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September 23, 2010 / Zoe

Flowers for the lady?

This weeks You Capture theme was flowers.

After cats, flowers are my favourite subject matter, so I enjoyed this one.

This is a macro of a Callistemon. Commonly known as a bottlebrush. It’s not native to the Perth area, but it’s a popular street tree. That unfortunately means that they spread into the bushland and need to be removed. Beautiful though, I love the little curly stamens.

You can’t see much detail in this one, but I really like the light in it. It’s an Acacia denticulosa, again not native to the Perth area, but not a weed plant either. It has large rough leaves which has earnt it the common name Sandpaper wattle. The wattle flowers are long and look like Cheetos.

This is a macro of a Grevillea flower. Each one is a singular flower, the long stamens are out of shot.

This is the back of Kangaroo paw  flower. They open right out and this bit curls back so that a bird can get in to pollinate the flower.

Daviesia divaricata.

Hardenbergia comptoniana.

Banksia prionotes.

Olearia axillaris. The little bits of fluff are the seeds, but I still wanted to share. It smells delicious, kind of like passion fruit. It’s in the same family as the common daisy.

Pterostylis recurva. The common name is the Jug Orchid, and you can see why!

My last photo is a Hybanthus calycinus. It’s such a dainty little flower. I can’t wait to see other You Capture entries from around the world.

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  1. sayitinasong / Sep 26 2010 5:38 pm

    Amazing shots!!!

    • Zoe / Sep 26 2010 6:25 pm

      Thank you! 😀

  2. kelemta / Sep 25 2010 10:32 pm

    Simply beautiful photos! I never realised that bottlebrush weren’t native here, it’s a shame because they are delightful to look at — not so delightful for those with hayfever, though. And it seems that hardenbergia are the flowers that have been appearing all along my street lately.

    • Zoe / Sep 25 2010 10:43 pm

      Yeah, they are lovely as street trees! Just not in my bush. We do have a smaller scraggly bottlebrush that’s native to here, but it’s no quite so showy. I seems like Hardenbergia is really trendy now, which is cool! Except I’ve noticed some people have a species from the Eastern states, which I don’t understand why, when we have a perfectly good one native to Perth! Anyway. I’m a plant snob.

  3. tonirand / Sep 25 2010 8:35 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!! Lovely photos…. such detail … makes me feel like I can reach out and touch them. Very, very nice shots! Thanks much for sharing on congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful (did I say that before?) Feel free to add more to the post 🙂

    Thanks again for sharing. I will think about these as I head out into this windy, bleak, rainy fall morning!

    blessings
    ann

    • Zoe / Sep 25 2010 10:13 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m glad they brightened your day.

  4. passionredtea31 / Sep 25 2010 5:40 pm

    Bottlebush is the national flower of AU, right? 🙂
    Amazing photos!

    • Zoe / Sep 25 2010 6:30 pm

      Thank you! Actually the Golden Wattle, an Acacia, is the national flower, so the second photo is in the same genus. The Golden Wattle isn’t native to Western Aust.

  5. Carm / Sep 25 2010 2:31 am

    It’s sort of fascinating, isn’t it? I could get lost in some of these. I’d love to live somewhere where there are more exotic plants and flowers, alas, Seattle, Washington is known for it’s Rhododendrons and MOSS, so…bleh. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Zoe / Sep 25 2010 2:25 pm

      Ah, I would love to live in Seattle though, definitely my top US city. Not that I know much about any US city… Macro photos of moss would look pretty great, I think.

  6. earthymind / Sep 25 2010 2:22 am

    amazing shots…loved the first one especially…cheers!

    • Zoe / Sep 25 2010 2:23 pm

      Thanks so much!

  7. jan / Sep 24 2010 10:42 pm

    Beauty of the nature just as it is. Wonderful pictures.. You got an eye for the flowers! I always have problem in taking pictures of naure..more to people.. thanks for the beauties

    Jan

    • Zoe / Sep 25 2010 12:14 am

      Thank you, I totally don’t have the eye for photographing people! I’ll stick to the plant world.

  8. Generation 26 / Sep 24 2010 9:40 pm

    Flowers look a little strange up close lol

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 9:47 pm

      Yeah, I love getting my macro on! It gives such a different perspective!

