The last post was about subtle and unexpected shapes and designs. This one is about bold and contrasting colors:
The six images show the main complementary color pairs: orange/blue, red/green, and yellow/purple. The subjects are plants, either flowers or foliage. The mosaic of thumbnails is great for showing the color contrasts – you’ve seen some of these images in previous posts, but not in this combination.
In a photograph, you can transform the familiar into another thing entirely. Converting them to black and white completes the transformation of a natural pattern into a design.
I’ve posted a number of these before, but I thought they’d make an interesting collection together:
Frost on leaves in a shallow stream:
It had been a cold night, well below freezing, so I went out hoping to see this shallow stream frozen. At a glance, I could see it was still flowing. So I found some nice looking crystals in pockets and holes near the stream instead. Then I looked back at the stream more closely and found more crystals growing on the leaves – I had just a few minutes before the sun made them disappear.
Peppervine is a plant in the grape family, common in the wild, but it’s not a native plant. The leaves look like grape leaves, but the fruit has very unusual colors – blue, purple, and sometimes pink berries, with different colors in each cluster.
Tansy is an unusual flower – it’s in the daisy family, but it has no petals, just the flower center. The drop and the patterns were what caught me eye:
The center is about a quarter inch across; this was taken at 4 to 5x magnification – about as close as I can get.