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Guilty

By cattyal  
Entitled Guilty as I'm afraid I am guilty of subjecting my flowers to torture again. A length of wire was gently inserted up the stem and then wound around a tin whistle which was a convenient diameter Smile

I'm just working on a better method of curling the stems and have another Anenome by side out of water waiting for it to wilt just enough to make it a little more flexible - time will tell if I'm successful.

Tags: Blue Flower Flowers and plants Digitally manipulated Curly Anenome Lucisart Whyeth

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Comments


csurry 14 9.2k 92
7 Feb 2008 7:31PM
That's just cruel, off to find the website for the RFPS!

Being picky (and you know that I am) there is some debris on the petal to the lhs at the top Wink

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janehewitt 12 215 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2008 7:33PM
I agree, cruel!....but very effective Smile Jane
cattyal Plus
11 7.7k 6 England
7 Feb 2008 7:33PM
Heavens - I think I'd better go into hiding then Cheryl as my poor flowers have suffered far worse than this before now Smile
simont 12 2.2k 4 England
7 Feb 2008 7:34PM
What a wonderful blue. the petals look very delicate.

It's certainly a novel way to arrange the stem.

Simon
cattyal Plus
11 7.7k 6 England
7 Feb 2008 7:37PM

Quote:Being picky (and you know that I am) there is some debris on the petal to the lhs at the top


Yep - expertly spotted Cheryl - I did later remove the debris but this was the best of the shots in the end and maybe I should have removed it with software rather than my fingers! I'll be buying some more for the weekend so shall try to do better Smile
jaecat 8 29 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2008 7:39PM
great effect you have used here.
geniehawk 9 181 England
7 Feb 2008 7:49PM
But at least the flower will survive for ever now!

Beautiful colour and the treatment as always delicately done.

Jeannie.
exposure 12 3.6k England
7 Feb 2008 8:16PM
Lovely detail and colour tones presentation lighting and composition.
Pauline.
phil87 8 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2008 8:23PM
Beautiful image.

Phil
chase Plus
10 1.1k 246 England
7 Feb 2008 8:31PM
Lovely detail Alison,we will forgive you just this once Wink
Janet
Bob_V 8 1 2 United States
7 Feb 2008 8:50PM
Great capture and a lovely presentation.
Bob
csurry 14 9.2k 92
7 Feb 2008 8:54PM
Well Pete, obviously didn't look at the stray object Smile

But then he's not as picky as me obviously! Wink
7 Feb 2008 9:08PM
Great effect. Sylvia
janehewitt 12 215 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2008 9:14PM
Congratulations on the EC, well deserved! jane
LisaRose 9 172 4 United States
7 Feb 2008 9:36PM
Gorgeous! I love the blue, and what you have done to the stem is very creative and effective. Well done on the EC.

Lisa
Cormy 8 3 England
7 Feb 2008 9:52PM
Its worth cheating,slightly,to get an image like this.Not to mention an EC.Well done Alison.
Cheers
Alan
cattyal Plus
11 7.7k 6 England
7 Feb 2008 10:02PM
Thank you again everyone and thank you Pete for the EC Smile

I'm still waiting for another flower to wilt to see if I can get a tighter twist but it's been sat by my keyboard since about 7pm and no sign of it keeling over yet. It's got half an hour and then I'm giving up!

I can live with a bit of debris Cheryl Smile Grief, this was a very sorry bunch of flowers I must admit - I must stop buying from my cheap and cheerful flower man and maybe spend a tiny bit more money in future - maybe....
DP_Imagery Plus
11 24 6 Wales
7 Feb 2008 10:38PM
Superb image well deserving of the EC - congrats. It reminds me of something Japanese in style (is Ikebana the correct term for the art of flower arranging oriental style?) Bruce
7 Feb 2008 10:43PM
Love this image, great detail and I love the twisty stem.
Sylvia
DolphinLady 10 54 1 Wales
7 Feb 2008 11:52PM
The detail you have captured in those beautiful colour petals is amazing Alison.
Love the curly stem.
Congratulations on your well deserved EC
Hilary
Dotrob 10 Wales
8 Feb 2008 12:17AM
Super detail, colour and presentation.
Dot
chrissd Plus
10 304 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2008 5:16AM
lovely image, nice EC to Smile
chris
NevP Plus
10 853 13 Canada
8 Feb 2008 6:22AM
Maybe my fave of yours so far, into my faves.
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
8 Feb 2008 6:44AM
Stunning presentation. Carol
Chriscj 10 96 1 England
8 Feb 2008 9:44AM
Super detail, congrats on your EC too.


