Monarch butterflies

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I was just looking back at a shoot from last October at my favorite botanical garden. This year Monarch butterflies had a late migrating season and were still around southern California into late October early December.

Title: Monarchs at the garden
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

This Monarch is hiding in this purple flowering bush, but he could not hid from me and my camera.

Title: Purple flowers and a Monarch
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Monarch pollinating purple wild flower
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Resting Monarch butterfly
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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Eager Honey Bees

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I went to the Carpinteria garden recently and found an unusual amount of honey bees hanging around the garden, this gave me the opportunity to capture a bunch of bees up-close including this little guy.

Title: Eager bee
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

This honey bee was busy pollination this white rose flower long enough for me to get a really good shot of him.

Title: Honey Bee and white flower
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

This photo is so up-close you can see the little pollen sacs on the honey bees legs. The pollen sacs are an important part of the pollination process. When the bee flies away, it carries the sac to other flowers, allowing pollen to fall out of the sacs and onto the flower.

Title: Honey Bee pollination
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

The best part of visiting this botanical garden is all the different variety of exotic flowers that attracts lots of different wildlife such as these honey bees.

Title: Honey Bee on a purple blue-eyed daisy
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

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Summer garden

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It’s been awhile since we’ve seen some pink flowers, so I think it’s about time we appreciate the pink colors of this world.

Title: Peach Blossom in bloom
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

A great example of pink and purple mixing well together.

Title: Erodium cheilanthifolium Heronsbill
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Pink and white is also a great combination, and these anthers make it seem like the flowers are dancing.

Title: Peach Blossom flowers
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

A surprise orange flower that pops out like none other.

Title: Bright orange California poppy
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Plant life up close

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Flower macros give us a view we rarely get to see, which is the inner workings.

Title: Pear blossom flower bud
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

What looks like spray paint on this green plant is actually the natural coating it has. It’s amazing how many patterns nature can come up with.

Title: Plant on the beach
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Red is such a vibrant color that it can immediately catch the eye. Did it work for you?

Title: Abstract rose petals
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

I love this Lampranthus flower with it’s unique colors like sun fire yellow and light purple, which both compliment each other.

Title: Lampranthus in bloom
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Purple summer flowers

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I love flowers, especially purple ones. I managed to find an array of purple flowers at the local market and knew it would look good in my purple vase.

Title: Purple flowers in a vase
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Almost as if it’s directed by the light, these flowers perked right up for this picture!

Title: Purple peonies
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Fluffy, frilly, and vibrant is the best way I would describe this bouquet.

Title: Purple Carnation
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

I hope you enjoyed this set as much as I did, especially with all the shades of purples that are presented.

Title: Bright purple carnation
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Day 2 of floral still life photo’s

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Continuing on with my creative art, I decided to add a book along with my flowers.

Title: flowers & butterfly book
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

This purple flower wraps itself in a way where it looks like swirling waves of nature.

Title: purple swirling flower
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Red, pink, and purple. This single leaf has many shades of color that could go on forever.

Title: red -pink -purple flower petals
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

This leaf is more lean however has just as many colors as the previous one.

Title: purple flower petals
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Still life flower photo’s

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I love creating art that is functional and beautiful, and today I had the idea to really let out my creative side. I had some beautiful flowers from a local fruit stand and one of my favorite butterfly books, creating some simple yet elegant still lifes.

Title: butterfly book and rose
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

A mushroom among a bed of flower petals can give off the image of something completely different.

Title: mushroom among flower petals
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

One thing I love about macro photography is all the detail, as most of us really don’t notice the fuzzy nature of flowers until we get really close to them.

Title: up close of underside a flower
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Facing down, this flower blooms and intrigues with it’s gradient of purple and whites.

Title: purple daisy upside down
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

A soft pink Amazing Grace Rose

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I became interested in capturing roses recently, and found this beautiful pink Amazing Grace rose that spoke to me.

Title: Amazing Grace Rose
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Up Close, a rose can look quite different at the right angles as you can the many pedals and shapes.

Title: pink rose petals
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Behind a rose can look just as unique as the front. From stem to pedals, it gives a new view on this popular flower.

Title: Behind the rose
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

A pink rose for you, and all of us to enjoy!

Title: Soft Amazing Grace Rose
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Beautiful California nature

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Like a perfect image of the sunset, this flower’s shadows shows how deep and vibrant it really is.

Title: cup of gold
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Capturing catepillars is harder than it looks, as this shot tooks several tries to get it just right.

Title: caterpillar
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Purple is my favorite color and this flower spoke to me with it’s subtle gradient of light and dark purple.

Title: purple flower petal
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

This could double as an image of the midwest but it’s actually in California.

Title: waves of green grass
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

Botanical colors

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A deep and vibrant purple can almost look black, however against the sun light and yellow stems, it’s one of the most dark purple flowers I’ve seen yet.

Title: dark purple pansy flower
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

This red bulb is ready to bloom into a beautiful flower.

Title: Pink Fuchsia shrub flower bulb
Location: Ventura,California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Some people don’t take the time to really get close to plants and examine them, like this one for example. While it may be drooping, it is quite the beauty with it’s reds, greens, and yellows.

Title: Cotyledon orbiculata flower
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

This purple flower was beautiful from top to bottom, but one of the most unique things about it is the stems that come from the bottom, just inviting certain bees!

Title: Abstract Fuchsia shrub flower
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2

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