Plants and Flowers is a product of the Coronavirus lockdown when, like many of my photographer colleagues, I was pretty limited in what I could shoot. My backyard with its flower beds, path through the woods, and pond opened up some possibilities. I hadn't been interested in photographic flowers and in macro work since my early days in photography but things have come round back to the beginning. Certainly with better equipment and, hopefully, with more skill this time around. Images in this gallery are for sale as prints or for licensing. If you are interested, please contact me using the contact me page in this website.

Four Blue-eyed Grasshoppers ©
2021
Photography

The dragonflies are kaput but the blue-eyed grasshoppers are going to town on the sagittaria.

Two Blue-eyed Grasshoppers ©
2021
Photography

See above.

Blue-eyed Grasshopper on Spatterdock 1 ©
2021
Photography

Not all the colorful critters in the garden/pond are butterflies and dragonflies. Some are grasshoppers, like this one and the following. The images were taken with approximately a 200mm telephoto stabilized on a monopod. Obviously, that meant high ISO and high shutter speed at about a f-stop of 11.

Bue-eyed Grasshopper 2 ©
2021
Photography

See above.

Blue-eyed Grasshopper 3 ©
2021
Photography

See above.

Blue-eyed Grasshopper 4 ©
2021
Photography

See above.

Male Blue Corporal Dragonfly at my Pond 1 ©
2021
Photography

They say that dragonflies are jewels on the wing. I am inclined to agree with that. I have been spending some time at my nearby pond because Covid doesn't let me go to the Tetons or anyplace much else.

Male Blue Corporal Dragonfly at my Pond 2 ©
2021
Photography

This is another in my recent series. I strove to get this one head on, not always easy to do.

Male Blue Dasher Dragonfly at my Pond 3 ©
2021
Photography

This guy--or gal--not sure how you tell--sat in this spot for a long time so I have a hundred shots of this critter.

Male Blue Dasher Dragonfly at my Pond 4 ©
2021
Photography

See above.

The End of the Season--Almost ©
2021
Photography

The sunflowers are fading but there is still some sugar say in some of the flowers. Enough to draw a lot of bees.

Male Amanda'a Pennant Dragonfly--with a Flyby ©
2021
Photography

This striking dragonfly was from the pond behind my house. While shooting him with a telephoto, I captured a flyby by a blue dragonfly from the same pond.

Male Blue Dasher Dragonfly on Pickeral Weed ©
2013
Photography

At my previous residence I had a waterfall and two ponds. The dragonflies loved the ponds. This is probably my best of all time. He or she held a great pose and I had a 600 mm telephoto.

Male Blue Dasher Dragonfly on a Spatterdock Leaf ©
2013
Photography

As noted in the image above, the dragonflies loved my pond and I miss it. This guy/gal was published once upon a time.

The Center of a Sunflower ©
2021
Photography

This macro image of the center of a sunflower shows the intricate structure of the stamens, pistels, developing seeds, and--most importantly--the tiny droplets of nectar the so welcome the bees and butterflies.

The Back of the Sunflower ©
2021
Photography

The structure of the back of the sunflower makes for an interesting study.

The Bees Love It ©
2021
Photography

The sunflowers in this 5 acre garden were alive with bees going after the little droplets of nectar.

The Butterfly on the Sunflower ©
2021
Photography

This swallowtail butterfly, a little the worse for wear, is sunning itself in the early morning and will soon get its breakfast from the nectar on the flower.

Lotus Blossom Past Its Prime ©
2021
Photography

I took an outing to a water garden this morning where a number of lotuses and lilies and other water plants were blooming. I deliberately selected the blossoms that were less than perfect for my subjects.

Lotus Blossom and Seed Pod ©
2021
Photography

I thought this one was better in monochrome.

A Trio of Lilies ©
2021
Photography

I am not big on photographing lilies. They somehow don't just send me like the lotuses do.

A Lotus Blossom in Its Prime
2021
Photography

You have to have one that is basically just pretty.

Lotus Blossom Past Its Prime with Seed Pod ©
2021
Photography

This is the same view as the image that starts this series but including more of the background reveals a seed pod.

Lotus Blossom in the Softest Color ©
2021
Photography

I worked particularly hard with this image to keep the colors very soft and do the best justice I could to the original.

Queen Anne's Lace Just Opening Up ©
2021
Photography

This image is focus stacked. The flowers are in a small vase which can barely be made out. I wanted to get this one because the flowers are just opening up.

Spring Again 2021 1 ©
2021
Photography

It is getting warm and I got out today to catch some of the spring growth and blooms. This is not a macro lens but just one with great resolution.

Spring Again 2021 2 ©
2021
Photography

Spring flowers. Again, not a macro lens.

Spring Again 2021 3 ©
2021
Photography

I like this one about the best of the three, so saved it for last.

