Today’s photos are from Hugh Locke.
As cell-phone cameras have gotten better, I have been using mine to capture close-up images of the flowers in my garden in Westchester, New York (Zone 6b). My goal has been to focus on details like petals, stamens, and pistils rather than flower portraits. The folds, shading, and edges of a petal become a study in motion. A tiny floret becomes a flower. A petal becomes a contour map with color markings. None of these photos have been manipulated or filtered, other than being cropped. The last photo is of an indoor plant as a nod to the winter currently being endured until we can get back into the garden.
Tulipa hybrid (Zones 3–7)
Bluebeard (Caryopteris incana, Zones 7–9)
Snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata, Zones 3–9)
Siberian iris (Iris sibirica, Zone 3–8)
Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis, Zones 3–8)
Great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica, Zones 4–9)
Lantana (Lantana camara, Zones 9–10 or as an annual)
Giant larkspur (Consolida ajacis, annual)
New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis, Zones 4–9)
Crocus (Crocus vernus, Zones 3–9)
Angelonia (Angelonia angustifolia, Zones 8–11 or as an annual)
Castor bean (Ricinus communis, Zones 9–11 or as an annual)
African violet (Saintpaulia lonantha, Zones 10–11 or as a houseplant)
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Hugh: How interesting to see the flowers from that perspective. I felt like I was touching the yellow and red tulip. Loved these pictures! Thank you.
Stunning. It’s oddly peaceful and satisfying. Thanks for sharing!
Great close up photography of some real garden beauties!
Nice compositions & attention to details.
Love the way you photographed the Snowdrop off to the side with the curl in the negative space- very artistic...they all are!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers from a bee's or butterfly's perspective. You have inspired me to play with some closeup photography this coming season.
Thank you for giving us a different up close and personal prospective of the beauty and simplicity of flowers.
Thank you for giving us a different prospective of the beauty and simplicity of flowers.
Hugh - I like looking at flowers close up, too. And noticing what lovely compositions are possible. I especially like the red and yellow tulip and how you captured the iridescence of the African violet.
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