Digital Art - Photography / Digital Art / Photography Based Digitally Hand-painted
One of the odd things I like about the internet is tripping over some pretty cool quotes. One of my personal favorites, which at times I've added to my bio here, is by author Roald Dahl who wrote "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory," among many others. He was actually a pretty interesting guy. First book was "The Gremlins" ... he'd been in the RAF and he and his buddies routinely blamed the gremlins when things went wrong with their aircraft. I mention this, not because anything went wrong with "Hidden Gems" but because that's what my dad always used to say as he puttered around the house ... and I say it too.
Anyhow, the quote that I wanted to include here is this one:
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." I believe that with all my heart.
And that brings me back to "Hidden Gems." My husband, our dog, Buddy, and my camera and I went for a long drive last summer ... one of our stops was at a flower farm. Yep ... just like cows and corn, they have flower farms. This one in beautiful Loudon County, Virginia. But instead of neat rows of zinnias, the red ones, here, the purple ones there, etc., things were in a bit of a jumble. In the case of "Hidden Gems" the jumble included these lovely green-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) attended by dancing Queen Anne's Lace, which I always considered a wild flower.
At first glance, the photo on which this image is loosely based looked a confused mess. I wondered why I bothered to snap it. But ... taking the advice of Mr. Dahl, I looked harder at the unlikely scene ... and saw the magic. Hope you do too.
January 14th, 2017
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