Bromeliad in the Spring ©
2021
Photography

When the sun gets higher in the sky the bromeliads know to bloom. This one is in a southern exposure in my kitchen and right now (March) is in full bloom along with one of its buddy bromeliads. This is a focus stacked image as necessitated by the long thin nature of the bloom and in order to get the bloom and the leaves sharply into the frame on a macro lens.

Summer Holdover in Mist 1 ©
2020
Photography--Macro

This image is my attempt at a visual haiku. It was a misty day with droplets on the flowers and branches. It is a simple composition in monochrome with no distracting elements. The flower is a holdover from summer on a bush that is bare of leaves and has very few of its abundant summer flowers holding on into the winter.

Summer Holdover in Mist 2 ©
2020
Photography--Macro

This image was my attempt to photograph a flower out of season in a haiku esthetic. This is a slightly more close up version of the one above but, as the image below shows, lent itself to another kind of image.

Summer Holdover in Mist 3 ©
2020
Photography--Macro

Whereas in the image above the plane of focus was on the bloom, in this image the plane of focus is on the water droplet. If you look closely at the water droplet, the surrounding bush and trees are in inverted form in the droplet.

Summer Holdover in Mist 4 ©
2020
Photography--Macro

This is a different bloom from the ones above and is more close up. Again, the bush and surrounding trees can be seen in the water droplet.

Summer Holdover 5 ©
2020
Photography--Macro

I have been trying to get a Japanese haiku look in some of my more recent flower Macro images. I have increased the yellow in the background and on the lone leaf. Some extraneous branches have also been taken out.

Kudzu in Bloom ©
2020
Photography

Kudzu is a terrible, invasive vine that has gone wild in the US since being imported from Asia. Nonetheless, there is a more attractive side to a bad actor. I had never seen its blooms. Sadly, I have a lot in some woods behind my house, but the blooms are beautiful. Here is one. Please notice the beetle in the upper left hand corner. There are several other bugs as well.

Blue Eyed Grass ©
2020
Photography (Macro)

Blue Eyed Grass is my favorite wildflower. The blooms are less than 1/2 inch across and they last a day. I first encountered it in my prairie garden in the Midwest. It grew in the wooded area on my property in Maryland and I brought some with me when I moved to the Mid-South. I didn't need to. It grows natively here, even where they mow every week or so. It is tough as well as beautiful. Focus stacked.

Purple gerardia (Purple false foxglove) ©
2020
Photography--Macro, Focus stacked

This little guy is in full bloom right now in the woods behind my house and along the roads. Again, I have not seem this plant in other places where I have lived so another one for North Carolina.

Bearded Beggarticks ©
2020
Photography macro and focus stacked

The official name of this plant in the sunflower family is Bidens aristosa and I, of course, did not wish to show any political bias so I used one of the all rather ugly common names. Believe me the one I used is better than Tickseed beggarticks and Yankee lice. Anyway, all pretty ridiculous names for a gorgeous blooming wildflower growing abundantly at the side of the road right now. It is supposed to grow from Maine to Florida but I don't think I have seen it or certainly not in this abundance elsewhere.

Kudzu in Bloom-Focus on the Flowers ©
2020
Photography

I put a Kudzu flower spike in my gallery, the first image above. This is more of a close-up on the flowers themselves. They are really quite striking.

Jewel Weed ©
2020
Photography

This tiny flower grew along my stream and near my pond in Maryland. It looks like an orchid but is not. The whole bloom is about one half to one inch across. This is not focus stacked but was taken in situ.

Asparagus Fern ©
2020
Photography - Macro

This asparagus fern has been in my family since my grandmother's days. It was usually strictly a house plant and struggled along often looking dried out. When it finally passed on to me, I started putting it outside only to find that it loved it, thrived, and bloomed every year. It also made red berry seeds in the fall. This is the blooms. The entire individual flower is somewhere between 1/16th and 1/8th inch in size although the clusters are bigger. This is a macro but not a focus stacked image. I didn't like the focus stacked ones nearly as well since I thought everything should fade into the background rather than being artificially crisp.

Asparagus Fern Sizing ©
2020
Photography

Before you look at the next image, I thought it would be useful to have a metric to indicate the size of the Asparagus Fern Blossoms. The blossoms are photographed above a standard ruler. As you can see, the blooms are about 1/8th inch across.

Asparagus Fern Macro ©
2020
Photography

I put up this second image of an asparagus fern blooming because I finally got a better image of the blooms. This is hard to do since they are buried among leaves and stems and are tiny, tiny little flowers. This is a macro, not focus stacked, but I finally got three blossoms pretty much in focus together with a bud or two. A few days work in all of this.

Pennsylvania Smartweed ©
2020
Photography--Macro and Focus Stacked

This little guy grows everywhere I have ever been and I have spent a lot of time pulling it up out of my garden and lawn. Decided to take a look and the flowers, though small, are quite beautiful. Don't think I will view it the same way again.

Sweet Autumn Clematis ©
2020
Photography Macro and Focus Stacked

This is called Sweet Autumn Clematis and it is fragrant. It is an import for gardens but it is vigorous and has gone invasive. This bunch was growing luxuriantly by the roadside.

