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Marching Toward 1000 Digital Mandalas, Pt. 2


Royal Dahlia Mandala 04 - Digital Mandala

Royal Dahlia Mandala 04 – Digital Mandala

When I first started creating Digital Mandalas, way back at least 15 years ago, I always had a thought that macro images of flowers would probably make killer Digital Mandalas. I also thought that all Digital Mandalas would best be displayed at a large size, like maybe larger then 3 feet in diameter? At that time I didn’t have the proper digital camera equipment to create something that big without the resolution looking pixelated and blurry. Sometimes in abstract images one can use blur to their advantage, but I think there’s a difference between artistic blur and blur created because the image’s resolution has been blown beyond it’s capacity?

So that was the course I set out on, the ultimate goal of finding the camera equipment that would allow me to create decent looking, artistic, macro images of flowers that could ultimately become very large killer Digital Mandalas. I think with this Royal Dahlia set of Digital Mandalas I’ve come a step closer to that goal? The Digital Mandala above was created from the macro image of a Royal Dahlia flower, see image below. I can get in closer, and I have on some flowers, but with this particular dahlia flower and it’s petal design, this is probably one of the better angles to be at for an outstanding Digital Mandala image. What do you think? I think I need to improve my resolution a little better? But, this Digital Mandala should be clear and sharp when printed up to 4 feet in diameter? I’m not a printer expert, it’s hard for me to visualize converting my digital files to print? This will be printed up soon and I think it’s colorful design would look awesome and a large white wall somewhere?

On Sept. 27, next month, I’ll be publishing my 1000th Digital Mandala post on the Daily Digital Mandala blog. This post is part of a series celebrating that accomplishment. Celebrating and looking back at having created that many Digital Mandalas, I think that is quite amazing? This Royal Dahlia set of Digital Mandalas is one of the most recent sets I’ve created from a digital image taken just last month. While creating this set and reminiscing about all 1000 Digital Mandala, I remembered having this thought about macro images of flowers making killer Digital Mandalas from a long time ago.

At the end of this year, after publishing nearly 1100 daily posts, it is with sad regret to announce that I will be retiring the Digital Mandala blog. The blog hasn’t caught on very well with followers, the average number of daily visitors is zero. But more importantly, I’m out of fresh stock! In order to satisfy the demand of a blog posting daily I have to create 365 Digital Mandalas every year. It’s taken me 15 years to accumulate 3 years supply to post on this blog. 15 years to create 1100 Digital Mandalas. I thought about recycling back to the beginning of my supply and posting for another 3 years? But the blog isn’t getting enough support, visitors per day, to make it worth the time it takes to pull that off? It’s possible that I may start back at the beginning of my Digital Mandala supply and posting weekly? But we will make final decisions between now and the end of the year. But there could be others things coming up with the Digital Mandala designs? So stay tuned and you’ll hear what’s going to happen soon.

C Vincent Ferguson - Royal Dahlia Macro 01 - Digital Image

C Vincent Ferguson – Royal Dahlia Macro 01 – Digital Image

Peace

~V

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The Life of a Crappy Photographer


Mandala 05

It’s been a little over 4 years now since I’ve been creating posts for this blog! I knew at the very beginning that I wasn’t an awesome photographer, but I figured I had promise and was eager to become at least a decent photography. It was my objective to post images mainly for myself so I could look back on my posts and see the progress I make toward creating better images.

I kind of figured I’d pick up a few followers along the way? I have a few followers but none of them ever actually visit my blog. I average zero (0) visitors per day. Unless WordPresses algorithms  aren’t accurately recording the number of visits to my blog, which would be a major concern of mine, but I have no way of actually verifying the number of visitors on a daily basis, so I guess I would never know whether WordPress is inaccurately recording the number of visitors to my blog? I don’t see why WordPress wouldn’t want an accurate picture of visitors to the blogs they host? But my average number of visitors remains at zero. That means that occasionally I might get a visitor or two on my blog, but most days I get zero visits. It’s good thing I’m only doing this for myself, because I’m sure not very successful at it. Probably because I remain a crappy photographer. I keep trying though.

Case in point, my last blog post telling a Caterpillar Story about crawling on a Kousa Dogwood Bract. Are these images perfect? Probably not, but I think they are pretty cool anyway. But judging from the response I got on the post, namely only 4 people have actually “liked” that post. I figured that post would blow up with it’s cuteness? But far from it. Fewer than zero number of visitors stopped by my blog to check that post out. So essentially, no one except for me is liking my photography. That kind of hurts.

