Saturday, July 11, 2009

Texture

This week's challenge is Textures it seemed to really be a challenge for me. I thought all week long and just could not come up with an idea. Today is Saturday at the wire I am so here is what I decided on.
The beautiful spiky eye of the cone flower caught my attention. What a great color combination these flowers are. At one time I had white cone flowers also, but over the years they have all turned into these pink beauties.
The soft down of lamb's ear.......
And finally one of my passions, glass. I love the way glass reacts to light the smoothness of it's texture. These beads are handmade melting glass rods over a torch onto a mandrel. It is an art called "Lampworking". I am fortunate to have my best friend Jill Symons be a well known artist in this ancient craft. I have a large collection of beads and find myself many winter nights sorting beads. I love making unique one of a kind pieces of jewelry with them.

20 comments:

Welcome To Wilmoth Farms said...

GREAT choice! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cone flower, as you can probably tell Macros are my favorite, I love how it makes the textures pop out and blur the background. I think it makes for an eye catching photo just like the one you posted! Way to go!

VioletSky said...

Nice variety.

dibear said...

Nice job Mari, I really enjoyed them all. I LOVE cone flowers. :)

moresecretwhispers said...

the cone flower is beautiful
i like those beads also, very pretty
there's something very rewarding from making jewellery :)

Ed said...

Very nice touch with the earrings..:-)

Holly said...

such different choices! Love the description of how the beads came to be.

One Red Horse said...

Ah, lamb's ear . . . a great photo and a great choice for this challenge.

Shirley said...

There are so many textures in plants,and your photos are really nice. Liked the story on the beads too.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Yep. You did good. My fave is the lamb's ear. The texture is palpable. Makes me want to rub it. :)

Lisa

SighMan said...

Lovely shots, lamb's ear is my fave. 'Furry' is not something I usually associate with greenery - yet another thing I've learnt today!

CTG Ponies said...

Excellent photos! I make jewelry as well.

Pacey said...

That lamb's ear is so cute, am imagining it so fluffy.

gigi said...

What lens did you take those earing picture with? Those are amazing.

Quinn said...

I have both plants and enjoy the texture on both (in real life and in your shots :D ) But I love the lighting and color of the glass in your final selection.

WhimsybyMari said...

GiGi the earrings are taken in natural light with my Sony H9 with the macro setting. Thanks for the comment.

Life at Star's Rest said...

I wish so much lamb's ear would grow here. Lovely photos. Carmon

WildBlack said...

They are amazing! I like the variety in your post. :)Great work!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Yesterday I had to hustle and clean the house for my son's birthday (we celebrated it Sunday anyway). So, today I can respond again. I like your selections and the beaded earings (last post I saw was of a bracelet hand made). I would love to do something like this..what a beautiful piece!

Regular Guy said...

Great choice on the cone flower. Like those lamb ears too.

Kelly said...

Ooh..Lamb's ear -- feels just like the real thing!