Pennsylvania Sedge ©
2020
Photography Macro and Focus Stacked

Google tells me this is Pennsylvania Sedge. I am not sure on my own. In fact, I didn't even know that I had it in my front yard. The blooms come up on sturdy stems directly out of the ground and are not among the leaves. It is a little beauty.

Sensitive Partridge Pea ©
2020
Photography--Macro and Focus Stacked

This is not a plant I am familiar with in the part of the country I am from. It is abundant in NC growing in large bunches along the roadside. It has pea-like pods, hence perhaps the name. The plant is about 2 feet high and the blooms 1 1/4 inches across.

Pokeweed ©
2020
Photography

This is a large bush like "weed" that grows in woods all over the east coast. I grows to about the height of a man or larger. I picked these branches to photograph because there was an inch worm dining on one of the flowers on the bottom spike. Turns out there is one on the top spike, too. Can you find it? The berries turn dark blue when ripe.

Virginia Meadow Beauty 1 ©
2020
Photography--Macro and Focus Stacked

This little meadow flower was growing in a sometimes mowed area in the back of my property near a pond. It is very slightly pink running to lavender but the stamens and pistil are bright yellow. This image focuses on the flower and one bud. Like all wild flowers it gets chewed on and protects itself with spines.

Virginia Meadow Beauty 2 ©
2020
Photography--Macro and Focus Stacked

The focus here is less on the Virginia Meadow Beauty Flower and more on its life cycle: bud, bloom, shrivel on the way to seeds.

Bitter Sneezeweed ©
2020
Photography

This little guy grows on the side of the road where there is regular mowing so they are not much more than 3-4 inches high. Brilliant gold petals, however, and a striking border along the road at this time of year.

Clematis in a Vase ©
2020
Photography - Focus Stacked

I took one of the clematis blooms and brought it inside where I could set up a black background to emphasize its colors. Caught the vase looking jewel-like as well. Focus stacked.

Japanese Beauty Bush ©
2020
Photography - Macro

I am learning what I have in my backyard after about a year in place. This Japanese Beauty Bush is one of the surprises.

Purple Butterfly Bush ©
2020
Photography

Again, a surprise in my back yard. Hats off to those who did the original plantings.

Butter Weed ©
2020
Photography - Focus Stacked

This Butter Weed grows where it gets mowed so it is tough but also quite striking.

Pink Bouquet ©
2020
Photography - Focus Stacked

I ordered flowers for a special occasion and some of the cut ones have proved remarkably durable so I did a focus-stacked image.

Lantana ©
2020
Photography - Focus Stacked

I am a relatively new owner of the property so I have surprises every spring and summer. I did not know that I had Lantanas in my yard. Here one is moved inside to get rid of the effects of the wind.

Ox Eyed Daisy ©
2020
Photography (Macro and Focus Stacked)

This is a common "weed" growing in field like settings, often where it is mowed so it is a tough customer.

Dogwood Blossoms ©
2015
Photography

These dogwood blossoms were taken at a distance using a mild telephoto lens. I was surprised at the clarity and detail given the manner of acquiring the image.

Blue Eyed Grass in Situ ©
2020
Photography - Macro

This photography of Blue Eyed Grass was taken down a path into some woods behind my house. The path is regularly mowed so all the plants and flowers are low to the ground.

Blue Toadflax ©
2020
Photography - Macro

This flower is tiny. The blooms are roughly 1/4 inch across. It grows on a tall spike out of a rosette of leaves close to the ground. It is a beauty in miniature. It may also be Texas Toadflax but it is surely in that family. Focus stacked. Sadly a few days ago someone sprayed where this was growing and all the plants were killed. Silliness and destructiveness.

The Three (or Four) Amigos ©
2020
Photography

Everyone knows clematis and this has been a banner year for them: maybe the warm winter and rainy spring. Anyway, they have been luxuriant.

Clasping Venus' Looking Glass ©
2020
Photography - Macro

I am tole that is the name of the little flower. I can't verify that from my own knowledge but since I am not sure what it is, I will go with it. Focus stacked.

Peonies in a Vase ©
2020
Photography - Focus Stacked

I don't have peonies in my yard or around so these were a gift. They are focus stacked.

Yellow Flower ©
2020
Photography - Focus Stacking

Not sure exactly what this flower is. But it is from the pond in my back yard and I like it.

Tough Weed--Focus Stacked ©
2020
Photography

I am not sure what this tough little guy is. These very fibrous blooming stalks grow about 3 feet high and on the top are clusters that bloom and then turn to seed clusters. The flowers are very attractive but very small--about 1/4 to 1/3 inch across. This is a focus stacked version. See the next image for a macro but not focus stacked version of the flowers.

Tough Weed--Macro ©
2020
Photography

This is a macro version of the more general image above. Again, I am not sure of the name of this plant which is certainly hardy and tough but not very attractive until you get up close.