Description This Puya is a Giant Bromeliad from Chile. The individual flowers are around 2 inched long and are an amazing metallic turquoise color with orange anthers! This flower spike alone was about 2 feet tall.
Sonja Norwood, San Francisco Member Since August 2010 Artist Statement I was born in Munich but when you spend your childhood in New Mexico it imprints on your soul. It is not just the rich ancient history and endless sky -- but the light. My father taught me to take and develop photos with a Brownie Hawk-eye and the darkroom equipment at the high school where he taught math and at times photography. Through college and my early adult years I used a Pentax K1000 to feed my compulsion to take more pictures and with apologies to Ansel - simultaneously fell in love with color and lost the control of the darkroom. I worked in wood carving block prints, painted a little and studied Chinese brush painting.
Spent the computer revolution at Xerox first as a field tech and later a network system support engineer for the western region. We learned digital imaging, color theory, laser printing and network communication literally as it was being invented. Today we can have excellent digital cameras, powerful software and high-resolution inkjet printers (giclée - if you must - you do know that's French for spurt as in ink spurt) all at home -- we have control of our images once again. Life is good!