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Peony Visions - ("Angel Wings II")

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 5 June 2016 in Plant & Nature.

I sub-titled this image "Angel Wings II" because a few years ago, I think, I ran a short series of Peony images that engaged a close up similar to this. I titled that image "Angel Wings" in honor of Stevie Ray Vaughan and his song that was titled the same. From that time on, whenever I shoot or view the soft graceful petals of a peony, I think of Stevie Ray and his powerful music and spirit.

I am really excited by the crop of Peonies in our yard this year. They have held up remarkably well, thanks to the support idea that Barbara came up with (so the stems don't drop to the ground from the weight of the blossoms).

I will run a short series here again this week - and I hope you like the shots. I also hope you let me know if you do OR do not like them.....I'm cool with that :-)

Apple iPhone 6s 1/801 second F/2.2 ISO 25 29 mm (35mm equiv.)

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

Apple iPhone 6s
1/801 second
F/2.2
ISO 25
29 mm (35mm equiv.)

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