Readers’ wildlife photos

September 17, 2021 • 8:00 am

We’ll have at least one set of wildlife photos this week, and here it is. But please collect any good ones you have to send me when I return in a week.

Today’s lovely flower photos come from Alan Clarke of Liverpool. His notes and IDs are indented, and you can enlarge the blossoms by clicking on the photos:

Here are some close-ups of flowers for your Wildlife Photos feature.

First are Geranium versicolor and then a Geranium hybrid. Versicolor means variously coloured – the leaves have brown markings so the name is very apt.


Stapelia glanduliflora:

Two Echinopsis cactus hybrids:

Begonia ‘Marmoratta’. A garden hybrid.

A seed head of a Banksia:

The final photographs were taken at the Royal Horticultural Society’s new garden at Bridgewater, near Manchester, which opened this year. I have already been there four times!

Two Pelargoniums.

Tricyrtis, the Toad Lily. Several stacked images to give plenty of depth-of-field.

And finally a Cosmos, again with stacked images.

13 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Whoa, full-frontal plant pornography! Where’s the Not Safe For Work warning?!

    Actually, they were all very tastefully and artfully crafted botanic nudes, and even Justice Potter Stewart would agree. Thank you for sharing.

  2. As the geranium flower slowly scrolled into view, the petals looked more like butterfly wings. Lovely, thank you.

    1. I used a Sony mirrorless camera, the A7Riii, with the Sony 90mm macro lens for some of them. The others are older and were taken with a Canon 7D and 60mm macro lens but I recently decided to switch to the Sony system as their mirrorless cameras have several advantages.

  3. Wonderful little explosions of color and great technical shots.
    The first two (purple) ones remind me of passionfruit flowers.
    As an aside – Passionfruit is such a neglected flavor in the USA – is my $0.02 worth – probably because you can almost never buy the real thing/fruit sadly. The Caribbean and Australia – now THEY are passionfruit paradises – purple flowers and all!

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