Plant Life

After our adventures around Wicken fen in rural Cambridge the following day we headed towards the famous Botanical Gardens. As me and Emma @emmasimaging had stayed overnight in Cambridge itself, and the trip to the Botanical gardens was a planned visit by the University @BPIuniofnotts, we met our course mates at the gardens

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The Gates to Cambridge Botanical Gardens

As we arrived at the gardens the sun was still rising above the surrounding buildings and the dew was still present on the grass making the early spring flowers that the staff at the gardens had planted very picturesque. We slowly headed our way around through the paths of the gardens, whilst photographing a few of the daffodils and snowdrops that were peeping through.

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A low down shot across the grounds of the Gardens, with the early morning dew and a few Dafodils peeping through

Once we got to the greenhouses however we noticed that we had just managed to catch the end of their orchid exhibition, based inside the Victorian greenhouses. These wonderful orchid flowers were very interesting to look at and especially photograph. The orchids came in various shapes, colour and patterns and many had creative names such as this, wonderfully named the crimson bottlebrush.

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The Crimson Bottle Brush Callistemon citrinus var. splendens one of the plants with a more exotic name.

Looking out for the more unusual names and flowers proved to be a fun exercise and kept me interested throughout the day photographing the many flowers found around the botanical gardens.

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One of the purple thoroughworts upatorium atrorubens proving to be very photogenic

Alongside the orchids there were also the Rainforest and Desert greenhouse rooms that came off the main corridor. Within these smaller greenhouses were plants that would typically be found in foreign regions such as the Sahara or the Amazon rainforest.

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This Aloe plant Aloe polyphylla providing a spiral pattern in the desert greenhouse room

All of the plants found in these rooms were all very exciting and exotic, and all very interesting as to how plants from all across the world have adapted to survive successfully in their environments. They all proved to be very photogenic and so i decided that i could capture some abstract views of the typical flowers seen there.

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A firey abstract close up of this tulip Tulipa undulatifolia

 

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This morrocan daisy  Rhodanthemum hosmariense stood very proud amoungst its surroundings

 

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This Tropical Pitcher Plant Nepenthes ventricosa looking very insect like hanging down from the raised platform in the very warm tropical room.

Once we had exhausted the greenhouse activities we then decided to explore more of the actual gardens of the botanical gardens. There were many paths and areas created to house many plants to grow in the ground, however as we were there in the middle of a cold spring a lot of the flowers had yet to be planted as otherwise the frost would have got to most of them, so a lot of the flower beds were empty. Despite this however the grounds themselves proved very attractive and walking around them just made you appreciate how beautiful plants actually are.

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A Madagascan periwinkle, Catharanthus roseus pink , before it was in complete flowered, but the shape attracted my eye

Whilst we do take plants for granted sometimes, and focus on photographing more attractive wildlife, it was nice to spend a day surrounded by plants and photograph them as they are equally important in natural history photography.

Apologies for the delay in this blog post but i am back, so no need to panik.

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