Crowd of Chrysanthemum

Today, I thought a little color would be appropriate.  I’ve been wishing for those beautiful fall leaves but that isn’t here yet.  A close-up view of a group of brightly-colored chrysanthemum flowers will have to do.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 0.2 sec – ISO 200

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Flowering vine

Sometimes, nature presents the most beautiful things popping up where you don’t expect them.  These flowers were growing in a jumble of ground clutter.  Not planted in neat rows but winding their way through the sidelines of forgotten corners.

Another exercise in discovering the hidden treasures that are right in front of us!

2017 Annual RPS Photo Walk
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/14 – 1/80 sec – ISO 800

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Magnolia fuzz

The magnolia, a common sight throught the southern United States, is one of the most wonderfully strange trees that I know of.  Originating at around 95 million years ago, the plant is a true survivor.  The immense, fragrant, white flowers attract pollinating insects to keep them reproducing.  I can attest to how quickly they spread and grow by how they sprout up in my yard all the time!

This is a close-up of one of the “fruits” or seed-pods that I most often see as the spent, brown husks that fall to the ground.  You can see in this macro view, that they start off looking like a peach.  There is fuzz on the outside covering and it is colored in reds and yellows.  I assume this is again, a strategy to attract birds and insects to come get the seeds and spread these around.  Obviously, from the age of this line of plants, they have been very successful in this strategy for continuation of the species.  For this, I am glad!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 1/3 sec – ISO 200

Look a little closer

There are so many plants that, from a distance seem plain but when viewed close-up have another story to tell.  Hostas are so abundant in shady spots around here yet, we don’t really look at the amazing patterns and textures that are present in these wonders of nature.  I love the variegated, yellow and green color of this one but the patterns are also so very interesting.  When you get in really close, you also see the tiny veins adding another layer of pattern.

I know getting even closer would be an option here.  There is a beautiful curve at the bottom edge of the leaf on the right that would have made a great isolated pattern study.  I like the overall effect here with the two main leaves pulling your attention toward the center and then leading you up, opening the view to the outer corners.

2017 Annual RPS Photo Walk
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
50mm @ f/11 – 1/25 sec – ISO 800

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Ordinary or not?

Yesterday, I went out for the annual Photo Walk with the Roswell Photographic Society.  Each year, we take a group out to walk around the Historic District around Canton Street to look for images in our home town.  It is surprising how many interesting subjects there are right in front of you that you don’t notice most of the time.  Sometimes it can be the buildings or signs that we pass often and don’t pay attention to.  There are also things like this flower that are usually taken for granted.

If you slow down and really look at what’s around you, often the ordinary can become extraordinary.  Looking at details, appreciating colors, seeing patterns that were always there but were missed in our busy life can make every-day items seem special.  I really need to do this more often!

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
150mm @ f/8 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800

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Not just waterlilies

While the waterlilies were the featured attraction on our latest visit to Gibbs Gardens, there were other flowers brightening the garden paths as well.  I’m not sure what variety this is but the relatively small white blossoms were beautiful to look at.  It was a bit challenging to get a good shot since the breeze was pushing their slender stems about regularly.  Hard to hit a moving target when you’re trying to get detail in sharp focus.

I’d say it’s not too bad a shot considering this was in the shade, hand-held and with that extra challenge of the wind.  In any case, this was just one of the many lovely flowers that still covers the garden paths up in Ball Ground.

Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/9 – 1/20 sec – ISO 250

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Slipper Orchid

The orchid center at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is full of many different types of orchids and other exotic plants.  These slipper orchids really look as if some tiny person could slip them on their feet and walk off into the forest in high style.

I love seeing the fantastic variety of shapes and colors that the orchid family is made up of.  All the beautiful plants at the gardens are a pleasure to experience.  It is a true joy to spend time here and marvel at the wonders of nature and be glad to have the chance to share in this amazing planet we live on.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
100mm @ f/11 – 1/100 sec – ISO 400