Friday, May 13

A third eye - acer flowers


I had noticed before that our acer had some sort of flowers but I have never paid them much attention. Camera at the ready I decided to rectify that.
Taking close up photographs is a really good method of observing something in more detail.
The tiny flowers are really quite pretty.
It can be quite difficult getting the camera to focus on very delicate subjects so a finger behind sometimes helps.


Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett

22 comments:

  1. The third one down looks like a watercolor. Beautiful.

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    1. And mostly overlooked, Brenda.

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  2. With photography techniques like that the neighbours will really be wondering what you're up to now! But I agree, photos often allow you to see something that you might otherwise have missed.

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    1. Hidden nature is so fascinating, Mark. A tiny world with its own dramas often unexplored by us.

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  3. I still haven't got my acer, and I've been promising myself one for years. I often see things on photos which I've never noticed before, including dog hairs on my knitting or crochet!

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    1. Ours was a long time coming - one of the last things that we bought from Swillington - still haven't found a nursery as good.

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  4. I found that standing further away and zooming in gets me better detail than getting closer to the flower. The background seems to blur out well too giving the bloom centre stage. Of course, it is always a learning curve then remembering what you did to get that effect again! Great photos, especially the one with your finger supporting the bloom.
    My neighbours are well used to me stalking the garden at all hours of the day now. Their amusement factor is long gone!

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    1. I never realised blurring the background of a photos had a name until fairly recently, Deborah. Now I can pretend that that I have studied bokeh. Even using zoom I often end up focussed on the background. I have used sheets of paper but fingers are always handy.

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  5. How lovely, and what a good idea using a finger, I really must give that a try! I have been engrossed with the acer flowers too.xxx

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    1. The fingers are just a little way behind the subject, Dina. If touching they can come into too much focus.

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  6. Nice flowers on an acer Sue. I've never payed attention on my acer too, perhaps it has the same ones.

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    1. Now you will have to look. Nadezda

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  7. They are very attractive flowers.

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  8. I had flowers and then seed a couple of times on the Acer palmatum ‘Garnet’ I had in my previous garden. I always just let them drop where they wanted, hoping for seedlings – but never got any. Not sure if I would have needed two acers to get viable seeds perhaps, but they are pretty anyway.

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    1. I'll have to see whether I get seeds, Helene.

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  9. Never seen this flower before! They look so pretty in red!

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    1. They are tiny, Malar much smaller than the photos show, the camera has enlarged them.

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  10. It is very easy to miss the flowers on trees, they are so small by comparison. There is a large copper beach just over the fence whose flowers are starting to fall all over the new white painting I have just finished!

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  11. Oak flowers are the same aren't they, Brian. I guess the horse chestnut is the exception as the flowers are magnificent. I hope your friends survives :-)

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  12. Sue, we have a couple of 'Crimson King' acers with similar flowers which the Red Squirrels seem to love.

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    1. I wonder what attracts them, Jayne

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