New to me is this ground cover thistle. A pretty cool way to cover over a bare area in the garden. The stems are about 4 inches high keeping the blooms pretty close to the ground. A nice effect seeing dozens of these in the garden.
The Master Gardener’s Demo Garden in Leesburg offers opportunities to view and photograph many varieties of plants and flowers. Butterflies and birds are also often visitors to the garden.
Spring time in Washington is famous for flowering cherry trees. Not to be outdone though are the other flowering trees such as these magnolias. This was a good exercise for my new 15-30 mm lens. I feel it passed.
Umbrella, wide-brim hat, yoga mat, water-resistant camera case, and a rainy day. Now and then the sky would lighten and make interesting highlights on the wet flowers. I crawled along the garden paths for five hours getting a few pictures I really like. It was plenty fun just spying on the frogs, praying mantis, watching the lotus leaves spill the rain out, and talking to the park ranger. Rainy day fun!
Every year here in Washington DC, there is a show of orchids. This year the display is at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. Getting decent pictures of the flowers can be quite challenging due to the number of people attending and the placement of the plants.
Many of the plants and flowers have identity signs very close to them which often get in the way. I find I am down on my knees or up on my toes trying to find an angle that minuses the signs.
Fortunately I was prepared to spend a number of hours waiting for folks to move allowing me to get as good a perspective as I could.
The lighting also presented challenges. I used a color checker passport to try to get a handle on the white balance. Turns out not all the lighting was the same color temperature. It was also quite dim. I used an external flash to fill in here and there and as the main light in other shots. Another issue is with the reflections off the flowers themselves. Many of them are quite shiny resulting in bright and often blown-out highlights. Turns out shooting flowers at an exhibition is quite the challenge. I think I’ll visit a local shop and pick up a few plants to practice on.