Nature pics - flower photography

Summer flowers - nature pics

Could there be a more pleasant way of spending a summer afternoon? For me it was heaven on earth. Sounds so cliche'd - doesn't it? Not when you see what I got to see. I had to spend much time trying to get the bees, the butterflies and the grasshoppers to pose for me as I would have liked them to appear, but it was worth it, at least for me. I never cease to be in awe and wonder of nature and her beauty and the best that I can come to appreciating them is get them on my camera and show it off to the world. I am not the best of photographers, but I have tried my best here. Nonetheless I couldn't think of a better way of spending an afternoon. I hope this brings you as much joy as it did to me.

All Pictures belong to sofs and are not to be copied. I would truly appreciate if you just enjoy them here and come back for more if you like it so much.


The white Tiger butterfly on red zenia
The white Tiger butterfly on red zenia


This is my best shot yet.. I had to be on my hands and feet to get this, but I can tell you that this Indian white tiger butterfly made my day. Spectacular are the marking on the butterfly and I haven't seen it in these parts for quite some time. If I could make a hub around one photograph this would be it. I was so thrilled, I have that image stored in my mind and it becomes my peace manthra.

Peacock flowers of India
Peacock flowers of India

These Peacock flowers or as they are sometimes called the Pride of Hawaii has always captivated my imagination. As a child I would pluck the double shaded brilliant flowers and wear them above my ears in my long black hair. I would strut around with pride, just having the flower on my person. Now I understand why it is called the peacock flower. They come in four shades, plain yellows, orange and yellow, red and yellow as these here on the photograph and the dark pink and white ones. They look as exotic as orchids and yet you will find them planted all the way along the national highways of India.

Blue butterfly on hot pink zenia
Blue butterfly on hot pink zenia

This Blue butterfly had me dancing try to capture it on camera. The brilliant blue looked heavenly under the blazing Indian summer sun. But I think that this butterfly would put the sunshine to shame any day. Getting a decent shot was tiring, with all my effort this was all I could get .

Gold Digger. This gold butterfly just stole my heart. It was flitting in the sun shimmering like gold.This shot made me feel like a million dollars. I haven't seen these butterflies since I was a child. I hope they are coming back in numbers.

Passion flower
Passion flower

The passion flower is a rare sight here. These flowers get hidden under the thick foliage and often the beauty of these delicate flowers are crowded out. The deep purple of the petals and the intricate design of the heart of the flower makes it interesting. Can an afternoon get any better than this? Chug along with me and I will show you more.

Green butterfly among flowers
Green butterfly among flowers

This guy was a show off. Restlessness is his name. This green butterfly would not remain in one position for more than a second. After many shots I did mange to capture the color. I hope you can make it out though it is flitting around even as you see it.

Green grasshoper on hot pink zenia
Green grasshoper on hot pink zenia

Grasshoppers, I once dressed like a grasshopper when I was very little. But this guy is for real. He was so elegantly seated on the flower enjoying the afternoon sun until I came along and disturbed his peace or so he thought. I just admired him.

The common cabbage butterfly
The common cabbage butterfly

The white cabbage butterfly. Its wings seemed to be falling apart.. and it was waging wars with the others. Plain Jane you say, but among a bed of hot pink zenias he looked regal like a king .

Blue on pink... Butterfly and zenia
Blue on pink... Butterfly and zenia

Another shot of the blue butterfly. Just a wing here just a glimpse now, was all he would afford my camera. Flitting from flower to flower in the afternoon sun he was like a dazzling diamond. Those flitting images have made a strong impression on me to preserve as much of nature as I can to give these delicate beauties a place to be.

The famous Edward rose.
The famous Edward rose.

The famous Edward rose, just the smell of it is enough to make my mornings bright. The mild but awesome perfume of these flowers are legendary. The petals are used to make a sweet potion that is given as treatment for anemia. Rose water that is obtained from these flowers is used as astringent for the skin a natural cosmetic. Rose water is also widely used in cooking in the Subcontinent.