  9. fashionmighty / Sep 24 2010 8:22 pm

    this is probably the best blog in the world and these photos are the best photos ive ever seen! My face is still in a shocked expression! I am A-MAZED!

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 8:33 pm

      Wow, thank you so much for the high praise!

  10. thejamminjabber / Sep 24 2010 7:24 pm

    I do not approve of such pornography.

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 8:14 pm

      I presume you’re referring to the macro of male flower parts… I can assure you, the flowers gave their full consent.

  11. Morom3t3 / Sep 24 2010 7:02 pm

    Colours for the lady. :mrgreen:

  12. missdotcom / Sep 24 2010 5:23 pm

    Wow. Those are SO beautiful. Congratulations on making it to Freshly Pressed 😀

  13. The Mental Secretary / Sep 24 2010 3:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I’m not usually a flower person, but I guess I really like the obscure ones like these. The Grevillea is amazing.

    Every time you mentioned Perth, I wondered how that sounded familiar to me. And I remembered that there’s this really awesome band called Tame Impala from that city in Australia. Yay!

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 4:04 pm

      Well I’ve never heard of Tame Impala, but we have something in common! I’ll keep my eye out for them.

  14. Anna and Her Biro / Sep 24 2010 3:14 pm

    Wow. What beauty in nature!!! And what talent in capturing that!
    http://www.meandmybiro.wordpress.com

  15. maggie / Sep 24 2010 1:53 pm

    absolutely beautiful photos! i really thought a bunch of flower posts would be boring, but i love your shots. also, i love your blog name. giraffes are my favorite! 🙂

  16. Mark Pelshak / Sep 24 2010 12:19 pm

    Something about the second photo is so captivating to me.

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 12:31 pm

      Thank you, that’s my favourite too. I often have trouble capturing yellow flowers, I have no idea why, so I’m extra happy with that one!

  17. Tareen Alam / Sep 24 2010 12:06 pm

    Most photographers don’t even do anything out of the ordinary…these are truly beautiful!

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 12:29 pm

      Thank you so much, I can’t really take credit for the beauty of the flowers though, mother nature is the real beauty queen!

  18. Matt Katzenberger / Sep 24 2010 12:00 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful! Keep it up 😀

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 12:28 pm

      Thanks! I haven’t been taking photos for long, so it’s so nice to be freshly pressed, and to have people say they like my photos!

  19. elgart / Sep 24 2010 11:56 am

    So nice! Very lovely flowers…

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 12:25 pm

      Thank you, I’m lucky to live in a country with such great flora!

  20. noraelena / Sep 24 2010 10:56 am

    hermosisimas

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 12:22 pm

      I had to get my babel fish out for that, but thank you! 🙂

  21. Aurian / Sep 24 2010 10:48 am

    That callistemon image is gorgeous! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 12:21 pm

      Thank you! I love the vibrant colour of bottlebrushes.

  22. stephanieburt / Sep 24 2010 10:17 am

    Beautiful photos!

  23. potskie / Sep 24 2010 10:09 am

    wow..
    those flowers are really great..
    as a ‘lady’..it would be my pleasure having one of those flowers..
    nice pictures..
    you CAPTURED my attention..
    hahah..
    🙂

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 10:40 am

      Yeah, subtle hint to my boyfriend… 😀

  24. onepillawayfromchaos / Sep 24 2010 9:55 am

    Love your blog title! Great pics! 🙂

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 9:59 am

      Thanks! I love rhyming and giraffes, so the title fits me! 😀

  25. politeandparanoid / Sep 24 2010 9:27 am

    I love these pics! So glad you were Freshly Pressed! Giraffes are my favorite =)

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 9:57 am

      Thank you! There’s something magnificent about the humble giraffe!

  26. rsmacaalay / Sep 24 2010 9:02 am

    The first one is really stunning, excellent composition

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 9:56 am

      Thank you, I was happy with how it came out!

  27. thepetalpusher / Sep 24 2010 8:17 am

    Nice macros–I especially like the macros. I haven’t posted many macros on my photoblog as of yet.Good work.

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 9:53 am

      Thanks! Macros are always fun.

  28. arieloceguera / Sep 24 2010 7:37 am

    I think any girl would love these flowers i know my girlfriend would

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 9:51 am

      I know girls would love any flowers you give them!

