My very first macro lens was purchased in an effort to capture photographs of the beautiful flowers my mom planted and grew in her garden every year. Since then, my macro lens tends to emerge mostly in the late spring and early summer months, when flowers in the northeast are most abundant.
Unlike my mom's garden, my own garden tends to be one of little nurturing. The previous homeowner had put quite a bit of effort into landscaping our property, and I mostly reap the benefits, sometimes surprised by what returns and what doesn't each year. I purchased our home in 2014, and in the seven years since, we've been treated to staples, like our hydrangeas that we just can't kill, and had plants come and go, like the lupines planted in too much shade that never bloomed or the peonies that randomly sprouted after a lot of weeding. A couple of years ago, we started expanding on the previous owner's efforts with a few trips to the nursery and finally put flowers in our window boxes for the first time. Last year we had so much rain (and so little sun) that some reliable flowers failed to bloom altogether and others lasted way longer than expected! This year, we're expanding our family, and I have no idea how that will impact the time I have for photography. Each year is a bit of an adventure, but that is part of the charm, I guess.
All of these photographs were captured on our property. I primarily used a Canon 5D Mark IV and Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro lens, although a few photos were taken with other lens pairings.