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“Single Hydrangea in Vase”

“Single Hydrangea in Vase”

“A flower does not use words to announce its arrival to the world; it just blooms.” 
― Matshona Dhliwayo

As I write this, thunder is booming and the rain is coming down in sheets. Only moments before, my wife cut one of our Annabelle Hydrangea blossoms, for fear of them being further damaged. You see, this year, with all the rain we’ve had, the blossoms are huge. By huge, I mean the size of the average person’s head, and thus, at risk in the rain.

For hydrangeas, in the rain, size is not a good thing, since they retain the moisture, which increases their weight, either bending the flower stems or breaking them off altogether. Most of our are now bent flat, the blossoms resting on the ground.

As it sat on out table, saved from the rain, I took the opportunity to move it to the studio for a few shots. I’m not a fan of showing the vase in my photos, but this one seemed to work.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/36.0 ISO 200

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“Bee and Rhododendron”

“Bee and Rhododendron”

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”
― Ray Bradbury

I went out this morning to photograph my rhododendrons, which are now in full  bloom and was greeted by a hungry bee, who was busy flying from blossom to blossom, completely laden with pollen.

I’m usually a bit skittish around bees, yet having camera in hand seems to have turned that feeling off. I was fully engaged in making a few good images of the bee feeding. Of the entire series, this one appealed to me the most. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0 ISO 100

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“Strawberry Blossoms”

“Strawberry Blossoms”

“The early dew-falls that did a pristine coating,
over the woods with its finest transparency,
glazed as like its wet white-glassy earrings that hung on the ears of wild flowers—unlatched my fancy.”
― Nithin Purple

The spring flowers continue, including fresh strawberry blossoms in the backyard. The plants are volunteers, likely from seeds deposited by a bird. The plants have spread throughout a corner of the garden and have in past years produced sparse fruit, which is quickly eaten by birds.

I was out yesterday morning after a brief shower had passed, leaving the leaves bejewelled with droplets of mist. The composition was just ready for a quick snap. It leaves me with an impression of freshness.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/50 sec, f/14.0 ISO 100

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“Wispy Spring Blossoms”

“Whispy Spring Blossoms”

“If only these treasures were not so fragile as they are precious and beautiful.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I got out for a quick walk at lunch today and came across these delicate blossoms. I’m not sure of the exact species, but it looks like some form of wild cherry, perhaps Pin Cherry. The light was just right to use my portable background to isolate the blossoms from the background, giving the whole thing the look of a Japanese painting.

One thing that poses a real challenge in outdoor photography, using this method, is movement caused by wind, even a light breeze, so there is an element of careful timing and a slightly higher ISO to compensate for the faster shutter speed.

It’s a very simple composition and I’m often left a bit dumbstruck at how wonderful simple can be.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
0.5 sec, f/36.0 ISO 400

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Neon Bubblegum”

“Neon Bubblegum”

“We are entering the Dark Ages, my friend, but this time there will be lots of neon, and screen savers, and street lighting.”
― Edward St. Aubyn

The title for this image came fairly easily, though a bit quirky for me.

With this past Sunday being Mother’s Day and my wife’s birthday, I have a profusion of flowers to  photograph. There are many varieties of tulip, still not quite open, carnations, peruvian lilies, and a few brightly coloured dahlias. Some, like this one, make me wonder if they are naturally this colour, or if they are dyed. I suspect the answer is the latter. There have even been cases where I have seen them actually spray painted, as evidenced by bright red leaves.

In any case, this one had a nice shape and the colour sure is eye-catching.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.0 sec, f/36.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“Daffodil Face”

“Daffodil Face”

“Everyday gratitude sweetens what appears flavorless and brightens all that appears dim.”
― Amy Leigh Mercree

Well, it’s another dreary, dull day in my area and I keep going back to a series of daffodil photos I made last week. I believe the variety is called butter and eggs, and I can see why that name was chosen.

What really appeals to me about these blossoms is the semi-transparent rear petals. They are so delicate looking, yet withstand the wind and rain we’ve had for the past few days. This single blossom is part of the trio I shared a few days ago.

I’ve had some of you mention that these images brighten your days, and I’m happy to continue to provide some brightness, knowing the sun will be back out soon enough and we can all get on with our spring activities.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1.0 sec, f/32.0 ISO 100

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“White Hyacinth”

“White Hyacinth”

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.”
― Luther Burbank

A new day, a new flower. As with the pink one I shared yesterday, it fills my home with the sweet fragrance of spring. This blossom was so heavy with tightly packed flowers that it can barely sustain its own weight, and I’m presenting it as such, as it leans toward the light, gleaming in a soft white, and making the world a bit more beautiful.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm

2.0 sec, f/36.0, ISO 200

High Resolution Image on 500px

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