Art Inspired by Nature – Ronald Cowie Portrait of a Flower…

September 23rd, 2009 § 2 comments

Ronald Cowie Poppy

Photograph © Ronald Cowie


“Nobody sees a flower, really, it is so small. We haven’t time -and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time”  – Georgia O’Keeffe

For this, The Gardener’s Eden’s second in the weekly series, “Art Inspired by Nature”, I present to you the extraordinary work of Ronald Cowie. This series of botanical photographs is more than beautiful – Ronald’s images explore the very essence of each exquisite flower. He has created what I can only describe as portraits: works of art capturing individual identities. The delicate, ephemeral nature of the poppy, fluttering in the wind; the beautifully transparent quality of cosmos petals; the magnificent, swirling geometry of a hibiscus blossom; the frilly romance of a floribunda rose; the exotic, luminous presence of a water lily floating in a darkened pool – all have been brilliantly captured and poetically expressed.

The first time I saw Ronald Cowie’s work, I was stunned by it’s emotional power. There are no tricks here. There is no artifice. In order to portray the unique characteristics, the individual personalities of your subjects, you must first discover them. It is clear that Ronald spends a great deal of time seeing. And in a world where so many human beings rapidly gobble up everything put before them, it is rare to encounter the opposite. Ronald Cowie takes the time to taste and savor the world, and to express the beauty and mystery he discovers.

I hope that you will also take the time, not only to look closely at these beautiful photographs, but to explore Ronald’s website and his other work, (I am also moved by both his haunting “Leaving Babylon” series, and the spiritual power of “The Inside Ocean”). It takes time to really see the amazing world all around us. But when we do stop to deeply observe, we are rewarded handsomely. Thank you Ronald Cowie, for making the time, and for sharing what you have found…


Ronald Cowie Cosmos

Photograph © Ronald Cowie

Ronald Cowie Hibiscus

Photograph © Ronald Cowie

Ronald Cowie Roses

Photograph © Ronald Cowie

Ronald Cowie Water Lily

Photograph © Ronald Cowie


All photography featured in this article is the sole property of Ronald Cowie and may not be downloaded, copied or otherwise used without his written consent.

For further information about the work of Ronald Cowie, or to purchase one of his beautiful prints, please visit his website linked here: RWCOWIE.COM


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§ 2 Responses to Art Inspired by Nature – Ronald Cowie Portrait of a Flower…"

  • giao @ KMS says:

    they are all gorgeous…but that first photo is just sublime. i love that o’keefe quote…oh so true. i’m savoring the last of our dahlias in the garden…

  • Michaela says:

    Mmmm. I agree with you. The poppy is my favorite too.
    Enjoy your dahlias, and now I will think of you when admiring mine….

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