Flower PhotographyMacro

Fun with Hibiscus Flower Close-Ups

Hibiscus flowers have always fascinated me.  With their colorful petals and their showy centers, I can see why hummingbirds love them.  I brought a flower inside during a dreary weekend for some macro fun.  Ever wanted to see a hibiscus flower close up? :)

Hibiscus Close-Up
Hibiscus Close-Up

I started with the most obvious image: the showy center of the flower.  Rich got that “I’m impressed” look when he walked into the den and saw this image on my monitor.  Then he started to laugh.  The fabric that I used for a background has served in previous photo experiments!

I spritzed the flower with water, intending to refract another flower in the droplets.  Unfortunately, though, the water didn’t bead well on the pollen.  It did bead on the flower’s stigmas, though, so I refracted the pollen and anthers instead.  :)

Hibiscus Flower Refraction
Hibiscus Flower Refraction

Angle is everything when you are this close up.  On the right side of the photo, the droplets refract the pollen on the anthers below.  On the right side, the little red spines are refracted instead.  I wonder if flowers ever tickle the hummingbirds as they busily sip nectar?

Stigma Close-up
Stigma Close-up

Just because I could, I zoomed in closer on the red stigmas.  Over time, the water droplets settled a little, converging in between two neighboring stigmas.  It’s a whole new world inside the flower, huh?

Anther Close-up
Anther Close-up

…and here’s a close-up of the yellow anther, all covered in pollen.  Rich’s jaw was on the floor by this point.  He wanted to know if I had a macro lens or a microscope!  I guess I’ve always enjoyed the extreme angles of my camera: 500mm+ for birds, and macro.  Both open up whole new worlds of detail and fun!