Welcome to the first Floral Friday! I've taken many photos of flowers, a favourite and irresistible subject, in England, France, Netherlands and Canada, with plans to take my camera to all of the stunning local gardens I pass on my local walks (which reinforces the notion that you should never be without it!), so I think all of this focussed activity necessitates a weekly outlet!
I'm starting with the tulips I photographed locally in early spring, their vivid hues make them some of my favourites. It was an overcast day and I was walking by an unassuming patch that I'd never seen before and luckily I had my camera with me, fitted with my new 50mm lens. The colours just popped as you can see. I haven't and don't want to use any effects on my photos, I'm going to present nice clean shots with naturally saturated colour, the way the flowers look in person. I can't think of anything more beautiful.
I'm also shooting a story for a US magazine on north east England castles and gardens, so there will be lots to keep this weekly feature going. I start my tour this weekend at Alnwick Garden and the timing couldn't be better - in their Ornamental Garden they have a Himalalyan Lily which flowers once every seven years, and it's in bloom!
Photos © The Swelle Life