Monday, January 23, 2006


Bauhinea variegata (cow’s paw )

This is Stapelia gigantea (Carrion Flower)
"Stapelias are strange succulent plants native to the deserts of South Africa. The extremely large, starfish-shaped flowers of Stapelia gigantea are pale yellow with reddish tripes. The flowers give off a pestilent smell that attracts flies. As they buzz from flower to flower, flies collect pollen and transport it to the next plant, thereby ensuring the successful pollination of this species. The flower’s putrid smell and hairy, leathery texture mimic the rotting flesh of a dead animal."

Red Ibiscus and Bauhinea variegata (cow’s paw)

Red Ibiscus

Little Daisy

I think that show up these flowers after the gorgeous flowers by the talented artist Katinka Matson it's a big daring! But I would like to share with you my experience with scanner.

First you put the flower over the scanner's glass. The flower must be face down. Next you arrange the flower as you like. Then cover the flower gently with a black fabric, very dense, (all the scanner's superficies). Don't shut the scanner's cover, if you do this, you may crumple the flower. Then turn on the scanner. Next you can save the photo in some file you choose.

The interesting in this process is the unexpected: we don't know exactly how the flower will show up. It's like an amazing surprise!


  1. Hi Sonia,
    The flowers are amazing-speaking from the land of 3 feet of snow. You have done a wonderful job of arranging them to show them off to perfection. Very beautiful!

  2. Very striking, Sonia.

    I'll have to experiment with it once the flowers emerge here in the North.

  3. What artistry! They are all ready for matting and framing.

    You have a wonderful eye, Sonia. Thanks for sharing.

  4. They are sooo beautiful Sonia...I think they are as beautiful as Katinka's....and of course there's your own personal vision and choices...To me, that's what makes 'art' know?

    As always it is a pleasure to visit you....!

  5. Sonia,
    I am going to try it. Yours do look just as good as Katinka's. Love the first one. Stunning.


  6. Sonia! I love your flowers. You are going to start a scanning epidemic--since I visited here last week, I have been scanning left & right, but no flowers yet. Yours look very good. That first one & second one are stunning. Are these flowers growing in your garden?

  7. Sonia,
    Your flowers are amazing! I'll send your link to my Mum- she'll be overcome with joy. It seems that you mastered the scanner technique in just one go. I'm so glad we've found each other's blogs.

  8. Sonia,
    She (Kylie) did send your link, and I am overcome! What a beautiful way to brighten up a day. Seems you've done that for all of us. Your pictures are beautifully arranged...very artistic. Great job. What a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing and I'm glad you found my blog. come again :)

  9. FABULOUS! and thanks for sharing your technique. Just this week I bought my first scanner, just for copying papers. I had no idea!! Susan

  10. I love the second image, it's beautiful!

  11. This is great Sonia!! Now I will have to try this once some flowers come up!! I would never have thought about scanning them. Thanks for sharing how you did this.

    Your's are as pretty as Katinka Matsons, absolutely! I especially love the last one and the seond one. They look perfect!!

    Great job Sonia!!

  12. I wish I had a scanner to try this, they are so pretty. Great job.

  13. Good job Sonia. I wish I had a scanner! This looks like alot of fun.

  14. Hello Sonia, I came to see your flowers as suggested from Judiths site and I must say they are very pretty.

    I must look at the rest of your blog it looks very interesting.
    Have a great day :-)

  15. Oh Sonia, I'm going to try this. Yours look wonderful. I need to find the thick black fabric first though ....

  16. The flowers look fantastic. Wonderful work, Sonia. I'm going to have to try this, when we actually have flowers growing in the summer!

  17. Sonia,
    Your flowers are just beautiful. I love coming to visit you because I know I am always going to see something pretty.

    The third flower you have shown is a daylily and I was trying to find out the exact name for you but there are just so many colors I couldn't pinpoint that one. It is gorgeous.

    Thank you so much for cheering up my day!


  18. Just lovely, Sonia! Thank you for such beautiful images.


  19. What beautiful flowers! Thank you for brightening up my day

  20. Hi Sonia..
    I know that Flesh Eating/Smelling plant...not that exact one, but ones like I it...I use to have one in my garden..the flowers smelled like S**T!!! Truly...and indeed, flys were attracted and other tiny thingy' memory of the one I had was that they flys and such didn't survive the plant!!! But the flowrs smelled so horrible you could not possibly put them on any scanner!!! (lol) Nature is absolutely amazing, isn't it?
    I'm here via Michele today, but you know I would be here anyway...!

  21. Cool technique! I love it! Thanks for the tip...

  22. Merveilleuses photos !!
    J'aime beaucoup ces formes , ces couleurs !
    C'est splendide !!!!!

  23. I love these pics and will be having a try once spring flowers start to bloom here.

  24. Sonia, thank you for sharing that info about scanning flowers. Fabulous! We're just about to buy a scanner and I'll definitely try that out.

