Friday, September 12, 2008
beauty

I have become obsessed with the beauty of this Succulent....It is most unusual, in every way.And though it certainly is fantastic when you see the whole plant....It is even more fantastic when you isolate---in close-up----the different parts of this Succulent....The colors alone are just stunning......But the different shapes that this plant encompasses just boggling the mind. Wherever you look...there is great great beauty....And just moving the camera slightly, allows for some slight differences that make you go..."Ahhhhhh...!" I have a particular liking for the look of one color moving in to another color in an imperceptible way.....It pleases something in my psyche and I feel it in a visceral way..... And I love seeing the edges of these pads with that beautiful dark red-to-shocking-pink-to-green look....I also love the contrast there of the dark red edge up against the green....Once again, the beauty of nature just takes my breath away. The magical shapes with the variations in color.....I have no words. I repeat myself. Stunning. Amazing. Breath-taking. I probably have taken 500 pictures of this plant....maybe more. It is endlessly fascinating to me....I am never bored with what I see. Here are some more looks at this amazing plant.....


I rest my case.

And trust me....there will be.......





More To Come.......







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34 Comments:
had this to say:

I agree with all your words here Naomi... They are certainly beautiful plants.

Friday, September 12, 2008 at 5:35:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

As always, lovely. thanks

Friday, September 12, 2008 at 6:55:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi,
I've read and re-read your comment to me over three times now because I have always found you very wise as well as kind.

While my friend and my cousin would agree with your terminology, I think they both would agree about the heartache they brought to others through the course of their disease, and also that their behavior was a self-destructive choice borne of pain that they later changed.

I love them both dearly, and would never have been able nor willing to enable them, and feel no regret for that.

The tv show is 90% about enablers and self-pity - glorifies something that I believe strongly should not be portrayed like that.

Anyone who has fought the demon and emerged and stayed sober deserves much empathy, compassion and understanding.

The ones that don't... well, having seen the incessant havoc they wreak in others' lives with their addiction erodes my natural tendency to want to be protective or kinder.

There are two sides to it, I think... That of the victim of the alcoholic, and that of the alcoholic.

I hate Tammie for what she did to Mike and her two daughters for many years until she finally drank herself to death on her latest boyfriend's floor - leaving him to come home from an A.A. metting and find her dead... That's where this anger stems from.

Friday, September 12, 2008 at 7:41:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Thanks for the photos, dear.

BTW, you are always welcome to vent at my place. We agree about much and probably disagree about some things.

That's life.

That's friendship.

(And post as many of the 500 photos as you desire. We'll be here.)

Cheers.

Friday, September 12, 2008 at 9:12:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Beautiful, beautiful plants - my mother has many succulents and they're so feisty and beautiful. Thanks for sharing ;o)

Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 1:32:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I travelled this way via Michele's today to wish you a happy weekend. More lovely pictures showing the intricacies of the plants and I envy your sunshine.

With all of your wonderful picture taking, I've added a link to you also to my photography siterashbre snapped

Best,
rashbre

Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 2:43:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Ooo and still blogging at 2am! :-)

Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 3:21:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

The scalloped edges and soft colors make that succulent beautifully unique.
Great photos.
There's a part that looks kind of like a brain. In your photos, it looks gray and brain-like.
Very cool!

We are heading out from our hotel in just a few minutes, and I've got the news on TV. How terrible to hear about that horrible train crash there in southern CA. What a horrific tragedy!
That crash plus hurricane Ike... what awful things are happening!

I hope your weekend is a good one.
:-)

Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 6:34:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Anonymous
had this to say:

I swear, you have the most unusual garden of plants, flowers and succulents. Just amazing! And it's beauty at it's finest. Enjoyed the photos.
Terri
http://www.islandwriter.net

Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 6:45:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, your photos of this plant are beyond the beauty of modern or inmpressionist art. It is so sensual!!

Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 8:02:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Just when you think it can't get any better, you save the most beautiful close ups for last. Thanks for sharing, Naomi!

Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 8:04:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Beautiful as always.

Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 8:11:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Just lovely Naomi, I too enjoy succulant plants. I especially enjoy dawn in my garden, seeing th early morning sun break on the cactus and other plants.

As usual, you have created some stunning art for us to enjoy. THANK YOU!

Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 11:58:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

They are beautiful Naomi. That one picture makes me think of clouds and the lovely colors of a sunset at times! You certainly take lovely pictures!! I'm so glad you share them with us.

Have a wonderful Sunday dear lady!

Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 5:01:00 PM PDT 

Blogger TLP
had this to say:

Georgia O'Keeffe would be proud! What lovely photos you have posted!

Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 5:24:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

It is beautiful and must feel your love. They say plants can feel energies and that one sure seems to be sending it back.

Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 7:13:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Succulents are too often overseen in spite their beauty - when we take a closer look - like you have done so remarkably well here.
Thanks for sharing.

Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 2:45:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

*grinning*

i never know what surprises you will have on your blog, when i come visit ...

i LOVE the muted colors this plant displays ... cool ...

Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 8:59:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I do agree this Succulent is beautiful, and with you lovely macro pictures, you've made them a master piece - thanks for sharing this nature beauty with us.

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and a great week ahead :-)

Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 12:40:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I love the unique perspective of these close-ups. A few of them reminded me of being inside a cloud!

Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 2:02:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

They are so lovely!

Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 6:51:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I'll tell you what's shocking, is coming to the end of such beauty and there's the comment area.

I guess blogger can only take so many gb's of picture space after all. *sad sigh*

Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 9:59:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Popping in to say hi... I agree... you can't beat a good succulent... hope all is well... take care

Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 10:46:00 PM PDT 

Blogger PI
had this to say:

Inspirational! In the thirties there used to be lovely floaty georgette-y
dresses. Imagine having one in those
colours and accessories in the dark grape colour. I know one can't improve on nature but one can be inspired by it. Lovely!

Monday, September 15, 2008 at 1:10:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I agree with you, Naomi! These succulents are certainly beautiful plants. Did you know that in my garden the succulents, cactus and agavea attenuata are plants that the angry ants don't attack?

Have a nice week ahead surrounded by your gorgeous garden!

Monday, September 15, 2008 at 7:16:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

These pictures really should be matted and framed and hung in a gallery so everyone can see how beautiful they are! The soft colours and forms remind me of an underwater scene, on a coral reef somewhere.

Monday, September 15, 2008 at 9:21:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Wow. I stole one as a screen saver. Hope you don't mind.

Monday, September 15, 2008 at 9:57:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Gorgeous. How weird I have been checking your blog and thought for days and days it had not been updated, then today I see a bunch of new threads. My browser was obviously not updating the pages ugh.

Monday, September 15, 2008 at 1:56:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

These are amazing..the nuances of the texture and different colours, and I am even colour blind, and could see diff colours, depending on the diff angles u showed.
Always a pleasure coming here!!

Monday, September 15, 2008 at 3:12:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

You do have a kind of O'Keeffe thing going on! It is amazing how many different looks you can achieve from the slightest angle adjustment. They are beautiful and I can see why you're hooked!

Monday, September 15, 2008 at 8:33:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I don't know whether you can grow succulents outside in the UK Naomi - perhaps in very sheltered southern places. My parents moved to south west (and very warm) France in 2003 ~ their garden is a riot of lavendar, sage, rosemarym olive trees, figs and succulents (around the patio) - blissful! Thanks for visiting ~ it's a shame your answers didn't post on QotD :o(

Monday, September 15, 2008 at 10:41:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

The jury has reached a verdict: GULTY of true beauty.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 10:21:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I can't help it. Looking at these plants makes me hungry. They are just so lush!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 7:41:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I couldn't agree more. I love the photos which seem like art to me, and especially the last one. I am certain you could make it bigger and frame it! Beautiful!

Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 2:49:00 PM PDT 

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