  29. premiumphotos / Sep 24 2010 6:26 am

    These are lovely pictures!

    http://premiumphotos.wordpress.com

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 9:46 am

      Thanks! 🙂

  30. Jennifer Lavender / Sep 24 2010 6:25 am

    These are all so beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 9:41 am

      Thank you for looking! 🙂

  31. Teresa / Sep 24 2010 6:03 am

    These are just great~I love the macro shots.

    Mine is here. http://razzamadazzle.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/flowers/

  32. christian / Sep 24 2010 5:43 am

    They are absolutely lovely photos! They help to remind us how beautiful all the things around us are…it becomes too easy to take them for granted.

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 9:33 am

      Thank you, having a camera around your neck always makes you stop and look!

  33. Irene / Sep 24 2010 5:17 am

    I love taking pictures of flowers. I have a slide show on Photobucket of all the flowers in my garden. They are great subjects to shoot. Cats too!

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 9:29 am

      I think I prefer flowers, because they stay still. I sometimes have trouble capturing my kitties!

  34. Lakia / Sep 24 2010 5:15 am

    I love the background of the giraffes. Also, your pics are unique.

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 9:29 am

      Thanks, my sister drew the background!

  35. Nikole Hahn / Sep 24 2010 4:37 am

    Nice detail!

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 9:27 am

      Thanks, I love taking macros!

  36. Belle / Sep 24 2010 4:32 am

    wow, some amazing photos here, wish i was as good as you! >.<

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 9:25 am

      Why thank you, I’m quite sure you could be!

  37. Anna M / Sep 24 2010 3:49 am

    Wow what art in nature. These photos are absolutely stunning. Well done for capturing the amazing detail

  38. Anna M / Sep 24 2010 3:48 am

    Absolutely stunning!!! Wow – what art in nature. As creative as we are, us humans cannot get near it!

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 9:24 am

      Oh I absolutely agree, nature will always win for creativity!

  39. munira's bubble / Sep 24 2010 3:13 am

    the first three are my favourites! 🙂 the second one especially.

  40. L Kolba / Sep 24 2010 3:03 am

    I’m not usually a huge fan of floral shots, but the grevillea you captured is just a stunning image. Congratulations on being featured, today!

  41. iheartfilm / Sep 24 2010 2:59 am

    Those first three are especially nice – sort of ethereal.

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 3:01 am

      Thank you, ethereal is something to aspire to be.

  42. hopeingaza / Sep 24 2010 1:26 am

    WAW, they r breath takingly beautiful

  43. Evie Garone / Sep 24 2010 1:21 am

    The pictures are amazing and the flora are just so different than America, so pretty! Thanks for sharing! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    evelyngarone.com

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 2:25 am

      Thanks! I’m sure I would find American flora just as fascinating!

  44. Ishana / Sep 24 2010 1:11 am

    Absolutely adore the macro of the Grivellea. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photographs.

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 2:24 am

      Thanks for looking!

  45. Word Player / Sep 24 2010 1:00 am

    Stunning. And congrats on being placed on WordPress.com’s homepage.

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 1:08 am

      Thanks! 😀

    • jbenoit10 / Sep 24 2010 2:11 am

      I totally concur. Beautiful pics, and I had a travel blog on St Patrick’s Day make it to the home page earlier this year– over a 1000 hits. Are you ready??? lol

      • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 2:47 am

        Haha, it was totally surprising, I didn’t even really know about Freshly Pressed.

  46. LKD / Sep 24 2010 12:55 am

    Your photos are so pretty, they make my eyes hurt! In a good way. And I love the name of your blog! Awesome backgrounf image as well. 🙂

  47. lifecoachdee / Sep 24 2010 12:50 am

    so beautiful!

  48. carolisle / Sep 24 2010 12:48 am

    Tasty! Are these food or flowers?

