Flowers convey a special beauty that’s comforting, inspiring, and peaceful.
Here are some favorite photos that I show in my photo class and talk about garden photography.
Bigelow Sneezeweed received its name because it made people sneeze. I took this photo in Sequoia National Park.
This is a young Bigelow Sneezeweed, working its way up to looking like the one in the first photo.
You can take photos from above or below.
This beautiful flower often pushes its way though snow to appear in early spring.
Dark Purple Aeoniums
Notice how the dark leaves provide a rich background for the yellow blossoms.
I took this photo on the way up to The Artist’s Palette in Death Valley National Park.
Cactus flowers offer an extraordinary spectrum of color and complexity.
The Forget-Me-Not is small, measuring about half an inch (1.2 cm).
It’s incredible that a plant as hostile as a cactus could produce such beautiful flowers.
The inside of this Magnolia blossom looks like a small tree.
During early summer this small flower blankets large areas in Sequoia National Park.
I took this photo in Death Valley National Park in early January.
This flower opens at night and closes by mid day. It’s pollinated by (mostly) bats and moths.
Notice the world of complexity in this flower.
Pink Knotweed (Polygonum Capitatum)
This is actually a cluster of tiny flowers. The image that you see is less than half an inch wide (about 1-cm).
Shaving Brush Tree
These flowers bloom in the early summer.
The Snow Plant is actually a saprophyte lacking chlorophyll that derives its nutrients from fungi that attach to the roots of trees. They bloom in April to July. I took this photo in Sequoia National Park.
I bought this flower at a farmer’s market so that I could take photos of it.