Today’s photos come from photographer Michael Rossacci.
Although I love photographing flowers (gardens and wildflowers) when I have the time, I mostly do birds and landscapes. Late this past summer, after suffering a lower back injury, I needed to take it easy from carrying my heavier gear, so I decided to dedicate a few months to photographing flowers and nature in the local gardens in my area of Arlington, Massachusetts. Thankfully, my back is feeling much better, and it has really been a blessing that the time I spent in these gardens has really opened up my creative vision. I have been very fortunate to learn just how therapeutic gardens can be, and I tip my hat to all the passionate gardeners I’ve met.
While visiting a local garden in my area looking for some late-season pollinators, I came across this beauty. I pulled out my macro lens and took several photos as it hopped from aster to aster. I was particularly happy with this frame taken in late October in Lexington, Massachusetts, at the Garden of Colonial Flowers at the historic Munroe Tavern.
Mexican sunflowers (Tithonia rotundifolia, annual) are attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds alike. Besides providing safe havens and nutrients for these garden dwellers, their profound colors and rich texture give many community gardens a sense of place and comfort. I photographed this abundant patch late this past summer at Community Gardens in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Mirabilis jalapa (four-o-clock, Zones 8–10 or as annual), photographed in late August at Community Gardens in Cambridge.
Ruby-throated hummingbird feeding on a Mexican sunflower, photographed at Community Gardens in Woburn, Massachusetts.
Close-up of an intricate dahlia bloom, photographed at Community Gardens in Cambridge.
Painted lady butterfly on a zinnia (Zinnia elegans, annual), photographed at Community Gardens in Cambridge.
Monarch butterfly, photographed at Community Gardens in Woburn.
Scarlet bee balm (Monarda didyma, Zones 4–9), photographed at Community Gardens in Cambridge.
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