Whitnall Park is a county park located southwest of Milwuakee, WI. The park has a great nature center, hiking trails, cross-country skiing during the winter, a surprising amount of wildlife for being mostly surrounded by city, and a collection of trees that flower every spring. This photo is a close-up of one of those trees. The trees look absolutely stunning when in full bloom but unfortunately they don’t last much more than a week before the flowers fall off.
This photo was taken in Morelia, Mexico. I’m not sure what kind of flower it is. Maybe it’s not at all Mexican, I just know that I liked the flower so I took a photo of it and I like the way the photo came out. The photo has a nice warmth to it, I can almost feel the warm late afternoon sun from this day, which sounds nice on a mid-March day as we slowly make our way from cold winter weather into slightly warmer but still not warm spring weather.
A few weeks back, I posted a photo of a nicely lit tree at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Today’s photo is also from the Chicago Botanic Garden. I have learned that taking a good photo of a flower is as much finding the right flower as it is composing the photo. So many flowers look really nice until you start to look at the details and realize that they have petals that are brown or have been chewed on by insects or have spots on them. Or the flower looks nice but is oriented so that it isn’t possible to get a photo from the right angle. This purple water lily was in one of the ponds located not far from the entrance of the gardens and it looked beautiful, especially with direction of the light and the lack of other flowers surrounding it. I usually take tighter shots of flowers but felt that the negative space in this photo helped showcase how much the flower stood out in person while viewing it in the pond.