Anyway, this is where I stand right now 4 years after starting this blog. and a little under 3 years in posting on my 2 Quote A Flower and Daily Digital Mandala blogs. All three generate an average of zero visitors per day. As I posted a few weeks back on my Marching Towards 1000 Mandalas post, I’m coming up on having created 1000 Digital Mandalas. This is something I’m pretty proud anyway, even if no on else is. I just think that’s impressive but praise for that achievement I will not get. Because nobody will know about it. Anyway, the image above is from that collection of 1000 Digital Mandalas. It’s one of my favorites. From a digital image of a bee hovering over a Sea Holly flower. I’m a little under 50 posts away from 1000 posts on the Daily Digital Mandala Blog. I should be posting my 1000th Digital Mandala on Sept 27th next month. I’m looking forward to it, but I’m afraid it’s going to be a less than stellar celebration, because nobody else cares.

Peace

~V


Orlando Florida Sunflower Opens


C. Vincent Ferguson - Sunflower Opens - Digital Image

C. Vincent Ferguson – Sunflower Opens – Digital Image

I’m deeply saddened by the events that happened in Florida Sunday morning. June is normally the month of pride for the LGBT Community. Has been every year for as long as I can remember. It’s a time when folks come together to celebrate their differences and express love and appreciation for that difference. This expression of love and appreciation suffered a direct attach because of people who are indifferent toward those emotions. I feel sorry for those people who have to support hate and indifference toward others. Your isolation is what worries me most. There’s not one ounce of caring left in your soul that you have to attack others in their expression of love? It’s really just pitiful.

I come from a background with a family overcome with hatred and nonacceptance. Not only because I’m Gay, but they tend not to understand or take into account the feelings of anyone that crosses their path. I feel sorry for them, because they can’t see past their blinding ignorance. I wish it would change, but they have to change themselves. I can only encourage and remain dedicated to who I am and live the best possible life, in peace and acceptance, that I can.

I remember growing up in a suburb outside of Kansas City. My mother was originally from Mississippi, Dad was from Pennsylvania. They met in Florida while Dad was in the Navy. Moved to Kansas so that he could work at TWA for 30 years. They raised a big ole Catholic family. I have 6 siblings and every year at Spring Break we all would hop into the car and take the trip to Mississippi to visit Mom’s family. I absolutely loved those trips, squeezed into the Oldsmobile, or in the later years we moved up and were to able to afford a Chevy Caprice Classic wagon. What an ugly car! And ours was this puke green color. I’m not sure why that particular car ended up being the chosen one?

One year on a visit to my grandmothers, I was playing in the front yard of my grandmother’s house, with a few siblings and cousins. It was kind of early in the morning and I guess it was garbage day? There was the garbage truck slowly moving it’s way up the street. Driven and operated by an older African American man. Well, older? To me at that age all men were older. As he picked up the can in front of my grandmother’s house he threw it over the back of the truck, a few things spilled over the side and on to the street. My grandmother was out the kitchen door almost immediately and began yelling at the poor guy! Calling him every name in the book! “God-damned N-word!” Yelling at the top of her voice. I was shocked that it was happening, let alone so publicly. I couldn’t believe my Grandmothers expression of hatred toward this man, and I felt sorry for the poor Garbage Truck Operator. That incident was one of the first times where I saw such an expression of hatred and intolerance and it’s made an indelible mark on my mind every since.

I’ve never been someone who has a lot of disposable income. But I want to help the victims in Orlando, Florida anyway that I can. Then I thought, “maybe I could offer a photograph?” So, I’ve decided to donate the proceeds from this image – Sunflower Opens – posted above as sold through Fine Art America. I haven’t sold any prints of this image yet and think it’s a beautiful one. It’s one of my favorites.

When a tragedy unfolds like the one in Florida this past weekend, believe it or not it opens the door to new opportunities. That’s what this opening Sunflower represents to me. It’s the opening up of a new flower, like the opening up of new relationships and opportunities. Plus, to me this image has a peaceful, almost serene quality within.

Please feel free to visit the listing for this print at Sunflower Opens at Fine Art America.

