love the subtle tones, all the varied tones, that give the flower/petals/stems their texture, depth and form, their delectable shapes accentuated, extracted and emphasized without the colour. Don't you agree? 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, 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