A B See Photo Challenge: H Is For Horticulture

cameraI know, I know. I haven’t done a photography post in ages. I forgot. Sorry. But yesterday I looked outside and realized that the poppies had bloomed. They were too pretty to not photograph so out I went. I’m glad I did, because I found many other pretty flowers.

I’ve already done F and ‘flowers’ obviously doesn’t start with the letter H, but horticulture is defined as “the science and art of cultivating plants” so there you have it.

DSCN2898Subject of photo: Iris blossom

Location of subject: Our flowerbeds

Techniques practiced: Close-up

I can’t decide what I like most about this photo. Maybe it’s the purple and green, a neat color combination. Maybe it’s the curves and how the petals form a circle at the top. Maybe it’s the stamen that looks like a fuzzy yellow caterpillar. Maybe it’s the water droplets. Who knows?

DSCN2888Subject of photo: Poppy blossom

Location of subject: Our flowerbeds

Techniques practiced: Close-up

I didn’t think this photo was any good because the petals towards the edge are blurry – until my mom pointed out how crisp the middle of the image is. I love the bright colors!

DSCN2887Subject of photo: Poppy bud

Location of subject: Our flowerbeds

Techniques practiced: Close-up

I can’t think of much to say about this picture other than that I like it. The water on the spiky things is cool.

DSCN2903Subject of photo: Sedum leaves

Location of subject: Our flowerbeds

Techniques practiced: Close-up, black and white

Have you ever seen those photos in science textbooks of skin or hair, taken at some gigantic magnification through a microscope? That’s what this reminds me of. A little gross, I know, but I still think it’s neat.

DSCN2884Subject of photo: Peony bud

Location of subject: Our flowerbeds

Techniques practiced: Close-up

My pictures of the peony blossoms didn’t look that great, so I tried the buds instead.

And now, without further ado…

Nevillegirl’s Tips for Flower Photography

  • Don’t be stupid like me and try to take flower pictures on windy days. The wind is guaranteed to gust up just as you’re about to snap a photo, blowing the flowers around and ruining your perfect shot.
  • Bring along a spray bottle filled with water and spritz the leaves/petals/whatever before taking pictures. I know it sounds silly, but it really adds detail to the photo. The only other way to get this effect is to get up super early when the dew hasn’t dried up yet, but who would want to do that?
  • If sitting down to take a picture, check the ground first. I sat on an anthill and didn’t realize it until bugs crawled all over my legs.

Which picture is your favorite?


About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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20 Responses to A B See Photo Challenge: H Is For Horticulture

  1. krislivo says:

    The iris and the poppy bud! Your interpretation of the sedum leaves – skin cells? – I can see that. Very cool.

  2. Amanda says:

    I think the first one is my favorite. I adore macro photography, especially with flowers. Lovely pictures as always! 🙂

  3. Miss Alexandrina says:

    Wow, that Poppy is radiant, lik a sunrise; you’ve got some awesome coloured plants there. My favourite pic is the bloomed Poppy, but I am biased because that’s my middle name 😉

  4. The Lovely Llama says:

    I like the poppy blossom the best. 🙂
    But it doesn’t really look like the poppies I’ve seen… is it maybe a different kind of poppy?
    –Zombie from NaNo

  5. Thomas says:

    I’m not a huge fan of horticulture but those pictures are pulchritudinous! I love your advice too; sitting on something like an ant hill would leave me permanently scarred – physically and mentally.

  6. Avi says:

    My favorite was the iris blossom, because it’s pretty and I just love them. I love the poppy, too. It’s so colorful!

  7. Avi says:

    Yeah. I’m going to try to get back on my blog more. I just need to think about what sort of topics I want to cover in my blog now. I have been reading all of your posts, though. They keep getting better and better!

  8. Avi says:

    Cool. 🙂

  9. MOHE says:

    I liked the leafy one.

    And what? No dahlias for me to repugn? Okay, that’s not a word. Let’s try an actual sentence. What? No dahlias for me to find repugnant? Tsk, tsk. The Duke will want to have a word with you.

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