I feel I have to apologize for disappearing again: we have family staying with us for a few weeks, and spending much time at the computer has not been possible.
However, I still hope to come up with blog posts every now and then.
Yesterday we went to San Francisco and stopped to look at the dahlia garden at Golden Gate Park.
I was glad to take some pictures again, I find I really miss flower photography, and here is the result.
I confess that not a single dahlia graces my garden.
They compete for sunny spots with roses (and roses in my case win every time)...,
...they require staking (too much work), and they are not fragrant.
What I dislike most, however, is an absolute faultless perfection of dahlia blooms...
... often I have trouble believing they are actually real.
The most attractive feature of dahlia blooms to me is an incredible variation of color within a single bloom.
Like roses, dahlias come in every color except blue, but the brightness of colors far surpasses that of roses.
In fact, off-hand I can think of no other flower that shares such exuberance and range of color within a single bloom.
Maybe orchids come close.
In fact, some of the highly structured bloom forms gave my pictures an almost abstract quality.
I feel there is lots of room for creative photography in dahlias.