Lavender has a great colour and fantastic smell in my opinion. Walking through Hamilton Gardens I came across this huge bed of the flowers. It must have been at least six to eight metres long. As a small flower, it is a challenge to photograph without a close up lens. Fortunately there were half a dozen very small white butterflies hovering around the flowers. Crouching low to the ground and zooming in I focused on one of these butterflies. Then fired off a few frames. Trying to capture it just above the flowers, to give the image a focal point.
Cascade Creek, on the drive down to Milford Sound is one of the best areas in New Zealand I have found for lupins. Hundreds of them line both banks of the creek. In this photograph I focused on a few large purple flowers illustrating the texture of the flower petals. At first I thought these for Fox Gloves. Clearly my knowledge of fauna and flora need to be improved.
Just south of Lake Gunn on the road to Milford Sound is Cascade Creek. This small but extremely clear river feeds into the Eglinton River. Either side there are large fields of wild lupins, as you can see on the opposite bank of the creek. The water is so fresh that I filled up my water bottle and drank it straight. It tasted the same as if I was swigging from a bottle of mineral water just out of the fridge.
Otherwise known as the sacred lotus, I came across this pink flower in Bangkok. It was in a small public park, opposite the Grand Palace on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. As you can tell, it was in shade. This really helps make the photograph stand out. Generally speaking the brightest part of an image is what draws the viewers eye. The dark background here helps the flower stand out and gives the flower and more 3D look.