Gazania rigens, also known as treasure flower, is native to South Africa. It is a durable perennial plant that thrives in dry and hot conditions which needs full sun and well drained soil.
Gazania flowers close at night and in cloudy conditions. But during the day their beautiful colors are mesmerizing. They bloom in various vivid shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, white or in two tones. In our garden the gazanias are a stunning orange color.
At some point I noticed that, while most of our gazania flowers began to dry, – closing their life cycle – few were still in bloom. This contrast is what caught my eye and I felt compelled to capture the moment.
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Fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) is one of the most beautiful perennial ornamental grasses. Swaying in the breeze, adds movement in the garden and gives an ethereal look to the scenery.
When we went for lunch at Minthis Hills golf club restaurant, I spotted this fountain grass in the garden, which was moving in the rhythm of the breeze. It brought to the landscape an amazing mixture of colors, texture, motion even sound. It was a big challenge capturing all these!
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The huge beautiful flowers of this specific cactus Echinopsis oxygona, with common name Easter lily cactus, drew my attention. I found the contrast of the flower size with the cactus, very interesting.
Another fascinating particularity of the flower is that it opens in the evening and wilts the next afternoon on hot days. On cool days it will last longer.
I remember that my uncle, who brought us this cactus, was very charmed with its flowers. Now I understand the reason!
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Last week, while I was taking my daughter for a walk, I randomly noticed this small offshoot on our pecan tree so I rushed to grab my camera and take photos. At the same time I was playing peekaboo with my daughter to keep her occupied. We both enjoyed the activity!
I have to say, it is amazing how the same object looks so different if you shoot it at a different angle and perspective when combined with the lighting conditions, the direction of light, the background and your position.
I think that the photos above are a representative example. All of them were taken on the same day and time.
Clivia miniata (Natal lily, bush lily) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clivia of the family Amaryllidaceae, native to South Africa. It is a popular plant for shaded areas, which grows into large clumps; it doesn’t need much water andis normally cultivated as a houseplant.
Clivia miniata flowers are red, orange or yellow and they stay in bloom longer than most flowers. They can be used as cut flowers as well. Just keep in mind that they contain small amounts of lycorine, making it poisonous.
These beautiful Clivia miniata flowers bloomed the past few days in our garden. I pass by them everyday but somehow I didn’t have the urge to photograph them. After a long consideration, I decided that I should take some photos for my portfolio. And I’m glad I did. The results were really rewarding!