During a visit to Skye two weekends ago, the amazing Air b’n’b place that we were staying at in Armadale, had a lovely hostess, who had a simply lovely natural garden on the bay next to the Armadale Ferry terminal. I had a ball the first morning with my micro four thirds camera taking lots of handheld flower pictures. I used to mainly do this with my Canon DSLR’s and Canon EF-s 60mm macro and a tripod. I am now shooting flowers with my Olympus macro of half the size and using the scarily effective IBIS sensor based stabilisation in lieu of a tripod. It is fun and organic as a way of shooting. After checking these flowers on return, I decided to roll them into a post of some of my very recent favourite flower photographs.
The first to catch my eye was this beautiful Calendula. I love the amazing composite flower detail:
This Alpine Columbine is beautiful and hideous in equal measure. There is something about the tail of a flower being so elaborate when it has so little obviously to do with the sexual parts of the flower that makes it seem ostentatiously wasteful. Everything has some purpose though, but what?
More detail of the creepy Columbine tails:
I thought this one was a poppy, but it seems to be a Rock-Rose. Its combination of crepe-paper with “basildon bond” texture and incredible flame-flower parts are just beautiful:
And again more directly from above:
An Iris from near the Coral Beach on Skye:
A week later, back home I received a house gift of these gorgeous flowers. I believe this are Lillies:
And again with some stalk showing to balance the pink:
Getting the bit between my teeth I tackled the striking Foxgloves (digitalis) in my own front garden. I love the hairy interiors and Mr Bee showing his busy posterior mid nectar scoffing:
My daughter and I love these unopened flowers higher up the stalk; we think these look like tiny monsters from something like the little shop of horrors:
A Dianthus from my own garden. (Planted of course by a green-fingered previous owner).
My Dianthus is growing beneath this lovely Spirea. I have also included a second image of the opened, super-busy flowers of a more mature-flowered part of the plant:
A Margarita, but I can’t remember from where:
I always find flowers so lovely to photograph. They are perfect subjects for intense, and often magical colour studies.
My Olympus OMD-10 again amazes me. Theoretically the larger sensor from my Canon DSLRs are better, but this, with a macro lens, is absolutely lovely, and so small and light.
Hope you liked them.
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