Brides love blue hydrangeas and I’ve used many of my photos to decorate stationery I sell, however, most of the images were taken one particular year, when the blues were extraordinary.
Photographing flowers is a pastime loved by many. I have a hunch that because most flowers last only a short time, we feel compelled to capture their beauty before it fades. Flowers have the ability to make us feel good with their cheerful, bright colors and (sometimes) heavenly fragrance. By catching them at the prime of their lives, growing happily in our gardens, we celebrate the simple things that make life sweet and we give them eternal life of sorts. In the dark days of winter we can look forward to a Spring of flowers because it always comes and then we’ll see what new “faces” we have to photograph.
I am more drawn to photograph hydrangeas because sometimes the flower color can change from year to year. Because the shrub that grew the great, blue flowers was in my landlady’s yard, I had little control over it except to give it water. My first Fall there I got some nice pictures of the bright blue blooms, but the two consecutive years after didn’t produce such magnificent specimens. The flowers were blue, but much smaller and not the deep blue I caught that first year.
So whereas each summer your red roses will always be red, and your pink peonies will always be pink, your blue hydrangeas could end up something other than blue – so quick….. get the camera!