Georgia’s Back (Or Someone Like Her)

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California / Flower / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Tulip


May 4, 2019. Crystal Hermitage Gardens, outside of Nevada City, California. When we went to visit our friends in the Sierra foothills, we were prepared for some landscapes. Alas, the sky was blue. From horizon to horizon it was utterly devoid of texture. Not the best for landscapes. But little did we know that our friends had something else in mind anyway.

Two weeks ago, they were exploring Highway 49 and stopped in Nevada City. By chance, someone asked them if they were there for the tulips. Tulips? Oh, yes — at Crystal Hermitage Gardens about twelve miles out of town. They went. They saw. Two weeks later, we all went and saw.

Georgia, or someone like her, tagged along. And me without my macro lens. Did pretty well anyway.

PS — After a stroll through the gardens, which was like a warm spiritual shower, we went back through Nevada City and stopped at Three Forks Bakery and Brewing Company. Best pizza in my life. And one of the best IPAs. So in case you’re in the area, you have two places to visit.

(Nikon D850, Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 2.2; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. Lovely! Strangely enough, even with the countless colors and shades of flowers, I enjoy photographing and viewing white flowers the most.

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    • Me too. In the floral portrait section of my website you’ll see a run on white roses. There is very often a subtlety of color in white that you just don’t get anywhere else.


  2. S-m-o-o-t-h! Beautiful picture.
    I went to Taliesin (East) last week, where O’Keeffe visited, and I’m thinking it’d be great to do a NM/AZ trip, and combine a visit to Taliesin West with one to her museum.

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    • Thank you very much, Robert. Your proposed trip sounds great! We visited Taliesin West many years ago and I found it thoroughly inspirational. Need to go to the O’Keeffe museum though. That’s on my bucket list.

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    • Thanks Tina. Each has its merits and can be appreciated independently. I grew up in western New York state and my wife grew up in Northern New Jersey. We are both very particular about pizza. We’ve been eating pizza all our lives. This one wins hands-down. And the Dynamite IPA is well named. It’s IBU is listed as “lots.” On the other hand, the Crystal Hermitage Gardens are beyond compare, as are the caretakers and volunteers.


      • We were up near the Playboy retreat at the corner of Morris County. There are some beautiful places in NJ altho most people think of the turnpike or parkway or Newark. UGH!!


      • Much of New Jersey is very beautiful. Morris County is certainly one example. Although coming out of the Lincoln Tunnel headed west has been compared to going through a wormhole in New York and ending up in one of the worst parts of eastern Europe during the cold war.

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  3. I am sure Georgia would see her influence in this image, Michael. Lovely. My introduction to her art was by a girl friend who took me to a local restaurant to enjoy her suggestively sensual treatments of her subjects that were hanging on the walls. One of my favorite Adams images is of her smiling mischievously.


  4. I’m a great fan of white flowers, and the sinuosity of this image proves that an absence of color doesn’t have to be bland, or featureless. I love the double entendre in your title. I confess I was a bit surprised to find a flower, and not a Georgia. It’s fun to see the details of that petal’s curve as the flower’s spinal column.

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    • Thanks very much. You see what I saw. And, there is very subtle color. Those details took a lot of work to bring out. Many pixels’ lives were changed in the creation of this image. Ms. O’Keeffe is one of my favorite and most persistent muses.


  5. Still trying to catch up and still way behind….this is utterly gorgeous, just perfect. I love that it’s white. And the way that curve begins in some anonymous, even space, then resolves into those delicate little teeth, each one described carefully. Loved your narrative as well.


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