I end every post I’ve put on this blog with the word Peace. I try and end every conversation I have with the word Peace. Because I believe we need more Peace the the world.

Peace

~V
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Where Can you Purchase Awesome Floral Prints?


I just signed up for Fine Art America!

This is a website devoted to helping artists get their work out to the public. To check out some awesome flower images, including some of my own featured here in this post, on this blog, and my 2 Quote A Flower Blog, visit my Fine Art America Store.

Support small businesses and artists but remember to always have fun shopping!

Peace

~V


Chihuly Rose Flower


Today’s featured rose is the Chihuly Rose Flower! For those who don’t know, this rose is named after Dale Chihuly, although I only found one reference to that. I would like to find more information to support this, but for now, I think I can live with saying this. Dale Chihuly is an artist who predominantly focuses on creating items with glass. He is based in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. There is Chihuly Garden of Glass dedicated to his work in glass at the Seattle Center in Seattle, WA. It’s an extremely beautiful visit the next time you are there. I think the images in this post may not be truly representative of this particularly rose? First we have a red and white variety and then a mostly yellow variety. The yellow one here is probably the closest representative? The flower is supposed to have reds, yellows, oranges, and even apricot colors to it. But here’s one for variety.

Be sure to share this with your connections. Come back tomorrow around noon as we continue this month long celebration of the rose flower.

Peace

~V


Cherry Parfait Grandiflora Rose


The Cherry Parfait Rose is a Grandiflora Rose that is predominantly white, with cherry red colored highlights. It was hybridized in 2002, which I think means that’s when it first came to exist. This is an extremely beautiful rose, as I hope my images in this post will point out. It very much looks like a mixture of cherry filling and ice cream. Don’t you think? Leave a comment if you care to.

Be sure to share this post with your connections. And come back tomorrow around noon for our month long celebration of the rose flower.

Peace

~V


Broadway Tea Rose


C. Vincent Ferguson - Broadway Tea Rose - Digital Image

C. Vincent Ferguson – Broadway Tea Rose – Digital Image

Today’s feature rose is the Broadway Tea Rose, developed by Anthony Perry in 1984. It’s colorful red and yellow petals are ideal for cutting and display in a very fragrant bouquet. But, be careful with this rose, it’s sturdy stem is lined with woody thorns. It’s bite! This image is taken with a bud in the foreground and a fully matured Broadway Rose in the out of focus background area.

Enjoy today’s rose, day 3 in our celebration of the rose during the month of June. Be sure to come back tomorrow are another great image. And share this post with your connections.

Peace

~V

 


All That Jazz Rose


 

C. Vincent Ferguson - All That Jazz Rose - Digital Image

C. Vincent Ferguson – All That Jazz Rose – Digital Image

Contributing to this blog’s continued celebration of the Rose Flower during this month of June in 2015, I want to present to you a decent image of the All That Jazz variety of Rose flower. Here she is in all her splendor. Ready for showtime, just as Bob Fosse would have liked.

Enjoy today’s post, remember to share with your connections. And come back tomorrow for another beautiful rose flower.

Peace

~V


Really Rosy Abstracts


It’s nearly time for the 2015 Festival of Roses in Portland, OR. In a little bit early celebration I wanted to present these Rose Macro images for your enjoyment. If you’re in Portland, it’s kind of difficult to miss this city’s celebration of this beautiful flower. There’s the big Cityfair celebration on the Waterfront, two major parades, the Starlight Parade kicks off the festival on a Saturday evening the first weekend of the festival. With the Grand Floral Parade wrapping things up on the last weekend of the festival. There are Dragon Boat races on the Willamette River and many other events happening throughout the area. You’re sure to find something to enjoy throughout the whole 3 week festival. But if you can’t make it to the festival I hope you get a chance to enjoy these images. I’ve been loading up on images of this beautiful flower and plan to release an image every day throughout the festival. Seems only fitting. So be sure to come back for more every day beginning next week. Until then, enjoy these rose macro images and be sure to share them with your friends.

Peace

~V


Happy Mother’s Day!


C. Vincent Ferguson - Mardi Gras Rose - Digital Image

C. Vincent Ferguson – Mardi Gras Rose – Digital Image

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”

~Abraham Lincoln

#HappyMothersDay


Purple and Pink Flowers


This week’s post is a great example of what can be photographed right out side your door.

