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Frozen Flowers: Works in Progress

My freezer is filling up with these blocks of ice lately.  Why?  Because one day in the winter, I had this random thought, “what would happen if I froze flowers and then photographed them?”  (It had been a very, very long winter and my mind was starved for inspiration. 🙂 )


Waiting to be captured

But sometimes, it pays to follow those seemingly strange inspirations.  Waiting for Spring (below) is an image from my first effort to freeze flowers and then photograph them.



Waiting for Spring is currently part of the Best of Botanicals, National Juried Photography Exhibition at PHOTO Gallery Oakland.  🙂  If you happen to be in the area, between now and  July 12, stop in and check out the exhibit.

Best of Botanicals-PHOTO Oakland 2014

Best of Botanicals-PHOTO Oakland 2014

As a last second, “oh what the heck” I also submitted Waiting for Spring to the Northeast District PPA Image Competition a few weeks ago.  Last week, it earned one of my highest scores ever in PPA competition.  Wahoo!

I’ll share more frozen flowers as I capture them.  For now, I’m stocking the freezer with blocks of ice holding the blooms of spring.

Have you ever had a “wierd” thought that turned out to be a good idea?

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Being Golden

I spent a few days in Golden, Colorado last week.

Since last fall I have been part of the Gold mastermind group with Alyson B. Stanfield, the Art Biz Coach.  It is a diverse group of artists that includes painters, collage artists, jewelry designers, paper artists, and this lone photographer.  It’s all art, though, and we worked together to help each other better market that art.  As one who works alone much of the time, the creative synergy of a group was so energizing and inspiring.

I had given myself the gift of going a day early so that I had an extra day to explore Golden. Much of the day was spent wandering the beautiful historic area and the lovely campus of the Colorado School of Mines, taking pictures, and drinking lots and lots of water to combat the fatigue and vague queasiness that came with the high altitude.

I was traveling light in regards to camera equipment, having brought a small Canon G16 that has an amazing amount of functionality for a point and shoot camera.  Sometimes, it’s not convenient or even necessary to carry my big equipment and the G16 is great for those times.

Often when traveling, I come home with at least a few stonesso it’s surprising that while visiting this place rich with stone and rock that I didn’t have an extra 10 pounds in my suitcase.  I did find a few stones to photograph, however.  This one, in particular, was beautiful with the sandstone and quartz and a few other things that I couldn’t identify.  But, for one, it was part of the sidewalk design and it was the size of a 5 year old, so taking a few close-up pictures of it and making mandalas would have to suffice.

The soft rosy glow  and the complexity of these patterns are a prefect representation of my week in Golden.

It was a good Golden week.   How was your week?

If you know someone who would enjoy my work, I’d be happy if you would share this with them.

If you are interested in prints of any of these mandalas, contact me and I can make that happen. 🙂

Sea Grape Leaf Mandalas

One of the many, many things that I love about traveling is seeing and experiencing new things.  On a trip to Bermuda, 20 years ago, I first saw the sea grape trees, aka bay grape trees.  They are everywhere on the island and many hotels, guest houses, and restaurants pay homage to the ubiquitous plant in their name.  They were unlike anything I had ever seen growing up and living in the northeast US.  I’ve never seen the grapes of the tree, having never been around them in the late summer when the fruit develops, but I just love the large, round, sturdy and leathery leaves.  Small ones are about 6 inches and the large ones seem like they could make great dinner plates. When new, they are a shiny bright green with yellow ribs and veins.  As they age they become a beautiful red that contrasts wonderfully with that bold yellow.

©Gail Haile_Sea Grape Leaf

©Gail Haile_Sea Grape Leaf


For the past week, I was fortunate to be able to escape the cold and spend some time in southern Florida, another place where sea grape trees abound.  I also took the opportunity to play with some new ideas and photography equipment.  The image that I used for today’s mandalas is an underwater closeup of one those beautiful red and yellow sea grape leaves. I liked how much detail was revealed by photographing the leaf in that way and knew I wanted to see what would be revealed with mandalas.

As always, if you’d like prints of any of these mandalas, just email me.  Also, if you know anyone who would enjoy my work, I’d be grateful if would share this with them.


Mystery solved and a new one: Mandala Monday 9/22/2013

Last week’s mandalas were a bit of a mystery to most people.  No one, that I know of, was able to determine what the source image was for those sumptuous red mandalas.  Well, the first image in today’s gallery is the closeup image of a red onion that I used,  a most ordinary thing that revealed some quite interesting patterns and colors.

Today’s mandalas are also red, though a very different red from the onion, with some other colors mixed in.  The source image for these was also taken during that 3 hour session on the porch with ordinary objects from the kitchen.   Any ideas what it is?  Leave your guesses in the comments section below.

Take time to see ordinary objects in a new light and appreciate their marvel ous-ness.  Have a great week!


Mystery? Or not? : Mandala Monday 9/16/2013

If you’ve been following for any time here, you know that I see beauty in the ordinary.  Today’s mandalas are such a perfect example of that.

I spent last weekend with two other photographers at a cabin on Lake Ontario.  I never fail to be amazed by the exponential power of creativity when you have a group of 2 or more creative people.   The entire weekend was a feast of ideas and learning for all of us, and the best part was that it felt so very much like play.  One day was particularly overcast and the light, it seemed, was rather flat.  We weren’t particularly inspired to head outside at this moment.  Spontaneously and somewhat randomly we started grabbing things on the kitchen counter that were awaiting being transformed into some delectable meal (the other creative part of the weekend) and headed out on the screened porch.  The  porch roof created some direction to the soft light and we spent almost three hours playing and photographing all sorts of ordinary objects in un-ordinary ways.  So much fun!

So, these mandalas started from an image of a most ordinary item but they are anything but ordinary to me.  I just love the rich color and all the texture.  Can you tell what the source image was?  Is it a mystery? or not?

I promise I’ll share the source image next week, just in case you can’t figure it out. 🙂



Red and Yellow: Mandala Monday 9/2/2013

Just a few words and a lot of mandalas today.  I happened upon a bed of gorgeous red and yellow coleus last week.  I’m a huge fan of that color combination and I also loved the shapes and textures in the leaves.  When deciding what to do for mandalas this week, this image was tops on my list.  Besides the colors, I love the depth of some of these.  If feels like I’m being drawn in deeper and deeper.



Tulip Trials 3: Mandala Monday 4/8/2013

If you’ve been following this blog the past couple of  weeks, you know that I have been playing around with different images of tulips to create mandalas. (First week is here, and second week is here.)   Today is the first of a couple weeks of mandalas created using the new images that I took of a tulip bouquet. The first week’s bouquet was simply lit with soft window light and was a bit flat.  The second bouquet, the ones shown here, was photographed in the studio and lit from the side and behind, highlighting the details more.  I do like some of these much better than those first ones I did.  To me, the lighting is more interesting and so, creates more depth and drama in the mandalas.  But we all see different things when looking at these or any mandalas so, what do you think?

There are 2 source images for these mandalas, shown here.  Can you tell which image was the source for each mandala?  The answers will be in next week’s post.

Have a great week!