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 12:50 am

      They’re flowers, native to Australia. Not very tasty! 😀

  49. teapotchronicles / Sep 24 2010 12:38 am

    Beautiful! I’m going to have to check out this “you capture” thing! (And I luuurrrve the giraffe scarf image!!! ❤

  50. mandaray / Sep 24 2010 12:35 am

    Those are gorgeous. The shot of the Banksia prionotes made me go “oh wow” out loud…I’ve never seen anything like it! Truly wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing. My world feels a little bigger now. 🙂 It’s also nice to see someone else who enjoys taking macro photos of flowers. It’s been a hobby of mine for awhile now, though unfortunately I don’t have such a wide variety of subject matter.

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 12:37 am

      My pleasure! There’s quite a few species of Banksia in Australia, so I must admit it doesn’t seem that special to me! But thanks for reminding me of how unique our flora is.

  51. Sunflowerdiva / Sep 24 2010 12:33 am

    Stunning pictures! All of those flowers look just SOOOOO beautiful! I also love the giraffe–it’s such a great illustration! 😀

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 12:39 am

      Thanks! I can’t take credit for the giraffe though, my sister drew it. She’s a super talented artist!

  52. wandering lass / Sep 24 2010 12:24 am

    lovely flowers 🙂

  53. Livy Parker / Sep 24 2010 12:19 am

    Breathtaking, so beautiful!

  54. livvy30 / Sep 24 2010 12:17 am
  55. Stillmary / Sep 24 2010 12:11 am

    How fun! You have so many exotic and beautiful looking flowers there. I’m so glad you capture them so we can see what grows down under.

  56. She.Is.Just.A.Rat / Sep 23 2010 11:53 pm

    These are beautiful! By the way, I very much like the giraffe… 😉

  57. Bec / Sep 23 2010 11:50 pm

    Ok, the Banksia prionotes is too freakin’ cool. I just want to touch it! 😉

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 12:04 am

      Haha, they do have a cool texture!

  58. notesfromrumbleycottage / Sep 23 2010 11:47 pm

    I loved what you did with these pictures. They are beautiful. Congrats on being freshly pressed!

  59. Modern Funk / Sep 23 2010 11:37 pm

    I love, love, love your photography! Beautiful shots! Thank you for sharing with us wordpressheads.

    • Zoe / Sep 24 2010 12:01 am

      Thank you!

  60. Tara / Sep 23 2010 11:34 pm

    Very cool shots! Love the perspective and the macros!

  61. sylviangirl / Sep 23 2010 11:31 pm

    wow, that first picture is magical.

    http://sylviangirl.wordpress.com/

  62. Sheri / Sep 23 2010 11:30 pm

    Wow! Those are beautiful shots!

  63. Jenifer L Higgins / Sep 23 2010 11:29 pm

    Lovely, especially the macro! I should have pulled out my macro lens.

  64. juliannah / Sep 23 2010 11:22 pm

    Wow! You did an amazing job!

  65. And Miles To Go... / Sep 23 2010 11:20 pm

    great shots!

  66. Jessi / Sep 23 2010 11:16 pm

    Where do you live to have such awesome flowers?! Or do you have a flower garden? We have nothing like that anywhere near us! Gorgeous gorgeous photos!

    • Zoe / Sep 23 2010 11:26 pm

      I live in Perth, Australia. They’re not in my garden, but one day I’ll have a garden like that!

  67. Laura / Sep 23 2010 11:16 pm

    oooh, the macro swirls look straight out of Dr. Suess!

  68. Brooke G / Sep 23 2010 11:13 pm

    SERIOULYS AMAZING!!!!! Love this set ;D

  69. lifeintheboomerlane / Sep 23 2010 10:57 pm

    Stunning. Thanks for sharing!

  70. photographyfree4all / Sep 23 2010 10:56 pm

    Great shots here! Love those close-ups! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    • Zoe / Sep 23 2010 10:57 pm

      Thanks! It took me a while to figure out what was going on!

  71. Circe / Sep 23 2010 10:51 pm

    absolutely gorgeous! a wonderful mid morning break

  72. Picture Next Door / Sep 23 2010 10:46 pm

    I like your close ups, gives a very free feeling

  73. Pretty!

  74. Ashley / Sep 23 2010 10:30 pm

    Wow – these are so cool…especially that first shot. Love it.

  75. Journey Photographic / Sep 23 2010 10:27 pm

    Love, these, especially the surreal abstractness of the top three. Great shots!

  76. Amber / Sep 23 2010 9:48 pm

    Oh wow those close-ups are amazing!

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