Red lilies
Red lilies

Red lilies. Indian summers are full of reds, oranges and gold. This bunch of red lilies is from my friend's garden, and she graciously shared them with me. This is the best gift I could ever get, a bunch of blood red lilies. Amazingly beautiful. Thank you R :)

Striped Pink lilies
Striped Pink lilies

These striped pink lilies are from my garden. During the long gloomy rainy months it is these lilies that provide the color for us. This plant has been with me for years now, and it never fails to bloom in abundance when I need them.

I hope your day has been brightened a little with all these nature pics. Have an awesome day :)

Butterflies and bees (a poem by sofs)



Awash with color,
The garden lies,
Causing a stir,
Are the butterflies!

Flitting around,
From flower to flower,
Where honey abound,
In pollen showers!

Sipping daintily,
Flirting around,
Never a second,
To rest is found.

Fun and games,
Fill your day,
With the wind and bees,
Merrily you play!

Now here now there,
In flashes of color,
Enchanted I stare
At sights so rare.

I longed to trap you,
With my lens,
Before you flew,
Across the fence!

With scraped hands and knees,
I chase you down,
Until I seize you,
In pictured renown!

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If you liked what you saw ..tell me what you felt... 62 comments

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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Great photo's and a great hub. Keep that camera handy you never know when you'll capture another great moment.


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gabby0506 5 years ago from Bangalore

You said " I am not the best of photographers, but I have tried my best here". Well I feel that you do have the capacity to become the best. I'm not a professional photographer, but I suggest you to concentrate a little more on Image focusing and photo editing.

Anyway, I liked your pictures and you seemed to have enjoyed the noon.


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

These are AWESOME pics!! I love the flowers and the butterflies. How lucky we are; thank you for sharing these with us.


TajSingh 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi sofs. Nice photos. I specifically liked the Edward's rose photo. It has great focus and nice angle.


Website Examiner 5 years ago

Wonderful work, marvelous photos of beautiful flowers.


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

Lovely photos once again, sofs. Such beautiful specimens of nature. I can particularly appreciate the difficulty that goes into capturing these insects at work. Thanks for sharing these.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi sofs, Yes you have brightened my day, my thoughts when I read this was,I have just shared something really special here, your work is amazing, very very special.Thank you so much.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I dearly love the Passion flower and Edward Rose. I have never seen the Passion flower, do they only grow there? Thank you. you captured some very beautiful pictures.


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upal19 5 years ago from Dhaka

Wonderful pictures. Honey bees are expert nectar collectors. I've found them many times collecting nectar from flowers. This is a mistery to me how the nectar becomes honey in honeycombs.


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

Lovely pictures. You are so lucky to have all this around you.Thanks for sharing


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Fiddleman, what an encouraging comment that is. Thank you for such lovely words. I appreciate that so much.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Gabby, you are right, I enjoyed myself immensely that afternoon. Still subjects are so easy to capture, this is my very first outing with hoppers and fliers. I will take your advice. I went back and got a few more pictures that were tricky , but to my satisfaction and a few bruises on my knees.. LOL

Thank you and I appreciate your advice.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Paradise your words are so encouraging. How blessed we are to share a world of beauty without limits! These delicate creatures just make me feel the need to protect the environment we live in so we can have more of them.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Taj Singh, thank you for you lovely comment, yes indeed the Edward rose looks cool.. The day was less windy and the lighting seems perfect.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

W. E. encouraging comment there, makes me want to perfect the art. It is worth every bit of the effort when I look at the results, but would be worth even more if I could get better at it. Thank you and God Bless.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Tim, yes, it did cost me a bit, I ended up with scraped knees trying to get these fickle minded beauties on lens. I do appreciate the fact that you understand the labor of love that goes into it. LOL Four hours under the blazing Indian sun :) I am not cribbing, I am too happy to share.. this feast of nature :) Thank you Tim , you are such an inspiration.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Movie Master what a sweet heart you are. Yes, this is so very special to me.. almost like something personal and holy to me. I am glad you appreciate that. Thank you and God bless :)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Ruby, the passion flower is the vine of the tropics. It is beautiful isn't it? I have many pictures of these flowers from different angles and they look so beautiful. I don't have to do much to make them look beautiful. Haha .

