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Art of the Day: Monday July 23, 2018

Sunflower Ladybug Vignette

- by Pamela K Wilhelm

This week's theme: Helianthus

They are named for the sun. Their symmetry is based on Fibonacci numbers. They are native to the Americas, but have traveled widely and have captured the eyes and imagination of people all over the world.

A photograph from a series I did in the winter of 2002 and was a perfect distraction from the Oregon blues. I had been thinking about photographing dried flowers for several seasons, and was quite eager to finally have the chance.

"Two things happened with this series for me. One, I needed to express my intense, and genetic, connection to the land. I relish in observing the evolution of the seasons and look forward to their predictability and subtle surprises each year.

Sometimes, the "glory days" of a flower are often viewed as the only phase worthy of photgraphing and/or admiring, which should not be the case.

A poppy is a beautiful example of this concept. From one head, bursts forth literally hundreds of tiny seeds, almost guaranteeing the proserity of that particular flower, potentially forever.

This is a limited edition photograph. Current number is 1/80. This is a stunning series and sure to sell out. Direct inquiries to


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