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26-DEC-2010

Fallen blossom, Botanical Garden, Belem, Brazil, 2010

The large pond in Belemís Botanical Garden contains lily pads that are found in the nearby Amazon River. I zoomed in on a fallen blossom, poignantly adrift upon a lily pad. It is a miniature landscape in itself, telling the story of natureís life cycle. It offers the natural world in microcosm, a style of photography that was introduced to me by my friend and fellow pbase photographer Tim May, who often explores such imagery. ( http://www.pbase.com/mityam )

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Phil Douglis28-Mar-2011 19:31
Yes, the vital green pads does indeed surround and support the dying blossom. As I noted in my caption, I had you and your approach to photography in mind while making this -- you often express the life cycle in your imagery.
Tim May28-Mar-2011 18:16
I like the way the green swirls through the image. Like life surrounds death.
Phil Douglis16-Jan-2011 00:04
Thanks, Celia and Vera, for coming to this image. I am always exploring new avenues of expression, Celia. I think Tim May has played a huge part in my embrace of landscapes and romanticized imagery. As you will see, I still embrace photojournalism as well. This image is, as you say, Celia, about the cycle of life. Everything dies, even as it lives. And thanks, Vera, for seeing poetry here. I am flattered by your comment.
veraferia15-Jan-2011 13:50
Poetic and dreamy image!
Cecilia Lim15-Jan-2011 00:07
It is very surprising to see a romanticized expression of story-telling from you. I am used to your journalistic style, but it is lovely to see that you are willing to embrace other styles where appropriate to tell your story. A single fallen flower on its deathbed with shadows of death creeping up toward it is a very romantic and dramatic story indeed!
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