Meconopsis Grandis – Himalayan Poppy

Meconopsis Grandis - Himalayan Poppy

The above blue poppy flower was taken at Inverewe Gardens in the highlands of Scotland. The garden is amongst the finest in Europe, and is one of the best-known and most visited gardens in Scotland. It is set on the slopes of a peninsula of Torridonian sandstone jutting out into Loch Ewe. Those who really study the above photo will notice that there should be two flower heads and one has clearly been cut or pulled off, as you can see the top of the stem. I promise it was NOT me who did this. I hadn’t noticed until I got home and started post processing the image. It is an important flower because it is very difficult to grow in the UK, but due the gardens unique microclimate the gardeners are able to grow various tropical flowers.

Hanging Basket of Flowers

Hanging Basket of Flowers

This is the typical type of subject that I often walk past without stopping to really pay attention to it. I like flower photography, but things like hanging baskets are usually the small details that I tend to not capture to concentrate on the bigger landscapes. This particular photo was taken in the picturesque village of Portree on the Isle of Skye up in the Scottish Highlands. When you are faced with incredible views over the harbour, it is hard to turn around and look in the other direction, but when you do the details of a place can really make for a simple but pleasing image.

Red Tulip Flower

Red Tulip Flower

Yesterday was my grandfather’s 80th Birthday, so we had a big family get together at my grandparents house. They have always had a nice garden and when I saw this bed of tulip and pansy flowers I knew it had to be photographed. Unfortunately without a macro (close-up) lens it wasn’t going to be perfectly sharp. It was also a little windy, but the sun was out, giving the flowers good strong light behind them. My grandmother couldn’t remember what variety the red and yellow tulip flowers were at the front of this picture, but the pointy yellow flower is very unusual and known as the “wet paint tulip”. The blue flowers at the bottom of this photograph are blue pansies. This summer I hope to do more flower photographs as the colours and framing of the subject is something I need to work on in my opinion.

Orange Marigold Flower – Calendula Fiesta Gitana

Orange Marigold Flower - Calendula Fiesta Gitana

One of my favourite natural history subjects is orange flowers. You don’t see many flowers that are orange in colour, but when I do, I always get the urge to photograph them. Something that I have noticed recently is that over a dozen people search for flowers on Google and land on this website each day. Yet I currently only have four (this one makes five) flower photographs. So now it is officially spring, it is time to dig some flowers out of my library and in the coming months get out to some gardens with my camera and tripod in an attempt to bring you new and unusual flower and planet photographs for you to enjoy.