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Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 26 January 2012 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

I love the 'Life Lessons' flowers give us. You might recall my series with Daffodils and other flowers last spring. My goal in the near future is to write a book on Life Lessons from Flowers. :)

However, in looking at these emerging buds, I'm reminded how much growth is still inside of us. Sometimes we feel stagnant, but there's so much inside of us to spring forth. Flowers show off their greatest beauty and their wonderful personalities once they bloom. We can stay inside our cocoons, neatly tucked away, and in control, or take a risk, come forth, and be all we were intended to be. When we decide to graduate, we leave the 'people pleasing' behind and show off our real colors!

WELCOME and thanks for visiting!

For anyone interested, my recent work is now on my WEBSITE: http://www.barbarakilephoto.com/

My SPOTLIGHT Images: http://barbarakile.aminus3.com/featured/

'The Art of Flower Photography' is a new Spotlight gallery with images from some of Aminus3's best flower photographers and a tutorial on how to make great flower images:

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I know your photos would be wonderful in a book, and now I see that it will also be well written. Learn on, and teach us as you go.

26 Jan 2012 5:40am

@B. Thomas: Thanks, Barbara. We can all learn from each other!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


26 Jan 2012 8:24am

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

These are simply gorgeous! Luminous! Happy and bright. They call me forth to be who I really am. Why is that so difficult? What am I afraid of? Being laughed at. Not being liked. Making a fool of myself. So many scary voices in my head. Thanks for the encouragement to take the risk of being myself!

26 Jan 2012 11:20am

@Anita: Thank you, creative one! Having met you in person, I know the world needs your gifts.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A stunningly beautiful collage Barbara! I think your idea for a book it wonderful and you have our full support! Go forth and let your inner blossom out!! ;-)

26 Jan 2012 12:22pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks for the comment and support, Eric!

Mary from PA, United States

Wonderful Barbara~~~photos and words~~~ Fear is a big thing for many people including myself and for the same reasons as Anita stated. Thoughtful words to think about. Thanks.

26 Jan 2012 12:37pm

@Mary: Thanks, Mary. Fear is the roadblock to anything positive in our lives for sure. Keep singing through your work!

gootchai from bousval, Belgium

5***** Superbe ce montage!!!!

26 Jan 2012 1:58pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

oh making that book is a pretty great idea! you´re wonderful work/words are so deeply true. thanks for this, cheers daniela

26 Jan 2012 2:43pm

@daniela scharnowski: Thank you, Daniela, you and your work are inspiring!

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Nicely done, looks like a painting.

26 Jan 2012 2:55pm

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

very well done!

26 Jan 2012 3:01pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

This is such a beautiful "life lesson", Barbara! and it is so amazing to me that I read or hear just what I need to every day when my ears and heart are open to it! Thank you!

26 Jan 2012 3:07pm

@Tracy: Thanks, Tracy! It is about the ears and heart isn't it? As Nancy Rotenberg used to say - keep leading with your heart!

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Superbly spoken, Barbara! And if we truly want to grow, we should not let our age hinder us from these goals...I am speaking to myself as much as anything ;-) Beautifully spoken and conveyed here, barbara..your work is always beyond compare!

26 Jan 2012 3:49pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks, Denny and that SO true! Society would lead us to believe that if you're over 50 you're useless. Not so! :)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A beautiful presentation, Barbara ... and I'm all for leaving the "people pleasing" behind.
Sadly, it's consumed me for most of my 74 years. ;(

26 Jan 2012 4:01pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you Judy - and you have the permission of all of us to break out!

Slackwater Don from Spokane, United States

This is a gorgeous trilogy. Excellent textures, color and special processing has produced exceptionally like images.

26 Jan 2012 4:03pm

franz from Baden, Austria

a very, very beautiful and touching triptiych, and very true words ...

26 Jan 2012 4:54pm

@franz: Thanks, Franz

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Your processing is amazing! It brings out so much detail in this series! Great colors as well.

26 Jan 2012 7:00pm

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

beautiful poetic triptych !

26 Jan 2012 8:03pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A beautiful presentation, both in flowers and words. I just love the colors and the processing. Keep us posted on the book. I would love to see the final result!

