Flower Study: Orchids at The Conservatory of Flowers

Almost every year, Denise and I go to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park to take photos of the dahlias outside. This year, we decided to go on a Saturday rather than waking up early and going before work like we did last year. Most of the time, San Francisco’s cloudy weather provides …

Flower Study: les fleurs fanées

July’s flower study acknowledges the death of cut flowers and the beauty that can be found even in these last moments. The title of this post “les fleurs fanées” means “dying flowers” in French. Everything sounds better en francais.  Only in the most recent year have I started to buy cut flowers for the home. …

Flower Study: Bouquet

For June’s (again, belated) flower study, I shot the birthday bouquet Andrew sent me. The bouquet was a lovely arrangement of locally-grown flowers from Farmgirl Flowers. I absolutely love their philosophy and their bouquets. They offer one daily arrangement of flowers only from the Bay Area, delivered via bike messenger, in either recycled burlap bags …

Flower Study: Baby’s Breath

May’s flower study is a bit late (okay, really late) and there isn’t a great excuse for it. I chose baby’s breath for May because it reminds me of my wedding and we celebrated our first anniversary on May 28t. Searching for baby’s breath is rather painful in a city with great florists. No one …

Flower Study: Roses

When my wedding planner suggested roses for my wedding, I adamantly said no. I never liked the ones that grew in my parents’ front yard and the only rose I could ever stand was the sterling rose, and that’s only because it’s purple and was featured in the movie “Bed of Roses”. But that all …

Flower Study: Poppies

I never liked poppies growing up, but growing up in California, poppies meant the California poppy of the bright orange variety. Orange has never been a favorite color of mine, and later learning that poppies were somehow related to opium which caused horrible addictions in the Chinese (I know I watch too many Chinese period …

Flower Study: Flowering Quince

Every year, I look forward to the month of February when all the trees are awash in flowering blossoms of various shades of white, pink, and red. When I was little, I used to watch a Hong Kong drama called The Legend of the Condor Heroes and the main female character lived in a beautiful …

Flower Study: Peony

At the beginning of this year, I had convinced myself to do a 365 Project, taking a picture everyday and posting it on Instagram. That was short-lived as I didn’t post anything on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, and then finally gave up on the 4th. It was just too much commitment, but maybe I’ll …