The Blue-banded Bee

I can’t remember the last after and before photo challenge I participated in. I enjoy converting photos and when a Blue-banded Bee is looking for nectar I have to wander around the garden chasing bees

The Blue-banded Bee and the Blue Ginger.
180327_before and after_blue banded bee_blue ginger_bandw

 

180327_before and after_blue banded bee_blue ginger

I wondered what the photo would look like with a bit of selective colour
180327_before and after_blue banded bee_blue ginger_sel col

Pop into Lost in Translation: After and Before to see more great photos.

 

mergeyes_widget

Flowers are so wonderful

When I first got the bug to take photos, I loved to take photos of flowers. The colours, the textures, the shapes and the huge variety and sizes. One day (don’t we all say that) I will scan some of my old photos but at the moment I have so many I’ve taken since I have had a digital camera that it was hard to select a some to have here for now. I have another folder of the native flowers I have here and decided that they would be another blog as they are special. Many of the woodland flowers are quite small so it combines another love of mine – Macro photos….getting in close to the tiny world we live in. So off we go…..

Some flowers are individuals and look good by themselves. But others grow on a spike and have many many flowers that the whole spike that they look great as a whole.

Image

I love Begonias and have heaps of different types. They are more spectacular for their leaves…colours and shapes. Their flowers are quite small and are mostly the same shape, just different colours. Again, they look good as a group.

Image

Crinums also look good as a group as they have many flowers all close together. Their shape and colours are great.

Image

The shapes that flowers have is so many and varied and many flowers are purple(ish). Here are a couple of ones that are quite weird and wonderful don’t you think.

Image

I found this flower at Evans Head……the fringe is so different.

Image

The orchid is one that my Mother gave me….she loved her orchids

Image

I like to look deep into some flowers…..the different shades and shapes are those that you never see from a casual glance.

Image

Sometimes nature supplies special effects as well.

Image

A crocus bud with added magic

Image

Or you get photo-bombed by a Lady Beetle

Image

Even just a small part of a flower can look special. The Ginger flower is huge and one part can look good, the colour is so 1960’s with the orange and yellow.

Image

I wonder why they called it a Butterfly Bush….

Image

Same with the spotted lily

Image

Some flowers are almost see through

Image

While others come in a range of striking colours….even the humble daisy.

Image

Or the colours ands shape of a waterlily…..photo-bombed by a native bee.

Image

The richness of colour and form in a dahlia. My Grandfather grew dahlias. The side of the house down the driveway in Orange was a riot of colour and huge plants. The memory of a four-year old.

Image

The sun can also help make a flower look spectacular.

Image

Thanks for coming with me on a journey through many gardens that I have wandered taking photos, some are mine, others are public gardens and of course the wonderful garden of my bestie.