Beautiful Pictures of Nature

After having feasted on my previous Nature’s Beauty article, you’re most likely ready for more. It’s relatively easy to get fabulous photos of the natural world. The pictures almost take themselves. The art is in the framing you choose while taking the photos, and your use of light, shadow, color and texture. Although nature provides plenty of those, you have to be in the right place at the right time.

While it’s all well and good to take photos of your flowers from a normal distance..if you’re standing upright, you’re really just documenting your garden. I find it much more fun, getting in amongst the flowers..getting right up their nose, so to speak. With the macro setting on the camera, you’ll see things you wouldn’t see otherwise, no matter how good your vision is. I’ve also taken some of these pictures from angles that you wouldn’t likely get to see.

Wow…there’s so many good pictures this time around, I hated to leave anything out. Besides the many beautiful flowers, I’ve captured some wildlife..up close and otherwise. So here’s the best 18 I’ve got for you this time round. Enjoy.

Purple Bearded Iris

Purple bearded iris - photo by timorous
Purple bearded iris - photo by timorous

^ Purple Bearded Iris The bearded iris is one of nature’s most magnificent creations, despite it being fairly common. I often wonder what insects see when they come upon this multi-colored extravaganza.

Red Rosebud

Red Rosebud - photo by timorous
Red Rosebud - photo by timorous

^ Red rosebud I couldn’t resist capturing this lovely deep red rose, just as the flower bud was opening up. I wanted some added texture, but I couldn’t wait for it to rain, so I lightly misted it with some water.

Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley - a view from below. - photo by timorous
Lily of the Valley - a view from below. - photo by timorous

^ Lily of the valley The small, white bells of the lily of the valley hang upside-down from the main flower stem. For this shot, I had to get myself into a very awkward position. This is the best of many attempted ‘look up their noses’.

Cherry Blossoms

cherry blossoms - photo by timorous
cherry blossoms - photo by timorous

^ Cherry Blossoms What would spring be without cherry blossoms? Here’s a handful, captured at close range. They smell nice too.

Wild Mushrooms

wild mushrooms - photo by timorous
wild mushrooms - photo by timorous

^ Wild mushrooms Wild mushrooms have such an intricate texture. I’m not sure what type these are, but I like the way the sharp lines contrast with the ‘out-of-focus’ central part (it’s not the really looks like that).

Black Petunias

black petunias - photo by timorous
black petunias - photo by timorous

^ Black Petunias I’m sure you’re more than familiar with petunias. However, there are some new varieties around. I spotted these black petunias at the local nursery. Yes..they really are that dark…darker actually, but I wanted you to see the details.

Insects & birds

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spotted skimmer dragonfly - photo by timorousred admiral butterfly - photo by timorousdragonfly - photo by timorousshiny green Tiger beetle - photo by timorousCanada geese with goslings - photo by timorous
spotted skimmer dragonfly - photo by timorous
spotted skimmer dragonfly - photo by timorous
red admiral butterfly - photo by timorous
red admiral butterfly - photo by timorous
dragonfly - photo by timorous
dragonfly - photo by timorous
shiny green Tiger beetle - photo by timorous
shiny green Tiger beetle - photo by timorous
Canada geese with goslings - photo by timorous
Canada geese with goslings - photo by timorous

Flowers aren’t the only beautiful things one can find in the garden and elsewhere. If you have a keen eye, and you’re patient, there’s plenty of insects and birds that are very photogenic. With any luck you’ll get some very good shots.

Here’s a couple of different dragonflies I managed to capture. The 8-spotted skimmer dragonfly is particularly beautiful. The red admiral butterfly is not as frequent a visitor to my neck of the woods. However, this year was a bumper crop apparently, so there were lots of them about. I was also lucky enough this spring, to get a picture of a pair of Canada geese, with their young goslings in tow. This mid-spring treat is short-lived, as the goslings grow very quickly.

Patience also pays off, when you’re trying to photograph flying insects. I got as close as I could to the 6-spotted Tiger beetle. The shiny green body is absolutely stunning.

James McFarlane Lilac

James McFarlane Lilac - photo by timorous
James McFarlane Lilac - photo by timorous

^ James McFarlane Lilac The most popular lilacs are the French lilacs (purple, and white as well). In the spring the dense blossoms billow atop the green foliage. Other lilacs, though less popular, are no less interesting. Here you see a closeup of a blossom from a James McFarlane Lilac, with its multitude of tiny pink, trumpet-like flowers.


poppy - photo by timorous
poppy - photo by timorous

^ Poppy There are a great many varieties of poppies. I don’t know the name of this one, though I like the way the stamen on this one resembles a starfish.

Forsythia - up close

forsythia - up close (very) - photo by timorous
forsythia - up close (very) - photo by timorous

^ Forsythia I have a nice closeup of a forsythia flower in one of my previous beautiful flowers photo galleries. This one’s even closer, with some interesting stripe detail in the throat of the flower.

