Macro Monday #39

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After quite a break from macro photography I found an excuse to put on the Macro 60mm lens once again for some floral shots recently. This pretty flower is the African Hemp and one I have not seen before. It was growing in a large container in a sheltered position, under cover.

Sparrmannia are large evergreen shrubs or small trees, with simple or palmately lobed, ovate leaves and umbels of 4-petalled, white or purple flowers with prominent stamens.Β S. africana is a vigorous evergreen shrub to 6m or more, with large, broadly ovate, shallowly lobed leaves and clusters of white flowers 3.5cm across, with red and yellow stamens which shake when knocked.


11 Comments Add yours

  1. RuthsArc says:

    Beautiful flowers, gotta love macro photography that highlights such detail.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I haven’t used the lens in a while, but this beauty was calling out to get closer.

  2. Oh the stamens – beautiful work, Jude! Now I’m inspired to pull out my 60mm macro lens too, well, once the downpour stops.

  3. restlessjo says:

    That’s rather fabulous, Jude! Where did you find it? Aside from under cover, etc…:) πŸ™‚
    Interesting turn of events in the tennis? Novak surprised me after such a command performance against Thiem. Agassi onboard! I always wanted him for Rafa but he was always going to stay with the Spanish camp.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was at Coleton Fishacre under a verandah. Quite beautiful. The garden will be up on Wednesday for you to walk through πŸ™‚ Finally managed to get rid of the headache long enough to concentrate on the computer. Tennis? My daughter rather liked Agassi – when he had hair πŸ˜‰

      1. restlessjo says:

        I will look forward to that. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Ooh I don’t know this plant and yet I’ve been to Coleton in late May!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s in the verandah so if you didn’t wander by the servants quarters you’d miss it. Of course it could be a new plant πŸ™‚

      1. Lucid Gypsy says:

        Yes, I love the verandah!

  5. Sue Slaght says:

    Love the technique Jude of the second flower in bokeh. Always learning from you.

  6. BeckyB says:

    Gorgeous . . . .. just been looking it up on the RHS plant site and wow it can get big can’t it in sheltered areas. Unfortunately too much frost in my part of the world to try.

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