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Sweet Gardenia for my Mum

The Gardenia plant at our back door is steadily producing more blooms. I often take a look at them or just get a whiff of their sweet fragrance. I wanted to take a pic of one as tomorrow is my Mum’s first birthday since her death and they remind me of her and my grandfather. I think this is the best pic I’ve taken of one so far. Seems apt.

Photo 1: Sweet Gardenia for my Mum

Gardenia sweet

Photo 2: Gardenia at the door

Gardenia single

Photo 3: Gardenia bud in the rain

Gardenia bud wet

Photo 4: Gardenia downward

Gardenia rainsdrops

Photo 5: Gardenia upward

Gardenia morning

Snow White Barberton Daisies

Life is fleeting as I was reminded this week when my Mum passed away. If my mothers life taught me anything it was to live without fear of living or dying as then we never see and experience the beauty that life holds.

Being in another country is not easy when you lose a loved one and a local friend was kind enough to bring me some beautiful white Barberton Daisies aka Gerberas – a South African favourite. Gerbera daisies can mean innocence, purity, and cheerfulness and were just the right flower to connect me to home.

The Gerbera daisy was discovered in 1884 near Barberton, South Africa, by Scotsman Robert Jameson. The scientific name of the flower is Gerbera jamesonii and reflects its discoverer but the meaning of its common name derives from German naturalist Traugott Gerber.

Photo 1: Snow White Barberton Daisy

Gerbera white

Photo 2: White and wonderful Gerbera

Gerbera white off centre

Photo 3: Peace and Purity

Gerbera white bunch

Photo 4: Softness and light

Gerbera white 6

Photo 5: Petal layers

Gerbera white centre 2

Photo 6: Macro

Gerbera white centre

Photo 7: Spreading petals of light

Gerbera white 5


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!

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


Sun-loving Gazanias

Striking Gazanias are also native to Southern Africa and are sometimes called African Daisies. My preference is for the striped versions as those are the flowers I recall from my childhood but this little patch of white and yellow was still delightful. They only open in full sun and that is when they thrive.

Photo 1: Sun-loving Gazanias

Gazanias 2 low res

Photo 2: Patch of Gazanias

Gazanias low res

Photo 3: Single Yellow Gazania

Gazanias 5 low res

Photo 4: Single White Gazania

Gazanias 4 low res

Photo 5: Gazania Trio

Gazanias 6 low res

Photo 6: Gazanias blooming

Gazanias 3 low res

Photo 7: Gazania cluster

Gazanias 7 low res

Purple and White Alstroemeria “Inca lily”

Alstroemeria sounds so exotic to me – well suited to the blooms. The two tone colouring is so alluring. The petals are rather delicate so any fiddling or touching up against other blooms tends to bruise them.

Photo 1: Alluring Alstroemeria

Inca lilies pw 1 low res

Photo 2: Alstroemeria petal

Inca lilies pw 5 low res

Photo 3: Lily on Lily

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Photo 4: Inca Lily and Wax flowers

Inca lilies pw 7 low res

Photo 5: Alstroemeria “Inca Lily”

Inca lilies pw 2 low res

Photo 6: Inca lily

Inca lilies pw 3 low res

Photo 7: Inca Lilies

Inca lilies pw 4 low res

Abelia in bloom

The Abelia plant needed some trimming so of course I got distracted by the beauty of the small blooms while in the garden.

Photo 1: Abelia in bloomAbelia blooming low res

Photo 2: Abelia buds and blooms

Abelia buds and blooms low res

Photo 3: Abelia buds

Abelia buds low res

Photo 4: Abelia trio

Abelia cluster low res

Photo 5: Abelia duo

Abelia duo low res

Photo 6: Abelia sprig

Abelia sprig low res


Photo 7: Abelia clusterAbelia trio low res


Romantic White Roses

There are lovely white roses starting to bloom at our local park. I tried playing with the Photoshop Elements Orton effect and liked the dreamy romantic feel it gave the shots.

Photo 1: Open White Rose

Rose white Orton low res

Photo 2: Rose and bud

Rose white Orton 2 low res

Photo 3: White Rose opening

Rose white Orton 3 low res

Photo 4: White Rose blooming

Rose white Orton 8 low res

Photo 5: White Rose bud

Rose white Orton 5 low res

Photo 6: Opened White Rose

Rose white Orton 6 low res

Photo 7: White Rose bud opening

Rose white Orton 7 low res

Photo 8: White and wonderful Rose

Rose white Orton 9 low res

Photo 9: Romantic White Rose

Rose white Orton 4 low res

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