Beauty in Decay/26 (slim) and 27 (Dancing in the light)

Double bill today! The anemone that I photographed yesterday has slimmed down! Shrunk, shrivelled, to put it more brutally….

Slimmed down anemone

Slimmed down anemone

(In terms of a fabric item, this would be a more slender garment!)

But I found another anemone, that was determined to dance in the light

Dancing in the light

Dancing in the light

(A bit of a Charleston?)

Yes, these are both Japanese anemones, images taken today, but one has been given the low key treatment and the other danced to a high key tune…..


  1. Suzanne

    Wow – that last one really is dancing. So beautiful.

    • I am constantly amazed at the beauty in these past-their-best flowers! And it’s fun experimenting with the photographic set-up. 🙂

      • Suzanne

        Hi Sue. It is wonderful how you are finding this beauty in these flowers – it’s all about perception I think. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that – in expressing your vision through your photos you allow us to see with your eyes – we are all richer for that. Thank you 🙂

      • Thank you, Suzanne, for your very enthusiastic comment, much appreciated. I’m very pleased that so many people seem to be enjoying this series….

  2. The dancing one is a wonderful shape. Talking of shapes, I wish I could slim down so quickly… o-O

  3. Laura Bloomsbury

    dancing into old age gracefully – captivating capture(s)

  4. Captivating indeed! I think there is much beauty in decay! Love the different treatments, both dramatic!

  5. The dancing anemone is pretty, but I love the dramatic textures of the first shot.

  6. Allan G. Smorra

    The first photo is intriguing to me, the second one is gorgeous and full of light. You are doing a great job with this series.

  7. The Can-Can girl it is, Sue 🙂
    I keep seeing wizened roses and thinking of you! My bouquet from the Silver is still going strong but for the roses.

  8. Gosh these are both cool. The first one is probably my favorite because while it does look like fabric my first thought was some kind of creature, probably a mouse of sorts, a very cute one of course. And the light on it is like a spotlight. When you see it as something other than a flower it brings a whole new bit of wonder to it, takes away from, or maybe adds to the decay issue.

    The second one is very ethereal and dreamy. I like the high treatment and how it transforms it as well. Both of these photos carry a transformative quality.

    Thanks for sharing. What drew you to choose the treatments for these?

    • Just discovered going back on these that I have numbered them incorrectly from 26 on…thres duplication! Ooops! Anyway, why did I choose the treatments I did…a bit of experimenting, but mostly gut feel, an emotive thing.

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