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.
Narcissus pseudo narcissus, more commonly known as the wild daffodil, shown in the photography above was found in the grounds of the Bowes Museum. It was a very quick photo stop here, mainly to capture this photo of the museum itself. But whilst parked near the main entrance I found a huge bed of daffodil flowers in almost perfect condition, although a little in the shade. Due to the rush I was in, this image was captured hand held. Strictly speaking I should have had the camera on a tripod to keep things sharper. I’m told that ideally in flower photography you shouldn’t have just two flowers in the frame. There should always be an odd number like three or five, but I don’t feel it matters too much to this composition. The thing I like most about the above photograph is the background is very much out of focus, you can make out the flower at different angles and stages of its development.
After staying the night just outside of Dumfries, we set out this morning for Threave Gardens. I had never heard of it before now, but I knew it would be interesting for flower photography. I was really surprised at the colours and numbers of flower out at the moment. The weather wasn’t perfect for flower photography and I don’t have a macro or close up lens for my camera. I want to put more flower and planet pictures on the site in the future, as it is a type of photography that I haven’t explored much. The above image is the flower head of an Osteospermum. I know very little about planets and searching the internet found almost no information about this flower. If you have any information please comment below. I really love the shape and colour, so thought it would be worth sharing.
Orange is a fantastic colour, and when I see orange flowers they attract me to them due to their originality. I always see pinks, yellows and reds in flower arrangements but rarely a nice bright orange. This bouquet of orange coloured arum lilies were brought back from a wedding by my great aunt. She suggested I took a photograph of them and I have been meaning to put it online for a few months. Digging through my achieves I found it and thought I would share it with you. They really were this orange colour with the strong green coloured leaves.