Bright orange macro floral photography


I was so lucky to get this photo. Just as the honey bee was flying away I got his little shadow on a beautiful orange California poppy flower. This is one of my all time favorite photos I have ever taken.

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


This is a beautiful up close look at the Aloe succulent flower.
Title: Aloe vera orange bloom
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


This is a beautiful yellow and red stripped daisy-like flower native to Southern Africa.

Title: Red & yellow gazania
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


This Kentish hero plant is like an orange bubble machine. I love the little orange and yellow puffy flowers on this shrub

Title: Kentish hero (orange bubble)
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

Bright white spring flowers


This potato vine flower is perfect for growing on trellis, or arch ways. I love all the beautiful bright white little flowers on this vine.

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


Aster flowers are some of the most interesting blooms I have ever seen.

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


Beautiful little macro photo of a white foxglove flower.

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


This is one of the most fun ornamental shrubs. I love the spherical clusters of white and green-tinted blossoms.

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

Spring flowers in bloom


This Verbena rigida is native to Brazil and Argentina. I love the sweet scent of this flower in bloom.

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


The Celandine poppy is known for its bright yellow flowers. The Wood Poppy is listed under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, which protects the species and its habitat.

Title: Celandine poppy (wood poppy)
Location: Carpinteria, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


This flower is the official state flower of California. I love driving by hillsides in the spring that are covered in bright orange poppies.

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


I love the deep crimson red color of the Mars midget bloom. This flower stays in bloom all summer long and looks amazing growing next to Verbena rigida flowers.

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

Soft small flowers


I was walking around the garden looking for signs of summer. I found lots of little flowers in bloom so I got out my macro lens and started taking photos. I love this time of year… slowing down and appreciating all the new plant life around me is one of the most relaxing ways to spend the day.

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

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

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

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

Solvang garden


While I was in Solvang walking around I found a small local garden. I had to stop and take some photos of the flowers around this little garden. I hope you enjoy this collection of photos.

Title: Hot pink snapdragon
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Green shrub
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Poppy flower buds
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Title: Solvang gardens wagon wheel
Location: Solvang, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Red and orange wildflowers


I love visiting local gardens and photographing beautiful flowers. This first flower is a Strelitzia a common name is bird of paradise. Hummingbirds love this flower and pollinate is almost exclusively. This flower grows all over the southern California coast.

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


The Tibouchina urvilleana is known for it’s big purple flowers. I wanted to show a different side of this evergreen shrub. The leaves of this shrub are beautiful green with a bright red outline and a red flower bud. The common name for this shrub is princess flower. This shrub grows all along the west coast and thrives in southern California.

Title: Tibouchina urvilleana evergreen
Location: Summerland, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Most of the time the flowers have name markers at the gardens I visit but this little orange flower is a mystery. If you happen to know what type of flower this is feel free to send me an e-mail.

Title: Orange wildflower
Location: Summerland, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Abutilon hybridum or common name flowering maple is not really a maple at all. It got the common name flowering maple from it’s maple-shaped leaves. The best thing about this flower is that a happy Abutilon hybridum can bloom nearly non-stop from spring to fall.

Title: Red Abutilon hybridum
Location: Summerland, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Flowers in bloom


Walking through beautiful gardens is the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. I wanted to capture the different shapes of the flowers in bloom. Up close you can see how fuzzy this lavender flower is. The green out of focus background is the perfect complementary color for this lavender bloom.

Title: Lavender and green
Location: Simi Valley, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The light on this Mexican tulip poppy is beautiful, giving the flower bloom a golden glow.

Title: Yellow tulip poppy
Location: Simi Valley, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This minimalistic white purple eyed daisy was my favorite flower of the day. The perfectly round shape of daisy petals is phenomenal.

Title: White purple eyed daisy
Location: Simi Valley, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The dahlia flower is the national flower of Mexico. Spaniards used this flower for medicinal use. The yellow dahlia is a beautiful flower for any garden.

Title: Yellow dahlia flower
Location: Simi Valley, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Spring green tones


Spring is here and plant life is turning bright shades of green. I love walking through gardens and discovering new plant life. The shape of this fern tree leaf caught my eye right away. The leaf is being backlit by the sun creating high contrast shadows.

Title: Fern tree
Location: Simi Valley, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Nature if full of different patterns. The monstera plant has oval holes in the leafs. This tropical plant is often grown indoors and is well known for unusual size and leaves.

Title: Monstera plant
Location: Simi Valley, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The euphorbia pugniformis succulent grows all over Simi Valley, California. You can see the round succulent body surrounded by many tuberculate arms. This is one of the most interesting succulents native to southern California.

Title: Euphorbia pugniformis succulent
Location: Simi Valley, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This is a succulent that is winter hardy. The sedum diffusum succulent is one of the earliest plants to bloom in the early summer season. I would love to see this succulent in bloom it has beautiful bright yellow flowers.

Title: Sedum diffusum succulent
Location: Simi Valley, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

Native California flowers and succulents


The shape of the Calla lily flower is curvy and feminine. I wanted to show off it’s natural beauty against a simple elegant background.

Title: Soft Calla lily
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The purple stamens are the heart beat of the iris flower. The white, yellow and bright purple make this flower stand out in the garden.

Title: Purple heart of the Iris
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


This drought hardy shrub has a beautiful dark red flower with a white edge. I love the contrast between the bright red flower and the green leafs of the shrub.

Title: Pelargonium
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


I love California succulents the different patterns always catch my attention.

Title: Green California succulent
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

White and green flowers


In an area that is dominated by birds of paradise, I found this calla lily. It stands out with it’s bright white and swooping pedal which look incredibly inviting to anyone, especially the buzzing bee I found inside when I went for a closer look. As the bee buzzed away I realized this flower stands out against the palm trees behind it, which to say
the least is a pretty hard feat.

Title: Calla lily
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


There’s something exciting about seeing a flower that hasn’t bloomed yet, you almost feel like waiting all day to see it open slowly and reveal the beauty inside. However, the beauty in this flower was what’s on the outside because our imaginations leave us wondering what’s on the inside.

Title: White iris flower bud
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


As you can see when iris flower blooms, it grabs your attention immediately with it’s purple pedals that seem to be dancing ever so slightly. While the purple pedals caught my eye, I couldn’t ignore the bed of pedals under it which looks comfortably supportive.

Title: Iris in bloom
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


It was a nice surprise to find calla lily under a staircase because I feel it deserves to be the center of attention. It has this beautiful natural gradient of light green to bright white in which the pedal swoops at the tip. It was hard to see from above but upon closer inspection I found this to be the most interesting flower of the day.

Title: White sail lily
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera:NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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