I have a beautiful Azalea bush that blooms bright pink flower every Spring, right out side the front door of where I live. In the 9 years I’ve lived where I’m at, I’ve always looked forward to seeing this azalea bush bloom. This year, I added a Purple Iris flower into the front yard bloomage and decided to bring the two together. I went through the blooms on the azalea bus and picked out on the flowers that had run their course. I threw them into a tray and scattered about, creating a beautiful pink collage. Then I placed the Purple Iris on top. I placed the tray in the natural light right outside my front door, and went to get my tripod and camera. This week’s post presents three of the images I created during this session. To create these images, I didn’t have to step more than 10 feet away from the front door of where I live. Love the colors here. Plus, these images will make some beautiful Digital Mandalas, below I’m adding just one of those Digital Mandalas I sat and created yesterday. Be on the lookout for more coming up on the Digital Mandala Blog.

I hope you like, be sure to share this with your friends and neighbors.

Peace

~V

Vince Ferguson - "V" - Digital Mandala

Vince Ferguson – “V” – Digital Mandala


Mount Hood Sunrise January 2015


I got an opportunity to head up to Rocky Butte the other day to photograph the sunrise and created this short series of images just as the Sun was peering over the horizon. The first few days of 2015 in the Portland area have been beautifully clear, but cold. It was very foggy on this particular morning, when I headed up to the Butte, I wasn’t sure if I’d see anything because of the fog. But it was lying low so the elevation was perfect for getting some clear images of Mount Hood. I got other images, but my camera is dirty right now, even though I just had it cleaned a couple months ago. If there’s any insight on how often a camera should be cleaned, please provide in the comments section. It seems too soon to have such a dirty sensor on my camera, but none-the-less. Once I get the other images cleaned up, they will be posted here. In the mean time, enjoy these beautiful ones. And please share with your friends.

Peace

~V


Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten


Gone, but not Forgotten

Vince Ferguson - Rose Tyler - Digital Image

Vince Ferguson – Rose Tyler – Digital Image

A Daughter of Eve

by Christina Rossetti

A fool I was to sleep at noon,
And wake when night is chilly
Beneath the comfortless cold moon;
A fool to pluck my rose too soon,
A fool to snap my lily.

My garden-plot I have not kept;
Faded and all-forsaken,
I weep as I have never wept:
Oh it was summer when I slept,
It’s winter now I waken.

Talk what you please of future spring
And sun-warm’d sweet to-morrow:—
Stripp’d bare of hope and everything,
No more to laugh, no more to sing,
I sit alone with sorrow.


Columbia River Gorge National Recreation Area


Happy Labor Day, despite it being Labor Day in the US, I wanted to work long enough to create a post here.

I want to share with you a story with this week’s post. The story is of Memaloose Island in the Columbia River and the Columbia River Gorge. There once were several islands dotted along the Columbia River, until the Bonneville Dam got built proceeding to flood this area. Now all that is seen is one small island with a grave marker. The marker is for a pioneer named Victor Trevitt, who wanted to be buried with his “Indian Friends.” The name of the island, Memsloose, roughly translates to Land of the Dead, through the local Chinook language. The local natives at one time ‘sent’ their dead to the islands along this part of the Columbia River. During the mid 1900s the US Army Corps removed over 600 native burial sites leaving the one for Victor Trevitt. So, now not only are there no known native burial sites on this island, but also, there is the burial site of one lone white man.  A little bit insulting if you ask me?

We are very fortunate to have a land feature such as the Columbia River Gorge, the scenery is exceptional. And along this particular part of this mighty river, some folks would call it the beginning, others, the end? Between Hood River and The Dalles, specifically at Catherine Creek on the Washington side of the river. In the first image, Memaloose Island can be seen in the center, right part of the image. The island can not be seen in the second image above. But I feel these images make for some rather breath-taking landscapes.

To check out my other posts featuring Catherine Creek visit the following links… Catherine Creek in Autumn and Morning at Catherine Creek.

I hope you enjoy, please share with your contacts and friends.

