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Victoria's Butchart Gardens, Part 2: Macro Photography and More! (+10 insets)

Victoria's Butchart Gardens, Part 2: Macro Photography and More! (+10 insets)
(+10 insets) (bigger is better for lovely details!)

Trip Talk: Macro photography at Butchart Gardens: you can't see it all through your macro lens!

Anyone who loves macro photography knows how long it takes to photograph a small area. If you're photographing really small stuff like tiny mushrooms, lichen or itty-bitty bugs, a few feet can take an hour. Flowers in a compact, colorful garden will keep a person busy for many hours.

Now, just imagine the idea of trying to get pictures of all the various flowers, plants, art, architecture and people in an immaculately kept garden that sprawls across 55 acres. In other words, there is no way, no how, that a macro photographer is going to get images of even a small fraction of that real estate. It ain't gonna happen.

What's a person to do? Well, you just do your best. It was a good thing that Steve kept pulling me along by my ear or I would have never left the parking lot to enter the actual Garden! Seriously, everywhere I turned there were 100 more things yelling for my attention!

No, I didn't get a close look at everything in the park. But we did visit all of the different areas and I did get to spend many hours taking pictures of hundreds of flowers and countless other cool sights!

Today's Pictures

My main picture today shows a pair of Fuchsia "dancing ballerinas" and a row of buds, set against a sea of bokeh. Throughout the park were endless enormous pots exploding with color, and wherever there was a place to hang a planter, outrageous displays cascaded to delight the eye..the combinations of flowers and colorful foliage plants was incredible! Like I was saying above, I could have spent an hour just taking pictures of exactly ONE of these huge arrangements. When I saw this hanging planter, I couldn't help making these pretty ladies the star of the show! (By the way, there are over 120 kinds of Fuchsias and there were dozens represented at the park!)

Inset 1: This is a group of Calibrachoa flowers, often confused as small petunias. They are related but not the same, yet nearly everything else about them matches. Easy to grow and care for, they churn out blossoms like crazy for an entire summer and come in a billion colors and combinations (There are about 25 species). At the park, these were often parts of lovely, multi-species planter displays, but I found this group celebrating their singular, outrageous beauty!

Inset 2: I'm going to guess this is a Camelia, though I don't really know for sure. This was another kind of flower that has about a billion species! Ok, well over 200 anyway, and never in my life had I see so many kinds! This one was glowing at me and I was only too happy to give it some love!

Inset 3: The lovely Japanese Garden was such a delight to stroll through, and I really loved this fabulous Sturgeon Fountain, sculpted by Sirio Tofanari, an Italian artist known for his animal sculpture.

Inset 4: When Steve and I entered Butchart Gardens, one of the first things we saw were planters filled with Hibiscus plants, all of which were covered with huge blossoms in several colors. Because the red was really vibrating against the green behind, I chose to desaturate the background and add a strong vignette!

Inset 5: As the evening began to make itself known with the sun getting lower in the sky, I looked up and saw this tree glowing at me and stopped to gawk. I got Steve's attention and together we did our best to immortalize this lovely tree.

Inset 6: Camas leaves just kill me…they are so incredibly beautiful when the leaves are open, and yet, just look at how amazing the unfurling leaf looks! Be still my beating heart!

Inset 7: I used to think Hydrangeas were boring, ugly plants. That's because the two that grew in my family's front yard weren't given proper nutrients…one had flowers which were a sort of grey-green and the other was dirty off-white blechy pink. But here at Butchart, the flowers were electrifyingly bright and beautiful! In fact, this picture was bright to the point of being a bit blown-out. So I decided to play with my Topaz Labs' Black and White Effects filter suite. The effect I ended up with really makes me happy!

Inset 8: Oh, don't you just LOVE Lantanas? I had a lot of fun playing with focal depth and bokeh with this image! :)

Inset 9: This is another Camelia but this time in white with lemon! So pretty…there were countless bushes in many colors and I stumbled around like a zombie doing my best to get nice pictures of what I saw.

Inset 10: After we got pictures of the glowing tree, I made my way out to a main path way and saw this jaw-dropping sight. It's too bad there isn't any way to totally do justice to the warm translucence of the flowers but at least you get an idea!

Pam, I don't know what your favorite flowers are but I am confident we'd find them here for you, as long as they were in bloom! :D The insects…holy cow they were EVERYWHERE! It was quite the happy convention for a zillion happy critters and you'll see some of my attempts to get pictures when I get to posting them! I hope that you are getting some good results with your photography experiments! Sending *BIG HUGS* your way!

Explored on 10/01/19; highest placement #2.

