Fun Flower Facts: Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum (or mum) is a genus of flowering plants native to China that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is related to the aster, dahlia, pot marigold, zinnia and strawflower. It is one of the most popular plants in the world. There are hundreds of different varieties, ranging in colours, sizes and forms. And flower breeders are constantly creating new varieties each year. Chrysanthemums can be two different types:  standard and spray. Standard chrysanthemums will produce a single flower head at ...

Wedding Anniversary Flowers

In our opinion, summer is the most romantic season of the year! It’s the time of year when many couples get married and celebrate their anniversaries. A wedding anniversary is one of the most important milestones for couples, especially in today’s society, where the divorce rates are alarmingly high. So it goes without saying that each and every year a couple has been together should be celebrated. Although gifts are not necessary, they are definitely appreciated and welcomed! Traditionally, there are certain ...

Haiku: Peace Lover…

“It is no longer good enough to cry peace, we must act peace, live peace, and live in peace.” Shenandoah proverb Stay focused on Peace. My Heroes are Peace Lovers In words, actions, deeds… “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” Eleanor Roosevelt Haiku: Peace Lover… Stay centered on Peace. our global exchange matters Meditate on Peace… More below! Thank you! “Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say ...

Floral Clock

“Spring ahead, fall behind.” If this phrase means anything to you, you are one of the many people in the northern hemisphere (including Canada, USA, UK) that observed Daylight Savings Time (DST) today and got an extra hour of sleep! DST was implemented to make use of the precious daylight in the evenings by setting our clocks one hour ahead during the summer and moving it back again in the fall. Benefits of DST include: reducing energy use and increasing outdoor activities. To ...

Monet's Garden

Walt Whitman said it best: “Very well then, I contradict myself.” When I started Chubby Chatterbox ten months ago I was determined that my blog would be different from those focused on photography, mostly because I’m not fond of my photographs and prefer painting my own pictures. Unlike me, many of you plant and nurture the flowers you photograph, and I have great respect for your accomplishments. Unfortunately, plants left in my care only receive death sentences. But as I sit ...

Featured Blogger: Kimmie – Life Balanced: A Chosen Path…

“Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.” Mark Twain Featured Blogger: Kimmie - Life Balanced: A Chosen Path... Kimmie Our featured blogger this week is a very special lady who has channeled her childhood and life challenges into a purposeful life of service and love. Kimmie, inspirational blogger/owner of Life Balanced: A Chosen Path, is a wonderful soul and a survivor of sexual and emotional abuse. She has dedicated her life and her blog to helping ...

Reflections: Wherever We Go, There We Are

“I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, if we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Reflections: Wherever We Go, There We Are... think about it and be at peace In 1995, Jon Kabat-Zinn wrote a book titled “Wherever you go there you are” which outlined the Buddhist path of mindfulness; a way of living in the moment without judgment. With a mindful approach ...

The Blue Marble: What We Know For Sure…

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin The Blue Marble: What We Know for Sure... The Noblest Death… When we think of earth, most of us don’t imagine the magnificent vision of the blue marble; a picture of our earth taken by the crew of Apollo 17 in 1972. By the same token, when we think of life, we rarely add its definitive companion – death. What we ...

7 Questions With an Author: Tyler Tarver

This is the first installment of a new series that I'll periodically write titled "7 Questions With an Author..." where I'll pose seven questions to an author and then share their answers here. [NOTE: I'm fully aware that I'm breaking AP Style rules by starting the first word in the title with an actual number and not writing it out - it just looked better to me or maybe I'm a closet subversive hoping to undermine the establishment one rebellious key ...

A Friend of Mine Has Published a New Book!!!

I have a friend and colleague, Caryn FitzGerarld, who is a dynamic and gifted writer. She recently completed an inspiring anthology that features 30 Ordinary People Sharing their Experiences Living EXTRAordinary Lives! This book is a must have if you want to be inspired by some amazing stories of people who have gone from ordinary to EXTRAordinary! Introducing: "Living the Life of My Dreams: Essays & Interviews with 30 Ordinary People Living EXTRAordinary Lives" Featuring People Such as: Nora Dunn, The Professional Hobo Shelly Rachanow, Author ...

