You need to follow your heart when you’re out taking photographs, and for me, more often than not, my heart focuses on nature — especially flowers.

What strikes me first when looking at exotic plants is their color, followed closely by their shapes, contours, and their overall unique appearance. It’s a challenge to share their very essence — to reveal their exquisiteness especially when they don’t meet our “normal” criteria for beauty. This is especially true for exotic flowers.

An added benefit of following this passion for photographing flowers is that I’ve become an avid gardener especially with water gardens. I’m able to develop a deeper connection with the flowers l love to grow and by following their life cycle on a daily or weekly schedule, I have the opportunity to create more intimate photographic images.