Agave Study

Sharp red thorns, pale green leaves, catching and shaping the bright New Zealand sun in the Wellington Botanic Garden. The variety of geometric shapes and contrasting textures make an agave plant particularly appealing to photograph, and in this image I sought to balance the light and shadow throughout the frame, highlighting the repeating pattern ofContinue reading “Agave Study”

Pukekura Park | New Plymouth, New Zealand

Over the years travelling has taught me a few important lessons; I will always pack more than I end up needing, the journey is usually just as remarkable as the destination, and never, ever pass up the chance to spend a few hours in a local botanical garden. Pukekura Park in New Plymouth, on theContinue reading “Pukekura Park | New Plymouth, New Zealand”

Delphinium Rain

Summer gardens here in Saskatchewan are abundant with flowers, and these pale blue and lavender delphinium blooms are from a volunteer plant in the one flower bed I have managed to tend this past year. It is a surprise every spring, as having not planted it, I easily forget that such a lovely plant isContinue reading “Delphinium Rain”

Rare Iris Series

Of all the flowers I collected and grew in my coastal California garden, this dark, mysterious iris was an all-time favorite. The colors of the petals were so rich, so unusual, when I found the plant for sale at a native plant nursery, I knew I had to have it. For several seasons it bloomedContinue reading “Rare Iris Series”

Paeonia, peony, perfection

Is there any flower more beautiful than the peony, bursting with elegant, ruffled petals? Each bloom is at once refined and tousled, often softly fragrant, and so quick to fade as the heat of summer overtakes the blushing warmth of late spring. I’ll just let these macro and abstract peony photos speak for themselves… AllContinue reading “Paeonia, peony, perfection”

Lithops, Flowering Stone

Of all plants, succulents are among the most varied and unusual to have found a place in my garden. They offer a range of colors, textures, shapes and sizes that make for particularly interesting macro photography. Lithops plants are native to South Africa, and resemble the pebbles and rocky landscape in which they evolved. TheyContinue reading “Lithops, Flowering Stone”

Ravishing ranunculus

Ravishing ranunculus, originally uploaded by A.p.K. The colors that emerge in nature are sometimes so startlingly brilliant, it can be impossible to look away. These beauties grow in my garden, and their blended shades of fuchsia, scarlet, orange and gold rival even the most technicolor sunset skies. (as always, even more gorgeous viewed larger, onContinue reading “Ravishing ranunculus”

Saturday morning study

Saturday morning study, originally uploaded by A.p.K. A small handful of fresh homegrown blueberries rest in a shallow white dish, wet with rain. — — — We planted two blueberry bushes in our yard this past winter, and already they are covered in berries. Sweet and plump with recent rain, it is going to beContinue reading “Saturday morning study”