Live Long and Prosper

This photograph shows the Carpellary receptacle of a Lotus flower, Nelumbo nucifera. The Lotus is a sacred flower in both Hinduism and Buddhism. I photographed this Lotus in a small…


Hollyhock ‘Halo Candy’

I photographed this Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) blossom from our garden on a light box. The blossom was positioned upright with an improvised holder constructed from paperclips, tape, and an empty…

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A white poppy and a mandala

Please keep in mind our in-person Photographing Flowers for Transparency workshop the weekend of September 25-26 located in Berkeley, California. There's a $200 early-bird discount until the end of June.…


Inside a Hollyhock

My inspection inside blossoms continues on from the Foxglove (Digitalis) to a beautiful, crimson Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) blossom.


Matilija Poppies

The Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri) is native to California, with a range from Mexico through northern California. This is a drought tolerant species that can be somewhat invasive once established---but,…

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Falling in Love

It's hard not to fall in love with a poppy like this Papaver rhoeas 'Falling in Love' (a kind of "corn poppy" using the common term). Click here for more…

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Carpe Papaver

With the poppies (Papavers) blooming like crazy in our garden, I am sure the right thing to do is to "carpe Papaver." In fact, photographically speaking---and perhaps in life as…

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Inside Digitalis

Digitalis purpurea is commonly called the Foxglove, I suppose because a fox could slip the flowers on its fingers, at least in fairy land. In fact, the flower is long…


Corn Poppy

Sometimes when I photograph a broad composition on my light box I take a break when my primary composition is done. I leave my camera on the tripod. Then after…

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