I am finding that I have many favorite blooms now that I am on a more intimate basis with flowers around town. More often than not I like them for very different reasons. Hibiscus blooms are one of my all time favorite to photograph, for example.
They have so many parts that can be explored . Each one is unique and full of detail.
Due to the delicacy of their petals, you can photograph them sunlit from behind and still get great color. They almost look like x-rays.
They also are fascinating in nearly every stage of their development. Even the buds have lovely veins which surge out from buds. Once open the structural use of them becomes clear. Each vein acts like a mast that helps stiffen its part of petal’s great sail.
Such a large bloom lends itself to isolation within the image. You can photograph just the parts you want or the relationship between two parts.
The best part about these blooms is that they are big, bold and beautiful.
They are also full of tremendous delicacy and yet heavy with tangible detail throughout.
You can find them at nearly every major garden. I found this one (above) at Vizcaya in Miami, Florida. The one below was from a visit to Fairchild Botanical Gardens, also located in Miami.
Norfolk Botanical Garden in Virginia proudly display these lovely orange blossoms in their conservatory.
I also keep an eye out for them when visiting other destinations. This one below from my last trip to Disney World. Their flowers were just stunning!
Longwood, one of my favorite gardens has an entire section of it’s greenhouses devoted to more species of Hibiscus than I could count!
You don’t always have to catch them in full display. Sometimes there a beauty to one thats fallen from the weight of the rain. You never know what you’ll find when photographing Hibiscus. Maybe that’s why I love them so.
For a basic background on these great sized flora visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus
Britt : )