Lupins by Lake Tekapo

Lupin flowers in front of a lake with snow capped mountains in the background.

Between November and February lupins bloom across the central South Island of New Zealand. This was my first time capturing them on the banks of Lake Tekapo. This rainbow palette of flowers attracts thousands of tourists to the area. It is said this was thanks to a farmer’s wide who thought the region could do with a bit more colour. Sadly these wildflowers are an invasive weed that has a negative effect on native plants, birds and other wildlife. I first remember seeing them growing on the side of Milford Road. In some areas there are thousands of these flowers carpeting the landscape.

Janice Wallis rose

Janice Wallis rose

This beautiful pink rose was photographed in Queenstown’s botanical gardens. More specifically the rose garden which had dozens of beds full for hundreds of amazingly colourful roses. The Janice Wallis rose was one of my favourites. This rose was bred by George Agnew and introduced in New Zealand in 2010. When photographing rose flowers like this I like to get low and zoom in on the flower. The background is also important as other rose flowers close by can be distracting. I did think about cloning out the tiny black fly using Photoshop. Whilst I do edit the colour and contrast, I try to avoid removing things that were in the original photograph.

Red rose flower in the frost

Walking through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens on a winters morning. I wasn’t expecting many flowers. We ended up in Central Rose Garden. There weren’t as many roses flowering as there would be in spring or summer but there was still dozens. Unfortunately there was no signage next to this rose, so I can only tell you this is a red rose. It is the frost that makes this photograph special. Without a macro lens I couldn’t get any closer than this. That said I haven’t shared many flower shots recently and I thought this one was good enough to publish.

Orange rose flower

Orange rose flower

Orange is one of my two favourite colours and roses are my favourite flowers. It has also been far to long since I shared any flower photography. This was captured at The Lady Norwood Rose Garden at the Wellington Botanic Garden. Where you’ll find some of the biggest and brightest roses in the city. One of the amazing things about this photograph, to me anyway, is that this was taken on my phone. This is an unedited photograph straight from the iPhone X. Whilst it was in direct sunlight the blurred background. It’s impressive for such a small camera lens and sensor. The iPhone won’t be replacing my camera gear anytime soon. But for many daytime shots it is an extremely capable camera.