Last week, I submitted five pictures to the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual photographic competition. The snaps I entered are below and I have discussed them, where they were taken and why I submitted them. I’d love to know what my readers think – and see any floral or botanic pictures they have taken! Just contact me below!
- Singapore Ginger
I took this picture whilst on holiday staying with friends who live in Singapore. This is from the city’s botanic gardens which I can highly recommend to anyone either living or visiting there. I was particularly proud of this shot and love the stark complimentary colours as well as the slightly abstract finish to the overall piece. As it was a composition I worked on two years ago, I feel my style has slightly developed now, but I still love this shot, not least because it reminds me of two happy weeks with some of my closest chums. I wrote a blog about Singapore here, but this picture is also available to buy, unframed, here.
- Dried Flower Head
I love the elegance of this shot and, despite looking like it has had most true colour drained from it, this is actually pretty photoshop free. It was taken in Battersea Park, Southwest London, on one of those idyllic crisp autumn days so there was a lot of cool light shining down on browned leaves and dried flowers like this one. I submitted it due to its simplicity and stark, fine details as well as being from one of my favourite parks in London near my home. I made some great recommendations for anyone going to that part of the city here, but those simply wanting to buy this shot can find it here at my Etsy store.
- Lavender and Bees
This lavender picture was taken at one of my favourite places in the whole world – my friends’ garden near Saint-Girons about an hour south west of Toulouse, France. I took this snap in particular half way through one of those wine fuelled long lunches in gorgeous sunshine. I ate so well that day, as I normally do in this region, as did the in this photo, like all bees do on my friends’ luscious lavender plants. The light in this area of France makes taking a bad photograph nigh on impossible as it is slightly softer than British light with a warmth to it too. Anyone visiting the area should read this.
- Bali Palm At Sunset
This is a Balinese sunset at its best. Whilst it may not show of the tree and its flower in detail, the silhouette that is created is striking which is why I included it in my submission. I took this shot whilst on holiday with a girlfriend on the East side of Bali, which I wrote up on my blog here. I loved my stay in this part of Indonesia and hope to return one day. The hotel I stayed in Alila Mangnis was quietly luxurious and incredibly elegant. There are several hotels in the Alila chain of which I have never heard a bad word!
- Portuguese Birds of Paradise
I love this flower. They are called Birds of Paradise and bloom around Easter every year in Mediterranean countries. This particular plant was in south Portugal and I captured it when on holiday at my late grandfather in law’s villa. Again, this is one of my earlier shots and is a bit more stylised in look than images I produce now. But I love the vibrancy of colour, the structure of the flower’s shape and the dynamism that it creates. You can buy it here at my Etsy store.