White Rhodedendron

white rhodedendron - photo by timorous
white rhodedendron - photo by timorous

^ White Rhodedendron I wish I could grow rhodedendrons like these beautiful white ones I saw at the nursery. Never had much luck with them.

Red Columbine

red columbine - photo by timorous
red columbine - photo by timorous

^ Red Columbine Most of the columbine flowers I’ve seen are purple. It was a treat to find these red ones. The flowers hang upside-down, so I pointed my camera up their noses once again. I’ll bet you’ve never seen this side of them before.

Yellow Calla Lily

yellow calla lily - photo by timorous
yellow calla lily - photo by timorous

^ Yellow Calla Lily Calla lilies have such a beautiful shape. Such smooth and graceful curves. In this closeup, I particularly like the fine hair-like detail on the stamen.

Pink Bleeding Hearts

pink bleeding hearts - photo by timorous
pink bleeding hearts - photo by timorous

^ Pink Bleeding Hearts These pink bleeding hearts are a real treat in the early spring. They also come in red, and white. As with many spring-flowering shrubs, the blossoms are very short-lived..two weeks, maybe.

The Gladness of Nature

Is this a time to be cloudy and sad,
When our mother Nature laughs around;
When even the deep blue heavens look glad,
And gladness breathes from the blossoming ground?

There are notes of joy from the hang-bird and wren,
And the gossip of swallows through all the sky;
The ground-squirrel gaily chirps by his den,
And the wilding bee hums merrily by.

The clouds are at play in the azure space,
And their shadows at play on the bright green vale,
And here they stretch to the frolic chase,
And there they roll on the easy gale.

There's a dance of leaves in that aspen bower,
There's a titter of winds in that beechen tree,
There's a smile on the fruit, and a smile on the flower,
And a laugh from the brook that runs to the sea.

And look at the broad-faced sun, how he smiles
On the dewy earth that smiles in his ray,
On the leaping waters and gay young isles;
Ay, look, and he'll smile thy gloom away.

by William Cullen Bryant

Thanks so much for stopping by my garden, and enjoying nature’s beauty. There’s always so much to see, especially when you get up close. Nature never seems to disappoint. If you’ve enjoyed these nature photos, you’ll be sure to enjoy my other photo galleries. Go on…enjoy the beautiful flowers only nature can provide.

As always, these pictures are copyright (2012) by timorous and may not be copied or used without my consent. Please respect my wishes. Thank you.

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sofs 4 years ago

Wow! Nature never ceases to amaze.. that bunch of white rhododendrons and the red columbine are beautiful... the yellow calla lily is spectacular.. .. what a feast for the eyes.. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day.

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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Yeah, nature amazes me too, my friend. Thanks for being the first to comment. I'm delighted you enjoyed the way I've captured nature at work. Cheers.

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

Beautiful photos! I especially liked the black petunias which I have never seen before, and the spotted skimmer dragonfly. Voting you UP and beautiful!

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Beautiful hub! I love taking pictures of the flowers in my flower gardens also. You have quite an array of beautiful flowers in your garden. I especially love the picture of the yellow calla lilly, beautiful! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. Voted up and beautiful!

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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Thank you Au fait, for your comments and votes. Yes, I was a bit surprised at the black petunias I found at the nursery.

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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Greetings sgbrown. I'm so glad you found these nature photos as beautiful as I did when I took them. I must confess..a couple of the flowers are taken at the local nursery..I didn't end up buying them.

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catchadream 4 years ago from Lakeland, Florida

Great hub and pictures, I love taking pictures of flowers especially when I am traveling and know I probably will not see those flowers again. Each one is so special and unique.

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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These are exquisite photos. I loved the poppy and the dragonfly the best although it truly was tough to choose. Awesome! I take insect pictures too. They are really fascinating creatures.

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GarnetBird 4 years ago from Northern California

Very nice gallery..

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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

@catchadream - you're right, there's so many different flowers in the world. What might be an ordinary flower to some, is exotic to someone from another country. Thanks for having a look.

@PegCole17 - Thanks Peg. Yes..I'm just getting the hang of taking insect pictures. I hope I can afford a really good camera with a telephoto lens, one of these days.

@GarnetBird - Glad you enjoyed the pictures. Thanks.

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kerlynb 4 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

I'm in complete envy! Can never take such beautiful pictures. They are so lovely. Loving the way you took pictures of the flowers, described each briefly and added an awesome poem at the end of everything. Such a well-composed and illustrated hub! Voting it up and beautiful!

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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

The black petunia is absolutely beautiful - I shall be scouring the garden centres at the weekend for some!

A fabulous hub, what a treat - thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pictures, voting up and shared.

Best wishes Lesley

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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Hello kerlynb. Good to see you. Thanks so much for the lovely comments.

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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Good day to you Lesley. Yes..I almost bought those black petunias, but they were a specialty item, and a bit beyond my budget. The picture is almost as good though. Thanks for the votes, and of course the sharing. Much appreciated.

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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Lesley your beautiful images of nature at her very best have motivated me to take a few lessons in photography, I got a lovely new camera for my birthday last Saturday, so watch this space.

