Journal: Backyard Blooms


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.

Dainty and White

A close up photograph of a small white flower, June 2019.

Quest for Thirst

Raindrops and bits of pollen cling to a hydragea leaf after a brief shower during a particularly dry June in New Hampshire, June 2020.

Backyard Treasures

A dark moody photo of green fern fronds on a dark background, July 2020.

Cotton Candy Magical Fairy Dreamscape

An abstract interpretation of yellow flowers among out of focus candy colored hues, May 2021.

Dark and Lovely

A dark and moody photograph of the leaves and stem of false solomon's seal. False solomon's seal can be easily distinguished from "true" solomon's seal when it is flowering - the false plant develops flowers at the tip of the stem whereas true solomon's seal has flowers and berries that dangle in a row on the bottom side of the stem of the plant, under the leaves. Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark II and Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro lens, handheld, May 2022.

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