Sunday, March 22, 2020

Kaleidoscopes from Orchids

Kaleidoscopes have fascinated me since I was a child using one of those cardboard tubes with a panel of broken stained glass bits.  Now I create them in my computer.

Orchid Kaleidoscope OR01 by Jeanne Selep
Orchid Kaleidoscope OR01
Orchids 01 by Jeanne Selep
Orchid 01

I created the Kaleidoscope images in this post from photos of orchids, some of which I shared in this post on the 2020 Orchid show at the Chicago Botanic Garden.


For example, Orchid 01 was used to create the Kaleidoscope Image OR01 above.

Kaleidoscope OR02 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope Image OR02

Orchid 11 at the Chicago Botanic Garden by Jeanne Selep
Orchid Image 11

March 22, 2020 would have been the last day of the CBG's Orchid show, which closed early in March due to Covid19. 

(Orchid Image 11 was used for Kaleidoscope OR02 below)

I wanted to go back to the Orchid show on March 14, 2020, when the Illinois Orchid Society planned on hosting a show in addition to the CBG's Orchid display. Covid19 canceled that event as well.

Kaleidoscope OR03 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope Image OR03
I have been to the IOS show in the past and it's a beautiful addition to CBG's orchid show... I missed your flowers, IOS!

Kaleidoscope OR04 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope Image OR04
After creating Kaleidoscopes from my orchid photos, I had ideas for additional photos to take so I could create better kaleidoscopes.

Kaleidoscope OR05 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope Image OR05
Those ideas have to wait now. (I wanted more close-up photos, and to have photos with more details, more contrast, and stronger lines at the edge of petals.)
Kaleidoscope OR06 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope Image OR06
I'm sure we will never know how many great activities and events were canceled and closed due to the coronavirus, how many trips have been canceled or postponed.

Kaleidoscope OR07 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope Image OR07
It's crazy how much my world has changed in just my last week, and how long ago last weekend seems.

Kaleidoscope OR08 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope Image OR08
Last weekend, (March 14-15) two of my children were studying at their colleges...

Kaleidoscope OR09 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope Image OR09
and now both of them are back home with me after  quick unplanned whirlwind moves home on Monday March 16.

Kaleidoscope OR10 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope Image OR10
I still need to tackle the laundry they brought home and where everything will be stored and arranged back in the house. 

Kaleidoscope OR11 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope Image OR11
I can't see very far into the future either, whether planned jobs and summer weddings will proceed as scheduled or not. 

Kaleidoscope OR12 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope Image OR12
I'm using extra time I have to create artwork.

Kaleidoscope OR13 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope Image OR13
I hope many people (my young adults included) will use their extra time to execute ideas and projects they have talked about doing. 

Perhaps we will see an outpouring of creative effort from many people. Art, programs, writings, crafts, music... 

Kaleidoscope OR14 by Jeanne Selep
Kaleidoscope Image OR14

Alternately, I'll be happy if everyone can just stay healthy and sane.

Good Luck to all 
in these confusing times!

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Meditations in Motion said...

Those kaleidoscope images are so cool! What a beautiful way to alter the flower photos to make art. Do you use a special program to do it? So glad you got to see the flower show before it closed.

Dee | Grammy's Grid said...

Cool images!!

Peabea Scribbles said...

Oh how fun they are to look at...simply beautiful and so colorful. Loved seeing them to have some color in our dreary weather days until a better Spring weather arrives.

junieper/Jesh said...

What a creative way to show your flowers to All Seasons - many thanks for your creative addition:). Blue is my favorite color, so I am marveling at them! You are so right on with your wish of good luck "at these confusing times." Almost an understatement for me personally now, because we had been hurrying to downsize before, to put our house up for sale. Now, we have to wait with that- no telling how long! Wishing you a happy and healthy week!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Your kaleidoscopes are beautiful. They look like the stunning ones from my childhood and youth. You inspire me to experiment with my photos. Take care.

Sandi Magle said...

Thanks so much for sharing---we put our visit on hold, early on----so sad to hear they had to close the show down. I was hoping to later on be able to walk the the gardens when the tulips begin. Always our favorite time to go. Really gorgeous, I enjoyed goign back and seeing your orchid posts, also!


betty-NZ said...

Ooo! I do like your digital work with the different colors and shapes!

I'm so happy you are a part of 'My Corner of the World' this week!

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Sandra @ Dinner at Eight said...

Ohhh, these are so fabulous! Thanks for sharing a different way of looking at such beautiful flowers.

Anita Holland said...

They are all so beautiful, thanks for sharing

Allyson said...

I love your awesome kaleidoscope images!

Veronica Lee said...

OMG! These images are so fun and cool! Love, love, love them!

Michelle said...

These kaleidoscopic orchid photos are amazing! So pretty!


Moois van mie said...

I love these! Thanks!

RobertN said...

Beautiful compositions.

Michelle said...

Wow! These are stunning! You do amazing artwork!!

NCSue said...

Amazing and delightful images!
Thank you for sharing at

Elkes Lebensglück said...

I am fascinated by this beautiful kaleidoscope from the orchids!
Greeting Elke

Powell River Books said...

I remember those as a kid. Didn't know there was computer software to create them. - Margy

Sandy Carlson said...

These are stunningly beautiful and cheerful. Thank you!

Joanne said...

Oh wow! These are so neat. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.

Katherines Corner said...

these are beautiful!! Such a bright and happy way to share with us. Thank you, HUGS!

Julie Briones said...

These are just lovely! And so creative! Thanks for sharing at TTA this week! We are blessed to have you!

Frédérique said...

Stunning pictures!

loopyloulaura said...

Wow, these are so beautiful and intricate. Thank you for sharing with us at #dreamteamlinky

Catherine Lanser said...

I love mandalas, these look very similar. How do you actually make them? I would love to try.

Mascha said...

These kaleidoscopes with orchids are really wow!
I make my from landscapes, trees or still lifes at my desk (this blue, what have you seen) and other things. Have liked my kaleidoscope in childhood too.
The times are crazy until today and, honestly, I try to make kreative things, but the situation stresses me and takes a lot of energy to organize the allday's life. So much is complicated!
But I try to enjoy the little things and now I go to see your other kaleidoscopes.
Have a good new week