  25. Wow, those are totally gorgeous and sounds like a fun project. My daughter did something like that but pressing them and it was nice too but as you said, did flatten them.

  26. Just beautiful!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

  27. amazing photos! i never knew you could scan flowers like that ... the pictures are so incredibly sharp and all the colors are preserved perfectly.

    i shall try this some time, too :)

  28. Thanks for the flowers. When we get flowers again in England (apart from snowdrops) I will try it out.

  29. Sonia,

    I've just used your create a link feature to blog your post to my blog. It worked!

    My husband was also very impressed with your photos - we are buying a scanner SOON!

  30. I want one, scanner that is. Sonia, those flowers are beautiful and you've scanned them in so artistically. I can see that sales of scanners are going to go up. You don't have shares in them, do you?

  31. Sonia-

    Your images are gorgeous, as are Katinkas of course.

    You've inspired me to try some of this---the art being in the arranging I see---as soon as we get some flowers around here. I may even try it with some of the dried winter plants still in the yard.

    I apologize for not commenting here in awhile, I have been visiting and showed Peggy all those amazing photos of Sao Paulo etc.

    Such beautiful architecture and history in that city but pictures of big cities always kind of overwhelm me.

    I lived in New York City, and San Francisco for short periods of time, it just amazes me that all this has been built in such a short time span, and I don't see how it can continue for much longer, so I never know what to say about all that, other than it brings to me a great sadness at what can be built, and then lost.

    Anyhow, back to the flowers scans, if I come up with anything nice I'll put them on the blog.

    And thank you for the comment about my dog Dallas, and the quote was perfect. I have a little prose piece I wrote back in 1992 about another dog, Easy, that filled our lives with love and peace as our kids were growing up.

    "Easy and I walked along the north shore of the lake until we found a shady meadow to sit down in.

    He’s a beautiful dog, mostly Collie, with Golden Retriever coloring, regal looking, like a lion, and he seems to enjoy the meadow at least as much as I do.

    It’s October, and the weather will turn cold any time now, but today I’m still wearing shorts and a t-shirt. A warm breeze is coming from the west across the lake.

    The Ponderosas’ and Junipers’ are singing in their soft breathy whispers, while the thick scent of pine and sage blend together and linger as they blow through my graying beard.

    The dry grass is spreading seed for the spring renewal and squirrels noisily gather pine nuts before that first snow falls.

    Easy is ten now, but still looking quite young, especially when you consider that big dogs don’t usually live to be much older. I appreciate him more every day, he’s always been a good dog, a very peaceable gentle animal.

    What a big baby he is though, afraid to go into his own dog-house, and terrified of thunder.

    I listen as he sits near me, panting in short uneven rhythms, stopping in silence when something catches his attention. Still and alert one instant, his wet nose twitching in the breeze, panting casually again the next, without a care.

    Easy doesn’t seem to know he’s getting old, he’s just content to be what he is this very moment. And, in such fine company, so am I."

    Jim Otterstrom

  32. I can just see the headlines now: Scanning epidemic hits the internet - Brazilian blogger sought for interrogation!

  33. This is a wonderful technique I have never tried, but definitely will. Gorgeous!

  34. Sonia,
    These are wonderful!!! I must try this when we have flowers in the farden again...
    It is nice to meet you and to discover your blog.Thank you for stopping by (4:53 am)!!!
    All the best for an enjoyable weekend,

  35. all of these images are just stunning. cool that you yourself don't know what the final image will be like until the scan if finished. bravo!

  36. Everyone has already used all the words I can think of so I will have to simply say thank you for sharing these inspirational pictures.

  37. Glad I finally got over to see you, the flowers are magnificant. I love flowers, esp. those daylilies. Thanks so much for the tip on scanning flowers. Its a great look. Pretty to frame.

    Good to be back!

  38. You've done an outstandingly beautiful job with these photos. They really are splendid!

  39. What a wonderful technique! Love your blog and the view of Brazil. It's somewhere I've always wanted to go!

  40. I love these flower pictures! Thanks for the scanner tip too. Also, thanks for visiting my blog and your nice comment. I'm glad I found you over here :)

  41. congratulations...Your images are stunningly beatiful. And of course I'll have to attempt it myself.

  42. Sônia!
    Somente agora eu vi esse coleção.
    Simplesmente maravilhoso seu trabalho com as flores!
    Parabéns! Sensibilidade, curiosidade, arte e tecnologia em doses precisas. Seu trabalho de fato é inspirador, transpira juventude e inquietação.

  43. Just when I thought my scanning days were over......just beautiful....can't wait to try this! Thanks!

  44. Sonia! É a tecnologia a serviço da arte! Muito lindas as flores!!!

  45. Hi Sonia,
    I just did my first flower scans a couple of days ago and wanted to find out how many people were doing this so I Googled scanning flowers and up popped your blog. Great flower scans! I will definitely put a link to your blog on my site and will add your link to a future blog about scanning.

    Will be back often to see what you scan next.


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