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.

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.

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.

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.