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 – Grape Hyacinth Bluebell – Digital Image
C. Vincent Ferguson – Grape Hyacinth – Digital Image
C. Vincent Ferguson – Blue Bell Pair – Digital Image
While riding my bike to work the other day I came across these Bluebell flowers growing in a little garden on at the top of a wall along the sidewalk. I remembered I had my camera with me and had a little bit of time so I stopped and found these images among others. Kind of cool, love the purple tones. Hyacinth flowers are all introduced to North America, some grow like weeds. They are more native to the Mediterranean area of the World, Northern Africa and Southern Europe. These flower add a little purple color to the early Spring flowers community.
C. Vincent Ferguson – Purple Iris and Pink Azaleas – Digital Image
C. Vincent Ferguson – Purple Iris Macro – Digital Image
C. Vincent Ferguson – Purple Iris – Digital Image
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.
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Vince Ferguson – Purple Poppy with Bee-1 – Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – Purple Poppy with Bee-3 – Digital Image
Vince Ferguson – Purple Poppy with Bee – Digital Image
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…
So, I was stuck in Salem, OR again the other day and fortunately I took my camera, because if I’d have come across what I did that day in Salem, and not had my camera, I would have never forgiven myself.
I visited the Bush House in Salem a few years ago with a friend. It’s a beautiful place with not only an awesome official Rose Garden, but several other flower gardens scattered throughout the grounds. I remembered the spot and decided to re-visit. I walked around the grounds of the house seeing what flowers were blooming. Unfortunately, the roses weren’t ready yet, but many, many other flowers were making their presence known. You’ll get to see some of these flowers in upcoming posts. I couldn’t wait to show you the lovely Camas Flower.
What I didn’t do a few years back was explore the park more where the Bush House is located. What a huge park! It includes the athletic stadium for Willamette University, and offers up several other sports fields as well. Along with a fairly huge forest, both evergreen and deciduous trees, with paths for running and walking. I never knew this park was so big.
On this particular day I came across a beautiful Oak Grove. At the base of these mighty Oak Trees was a field of purple and yellow flowers. I can only hope that I captured what I saw in it’s full beauty with these images? What a site to see! At the time I’d only read about the Camas Flower in some of my readings on the local native inhabitants. It’s native to the Pacific Northwest and use to be a main staple of food for the local folks. But then was nearly run extinct after conversion of these fields to farmland. It appears Camas Pastures pretty much littered the Willamette Valley 200 years ago? Check out this great article about it on WillametteLive.com.
Wow! I actually got to see some Camas Flowers. Millions of them too! It’s estimated that there are 2 million of these flowers in this particular field at Bush Pasture Park. One of only three known pastures left in Oregon. To be honest I didn’t know what the flower was when I came across this field. But did a little research online when I got home and found the article above.
I can only hope I captured what it was really like with these images? Please share this post with your friends and connections.