Six on Saturday: Full frontal

There, that got your attention. I can promise close ups of naked lovelies, but perhaps not the kind you were hoping for. As I mentioned in last week’s SOS, I was given a macro lens kit for my iPhone 8 for Christmas and I have been playing around with it in our front garden, although I’m not sure if I’ve quite got the hang of it yet. There is a little black clip thingy that keeps on pinging off into the flowerbeds and it can be quite tricky to find.

Every Saturday, The Propagator invites us to share six things from our gardens. He says it can be absolutely anything, although I imagine there are certain things which are out of bounds, but despite the headline, my six this week are perfectly clean

  1. Heavenly hellebore

Slightly blurred around the edges, but I love the effect of the raindrops sitting on the soft satin sheen of this Helleborus orientalis petal.

2. Cheerful calendula

You wouldn’t think it was January looking at this picture. This is one of the few remaining flowers on last year’s calendula, looking remarkably sunny and vibrant. A burst of sunshine on a winter’s day.

3. Divine Daphne

I do have a tendency to bang on about how much I love the Daphne in our front garden, but the other day I was feeling really gloomy about the time of year – I think I was putting the bins out – when I caught a waft of her lemony fragrance and boom, I was full of the joys of Spring. Here she is up close and personal.

4. Pale primrose

There is something so delicate about the pale yellowy white petals of this primrose, adorned with raindrops and then that warm yellow and orange trumpet in its centre. Nature is quite amazing to produce flowers like this in the middle of winter.

5. Sensual cyclamen

I love the hot pink curves of this cyclamen close up. I bought three cyclamen plants in two shades of pink and a white in the autumn and they provide a visual treat every time we step outside the front door.

6. Virtuous viola

A cheeky rear view of a winter-flowering viola (yes one of the ones I had failed to plant up last week, still in the pot I bought it in, but you really can’t tell from this photo can you?) Who knew that the Viola bract possessed such a delicate, star-like quality?

I still have a lot of experimenting and learning to do with my new macro lens, but this little foray has shown me what incredibly beautiful patterns and textures close up photographs of the garden can produce.

For more garden pics close up and far away, don’t forget to visit The Propagator and his followers on the popular Six on Saturday meme.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    Liking the macro lens pics. The scent of Daphne is very uplifting at this time of year. A strong scent from small flowers.

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  2. fredgardener says:

    The blur effects give a certain charm, especially the picture of cyclamen. You probably understand that you don’t have to use the iphone zoom. Just bring your phone as close as possible to the flower, this will be the focus. Have fun !

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    1. As I said I am still getting used to the lens and the blurry bits are not really intentional, although I quite like them. I did try just bringing my phone close to the flower, but I had to come really close. More practice needed.

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      1. fredgardener says:

        You will succeed, I’m sure. Good shots so far. ..

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  3. JohnK says:

    Great photos and some good effects which I guess are deliberate 😉 Put a little dab of red paint on your clip thingy or, if you know a fisherman, ask them for a few inches of line. You may (carefully) be able to superglue a line from your thingy to something that it can then swing from when it springs off.

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    1. The special effects are not entirely deliberate, although I am quite fond of them. Good advice re clip thingy. Passers by already wonder what I am up to in my front garden.


  4. If that Daphne flower is lovely. Will have to look into getting that for my garden..

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  5. tonytomeo says:

    Full Frontal? Seriously?
    Actually, I almost posted a picture of Rhody, just because everyone loves Rhody. My bare thicket sticks are not very interesting, and are certainly not as artistic as your Six.

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    1. I’ll take artistic!

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  6. Laura / Pet Scribbles says:

    Love, love, love your macro shots! And now I wish your Daphne pic had scent-o-vision attached! LOL

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  7. Heyjude says:

    Macro photography can get addictive – beware! And just remember that you will only get a tiny bit of your shot in focus, the rest will be blurry. It’s that tiny bit that needs to be sharp. I love the raindrops on your Hellebore and the starry viola 🙂 Happy days!

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  8. Lovely idea. Very impressive shots!


  9. karen says:

    I love all of those photos. I just use an i phone. Perhaps I should get one of the macro kits too. If they are easy to use, that is. I’m not brilliant with technology. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. If I can use one it must be pretty idiot proof 😀

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      1. karen says:

        I’ve been known to pick up the house cordless phone to try to change television channels 🤭

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  10. cavershamjj says:

    I must look in to getting a Daphne, keep seeing pictures and people rhapsodising about the scent. Cheeky Six!

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