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The next session of extension tube practise with just one instead of three this time. It does take some getting used to. The light works rather differently and getting so much closer to the subject, in this case some Chrysanthemum blooms, takes some adjustment as well. Nevertheless I am thoroughly enjoying the experimentation.

Photo 1: Blue and white Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum blue white 2

Photo 2: White and yellow Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum white wet

Photo 3: Blue and White Chrysanthemum again

Chrysanthemum blue white

Photo 4: Pink Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum pink wet

Photo 5: Side view

Chrysanthemum blue wet

Due to all the favourable feedback I’ve received on these images I have posted one for sale on the fineartamerica floral art page. Thanks for the encouragement everyone!

Blue Agapanthus

Blue Agapanthus have now started to bloom. I saw a hummingbird feeding on one the other day but didn’t have a camera handy. That would make a pretty pic. Meanwhile I took a few of the blue buds and blooms.

Photo 1: Blue Agapanthus first blooms

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Photo 2: Blue Agapanthus buds

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Photo 3: Blue Agapanthus blooming

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Photo 4: Bloom amongst the buds

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Photo 5: Blue Agapanthus in bud

Agapanthus blue buds

Happy Iris Day!

May 8 is Iris Day and to celebrate it here are some of the Iris photos I have taken recently. The word Iris is derived from the Greek term for “rainbow” so I’ve added as many of the colours as I have. The Iris is the state flower of Tennessee, symbol of Brussels, and flower for the 25th wedding anniversary. Brussels celebrates the Fête de l’Iris (Iris Festival) this weekend 10 and 11 May.

Photo 1: Yellow Iris

Iris yellow eye low res

Photo 2: Purple Iris

Iris pueple  low res

Photo 3: White Iris

Iris fairy 3 low res

Photo 4: Blue Iris

Iris blue 2 low res

Photo 5: Lilac Irises

Iris pair low res

Photo 6: Delicate Purple Iris

Iris purple 3 low res

Photo 7: Top of Blue Iris

Iris blue 3 low res

Photo 8: Yellow Iris Eye

Iris yellow eye 2 low res


Clematis and Ladybird Floral Art

The experimentation continues. Moved from one to multiple gradients and some selective blurring. Then just for fun I added a contrasting colour – in the form of a ladybird. Photoshop certainly is enjoyable now that I have gotten over my pre-conceived notions.

Photo 1: Clematis and Ladybird final image

Clematis blue V ladybird



Photo 2: Clematis after shading and blurring

Clematis blue V

Photo 3: Original Clematis photo

Blue Clematis low res

Wild Carrot flower blue dilly dilly

While out shopping for flowers for my mother-in-law’s birthday I spotted this dyed Wild Carrot flower in a bouquet. I loved how the blue colour brought out the detail of the bloom. The Wild Carrot (Daucus carota), when freshly cut, will draw or change colour depending on the colour of the water in which it stands. The inflorescence is a compound umbel, (a new term for me) and each umbel contains several umbellets.

Photo 1: Blue Wild Carrot Flower

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Photo 2: Blue Wild Carrot in Bouquet

Wild Carrot flower blue8 low res

Photo 3: Blue Wild Carrot with contrast

Onion flower blue3 low res

Photo 4: Blue Wild Carrot up close

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Photo 4: Blue Wild Carrot

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