Forget-Me-Not!

In a German legend, when god had finished naming all plants, a small unnamed plant cried out “Forget-me-not, my lord”. Then god said “That shall be your name”. Another legend claims that after the Creator thought he had finished giving the flowers their colours, he heard one whisper “Forget me not!” There was nothing left but a very small amount of blue, but the forget-me-not was delighted to wear such a light blue shade.

Forget-me-not
Forget-me-not! Click on the photo for a larger version on Flickr.

The tiny, cheerful blue flowers of Myosotis have played an important part in European folklore and history – from being used as a symbol by Henry Bolingbroke (later Henry IV) after being exiled by Richard II to its adoption by the Freemasons during the Nazi regime across Europe. The flowers of forget-me-not are no more than 1cm in diameter and grow in long thin stalks bearing many flowers. They are popular in gardens and grow on the side of river banks and streams throughout Europe.

Technical Details

  • Nikon D7000 camera with a 105mm macro lens with extension tubes
  • ISO 200, f/18, 1/250 with external remote slave flash
  • processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

 

Strawberry Blossom – extreme macro

For all the beauty and colour of the strawberry fruit, the Fragaria blossoms are small, white flowers with a yellow centre (about a centimetre across). The following photo is of a wild strawberry flower shot with a macro lens with extension tube attachments (hence extreme macro). Strawberries below to the rose family and have 5 sepals, 5 petals and many stamens arranged spherically.

Strawberry Flower
Click on the photo for a larger version on Flickr.

 Technical Details

  •  Nikon D7000 camera
  • 105mm f/2.8 Sigma macro lens with extension tubes
  • 1/250, f/18, ISO 200
  • External slave flash at right angles
  • Processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Azalea!

Azalea
Azalea. ISO200, f/18, 1/250 second. Please click on the photo for more size options on flickr.

 

Shot using a Nikon D700 with a Sigma 105mm, f/2.8 lens. Slave flash at right angles to the camera. Photographed at ISO200, f/18 and 1/250 exposure to achieve under-exposed background.

Bougainvillea – closer still

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Bougainvillea. Click on photograph for a larger version.
Nikon D7000, with a 105mm/f.2.8 Sigma macro lens with extension tubes. 
ISO 100, f/18, 1.6 seconds
Processed in Adobe Lightroom

 

Bougainvillea – up close and personal

A cheery tropical bougainvillea lights up an otherwise dull, cold and rainy day here in Cambridge!

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Bougainvillea. Click on the photograph for a larger version on Flickr
Technical Details:
Nikon D7000 with 105mm f/2.8 Sigma Macro lens and extension tubes
f/18, 3.3 seconds, ISO 100
Processed in Adobe Lightroom