26 Jan 2012 9:23pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thanks, Elaine - and I will do that. Just taking that first step is the most difficult! Thinking of an e-book first. :)

Hanry from Castricum, Netherlands

Nice triptych with beautiful colors. Stunning image

26 Jan 2012 10:06pm

Karen Messick from United States

Yes yes write the book, beautiful Barb!

26 Jan 2012 10:50pm

@Karen Messick: Thank you, Karen!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

lovely. fine commentary

26 Jan 2012 11:10pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Utterly lovely!

27 Jan 2012 5:25am

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Wonderful photos, Barbara, and ...oh.. a BOOK! I want a copy! :) I really like your thoughts behind photos, finding a story there, linking it to our lives. I see a sad story here: 1) a happy family portrait with parents very close to each other, cherishing their young one, 2) as they grow and get older they are still together but not so close any more, 3) and their ways separate. Very sad and very often seen in today's world :(

27 Jan 2012 7:20am

@Tomas Turecek: Thanks, Tomas! Thinking of an 'e-book' which would be easy for people to get! And, you picked up on something very true - I'm seeing it in the middle image. The mature one is in the background - out of focus, showing the distance. Good observation!

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

A lovely trypich. Bravo

27 Jan 2012 8:12am

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

What a superb compo!! And as usual I love your style!! Great Barbara!

27 Jan 2012 10:29am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

I think you have articulated why we are attracted to flowers. This is a lovely presentation. The colors are so inviting.

27 Jan 2012 10:38am

Karin Buus from Ellington, United States

Barb, This is beautiful. It's wonderful the we're getting to see the beauty within. It's finally emerging! The next series will be vey interesting....xoxo

27 Jan 2012 11:08am

@Karin Buus: Thanks, yankee buddy! :)

Goddess ☼ Ƹl¡ from Tehran, Iran

so beautiful flower :)

27 Jan 2012 11:45am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Hervorragende Collage.

27 Jan 2012 4:40pm

Florence from Paris, France

Another great work on textures, and I really love your presentation Barbara, so neat.

27 Jan 2012 8:10pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Congratulation! A very beautiful composition!

27 Jan 2012 11:11pm

@Dokmateo: Thanks so much!

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Congratulations, and God bless your new venture into a book, Barbara! ♥

28 Jan 2012 1:05am

@Judy aka L@dybug: Appreciate it, Judy!

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight! Well deserved!

28 Jan 2012 1:21am

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you, Elaine!

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Congratulations on the Spotlight! Nice presentation

28 Jan 2012 1:36am

@Magda: Thank you, Magda!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Congratulations!!! Well deserved for all of your work!!

28 Jan 2012 2:05am

@john4jack: Thank you, Jack!

omid from mashhad, Iran


28 Jan 2012 6:18am

@omid: Thanks so much!

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Congratulations ! Nice presentation.

28 Jan 2012 7:45am

@Aubélia: Very thankful, Aubelia!

janina from Melbourne, Australia

This one I can see hanging on my wall. Beautiful work...words fail me, no wonder it got a Spotlight, congratulations barbara! Will you be posting any snippets of your Life Lessons from Flowers? best, :OD

28 Jan 2012 7:47am

@janina: Thank you, Janina! I have a few snippets on Am3. Now to find the time to write!

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Nice triptych with beautiful colors. Congratulations on the Spotlight. Well deserved!

28 Jan 2012 8:26am

@Enzo: Thank you!

Sam from Chennai, India

Congratulations. Beautiful presentation. Gorgeous colours. Wonderful commentary. Love it. :)

28 Jan 2012 9:05am

@Sam: Thanks, Sam. Come visit again!

franz from Baden, Austria

this does not come as a surprise at all ... congratulations - the spotlight is where this belongs !!

28 Jan 2012 9:50am

@franz: Appreciate your comment! Thanks.

gootchai from bousval, Belgium

Coucou!! tu vois je le sentais ton spotlight!!!! Félicitation!!!

28 Jan 2012 10:26am

@gootchai: Thank you so much!


a true artist***

28 Jan 2012 12:43pm

@DIMITRIOS: A nice comment, Dimitrios! Thanks!

sawsengee from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

WOW......beautiful sequence of glorious facets with stunning colours & lovely textural background grains......Congratz. Barbara on the spotlight!!!