Cheryl Kelly (cher12861 on flickr), Robert Swanson, Petar Bojić, HelenaPF and 69 other people have particularly liked this photo

48 comments - The latest ones
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wow! beautiful image, wonderful light and colours, superb detail - excellent PiP's
2 years ago.
 Paulo Moreira
Paulo Moreira club
Beautiful flowers, Janet.
2 years ago.
 * ઇઉ *
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Your love for photography and especially for macro photography gives us wonderful moments of pleasure. All these pictures are a feast for the eyes, Janet!
2 years ago.
 Clyde Sostand
Clyde Sostand
2 years ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Such beautiful photos, Janet.
2 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club




2 years ago.
Valfal club
Wow, what a stunning series, my friend! You take beautiful macros, and it's a joy to look at your photos!
2 years ago.
tiabunna club
A beautiful series of images, Janet. You've captured the colour in the Fuchsia perfectly - I've found it can be prone to blowing out the reds. Sorry to say it, but nobody here loves Lantana - it's one of the worst of invasive weeds in the bush. Anyway, great images and I hope your ear has recovered. :-)
2 years ago.
uwschu club
wunderschöne Serie zeigst du uns da, Janet!
2 years ago.
neira-Dan club
wow !! Un festival de belles floraisons !!
2 years ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
So beautiful ! Love these colors very much, Janet !
2 years ago.
Kawasirius club
De ravissantes photos fleuries et agréablement colorées !
Je profite de ce post pour m'excuser et vous souhaiter tardivement un bon anniversaire !
Bonne et agréable journée, Janet !
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Reyk club
Deine Liebe zur Natur und zur Fotografie, spiegelt sich in diesen zauberhaften Bildern wider.
2 years ago.
A wonderful series! PiP 6 is my favorite.
2 years ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Une admirable et belle panoplie florale joliment présentée *********
Bon mardi.
2 years ago.
Annemarie club
2 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
A truly wonderful set of images Janet however I especially like the red hibiscus.
2 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Wonderful colours and great use of bokeh.
Stunning series of floral images.
2 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Amazing shots!

Admired in:
2 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Wow! What a great series of beautiful flowers. I love the fish shot!
2 years ago.
2 years ago.
sunlight club
Eine großartige Serie an Fotos mit Beschreibungen Janet ! *********
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
©UdoSm club
A beautiful Picture...
2 years ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole.
2 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Wow, some really beautiful pics here Janet.
I especially like the sturgeon fountain.
Well done.
2 years ago.
niraK68 club
Wunderbare Fotos
2 years ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
it is a breathtaking serie!
2 years ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh this is truly a garden full of delights. I just love the hibicus - your picture is to die for! I really love that sculpture of the Sturgeons - superb. Oh you were so lucky to have sunshine when you walked around this amazing place. When I visited the gardens near me, it was in January and an overcast day - still beautiful but would have been lovely to see the plants in the summer.

Your PIP's are wonderful as always, sweetie and I'm sure it must have been a tough job, picking out the pictures to show us - out of the thousands you took!!!
2 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
I really don't know where to start Janet.............each and every picture here is just first-rate..!!

I love the main image..........one of my fave flowers and I have three plants in my garden still flowering........but only just..!!

My favourite is the Hibiscus..........that stunning red reminds me of a swirling flamenco dancer's dress! I also really like the Sturgeon sculpture and the exquisite white and lemon Camillia.

I don't know how you could bear leaving at the end of the day..!! I bet Steve had to drag you away kicking and screaming :-)))

Outstanding work..!!
2 years ago.
ROL/Photo club
Magnifique composition sur cette merveilleuse fleur
2 years ago.
cammino club
Fantastic close-ups with intensive colours!
2 years ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
This is really very beautiful Janet I have been to Butchart Gardens.
2 years ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
wonderful flowers!
and trees and fish, too ;.)))
2 years ago.
HappySnapper club
An awful lot of work gone into this Janet, I do like the main image and the pips are excellent also.
2 years ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Me quedo sin adjetivos. Perfecto. Me gusta mucho todo tuexhaustivo trabajo.
2 years ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
like a lot great collection of pictures, this firstone has magic colours and awesome bokeh
2 years ago.
Esther club
Terrific capture of the fuchsias, The remaining photos are gorgeous as well.
2 years ago.
 Sami Serola (inactive)
Sami Serola (inactiv… club
Absolutely wonderful series! =O
2 years ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Eins schöner als das andere! Das Licht "von" der Lampe gefällt mir besonders.
2 years ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
great light and vibrant colours !
all superb !
2 years ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet

I really like this set of delicate hanging flowers!

Superb colours

Great composition

Best Wishes,
2 years ago.
 Dean Morley (mostly off)
Dean Morley (mostly… club
Simply wonderful photos, Janet. :-)
2 years ago.
trester88 club
Wieder eine fantastische Serie, Janet! Mein Favorit ist #6.
2 years ago.
 Horizon 36
Horizon 36 club
Absolutely stunning, well captured Janet
2 years ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Heavenly pictures!!
2 years ago.
micritter club
Outstanding work!
2 years ago.
 Rod Burkey
Rod Burkey
My wife is from the Isle of Man where these grow in great numbers. Always a beautiful sight, as is this fine image.
2 years ago.
 Robert Swanson
Robert Swanson club
Beautiful bokeh!
2 years ago.

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