Posted on

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

Posted on

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

Posted on

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

Posted on

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

Posted on

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

 

Posted on

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

Posted on

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

Posted on

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

Posted on

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
Posted on

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

Posted on

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.

Posted on

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

Posted on

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

Posted on

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

Posted on

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

Posted on

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

Posted on

Summertime Swallowtails

I was reading a book in Laurelhurst Park the other day, at one point I looked up and saw this Swallowtail Butterfly flying around nearby. At first, I didn’t realize I had my camera with me, because I was so engrossed in the book I was reading – The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by Haskell, David George unknown edition [Hardcover(2012)] After a time, I finished the chapter I was on, looked up and saw the Butterfly again. It was at that time that I remembered, I brought my camera with me, since I was hoping to find some images of the many squirrels that roam the park. Ha, it was time to try and find some good images of the solitary Swallowtail swarming around the brush. These images are so-so, I know, but decent none-the-less.

I hope you like this week’s images, please share with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V

Posted on

Luscious Lilies

Lilies are the subject for this week’s flower post here at the Emerald Studio Photo Blog. These are images that I found on several walks around Portland, OR. One of my favorite past times is walking around different neighborhoods in the early mornings or late evenings and creating images of the various flowers I come across. The week’s post show’s off a few of the Lilies I found on this years walks. I hope you enjoy, but sure to come back next week for more beautiful images of flowers.

Peace

~V

Posted on

Cawk-a-doodle-doo!

I was out on Sauvie Island last week, picking Raspberries for this years crop of Raspberry Jam. After picking nearly 10 lbs, of Raspberries, I was walking back to the main house on the farm and found these guys roaming about. They were very photogenic and fun to create some cool images with.

A rooster is a male gallinaceous bird, usually a male chicken. Also known as a cockerel or cock, they claimed the name of Rooster by “Roosting” or perching to sleep at night, an act actually done by both sexes. The Rooster is polygamous and attempts to watch over his hens by roosting about 5-6 feet above ground. While famously known as a crower at dawn, some roosters actually crow throughout the day, depending on personality. To check out the varied usage of Roosters in Spiritual activities, check out the wikipedia page to learn more.

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

Peace

~V

Posted on

Colorful Poppy Stamens

There are so many different varieties of the Poppy flower, In a continuing effort to share some pretty amazing images of the Poppy, I wanted to present just a just a few different varieties. The main differences in these Poppies are pretty obvious, given the different colors of their stamens. I was fortunate to find different colored stamens, but with petals still the deep, dark red of many blood red poppy varieties.

Be sure to visit the other Poppy images on the Emerald Studio Photo Blog

Colorful Poppy Stamens

Perfectly Perfidious Poppies

Summertime Flowers, Pt. 2

Thanks for stopping by to check out these images. Be sure to share this blog with your friends and connections.

Peace

~V