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In the history and language of flowers one of the things the Orchid represents is Refinement.

the process of removing impurities or unwanted elements from a substance.

the improvement or clarification of something by the making of small changes.

cultured elegance in behavior or manner.

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.”  ~ Denis Waitley

I loved this quote for the image above as all of our attitudes need refining from time to time ~ to live every minute with love, grace and gratitude instead of caving into the daily pressures of life, social media, work, and relationships.

Calla Lily

I recently received an email from a gentleman named Theo who works at Art Sy, a website that promotes artists and sells art.   Theo reached out to me because the site has a Robert Mapplethorpe page.  You might ask what I have to do with Robert Mapplethorpe.   Well, nothing, really, other than an appreciation for his work.  But, in the fall of 2013 I did a Calla Lilly series on the blog and quoted Robert Mapplethorpe in several of the posts.  Theo found me when doing research on Mapplethorpe.

During my correspondence with Theo he asked if I would add a link to Art Sy and the Mapplethorpe page to my original posts.  As the posts are two years old now, I thought I should just write a new post and present a couple of new black and white Calla Lily images.  These images are quite different from the images in the original series because the lilies are note pure white, but pink or purple and white.   To give you a point of reference of the original series, I am adding the links below.

Exhilarated Beauty

Trio of Modest Beauty

Magnificence of Beauty

Modesty Fortified

Calla Lily VI

Calla Lily V

Calla Lily V

Calla Lily VI

I would love to hear your thoughts on the original series as well as the new pictures.  Which is your favorite?


Wilted Cheer

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It just may be,

The Daisy’s charm

To cheer the heart

And inspire the soul.

She’ll never wish harm,

And will play the role,

Even when wilting,

She’ll inspire a smile,

And your joy will be whole.

copyright Robyn Graham


Gate of…

Gates of Emotion

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

A shot from the New York City Public Library ~ I loved how the light streamed in over the rustic gate and left it’s mark on the swirled marble.

Settings: SS 1/60 f5.6 ISO 2500

Equipment: Nikon D800 with a 50mm prime lens

A Corner in the New York City Public Library

New York Public Library

Yesterday I had the great pleasure to wander around New York City with some amazing people: Leanne Cole, Stacy Fisher,  Robert Marsala, and Nicci Carrera.  One of our stops was the New York Public Library – wow!  If you have never been inside you need to add it to your bucket list.  The architecture is inspiring and the people watching…entertaining.   And if you are a lover of books…you’ll feel right at home.

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Edits: Slight Curves Adjustment in Photoshop CC


Black and White Thursday ~

And you know what means!  I posted on Monochromia today and it’s a guessing game!  Link over and take a look! What do you think?


Lemons and Limes Oh My!

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There is a group on Instagram that has daily theme inspirations: @9Vaga_dailytheme9. This week color was the theme with each day being a different color.  Wednesday was yellow and Thursday was green.   The images above are a few that I posted on my Instagram page: @robyngrahamphotography.  I hope you enjoy the images. I had fun playing with light and shadow.

And, if you are on Instagram, please follow me…I post images almost every day…Much more frequently than I get to blog!