Geraniums

Go anywhere in Switzerland and on balconies and in window boxes you will see Geraniums – red ones and pinks ones. The same is true of other European countries. Geraniums add a welcome splash of colour.

Currently we have a Geranium on the window cill in our kitchen and in the last few days I have been enthralled as a new bud has opened out into a flower head.

_DS79567_cropThese three images span three days. From a tight bud on the first day, a beautiful flower has started to unfurl three days later.

_DS79625The light was ideal. Images were taken in the evening as the sun, by then low in the sky, was shining directly through the window. And there was an added bonus which I hadn’t expected. A ghostly image of the flower was reflected onto the interior of the window glass, and so very deliberately I shot the last two images with the main flower head offset in the frame. Apologies for a slightly dirty window!

_DS79628Finally, a very different image of a pink Geranium on the balcony of our hotel room in Zermatt a few years ago. I have to say this still remains one of my favourite graphic images of this beautiful flower.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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16 Responses to Geraniums

  1. Len says:

    Beautiful shots Andy. Love the backlighting that make the details pop.

  2. ShimonZ says:

    Beautiful flowers, and beautiful photography as well. I especially enjoyed the reflection in the window.

  3. oneowner says:

    Backlighting can be a tricky exposure but you nailed these, Andy. Good work!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Ken. Things worked out well, as getting the right exposure for the buds meant the background was under-exposed and provided the ideal subdued darker tones.

  4. Beautiful, great capture of the textures 🙂

  5. Lisa Gordon says:

    What a beautiful series of photographs this is!

  6. What a great photo and so unlike a geranium. I would not have guessed at this hairy little bloom!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Kathryn. The buds can look very different to the flowers – true of a lot of plants. I worked hard to get all the hairs sharp, because they really are very dramatic when the light shines through them

  7. Chillbrook says:

    Such a hardy plant offering such wonderful colour. Lovely images Andy.

    • LensScaper says:

      I often wonder where they put them all during the Swiss winter. They are certainly hardy, but I doubt they would survive out in the snow. Thanks Adrian.

  8. poppytump says:

    Love the soft downy fuzz Andy , such a colourful flower does bear close inspection .
    I hope you didn’t get in the way there … maybe your wife showed you some lovely marigolds too 😀

    • LensScaper says:

      I am occasionally threatened with marigold-clad hands, but I prefer the proper ones blooming in the garden. We both enjoyed a close inspection of geranium fuzz. Thanks Poppy.

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