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Swirling hellebore

June 23, 2012

in Flora & fauna

Hellebores have distinctive, hanging cup-shaped flowers that nod in the breeze but keep their faces to the ground. It’s easy to miss the showy centre of the flower. Here the flower is still young, and the mass of stamens are unfurling from a tight cluster; only the oldest anthers on the outside of the spiral have burst open to show the pollen grains.

Sometimes I find colour a distraction when creating images of flowers as we’re so attuned to noticing the colour first at the expense of the patterns and shapes. I converted this to black and white and then applied a split tone effect to allow our eye to rest on the swirling pattern.

This looks fabulous printed on metallic paper.

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