California Flowers

These images are of tulips and California poppies (the state flower). The photographs were originally included in Landscapes of the American Southwest [Books]. They’re now in the Florals in the Landscape gallery.

Red Lilies

Red Lilies

These are Asiatic Lilies. The photograph was shot in the studio with artificial light.

Ferns

Ferns have always been a favorite subject. They’re just starting to poke their heads up in the garden.

Acoma Mesa Rocks 2

The other day, I posted a photograph of rocks and boulders around the Acoma mesa in New Mexico. Here is another image. This image shows the Acoma valley beyond and more of the picturesque landscape in this part of New Mexico.

Dahlias

Looking through past posts, I don’t think this image has been featured before, although it is currently on the front page of the site (Home).

Dahlias are a favorite of mine to photograph, especially in the extreme closeup here. I like dahlias because of their richness of color and the dense petals. In this image, the light seems to come from inside the flower.

New Mexico Rocks – Acoma

These rocks are part of Acoma Mesa in New Mexico. I have featured Acoma images before; I shot these on a visit to New Mexico several years ago. (Click image for full view.)

The Acoma Puebla is the oldest continually occupied settlement in North America. Quoting from the Acoma Nation history:

There is a great difference of opinion as to the age of the Acoma Nation. While traditional Acoma oral history reflects on a time far beyond our imagination, a time of creation and emergence onto this world, the Acoma people have always known of a special place called “Haaku,” a spiritual homeland prepared for their eternal settlement. Recent excavations on Acoma Mesa tend to suggest that Acoma was inhabited before the time of Christ. Archaeologists agree that it has been continuously occupied from at least A.D 1200. Acomas claim always to have lived on their mesa, hospitably receiving wandering tribes to share their valley which, at one time, had plenty of water and was excellent for farming.

http://www.puebloofacoma.org/About_Acoma.aspx

The central home of the Acoma peoples is the Acoma mesa, an isolated mesa overlooking the Acoma valley (and today over 700 square miles of Acoma land). Acome is a native word meaning “a place always prepared.” Over centuries, the Acom a mesa was. a naturally fortified place, with no obvious way up. Thus the mesa withstood numerous attempted incursions, most notably by the Spaniards as they sought to conquer the southwest of what is now America, extending their empire north. The Spaniard conquistadors never discovered the hidden paths through the rocks, and thus the Acoma mesa remained free. The rocks in the image exemplify the boulders that protected the hidden paths.

Country Lake

Working on the upcoming book, Light & Shadow, I’m reviewing images and thought I would share this one. This image was shot in New Hampshire at Lake MacDowell. The lake was created by the MacDowell Dam in Peterborough. I have visited this area a number of times in recent years.

Garden Door

I enjoy walking in gardens, and I am especially pleased whenever I come across an interesting door. So this image, “Garden Door”, combines those two interests very nicely. (This is in the Descanso Gardens, in Pasadena CA.)

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