The Earth Laughs in Flowers

Chrysanthemums

For more than 20 years, I have been photographing flowers in all their glorious colors. I never cease to be amazed at their beauty and infinite detail.

This portfolio of flowers focuses on chrysanthemums, commonly known as mums. The name, chrysanthemum, comes from the Greek and means golden flower. A symbol of the sun, mums are November’s birth flower and signify compassion, friendship, secret love, optimism and joy.

My hometown, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, celebrates the beauty of mums with a spectacular floral show every autumn in the Gage Park greenhouse. I took the photos in this portfolio at the show.

My amazement at viewing the incredible variety of what we commonly refer to as mums inspired me to look more closely at these intricate floral beauties. I wanted others to share in my eye-opening experience, and to have them slow down and look closely, too. I wanted viewers to pause and see mums, as if for the first time.

In taking my photos of mums, I was inspired by three quotes:

  • ‘The earth laughs in flowers’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • ‘If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change’ – Buddha
  • ‘Bread feeds the body but flowers feed the soul’ – The Koran

I believe that in today’s world art can show different ways of seeing that helps restore beauty and caring into what can seem to be a drab and uncaring world.

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