The Dance of the Lupins

Little purple and pink sails catch the gentle breeze, bending to and fro with Mother Nature’s breath.  For a moment the lupins cease movement, allowing me to admire their heart-shaped petals and pointy green leaves.  The wind picks up again and the tall flora begin their dance once more.  

The biologist in me frowns knowing these beautiful wildflowers are technically an invasive species.  A weed, if you will.  But that other guy inside, the nature-lover, smiles while watching the random wind-driven choreography unfold in the fading light.

 

Lupins Raspberry Point web

Lupins fog Stanley Bridge web

Lupins at Raspberry Point 2 web

One night while trying to fall asleep, I closed my eyes and pictured a world under a perpetual blanket of stars.  Nevermind that much of our current world would cease to exist without the sun; biology and physics need not apply in dream-land.  What would all that beauty look like under the stars?  Of course, it would still exist, albeit under much darker ambient light.  My mind lead to lupins.  What would those beautiful purple and pink dancing flowers look like at night?  And thus began an obsession to bring that image to light.

A pre-visualized image of lupins under stars.  Foreground: 4-5 image blend for depth-of field.  Background exposure taken roughly 1-hour after the flowers.  Hand-blended in Photoshop... probably over 30 hours of work.  Note the hint of light on left edge horizon, which is the last glow of light from the setting sun.

A pre-visualized image of lupins under stars. Foreground: 4-5 image blend for depth-of field. Background exposure taken roughly 1-hour after the flowers. Hand-blended in Photoshop… probably over 30 hours of work. Note the hint of light on left edge horizon, which is the last glow of light from the setting sun.

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3 thoughts on “The Dance of the Lupins

  1. In the final image, a spectacular display of blues and purples contrasted with the dark green. Beautiful! Some weeds are more than welcome.

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