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Alan Shapiro
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Award-winning photographer. Advertising Chief Creative Officer, too. www.AlanShapiroPhotography.com www.instagram.com/alanshapiro515
Award-winning photographer. Advertising Chief Creative Officer, too. www.AlanShapiroPhotography.com www.instagram.com/alanshapiro515

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Started the day with a flight of plums. Perfect lead in to a day hopefully filled with flights of fancy.

#playingwithmyfood #plums #fujilove #fujifilmgfx50s #stilllife
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A melange of purple thingers and some squishy poppers with googlies on a plank*


*Vegetarian menu descriptions I'd like to see.

#playingwithmyfood #purplepeppers #forpurplepeopleeaters #farmersmarketfinds #stilllife
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Here's a Blushing Bride Protea shot by a window against a black card followed by a less-than-two-minute basic edit in Lightroom Classic CC. Seriously...you don't need a ton of gear to do this.
Which reminds me:
Less than two weeks until a week of teaching, sharing and group hugs at the Out of Chicago Flower and Garden Conference at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Woohoo!!!

Who's going?

Who wants to go? (There may still be a seat or two left. Take a look here: http://www.outofchicago.com/garden
Try using code "Shapiro" and the $300 savings might still be live)

Who's not going but wishes they could spend a day with me in a garden? (Longwood near Philly or NYBG here in NY)?

Who's saying "I could care less?" (Note: You will likely be blocked)

Who's saying "It's not that I could care less, it's just that I'm not all that into making pictures. I'd rather just look at them and occasionally say Oooh and Ahhh or leave a string of emoticons"?

#trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #blushingbrideprotea #macromonday #flowerphotography #fujilove #hqspmacro #hqspflowers #btpmacropro #btpflowerpro #flowerphotography #alanshapirophotography
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Ethel showed up at the senior gala wearing an oh-so-chic haute couture frock from her favorite designer...from last year (gasp!) But even worse; so did everyone else.
Who wore it best for the paparazzi (and by paparazzi I mean me)?

#trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #hibiscus #doyenne #matriarchsworkingitforthecamera #fujilove #kaiserslimliteplano #fujifilmgfx50s #hqspflowers #hqspmacro #floralfriday #btpflowerpro #btpmacropro #alanshapirophotography
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I grew up calling them Coleus. My guess is you all did, too. But...NEWS FLASH... Coleus is no longer formally recognized and these brazen hussies of the floral world should heretofore be known as Solenostemon... except for those which are actually Plectranthus. (Huh? More on this another day.)
Now, before we practice saying those somewhat challenging names, let's all pause for a moment and try to collectively figure out what the Coleus folks did to piss off the Botany leadership and get them reclassified.
Were they too colorful and flamboyant for the conservatives in charge?
Too far left leaning in their growth pattern?
Did they oppose walls (or gather in beautiful protest to cover them up?)
Did they collude with other wildflowers?
Is reclassification a first step toward deportation?
Will all foliage-plants-formally-known-as-Coleus soon be gathered up by agents of FTD and sent to internment camps with no paper trail or worse, picked at the border turned away? Will the tiny baby no-longer-Coleus plants be separated from their larger families?
This can't have anything to do with global warming, can it? Oh god oh god oh god!
Did I miss the lengthy investigation with ridiculous lawyers pontificating absurdities to whoever would listen?
Where's +The Rachel Maddow Show to clarify this in the context of present-day events? This has to be linked (at the root level) to the shade-loving people in charge.

Can I get a rally going:
"Build gardens, not walls!"
"Spread fertilizer, not bullsh*t!"
"Give bees a chance!"

All I know: When things are looking down, find something beautiful looking up.

#trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #coleus #plectranthus #expose #dontbuildwallsbuildgardens #youcantmakethisshitup #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro #fujilove #fujifilmgfx50s
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A troupe of extroverted poppies
After a night out had gotten quite sloppy
They let out a whoop when they met to regroup
Turns out they were all kind of trollop-y

#trippininthegardenonmiraclegro #poppy #verbalgymnastics #brazenhussys #practicemakesridiculous #hqspflowers #btpflowerpro #alanshapirophotography #flowerpower
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Thinking about Humpty Dumpty in the context of current events. I found myself going back to Lewis Carroll's version:

"I don't know what you mean by 'glory,' " Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. "Of course you don't—till I tell you. I meant 'there's a nice knock-down argument for you!' "
"But 'glory' doesn't mean 'a nice knock-down argument'," Alice objected.
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less."
"The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master—that's all."
Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again. "They've a temper, some of them—particularly verbs, they're the proudest—adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs—however, I can manage the whole lot! Impenetrability! That's what I say!"

Think about it.

All I know is that all the King's apricots and all the Kings' berries couldn't save Humpty's ass once the special prosecutor cracked him.

#nurseryrhymesformoderntimes #eggplant #apricots #berries #fujilove #stilllife
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