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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 221: “Flower Favourites – and Why?”

It’s Saturday evening here in Germany, the sky is gray, and it’s raining. As we’re in the northern hemisphere, October means fall. So, I have to dig in my archive to find suitable images of blooming flowers instead of going out to a botanical garden or so. Nevertheless, Ann-Christine‘s challenge fits well in this gray and dreary time of the year to cheer us up.

Although I don’t have strong preferences when it comes to flowers, I do have some regarding photographs of flowers.

First of all: the Strelitzia

This is a closeup image taken with my macro lens from a backlit strelitzia blossom. I love them, because of the friendly warm base tone featuring smaller violet, blue, yellow, and green stripes. In addition, their shape is so unique.


Second: the Schlumbergera or Christmas cactus

This is also taken with my macro lens. I was laying below the plant equipped with a remote-controlled Speedlight and a black card box above. Here we have again a very unique-styled blossom.


Third: a pasqueflower, a protected plant because it’s quite rare nowadays.



Fourth: Pulmonaria Officinalis, or lungwort. In German, one of their common names is “Brüderchen-und-Schwesterchen”, which translates to “little brother and little sister”


You might notice blossoms in lite blue and in lite pink. One plant has blossoms in blue and pink at the same time.


And finally the Amaryllis:


Here we have again a uniquely shaped blossom. Although you can buy onions each year starting in November and enjoy the blossoms for several weeks from approximately January, I picked an image taken in Cuba, where they were blooming outside in the gardens.

Maybe, I was able to inspire you to dig in your archive and find some images, you can publish your images on your blog and set a link to Ann-Christine’s inspiration post. Don’t forget to tag it with the tag LENS-ARTIST, so that we can find it.

Take care!

22 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 221: “Flower Favourites – and Why?””

  1. I really like that first shot and I have a Christmas cactus as well, although it sometimes misses Christmas by a bit. 🙂 It does have glorious flowers, though.

  2. I think Jude got it right Andre – nature does not produce ugly flowers! Your selection this week is lovely and most are flowers I don’t recognize so thanks for that! The Christmas Cactus isn’t native here but we have them around the holidays, and of course i know the amaryllis but the others are new to me and very beautiful

    1. Thanks 😊 you can buy Strelizias in flower shops and certainly can find them in Botanical Gardens (mine id from Bochum Botanical Garden) as well as the pasqueflower (nativ to the Alps region). The Schlumbergera is from our living room. But the Pulmonaria Officinalis can be found nearly everywhere in spring.
      I‘m checking yours tomorrow 😊

  3. A beautiful collection, Andre! Love also the words about nature not producing ugly things…Strelizia is a very special flower, love it that you chose almost an abstract to present it. My facourite must be the pasque lfower – so glad you posted it, because I almost did… And the lungwort is so sweet, a very suitable name with little brother and little sister. I learned something new! Thank you.

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