A simple trio of lilies shot on a warm summer day in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It seems that I like to shoot these flowers on my birthday.
“To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.”
— William Blake
It’s amazing how beautiful a single flower floating in a water filled glass bowl can be.
Outside of the water droplets on the edge of this lily, it was the contrast of the orange against green that first caught my eye.
“Something aches at the very core of me, something ancient and deep and stronger than words: the filament that joins each of us to the root of existence, that ancient thing unfurling and resisting and grappling, desperately, for a foothold, a way to stay here, breathe, keep going.”
–Lauren Oliver, Delirium
“We do not evaluate the result but the starting point of the creative process.”
–Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”
–Unknown, possibly Buddha
This single orange lily is one of many that line our driveway from the garage to the street. Today, while most were in the shade of the house, this one was off by itself, basking in the glow of the sun.
One of the challenges of shooting Spring flowers is trying to create something unique so that the blossom stands out from the millions of other flower photographs that out there.