Monday, February 09, 2009

Lei Preacher

Thanks For The Garland, But Skip The Grass Skirt

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Sometimes you see tropical blooms that make you look twice because the colours are so vivid. It’s aways handy if you have your camera within arm’s reach, just to capture the scene before the blooms are whisked away.


Then you take a closer look and you realise that they’re not real flowers at all. Someone’s just about to use them for a Hawaiian-themed party. Realisation dawns slowly.


You think they must be expensive, for sure. Then your eye travels up (and so does the lens of your camera) and you realise that beauty sometimes does come at a bargain-basement price.


Visit Luiz Santilli Jr for the home of
Today's Flowers.

35 comments:

jinksy said...

Just shows anything can become priceless, if you look at it in the right way... That first photo is a work of art and no mistake.

Maggie May said...

Well no matter whether real or not real and no matter how cheap, you have made a very good photo and I love those colours!

Mojo said...

Funny thing is, these will probably hold up for years (depending on what they're made of) while the real deal will wither away in a matter of days and cost several times as much.

Go figure.

Carolina said...

Well, you made it really clear (once again) that to make a beautiful photo you need a GOOD EYE and not a good camera (although that might help). Nice one.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

LOL! You had me going, David!

Sheila :-)

cheshire wife said...

They are a bit gaudy but I think that we all need a bit of cheering up at the moment. I do not think that being cheap matters.

Hope that you and your family are safe from the bush fires.

Merisi said...

Brilliant!
Colours and photographer. :-)

All these colours are like balsam for my eyes, seeing as the weather here has turned wintry again, snow and sleet and more grey. I'd like to call out like Goethe, "More light," please!

San said...

Feasting my eyes on those lush colors is a real treat to me. I am looking out the window at a day that is rather gray in these parts.

And I am concerned about your corner of the world, David. What I heard on the radio this morning was very unsettling.

Twisted Fencepost said...

This a just the cutest post. I love it!
And thanks for the shout out a few days ago. I have just been so busy I didn't catch it.

Akelamalu said...

Well they may be cheap but they're certainly pretty! :)

RiverPoet said...

Those colors are breathtaking! I wonder if people in Hawaii ever get tired of the colors (real and imitation) that surround them. I should ask Cloudia!

Peace - D

aims said...

Oh David! Have a look at this one -

http://whenthedogsbite.blogspot.com/2009/02/cemetery_08.html

Rachel may have outdone herself on this one.

Maria said...

Very nice captures, vivid colours - beautiful!

VALKYRIEN said...

You had me fooled there for a while! I really wondered what type of spectaculare flowers this is!? These are great photoes anyhow - and you put a smile on MY face! Thanks!

arleena said...

Pretty clourful.

Denise said...

I always enjoy your takes on various meme's. Creative and imaginative and great photos always.

Lorna said...

Very clever concept, David. :-)
~Lorna

Louise said...

-Clever title.
-They ARE beautiful for an unbelievable bargain.
-What? No grass skirt?

Lilli & Nevada said...

Sure had me fooled for a minute. I thought there would only be one person that could capture such a beauties and that would be you. Nice

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

I took it for granted that they wee some exotic blooms $2!!!bargain..

Judy said...

They look an awful lot better than the silk leis that are sold in this neck of the woods!! I was sure they had to be real flowers! Maybe I am just colourstarved!

Daryl said...

I came thisclose to buying a scarf that had those very flowers (in a pattern)on it! Arent they called Frangipangi?

Day4plus said...

The colors looked a little too too real, but at the same time very pretty. Good one.

Our news is showing the fires near Melbourne and the total drought in australia. I hope you and your are safe. MB

Vic Grace said...

I thought they were flowers at first such bright colours.

So sorry to hear of the fires near you. Such a tragedy. Hope you are safe.

Jazz said...

That first picture is stunning.

Leora said...

Oh! At first I was so impressed that you found real flowers that look like the ones I've seen at craft stores. Clever.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Beauty may be found in the most unexpected places, and the clever eye (which you have) finds it with remarkable frequency.

I read with dismay the news of the tragic deaths of your countrymen and women from the terrible bush fires. I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers. Be safe!

dot said...

Cute post David. Nothing wrong with artificial flowers in my book.

Natalie said...

You, my friend, are a very clever man. Everything you do here interests me. Love the photo.

Thank you for your kind words this a.m. We are all safe here, however I have a 2 cousins in the Beechworth area haven't heard anything so far.
I just can't watch the news anymore..... :( So don't know much about anything.

Annie said...

I worry that there is no news from you re the fires..

hope all is well, but i am worried

Annie

SandyCarlson said...

You make of these inexpensive leis works of art that are pure fun.

Paz said...

I love the colors!

Paz

Norm said...

wow! perfect capture, your garlands are very pretty and colorful.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Hi my friend David,

Always you show the spirit of flowers!
Marvelous colors!
Thanks for your great support!

Luiz

Hilary said...

Nicely done. With prices like that, there's no need for lei away.