Peace

~V


Sweetpea Memorial


My friend’s cat, Sweetpea is moving into the next life. So, my friend Art called me over and told me to bring my camera. This page is a dedicated memorial for Sweetpea. These will more than likely be the last images created of this, arguably, wonderful cat. In a concerted effort to not live up to her namesake, Sweetpea is extremely finicky regarding whom she allows to touch her. If anyone other than Art, her room mate, approaches her, she let’s out a mean hiss, and attempts to scratch and attack. I have never been able to pet this little lady, and from what I hear, no one else has either. Fortunately I didn’t have to get close to her to create these images. Seventeen years old, she is suffering from Renal Failure and has refused to take her medication to make her life more comfortable. Please feel free to make your comments below to wish her well in her final transition.

Peace

~V


Photo Essay – Glaciers


Here’s a big photo essay featuring those wonderful ice sculptures called glaciers. To see all the images in this collection be sure to visit the Viewbug Blog.

Image Credit - “Brown’s Cave – Mendenhall Glacier” by Browndog1ne

Image Credit – “Brown’s Cave – Mendenhall Glacier” by Browndog1ne

Hope you enjoy, be sure to share this post with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V


Bees Love Purple Poppies


Most of the images of flowers that I find and create, believe it or not, I find simply by walking around my neighborhood in Portland, OR. I like to walk around different neighborhoods around town on occasion, but obviously my neighborhood gets more visits from my camera than many other neighborhoods. It’s just easier to go for a morning or evening walk within the neighborhood, then it is to get out to other neighborhoods, or even to flower farms, which I still like to do, but don’t get to do very often.

One of my favorite places to visit in my neighborhood is the Portland Nursery on SE Stark Street. Obviously, wouldn’t they usually have great flowers to find images of? In between the street and the parking lot, they’ve created a beautiful flower garden filled with many, many different varieties of flowers. That is where I found the images in today’s post. On this particular morning this one grouping of purple poppies was receiving a lot of attention from the local bees, so within about 10 minutes, I had so many images of flowers and bees, I didn’t know what to do with them. It was kind of overwhelming going through the images upon my return home. But go through them I did and found these images that I think are well deserved to be presented out to the public. What do you think? Like this post if you like the images and be sure to share with your friends and connections.

Be sure to visit some of these other great posts I’ve made in the past featuring the beautiful Poppy Flower…

Colorful Poppy Stamens

Perfectly Perfidious Poppies

Precious Poppies

Summertime Flowers, Pt. 2

Peace

~V


Portland Ferris Wheel


This is a cool progression of images that I wanted to share this week. These images are from the Portland Rose Festival held this past June on the Waterfront in downtown Portland, OR. The Rose Festival is a 3 week festival of roses that happens every year in June in the City of Roses. There are activities that celebrate this lovely flower that happen all over town. Including two parades, and City Fair, which is a carnival happening along the Willamette River. These images were discovered from the Eastbank Esplanade on the opposite side of the River from Downtown. They present the skyline in three different lighting situations, with the wheel various states of movement. The Morrison Bridge makes a prominent appearance in all three images. For some other cool images of this Ferris Wheel be sure to check out my previous post from May of this year in the Carnival Lights on and Off post. Then there’s also these posts from last year’s festival that’s still a cool post to check out – Wheel Keeps Turning and Vertigo.

I hope you like the images. Please be sure to share with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V


Photo Essay – Adore Noir


Here’s a great photo essay featuring Noir black and white images. To see all the images in this collection visit the Viewbug Blog.

Image Credit - “Flight Path” by TedzDuran

Image Credit – “Flight Path” by TedzDuran

Thanks for stopping by this week. Be sure to share this post with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V


Credible Crocosmia


I’m experiencing some difficulty in photographing things that are red. Such as these beautiful Crocosmia flowers, also known as Lucifer. They are just not 100% in focus and I seem to experience that with many items that are red when I photograph them. But I like to composition enough to go ahead a post these images here on my Photo Blog. Last year I was fortunate enough to photograph one of these flower bunches with a hummingbird flying about. Check out that post here.

The Crocosmia flower is native to South Africa. It is not a native plant in Oregon, but it sure grows in abundance here in Oregon front yard gardens. It’s a beautiful flower. and a lovely plant. They are related to the Crocus flower which is used to produce the spice Saffron. The Crocosmia flower also gives of a scent something like Saffron, however, the spice does not come from this plant. This flower is also called Coppertips, Falling Stars, and Montbretia.

I hope you like this weeks flower photos, please share this post with your friends and connections. Be sure to also come back next week for more beautiful flowers.

Peace

~V