Fun with flowers

tulip 2

tulip 1

tulip 3

tulip 5

tulip 4 

When the lovely flowers you got from a dear person  start withering, don’t be sorry and especially don’t throw them away. Move the vase to a calm place instead, where the flowers undisturbed can unfold their drama, without risking that your visitors will get worried, about your apparently lost energy. The changes are both very interesting and – very photogenic. Let the sun shine through the petals, and enjoy the sight. Lately I found myself receiving a lovely bouquet of tulips, thinking “they will look beautiful…when they start withering.” Of course I enjoyed them as fresh flowers first, the withering fun started one week later, and it was fun – as you can see at the photos.



22 comments so far

  1. uphilldowndale on

    Tulips lend themselves to looking stunning as they fade. Beautiful

    • Giiid on

      Thank you. Good to know I am not the only one keeping withered flowers in the vase. 🙂

  2. uffech on

    Super photos 🙂

    • Giiid on

      Tusind tak!! 🙂

      Thank you so much for your kind feedback, and for taking you time to comment my photos, your words are both much appreciated and inspiring.

      Please allow me to make a link to your blog with your wonderful paintings in a future blog post. And perhaps show a photo of one?

  3. isathreadsoflife on

    How interesting the way you look at withered flowers ! And how beautiful your macro photography is ! I love the second life you are giving to those fading tulipes.

    • Giiid on

      It takes a little time to change perception, and see them in a different light, but then it feels like entering a new and unexplored field. 🙂 Thank you Isa.

  4. Pia Cornelius on


    • Giiid on

      Thank you Pia. 🙂

  5. burstmode on

    Very nicely done with the lighting. A strong light for a strong flower.

    • Giiid on

      Thank you Burst Mode. My camera, the little Panasonic LX 3 is extremely sensitive when it comes to light, with an aperture range of F2.0-2.8, many of my shots are almost served to me on a silver plate. I am of course very interested in the newest LX 7, which has an aperture range of F1.4-2.3, perhaps this will be my next pocket camera. 🙂

      • burstmode on

        I’ve always liked the Panasonics. They are very innovative.

  6. Reggie on

    Exquisitely beautiful, Birgitte. Love the way the light is refracted by those petals – it makes the colours even more vibrant.

    • Giiid on

      Thank you Reggie. Light is so inspiring to play with, especially the warm soft sunlight and its shadows, – in contrast to the strong white sunlight, with its deep black shadows, I think you know about this, living in South Africa. 🙂

      • Reggie on

        Yes, I completely understand that, Giiid. Our light – particularly in the summer months – is often quite harsh, so it casts very strong shadows. It’s great if that’s the effect you want to create, but it’s not so nice for photographing people and faces – because the harsh light will either make them squint, or create shadows (and make wrinkles more visible). 😉

        That softly filtered light on overcast days, or when the light is filtered through the trees or leaves or petals, like in your photo, is much nicer.

        • Giiid on

          Do you know what the highest UV factor in your area is?
          I think the highest in Denmark is about 7 in the summer, but normally at this time of year it is about 3 – 5.

        • Reggie on

          I’m not sure what our highest UV factor is, but in summer and on the beach, I’m sure it can go very high. This website appears to track the UV factor for any location around the world ( – according to that, ours is a maximum of 5.5 over the next couple of days. BUT this local website ( says it is 10 at the moment!

  7. WildBlack on

    Beautiful photos 🙂

    • Giiid on

      Thank you very much Wildblack, nice to hear from you.

  8. Tammy on

    Gosh, these are more lovely than ever. It’s good to visit your blog.

    • Giiid on

      Oh, thank you very much Tammy. 🙂

  9. Scott Thomas Photography on

    Textures, shapes and colors using a living thing. Beautiful. Happy May Day!

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