Winter flowers

It was great to see the RHS garden coming to life last weekend. Not only were there snowdrops, but also daffodils, miniature cyclamen, winter aconite and dwarf crested iris. Here is a macro shot of a winter blooming camellia.

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A red witch hazel.fullsizeoutput_117

This is Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Grandiflora.’ An unusual looking flower, which according to the RHS, is generally pest and disease free. It originates from the Himalayas and was introduced in the 1850’s. It is tricky to cultivate, but produces fragrant blooms if successful.

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An abstract of red witch hazel.

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13 thoughts on “Winter flowers

    1. It can happen that I take 400 to 500 pics per session. Because I don’t trust my lens when shooting an insect I usually take 5 pics in a row in a very fast manner. So u can see where the 500 pics come from 🙂

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    2. Yes, that’s a good idea. Sometimes I use a tripod and the Live View on the back of the camera for flowers and enlarge the detail and focus it and it still doesn’t come out right! It looks ok in the field, but you put it on the computer and it looks rubbish! I haven’t taken many insect macros, but when you get them right, they can be quite amazing. I read recently that some scientists are estimating that insects are declining at a rate of 2.5% a year, so in 100 years, food chains may collapse as a result.

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    3. U are right what photography concerns: Sometimes i need 30 shots to get a pic that satisfies.

      We in Bavaria/Germany have succeeded today: More that 10% of the population voted for direct measures to save the insects! Now the government has to deliever!

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