Chris
Raindancer 10 20 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2008 9:49AM
Congrats on the EC and very well deserved, another stunning shot..... Smile

Rog
conrad 11 10.9k 116
8 Feb 2008 10:15AM
Glad Cheryl made a comment about this underneath my own picture, because I hadn't seen this one yet. Well, debris or not, it's a great shot! And I suppose there's something to be said for debris, actually - it's more natural, isn't it. Nature isn't perfect - it's the imperfections that make it so wonderful, often. Anyway - congratulations!
chase Plus
10 1.1k 246 England
8 Feb 2008 10:51AM
All that cruelty,now see where it's gotten you ..lol
Well done Alison.
Janet
Gary_Macleod 12 159 Scotland
8 Feb 2008 3:39PM
Brilliant...such invention
Possum 9 148 England
8 Feb 2008 4:55PM
Well done, Alison. My Mum was always torturing flowers with florists' wire, and you've used it to great effect here. Fabulous clarity on the bloom itself.
Allie
ann_g 12 19 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2008 5:32PM
What a gorgeous image, superb.
cattyal Plus
11 7.7k 6 England
8 Feb 2008 8:20PM
Hello everyone and thank you all again Smile

Ikebana - yep, that's the word Bruce - I've something in mind in that style but forgot to take my secateurs to work with me today to nick a bit off a tree! I might pop in tomorrow and give it a light pruning!

I've another Anenome by me all wired up and shall see if it will oblige and wilt before I go to bed. I'm afraid any flower with a hollow stem is fair game though I've been trying Tulips but they're a swine to wire up internally. That won't stop me trying though!

I do have a shot tucked away that has more debris than flower Conrad (well almost) - maybe I'll upload that some time for fun Smile
franfoto 8 2 32 England
10 Feb 2008 2:27PM
Impressive work, can see why the Editor singled it out for an award. Simply beautiful.
Fran
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
19 Jul 2008 10:00AM
You are so full of great ideas Ali,A fine background for this colourful and very detailed flower . The wire was a touch of genius if rather cruel Smile xx
cattyal Plus
11 7.7k 6 England
20 Jul 2008 9:17AM
Hello and thanks again.

Indeed I can be a bit cruel Mavis but I'm afraid it just has to be done sometimes Smile Sadly I've nothing in the garden right now that lends itself to the wires so I shall be relatively kind to my flowers for now!
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
11 Dec 2008 8:14PM
love the detail in the flower and the curly stem really adds something.lesley
cattyal Plus
11 7.7k 6 England
14 Dec 2008 9:10PM
Hi Lesley and thanks Smile

I've got two bunches of Anemones at the moment which currently show no signs of opening - I'm rather hoping to get the wire out again sometime! I am however getting my regular flower supplier educated and he knows that I like the naturally bendy stems which is handy - getting wire into these things isn't always easy!
6 Jan 2009 11:29AM
Like the effect, Alison, and super detail and colour in the flower, too.
TrevB Smile
cattyal Plus
11 7.7k 6 England
8 Jan 2009 7:37PM
Hi Trevor and thanks for taking a look. I've not managed to get hold of any really decent Anemones this year and now my flowerman has gone off to India on holiday! So inconsiderate of him Smile I'll have to see what the other sellers have to offer.....
SueEley 10 279 96 Wales
31 Jan 2009 8:01PM
Lovely detail and a very clever treatment.
8 Apr 2009 9:11AM
nice colour good details.
Shahid
OMG 7 51 2 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2009 12:38AM
A lovely presentation however cruel you had to be to achieve it! I like the pp work.
Rgds Derek
cattyal Plus
11 7.7k 6 England
30 Apr 2009 7:36PM
Thank you again folks - it's been a while since I was nasty to flowers - I've a couple of new packs of wires at the ready so shall have to do some more Smile
sable 8 9 7 England
8 May 2009 11:30AM
Well the cruelty resulted in a an ceptionally good shot - good colour and detail I really like this one - Elizabeth

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