Fifty Shades of Flowers by Michele Penn
Flowers evoke a universal feeling in all of us – a feeling of beauty, peace, joy and even sensuality. In addition, flowers also bring energy, grace and a sense of innocence. All of this from flowers? Yes, amazing isn’t it? They provide us with a spiritual connection to the divine and to the beautiful gift inside ourselves. When I began photographing flowers, a whole new universe opened up to me – a universe of freedom, stillness, striking beauty and surprising sensuality. As I capture the astounding beauty of the innermost detail of the flower, I am inspired by something bigger than myself. I feel a connection to everyone and everything. I had an intense desire to replicate this delicate beautiful flower and share it with the world. I want to tempt the viewer to look into the soul of the flower and to actually sigh in deep peace.
Dripping with sensuality, flowers are begging to be photographed with their rich textures, graceful elegance, soft geometric shapes and sharp, crisp lines. I don’t photograph the flower with sensuality in mind, yet many times it is what I observe in the end result. Sensuality in nature is quite abundant. Beautiful birds sing heaven like songs, buzzing bees deliver love from one flower to another and plants are flowering everywhere. The bee plays an amazing part in the flowering of nature.
Bees love nectar and flowers need to be pollinated. They entice the bee with its magnificent color, sweet nectar and intoxicating fragrance. As the bee gathers nectar from a male flower, pollen sticks to its hairy legs. The pollen is then unknowingly transferred to the female flower when it falls off their hairy legs while he is gathering more nectar from a different flower. They concentrate on one species at a time. Here the sweetness of love is delivered. After the pollen falls off his legs onto the flowers stigma, it travels down to the ovary. Bees pollinate flowers in this way. Pollination is a term used for fertilization and sexual reproduction of flowers. Bees also require a large amount of pollen and nectar to feed their young. It takes a lot of energy for the bees to groom the pollen into special pockets on their legs or body. Flowers reward the bees with their nectar. There is an inborn nature, a driving force that bees have to make sure flowers survive in the universe. He lives his passion going from flower to flower. It’s as if the flowers are calling for a lover.