Book Review: Cinderella Ate My Daughter - Peggy Orenstein

If you've read this blog for any stretch of time you know that my wife and I are the parents of two girls ages nine and seven respectively. As such, they are prime targets for the Disney marketing machine. By that, anything princess-esque in nature (a.k.a. frilly, pink, sparkly) that can be purchased is pushed at them, or rather at us as parents, to acquire as economic surrogates. For years, I've been guilty of quelling the "nag factor" that Disney triggers ...

My Latest FaithVillage Featured Article…

Logo for www.faithvillage.com I’m honored to have a featured guest post at FaithVillage’s culture section. The FaithVillage blog is the forerunner to a full-blown website that is intended to become a vibrant online community that expands personal beliefs, shares quality ministry resources and deepens collaboration between people of faith. Here’s the link to my FaithVillage article or read the entire article is listed below. I spent most of my Sundays growing up as a kid being dragged to some kind of charismatic church; tent ...

The Crippling Power of Pride

I had a conversation yesterday with a colleague from work that continues to linger with me. During our small talk, the conversation turned to the topic of our children respectively. He happens to have a 20-something son who teaches English to executives in Japan. His son also works part-time at a Japanese university where he also teaches English. When I asked if his son spoke Japanese the father replied, “…not very well…” He went on to say that when his son goes to the ...

CNN iReport: My Chuck Colson Tribute

Tomorrow is a public memorial service for Watergate figure and prisoner-rights advocate Chuck Colson. Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote that’s featured today on CNN iReport. =========================== There are two things that well-mannered, civil individuals are never to bring up in mixed conversation – politics and religion. Former White House aide, convicted felon and founder of the non-profit Prison Fellowship, Charles (Chuck) Colson, apparently missed that particular Miss Manners’ lesson and created a legacy that masterfully blended those seemingly antithetic topics. Colson’s legacy ...

My Failed Facebook Marriage….

Facebook ended my marriage (sort of).... You probably don’t know this about me, but I’m a sensitive soul….a petite, genteel flower if you will. I drink Celestial Seasonings sleepy-time chamomile tea as a pick-me-up. All of my under garments must be made out of crushed velvet and infused with Downey fabric softener and other anti-chafing agents. Even my toothbrush bristles are made from 100% baby rabbit fur. Suffice to say that I have a delicate constitution. That’s why it’s so difficult for me to (sob) write ...

7 Questions With an Author: Clay Morgan

Author, speaker, professor – Clay Morgan This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Clay Morgan – a writer, professor, and speaker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who writes about pop culture, history, and the meaning of life. He is the author of Undead: Revived, Resuscitated, and Reborn. Most days you can find Clay doing his best Dead Poets Society impersonation at a couple ...

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Lesley - Fun Flower Facts
November 10, 2012, 9:15 am

Flowers in Art: Beautiful “Decaying Flowers” by Billy Kid

There’s no doubt about it. Roses are breathtakingly beautiful and have inspired amazing works of art from playwrights, poets, painters and photographers for centuries. But once they start to wilt and brown, they are thrown away without a second thought.

But Billy Kid, an American photographer, saw a beauty that other people often dismiss. Through his set of images titled “Decaying Flowers,” he showed us that even in their decaying state, roses can be just as beautiful and captivating. In some ways, he has breathed new life into these decaying flowers.

billy kidd's "decaying flowers" photography

billy kidd's "decaying flowers" photographs

The rose portraits were shot simply against a black background with a single light source. Billy did such an amazing job capturing every bit of detail and colour on these roses, we almost forget that these flowers are decaying.

billy kidd's "decaying flowers" photography

billy kidd's "decaying flowers" photography

*All images taken from his website

Billy Kidd also specializes in portraiture. You can see more of his work through his website.

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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