You pictures are as glorious as always.

All my best

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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Haha - you are somewhat mistaken, tobusiness. Actually, you've been sent here by Lesley (Movie Master). Not to take anything away from Lesley's lovely photos, I'll take your comments as though directed to me...and thank you so much.

Best of luck with your newfound photography avocation. We hope to see the results sometime.

Cheers, timorous.

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I love, love, love these remarkable photos and your poem. You are so gifted! The black petunia took my breath away. Had no idea they exsisted. This might be a dumb question but I must ask. Do you use a special camera or is it all technique or both?

Sharing this on FB and more.

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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Hi vocalcoach, thanks for feasting your eyeballs on these lovely creations of nature.

Hey...not a dumb question at all. I'm currently using a Canon Powershot A1200..just a decent point-and-shoot 12 megapixel camera. As with any camera, it's how you use the various settings, and mostly how you frame the picture. I like to get up close and use the macro setting for individual flowers. I do a bit of tweaking in software, but mostly to get the most natural rendering.

Thanks for sharing this hub article. Cheers.

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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Hi timorous, I really enjoyed your garden photo gallery. You are great with the close ups. I have never seen a lily of the valley look quite like that. The white rhododendron shot really appeals to me (with the lovely pale pink edges). The dragonflies are awesome as is the sparkly green beetle. And the Canada goose family is sweet. Nice work. Regards, snakeslane

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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Hi snakeslane, great to see you here. I'm so glad you came by to enjoy these beautiful flowers and wildlife. It's nice that these modern cameras are so small and light..I often take it with me. You never know when that perfect shot will present itself. Thanks again.

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KatrineDM 4 years ago

Awesome collection of some of the most beautiful gifts of mother nature. A truly beautiful hub, thanks for sharing.

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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Hi Katrine. Lovely to see you again. Yes, these truly are some of the most beautiful gifts of nature. We are so lucky. Thanks for coming by.

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gogogo 4 years ago

I just love your pictures, I pinned 2 of them

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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks very much gogogo, I'm so glad you enjoyed the beautiful pictures. Thanks also for the 'pins'. I've gotten quite a few Pinterests on this hub.

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crookedcreekphoto 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

I love photographing flowers. These are some truly photographs.

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Charlinex 4 years ago

Beautiful flowers you have and nice capture of the insects, I enjoyed looking at them.

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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks very much Charlinex. I'm just getting the hang of photographing insects. Unfortunately, I only have a decent point-and-shoot camera, so I think I'm more lucky than methodical. Hopefully, one of these days I can afford a very good camera and telephoto lens. I have the patience to wait for the insects to land

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Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

I especially enjoyed the lovely spotted skimmer dragonfly because I've been watching different species of dragonfly along the canal this month.

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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks Nettlemere. I spotted a number of different dragonflies this summer as well. Apparently, they feast on mosquitoes. Good thing, since we have lots of them around here.

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photostudiosupply 4 years ago from Rochester, New York

According to me, nature is the best to photograph. timorous, it's a very nice hub with so many beautiful & natural images.

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Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

Lovely photo hub. I particularly liked the Lilly of the Valley which commonly grow wild here in Belgium.

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timorous 4 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks Darryl. Yes, lily-of-the-valley is pretty hardy alright. I guess you could grow it just about anywhere. I've noticed the ones we have here are growing some red berries this fall..never seen that before.

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CyberShelley 3 years ago

timourous, your exquisite pictures of natures glorious bounty warmed my heart this morning. Her resplendent charm is sublime. Shared and voted up, beautiful, interesting and awesome.

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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Nature has its surprises all the time for those who want to connect with it.

Beautiful pictures and great advice in this article! I have learnt a lot for my articles on nature that capture wildflowers as one of its aspects. Yes, I have been taking shots of wildflowers every single day and some of the techniques for details from your article are surely going to be helpful.

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timorous 3 years ago from Me to You Author

@CyberShelley...I couldn't agree more. I really enjoy communing with nature, and capturing its beauty whenever I can.

@Suhail and my dog...I'm really glad you got some useful tips as well as enjoying the beauty of nature.

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Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

These are indeed, beautiful. Capturing the beauty of nature, well done.

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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Simply awesome. Thank you for sharing these pics here with us. Votes way up and shared as well:-)

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FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

Nature's beauty is beyond words and I'm so glad you do justice to it. Great hub. :)

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timorous 3 years ago from Me to You Author

@Ruby H Rose, dghbrh, & FullOfLoveSites;

Thank you all for enjoying the delightful colors and textures of nature at work. Mother Nature always seems to point me in the right direction, without me having to work at it.

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dappledesigns 2 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

Great photos - especially the Red Columbine!

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timorous 2 years ago from Me to You Author

Thanks dappledesigns. Yeah, that view of the columbine is one of my favorites as well.

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DDE 12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Incredible nature! The photos are stunning! Nature is a wonder to many eyes.

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timorous 12 months ago from Me to You Author

Yes, I find the closer you look, the more amazing nature's work really is. Thanks for having a look, Devika.

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