28 Jan 2012 4:26pm

@sawsengee: Thanks, night person! :)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Congratulations for the spotlight. Well deserved

28 Jan 2012 4:39pm

@Calusarus: Thank you very much!

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

fantastic *****

28 Jan 2012 7:25pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Very beautiful! Congratulations on the Spotlight!

29 Jan 2012 2:41am

@Bettina: Thanks, Bettina!

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Congratulations on your spotlight selection Elaine! Further proof that you need to let your inner blossom out! ;-)

29 Jan 2012 3:41am

Barbara Lee from Oakland, United States

Hey, Congrats! On the spotlight! Well deserved!!

29 Jan 2012 5:03am

@Barbara Lee: Thanks, Barbara!

JCJ from Troyes, France


29 Jan 2012 10:41am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Lovely :)
Congratulations :)

29 Jan 2012 11:42am

@ORBIT: Thanks so much!

ღ Isa ღ from Vaucluse, France

Très joli montage !

29 Jan 2012 12:23pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Magnificent presentation and great pp! Congrats on the Spotlight, very well deserved!

29 Jan 2012 7:43pm

@Marleen: Thank you very much, Marleen!

Phil David Morris, 2012 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

Congrats on the brilliant spotlight photo, your work has so much art infused and your
site is an amazing gallery of your beautiful work !~

29 Jan 2012 8:09pm

@Phil David Morris, 2012: Thank you, Phil!

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

Wonderful images, even better words of wisdom!!!!

30 Jan 2012 1:47am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Your points are well-made, as is this warm and interesting triptych. I agree, some of us struggle to reach our potential...and, like the caterpillar, the struggle can strengthen us and free us to become the butterfly ! :-)

30 Jan 2012 2:59am

@DULCIE: So true! Thanks, Dulcie.

Digital Sojourn from Lake, United States

It's always a pleasure to see your images.

30 Jan 2012 7:08am

@Digital Sojourn: Thank you, and stop by again! :)

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Fantastic ! Congratulations to the spotlight !

30 Jan 2012 6:25pm

@Loner: Thanks so much!

Mike from California, United States

Beautiful display...Congratulations on the Spotlight !

31 Jan 2012 2:48am

@Mike: Thanks, Mike!

Maggy from Liège, Belgium

Le début d'un épanouissement, très réussi!

31 Jan 2012 3:24pm

@Maggy: Merci!

Jerry - a moment in time [...] from Chicago, United States


1 Feb 2012 8:24am

@Jerry - a moment in time [...]: Appreciate it, Jerry!

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Congratulations Barbara!

1 Feb 2012 11:47am

@Riccardo: Thanks so much!

alex centrella from California, United States

fantastic .. !

1 Feb 2012 6:35pm

BlindPoet from Whangarei, New Zealand

Beautiful Barbara. Love the thoughts as well. Have thought the same things but mainly about the overt sexuality of flowers, and why God didnt xxx rate them.....and what that may mean. And I do not mean that in a permissive way at all. When you look at flowers its just all about reproduction and flagrantly. I also have just finshed a book. Heres the link, you may like a look.....readable on full screen preview. http://www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/2912889

2 Feb 2012 2:38am

@BlindPoet: Thank you and best of luck with your book. Fun to write our thoughts from time to time.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I like what you write in the introduction, Barbara! And about the book...wouldn't be GREAT!!!! Your buds here make me think - DIRECTLY - of my hippeastrum who has opened one big bud on second stem that contains 4 flower buds. Well this "opening" has taken quite some time and it makes me wonder IF the flowers will ever bloom! Quite strange this winter, all pots seem to "take their time"! Maybe it is too cold for them...Maybe they just prefer their own "cocoons"...
CONGRATULATIONS for the Spotlight! I'm happy for you!

2 Feb 2012 6:49am

@Japanalia: Thank you, Gabriela! Looking forward to your buds presenting themselves!

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe travail de post traitement.

4 Feb 2012 10:49pm

Ansie from Paarl, South Africa

I am looking forward to that book!!!

5 Feb 2012 4:27am

tatila from framingham, United States


23 Apr 2012 6:22am