The Earth laughs in flowers...

This is a quote from American poet of the 1800's, Ralph Waldo Emerson and I think it rings true. It's certainly the case that flowers bring joy to most people and can lift the spirit.

Getting a new camera lens, a macro lens that focuses close up and has a magnification factor of 1:1, has given me the opportunity to photograph some lovely garden flowers.  The lens really brings out the intricate detail of parts of the flower that are usually very difficult to make out. In the next image, you can also make out a little bug crawling up the lower-right petal, something I hadn't even noticed as I composed the image.

Processing these images also provides the opportunity to try something a little different. In this next image, I have added a colour-changing filter to provide a more dramatic and slightly surreal effect.