Flower Magic
Flower Magic © Harold Davis

Flower Magic

Well, flowers are magical. So is nature, and so are people. Of course, with light comes darkness, and without the contrast we would not grasp the magic of the moment…

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Limiting the Palette
Irises and Red Tulips © Harold Davis

Limiting the Palette

Sometimes a limited palette of colors can actually seem more colorful than a full spectrum of rainbow colors. As a case in point, consider these two compositions, limited to a…

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Rhapsody in Tulip
Rhapsody in Tulip © Harold Davis

Rhapsody in Tulip

Rhapsody in Tulip is my last 2023 image in the Artfully Random series. As I look back, this image speaks to me with its sense of color and rhythm: a…

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Iris Suite
Iris Window © Harold Davis

Iris Suite

I have been photographing Irises close-up and personal. Irises are wonderful flowers, and I come back to them quite a bit. With these images, I used a simple setup with…

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Mandala
Mandala (Black) © Harold Davis

Mandala

Yesterday I spent most of my day building a mandala from flower petals on my light box. I used petals from alstroemeria, chrysanthemum, gerbera, some lobelia from the garden, and…

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White Peonies
Peonies and Poppies © Harold Davis

White Peonies

I have been photographing some stunning white peonies. For this flower, the internal cluster is in a pretty unusual formation. Part of the idea of photographing this flower on the…

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Artfully Random
Glory of the Garden 3 © Harold Davis

Artfully Random

I've stumbled into a new series of flower images. These images have in common the appearance of "artful randomness." They are supposed to seem casual and minimally arranged. But the…

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Joy of the World in Flowers!
Wilder Shores of Love 2 © Harold Davis

Joy of the World in Flowers!

Having a number of teenagers and twenty-somethings in the house exposes me to some (understandable) pessimism about life, society, and the future. These are indeed strange times. We---and our kids---have…

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Glory of the Garden
Glory of the Garden © Harold Davis

Glory of the Garden

How wonderful to be photographing flowers from my garden at this time of year when the world comes to life and all the colors glow and are so glorious!

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Rojasianthe Superba
Rojasianthe superba © Harold Davis

Rojasianthe Superba

This Rojasianthe superba, sometimes called "White Sunflower Tree," was growing in the entry garden of San Francisco Botanical Garden, where (with permission) I cut this specimen. The seeds of Rojasianthe…

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Wilder Shores of Love
Wilder Shores of Love 1 © Harold Davis

Wilder Shores of Love

What is love? It is, of course, a "many-splendored" thing: supple, wonderful, wistful, and maybe all of these at once and maybe more. The passionate rush of dopamine when encountering…

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Peony as big as a platter
Peony as big as a platter © Harold Davis

Peony as big as a platter

I'm proud of our bush Peony. For a toddler---I planted it close to two years ago---it certainly produced a huge and beautiful flower. It's hard to get a sense of…

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