I Can’t Help Myself…


Something always seems to happen to me this time of year whereby I am compelled to join the legions of other photographers, focusing on flowers! As if never seen before, I am in awe of the incredible beauty and colors these wonderful subjects bring. Being among flowers, examining and photographing them can act to renew the spirit, especially after a long winter! So, please forgive me … here are a few more images from a recent trip to Longwood Gardens.

'Poised Poppy'  © Denise Bush

‘Poised Poppy’ © Denise Bush

'Poppy Close-up'  © Denise Bush

‘Poppy Close-up’ © Denise Bush

Rare Beauty

‘Rare Beauty’ © Denise Bush

Emerging Poppy

‘Emerging Poppy’ © Denise Bush

Little Lupine

‘Little Lupine’ © Denise Bush

Alien Encounter

‘Alien Encounter’ © Denise Bush

Hibiscus Center

‘Hibiscus Center’ © Denise Bush


66 Responses to “I Can’t Help Myself…”

  1. 1 Maggie Beck

    I doubt you will get any complaints about flower photos from anyone who has had this long winter! These are lovely!

  2. 3 potholesahead

    As you mention, flowers have been done so many times, but I still appreciate them, especially when done as well as your photos. It is a instant mood lifter for me and makes me eager for when flowers begin to bloom in my little corner of the world. 🙂

    • I guess flowers are a lot like sunrise and sunset images … since I never tire of them either. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment!

  3. You are forgiven and we are blessed that you are sharing your beautiful obsession.

  4. So glad you “lost control” and went crayzee with this whole “flowers” thing! Beautiful…

  5. Among all those beautiful photographs I feel fascinated with “poppy close-up” and “hibiscus center” the first because seems a radiant exploding, and peaceful at the same time, planet, and the latter looks simply delicious 🙂

  6. Beautiful! Seems aliens can be found everywhere if you just know where to look, right? 😉

  7. The top image is wonderful, so full of detail. MM 🍀🌷

    • Thanks Mick. The poppies were difficult because that pistil was so long. Shooting it somewhat sideways helped to get a little more in focus.

  8. Thanks for the like on ‘bird photo-bombs…’ Looks like you have many wonderful photos here.

  9. 17 Kathleen

    All so pretty Denise!!

  10. Fabulous images!

  11. These images are beautiful, my favorite being “Alien Encounter”.

  12. 23 Russ Hunt

    Nicely done, Beautiful colors and detail. Especially, after their long winters sleep.

  13. Never can get enough of beautiful flower shots…. thankfully it is finally spring!!! 🙂

  14. 27 Emilio Pasquale

    I hate flower shots as much as the next person. Well, maybe there are some people who like flower shots, I’ll concede that. But I’m not one of them. And yet, and yet…. Don’t make me say it! OK, ok, I like these. Don’t know why, though. That’s all I’m admitting to.

    • Thanks for the confession Emilio! I think it is easy for photogs to feel good about their flower shots because flowers are ‘pretty’. As I have progressed with my photography though I think capturing them to my liking has become more difficult. I am not just looking for a capture of a pretty flower but the right background, light, depth of field and processing in order to create an image I am pleased with.

      • 29 Emilio Pasquale

        That definitely makes sense. Thanks for your reply. I might now look at flower photos differently.

  15. Let another flower person chime in. I’m guilty as well. I love flowers and I enjoy shooting them. I was out on our Red Trail yesterday looking for wildflowers…maybe another week. These in your post are lovely and I think Poised Poppy is just about perfect.

  16. Beautiful images. You are inspiring me to crawl around my own backyard with my macro lens. Spring is here.

  17. 34 deb

    Beautiful, one can never tire at looking at natures beauty and you capture it so well!

  18. 36 DOREEN Rutherford

    your pics are beautiful!

  19. Excellent work. The poppy close-up is fantastic!

  20. SO beautiful! ♥

  21. I’m glad you can’t help yourself as these are truly beautiful

  22. I’m with you on that. 😀 Spring came and I became completely fascinated with flowers, and was thinking the same thing … Every Spring I get fixated on them. I especially LOVE the 3rd one. What is the name of this flower?

    • Sorry, just realized the name is right under the photography. I don’t think I’ve seen a Poppy in the color of blue. Beautiful!

      • I’ve seen them called Himilayan or African Poppies. I imagine there are different varieties like other flowers. The detail on the pistil was a little different on the few that were there. Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. Enjoy your spring … and flowers!

  23. 47 ryangroves3d

    beautiful shots!

  24. 49 Bonnie

    All your shots are wonderful but your poppies are so beautiful!!

  25. Denise, your poppy flowers are SPECTACULAR!

  26. 53 Cathie

    “Poppy Close Up” is fabulous! Who would think that they have so much texture in them? So cool….

    • Thanks. I used a small hand-held video light to light them. Sidelight and backlight seemed to work best in bringing out the texture in the petals.

  27. It’s hard to resist those beauties after a tough winter. Lovely images, Denise.

  28. wonderful images!

  29. Perfectly captured.

  30. beautiful, crisp and poetic compositions, am a follower!

  31. Absolutely gorgeous work!!

  32. marvelous images…
    thank you stopping by…:-)))

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