A Photo a Week Challenge: Colorful

For Nancy’s Challenge this week we have Orchids at Kew Gardens. An annual event providing a burst of color to close out Winter and welcome Spring. The event is always very popular with visitors. This year the Orchids on display were Colombian…

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In Colour

For Cee’s B&W Challenge last weekend I chose three wild flowers photographed at Long Lane Pasture. I thought it would be nice to also show them in their natural colour. The crop of each image may be slightly different.

Not quite as flamboyant as the cultivated varieties, this is wild Yellow Iris (Iris pseudacorus)…

Introduced as a crop plant and now naturalised this is Salsify (Tragopogan porrifolius)…

Roadside verge favourite – Red Campion (Silene dioica)…

And a bonus flower – An introduced member of the Borage family, Green Alkanet (Pentaglottis sempervirens) was brought to Britain from mainland Europe to manufacture dye from its roots. The irony is that the dye is red or purple rather than green as the name might imply!..

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flowers

A trip down to Long Lane Pasture for this challenge with the Canon EOS 5D and the Sigma 150mm macro lens.

Not quite as flamboyant as the cultivated varieties, this is wild Yellow Iris (Iris pseudacorus)…

Introduced as a crop plant and now naturalised this is Salsify (Tragopogan porrifolius)…

Roadside verge favourite – Red Campion (Silene dioica)…

Now I’m settling into my retirement, expect more nature photography alongside the transport and football. I’ll post some colour shots from the pasture soon. Be warned – there will be bugs as well as flowers!

Catch up with Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge Here.