Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Chrysanthemum Bonanza

Mums on the PorchWhen I was visiting Michele's garden a couple weeks ago, she had several pots of chrysanthemums that were bursting with color. The photo at right shows one of the pots on her porch, taken in the morning sun with a fisheye lens. They really add color to the garden.

The first photo below is a close-up of one of the blossoms. The early morning light gives the petals an almost golden color. After spending some time taken insect pictures, I discovered another pot in the back garden. By that time it was later in the morning and as the sun got a bit higher the flowers lost a bit of that gold hue. In the background shade you can see some purple flowers that are from a pot of asters.

Finally, the third photo below is a set of photos taken from one mum pot, on the same day, that shows how the flower opens up. I wonder what time span this represents if it were a single flower. I was intrigued by how the color changes as the flower opens up. The photos show the actual colors as best I can. Go here to see a larger version on black.

Yellow Petals

Burst of Yellow

Progression

5 comments:

~Carla~ said...

Her gardens are always so impressive, but your pictures seem to bring them to life. :) What was it? Oh yeah, "I'm smarter because we're friends." lol I laugh, but it's very true... great shots!

michele said...

Carla, come visit "the garden". On your lunch or after work. This time isn't the greatest time for plants, but you could see the dragonfly totem.

michele said...

Earl, I am, obviously, very in to petals, and your macro photos highlight my interest/joy. Thanks.

Josh said...

Love the use of the fish eye. Looks like a flower burst!

~Carla~ said...

I love dragonflies... :) Thanks Michele - I might have to take you up on that offer!! :)