Monthly Archives: July 2017

Nature Photography: FLOWERS & GARDENS. (52 Photos).

Photographs and Text ©John P. Walsh

My entire life I have always enjoyed being around flowers and gardens.

I started taking photographs of them in 2012. With so many other people everywhere, I have always enjoyed visiting and walking among the beautiful fragrances of earth’s bountiful and beautiful flora. Dangling, drooping, shooting straight up, bunches, single stem, of endlessly different shapes, sizes and colors—and places and settings—flowers and gardens embody life, creativity, and beauty. One of my earliest memories of gardens was on a childhood vacation to Jefferson’s Monticello and, in that summer’s heat, being surrounded with the scent of the boxwood shrubs. All these perennials and annuals are definitely worthwhile photographic subjects. To stroll (and bend and scrunch) among nature’s orchestra of leaves, branches, and blooms and photograph them is one of life’s pleasures.

The world of flora contains some of the most distinctive creations on the planet.

Fresh blooms are engaging, shy, forthright and protective. In their season, they exist to proffer their fleeting beauty and fragrance for the spectacular end of reproducing themselves.

I have taken photographs of many other subjects but flowers I return to again and again. It’s because flowers don’t disappoint.

Grace Kelly wrote a book on flowers called My Book of Flowers. “I love walking in the woods, on the trails, along the beaches, ” she said. “I love being part of nature…” This is one of the great things about searching for and finding flora to photograph: whether in the wild, semi-wild, in a nursery, or on the front porch or in the garden, the wonder of their presence leads to an experience of nature in its most vital form.

Grace Kelly became interested in flowers and their arrangements only in the last years of her life. It had been suggested to the American princess in the late 1960’s that as part of the festivities for Monaco’s centennial she might host a flower arranging competition, which she did. Though princess Grace admitted she “was the most ignorant garden president going,” her knowledge of flowers and gardening grew and, if only because of their shared passion for these precious blooms, she met many new friends. I too have found that I have made friends from all over the world because of our mutual love for flowers and the garden. One cannot underestimate flower power!

Most of my photographs of flowers and gardens are shot in the Chicago area.

annuals jpwalsh
5/2018
5/2014
red chair and pots
5/2018
late summer flowers
9/2018
desert setting
Chicago. Garfield Park Conservatory. 12/2017
Tulips Jpwalsh
5/2018
5/2018
garden walk  jpw
Lombard, IL. Lilacia Park. 5/2018
7.19.17 saratogapinwheel
7/2017
Daffodils Apr 30 2018 by John P. Walsh
4/2018
5/2018
Bushy lilacs-photo John P. Walsh
Milwaukee,WI. 6/2017
dianthus 5.17.16 final copy DSC_0026
Dianthus. 5/2016
3. may garden May 28 2016.
5/2016
black magic petunia 5.17.16
Petunia “Black Magic.” 5/2016
green garden 7.24.17
7/2013
RESIZE alcea 7.7.13
Hollyhock. 7/2013
Lombard, IL. Double Late Tulip “Dream Touch.” 5/2018
“Frederick Douglass,” multi-petaled cultivar.

Named for Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), American slave, abolitionist leader and author. Developed in 1972 by Richard Americo Fenicchia.

3/2018
Glen Ellyn, IL. 5/2019
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Welcome
5/2018
Peony and cicada. 6/2020
5/2018
Impatiens. 5/2018
West Dundee, IL. Fox River Walk. 8/2014
Orchids. 5/2018
Chicago. Prairie-style window in a house designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1917. 7/2015
Rockford, IL. Anderson Japanese Gardens. 7/2017
hydrangeas
Woodridge, IL. Prairie Coreopsis Coreopsis palmata. 7/2013
West Chicago Prairie. Purple Cornflower Echinacea purpurea. 8/2013
Lemont, IL. Orange sulphur butterfly with wild clover. Water Fall Glen. 8/2013
Dekalb, IL. Ellwood House. 9/2016
Richmond, IL. 8/2016
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