"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Thursday, 19 April 2012

More Flower Photos from the Gardens

Brian wanted to visit Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens last weekend so we went along for a walk round last Saturday. The Gardens were bathed in sunshine when we arrived but half way round the heavens opened so I wasn't able to get any more photos of the Snakeshead Fritillaries.

I had put the macro lens on the camera to experiment yet more and I think you probably need to use a tripod and have a day with no wind to get really sharp pics. The trouble is me and tripods don't mix as I usually manage to fall over the legs with possible dire consequences for the camera so I suspect sharp photos will remain a dream.

I only did a post last week on the Gardens so have tried to cut down on the amount of photos (slightly!).


Rohrerbot said...

Excellent macros....I love the colors....the last shot is really unique and cool. I like the tulip color scheme....and the plant with the red balls in my new favorite plant. Thanks for the tour:)

Ragged Robin said...

Chris - Many thanks. I thought you might like the last photo - its a close up of a eurphorbia flower! The flower looking like little red balls - is a type of daisy (I think!).

ShySongbird said...

I'm sure it was well worth a second visit and you took some lovely photos of all the colourful blooms. Yes, the red ones Chris mentioned are daisies, I used to have some in my garden but as is so often the case with my plants, they soon disappeared! Strange how the wild, common daisy grows so readily with no encouragement at all ;-)

Ragged Robin said...

Shy Songbird - Many thanks. Many many years ago we visited Bourton on the Water (you may know it :D!) and the daisies were planted everywhere. I loved them that much we bought some there and then to put in our garden but sadly as you say they too soon disappeared. I (possibly mistakenly) was under the impression they were perennials!

Toffeeapple said...

Are the daisies called Bellis? And what is that plant under the Hazel catkin shot please?

I know exactly what you mean about tripping over the tripod legs, I do it every time! You seem to have managed the macro shots very well.

Graham High said...

Not sharp? If I could take close-up photos like that I'd be preening myself for a month :)

Ragged Robin said...

Toffeeapple - Many thanks especially for giving me the name of the daisies - I couldn't for the life of me remember! I'm not sure what plant the seedheads belong to (photo under catkin) but I will ask one of the gardeners when I next go and let you know. Tripods are a pain (never take the telescope anywhere either for that reason if I'm on my own). I noticed someone recently using a monopod with their camera - perhaps that might be worth a try :)

Graham - You are too kind :) and many thanks! I am beginning to think I am perhaps too much of a perfectionist! Slowly getting the hang of the macro lens.