Color Kiss, luscious color, blatant display…no shyness here.
Color Kiss, tulip and rose petals, was photographed with a macro lens. Macrophotography is an extreme close-up photo in which the subject size in the image is life size or greater than life size. The ratio of the subject on the plane of the sensor plate is known as the reproduction ratio. A macro lens is usually capable of producing images greater than 1:1. Reproductions of greater that 1:1 are also known as photomicrography. In this digital age, a macro photograph is practically defined as a photograph with its vertical subject matter at a height of 24mm or less.
Beautiful tulips are perennial plants that are grown from bulbs and are known for their large, showy flowers in the early spring. The bulbs are planted in late summer or early fall, up to six inches deep. Native to mountainous areas, the bulbs require a period of cold dormancy called vernalization. In the long, cool springs that tulips love, the plants usually produce one cup-shaped flower per stem in all colors, with the exception of blue.
The first tulips were most likely cultivated from wild plants in the 10th century in Persia. It is known that they were bred and propagated during the Ottoman Empire. The word, tulip, is thought to have ultimately been derived from the Persian term for turban, tubend, for the shape of the flower. The sources are obscure however.
1594 is considered the date of the beginning of tulip mania in the Netherlands. Although they may have been planted in private gardens years before, the 1594 spring flowering in the Leiden University’s Hortus Botanicus was the beginning of the tulip industry. The director of that university, Carolus Clusius, was the original planter of the teaching garden at the university and the author of the first major work on tulips in 1592.
Tulip mania peaked in the 1630’s when speculation drove the expense of the bulbs so high that they became treated as a form of futures currency.
Dutch tulips and the Netherlands have been linked to this day.
Poets call her the Queen of the Flowers with the purest, most positive energy vibration of any living thing. Born in Iran over 3000 years ago, her energy signature attracts love, passion, and beauty. The rose has long been the gift of lovers, a symbol of true love. The vibration of rose also promotes healing from any form of grief by uplifting the auric field and aligning with positive emotions. The Sufis thought that rose represents the desire for the realm of pure spirituality and alignment with the Divine.
The rose is actually considered a woody perennial of the genus Rosa. There are over 100 species and exhibit several forms including, miniature shrubs, erect shrubs and climbers that reach 7 meters in length. The flowers have a variety of shapes and sizes and are usually quite showy. The colors range from shades of white, through yellows, oranges, pinks, reds and the newer purples. Cultivars and hybrids are cultivated for their beauty and fragrance. Most roses are deciduous, with serrated leaves that alternate on the stem. Roses are pollinated by insects in nature. Some of the older roses produce a berry-like structure called a rose hip. These are known to be rich in vitamin C and provide food for birds when not harvested by humans. Rose “thorns” are not actually true thorns, modified stem structures. Rose “thorns” are actually “prickles, outgrowths of the epidermis, the outer layer of the stem. The prickles are often sickle-shaped hooks that support the rose stem growth.
Roses are very popular ornamental garden plants that have been cultivated for millennia. The earliest known date is around 500 BC in the Mediterranean and the Far East. Most of the hybrids are bred for their flowers and scent. Attar of roses or rose oil is used by commercial perfumers to produce perfume and rose water for cooking, cosmetics, medicines and some religious practices.
Jeanette French, paintings, photographs, canvas prints framed prints, metallic prints, acrylic prints, greeting cards, gift cards, fine art.
Creating portals of light, love, joy, beauty, compassion, hope and gratitude is my lifelong passion and gift for the earth, hence the name of my art business, For the Earth. My mother painted in oils when I was young and encouraged my own drawing, painting and handcrafting in all forms. My father, the photographer, gave me my first camera at age 8. As a result of these loving influences, I am a lifelong student of both mediums. I am grateful to my wonderful Pacific NW painter teachers, Stan Capon and Edi Olson, for training my eye and technique. I hope you will enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed its creation. More gifts for the earth can be found at these websites: jeanette-french.artistwebsites.com and jeanette-french.pixels.com.
February 7th, 2014
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