I am a flower fanatic and never miss an opportunity to photograph a flower – I have taken hundreds of pics of flowers and no doubt, will take hundreds more. Macro flowers require a little more focusing and concentration, but I find, determination overcomes all the obstacles associated with macro photography.
The Glory Bower, above left and right, make great macro subjects. These little flowers are just a few millimetres in size and the macro brings out the exquisite detail. They have a waxy substance and look as if they have been cut out with sharp scissors. The ruffed Petunia in the middle is accentuated with varying degrees of light and shadow.
(Left) Floss Silk flowers – note the beautiful pink and long tendrils, (centre) Passionflower, (top right) Iris, (right below) white Water Lily.
(Top row) Pentas, Orchid, Desert Rose. (Middle row) Cactus flower, Barberton Daisy, Roses. (Third Row) Magnolia, African Daisy, Croton efflorescence.
(Left) Lobelia. This flower has an unusual blue. (Right) Calathea Zebrina, also known as a Zebra Plant. I believe it is also called a Rattlesnake plant, and judging by the coils of the flowers it does look like a curled up snake. These flowers grow out of the ground and not off the plant. If you are not looking for the flowers, you will miss them. One has to get down and move the leaves to see the flowers coming out of the ground.
This (above) is what you encounter with macro photography. I took this pic, and only noticed the aphids on the roses when I downloaded the pic onto my computer. I was surprised as the flowers looked healthy, and I never thought they were bug infected. Notice how many bugs there are! If you are growing roses, it is a good idea to check them regularly.
The Gazania is a striking flower, the stripes on the leaves give the flower a vibrancy like no other. Even when the flower is still in the opening stages, they are great to photograph.
Notice the bee, laden with pollen on the Silk Floss flower (above left). When I took this pic, I was standing under the tree, which was covered with the most beautiful flowers. The bees were having a royal feast! The Bulbine (centre) is a succulent herb and the juice of its leaves are great to rub on insect bites. The last pic is a Petunia, a very abstract pic.
Here we have a Coral flower. This flower looks like alien fingers and has a striking red/orange hue. The photographed flower must be about ten times bigger than the flower itself.
(Above) Hibiscus, Jade, Clivia.
"The orchids, clivias, lilies, magnolia, and jade, Have all had their time to bloom. Their flowers of white, orange, and green Have begun to fade, the gardenia too, With its delicate perfume." Excerpt from my poem, My Piece of Paradise.
I leave you with this thought…
©Caroline Street. Photography and Poetry.