Red Anemone – backlit

Spring is finally here in Cambridge, and sunny days with blue skies open up a new vista for photography!

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Red anemone – see more on my Flickr page!
Camera Settings: ISO100, f/5.6, 1/250
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8

Blue anemone

I also have a bright red anemone flowering at the moment in my garden (pictures follow soon!). I have eliminated the background to better focus on this flower using Adobe Lightroom.

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Blue anemone – More viewing options in Flickr.

 

Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera)

Also known as christmas cactus (but it is flowering here in Cambridge just in time for Thanksgiving), Schlumbergera’s are a strange sort of cactus plants. They have stems that look like leaf-like pads connected to one another. The flowers form at the terminal end of the plant. I grew mine from a small two segment section taken from a friends house and popped into a pot.

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Schlumbergera truncata cultivar. Thanksgiving cactus.

Technical Data

Nikon D7000, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
ISO400, f/13, 3 seconds

Bleeding Hearts!

A friend gifted us this plant many years ago, and it makes its yearly appearance every spring in one corner of our garden. The flowers are beautiful pink and white and arranged in long pendants. The bleeding heart plant (Lamprocapnos spectabilishas other common names including “lady in a bath”.

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Lamprocapnos spectabilis (Bleeding heart)

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The future is…Orange!

This a Ranunculus plant I found growing in a weed patch and rescued! The plant has settled in nicely in a pot and has provided me with these large glorious bright orange flowers.
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Winter blossom!

Happy New Year all! I’ve spent almost 2 months without taking a single photograph but have resolved to change this in 2015! First up, an unusual bloom for this of the year in England. These flowers are those of the Kalanchoe genus, succulent tropical species from the old world which decided to bloom in January here in Cambridge (I suppose that being on a window sill in the bathroom helped!).

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ISO 200, f/22, 21 second exposure. Click on the photo for a larger version on Flickr.

Photographed using a Nikon D7000 Camera with a Sigma 105mm f/2.8 lens. ISO 200, f/22, 21 second exposure using a remote shutter release cable. Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom 5.7.