Monday, 17 September 2012

Spring Flower Show by Ron


The Society for Growing Native Plants held their Spring Flower Show at the Mt Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens last weekend. Both live (in pots) and cut flowers were displayed, featuring flowering plants mainly from Queensland, but including a selection of Western Australian natives such as kangaroo paws and Dianella. (When we first moved to  Western Australia in 1969 we lived in Dianella and this beautiful deep blue annual used to come up as a weed in our lawn. By the time summer had burnt it off the grass was about a foot long. We also had kangaroo paws and their smaller cousins the cats paws in profusion). An extensive range of native plants was available for purchase, including edible plants.

Photographing Australian flowers can be a challenge because they are often individually small but occur in clusters. I have not included several photos ruined when the on-camera flash was partially obscured by the macro lens extension used to get good resolution, resulting in a flash shadow (underexposure) on the lower one-third of the frame. With a bit of better planning, I would have taken my ring flash. The light in the auditorium, whilst good, was marginal for photographing without any flash assistance, and with a colour cast from the fluoro lights. There was very little airflow, so movement was not a challenge, unlike outside where there was a stiff breeze.

The photos submitted have had minor touch-up with Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw, and cropped to improve composition.

Camera used was a Nikon D90 with Nikon 18-200, f1.35-5.6 VR lens. On-camera flash only. “DSLR Pro” 0.5 Macro adapter used for close-ups. Hand-held.

Bottle Brush

Dianella

Fire in the Car Park

Naked Flower

Native Hibiscus

Native Rhododendron

Orange Cactus

Swamp Orchid

Waratah

Western Puff-Balls

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