The Edward Rose is more know for its perfume and its medicinal properties than for its beauty :) To wake up smelling them is heaven indeed.

Now, now don't get jealous. I love the tulips and the irises of your land.. :) (((hugs))) and God Bless:)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Upal, I take the cue. thank you for the comment :)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Alladream, beauty surrounds you even if you live in the dessert. Open your eyes and look through the lens and you will see what you have never seen before.. Thank you for your comment and encouragement :)


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mkrandhawa 5 years ago from India

Awesome pictures.Great work.Well done

Thanks for sharing


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marwan asmar 5 years ago from Amman, Jordan

Waa Weeeee................!


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applecsmith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Great pictures, I enjoy your work. Thanks for sharing - voted up and beautiful!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

Lovely hub and pics, sofs! I so agree that capturing God's beauty on film is great fun, surpassed only by sharing it! Great job!


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Mkrandhawa, thank you for your encouraging comment :) Much appreciated .


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sofs 5 years ago Author

That is a lovely sound that I would like to hear often. Thanks for the very appreciative noises that you create. God bless:)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

applecsmith, thank you for your kind words and voting it up. I greatly appreciate that :) God bless!!


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Marvelous are his works and to be just able to capture and share it with others is my simple act of worship!! A lovely comment and I so appreciate that. Thank you, tnderhrt :) God Bless :)


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

sofs,

This is simply enchanting and inspirational! I wish the current HubAwards had a Best Photographer because I would nominate YOU hands down! This will be bookmarked for my morning relaxation therapy- Voted UP & UABI, mar.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Sofs, this is just so lovely ... a poem, some text and beautiful photos that you took yourself. It sounds like you had a simply delightful time and I am so glad you could share it with us. Cheers!


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Mar, you are simply wonderful. I feel so flattered.. But I really did have a wonderful time chasing butterflies and bees :) Thank you for your ever encouraging comments they make me come alive :)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Prairieprincess.. what a lovely name.. welcome to my world. Thank you for taking the time to enjoy the hub.. It was a fabulous day and I hope to have more of them, if the rain does not wash away all the flowers:) I appreciate the visit :) and the comment.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Sofs, surely you know how I feel about butterflies-I voted this hub up and awesome...well, across the board. These are stunning photos. What kind of camera do you have and how long did it take you to capture these beauties?

My favorite: the white butterfly. I agree, a beautiful 'peace mantra'. Thank you so much for sharing your talent. The poem says it all, LOL


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Butterflies.. I know how you feel .. I see them on your profile all the time.. LOL.

I have a 12 megapixel Nikon digital camera.. and this outing took me four + hours on my hands and knees (lol) but it was worth it all... may be i got more tanned being out in the scorching sun with no protection.. and a little wet since it rains without warning... but truly this day will be among the bests in my life :) The white tiger butterfly is a beauty - isn't he???

I am glad that you enjoyed it... we have discovered one more thing that is special to us both ..haven't we..:) (((hugs))) and thank you so much :)


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epigramman 5 years ago

...what glorious and vibrant colors ...thank you for allowing us to share your love of nature and all things beautiful - and two hub buddies of mine and two lovely ladies who have some nice flower hubs are FOSSILLADY and EIDDWEN.

lake erie time 11:07pm Ontario, Canada

love the paintings of Georgia O'Keefe and her flowers and of course, Claude Monet.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Such lovely photos and your poem shows that you must have really had a fun time taking them.

Thank you for sharing


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Epigramman, thank you for the compliment. Beauty that is shared is joy doubled. I am glad you enjoyed the pictures. I will check out those hubs. I appreciate the hublove :)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Rosemay, welcome to my little heaven. You bet .. I did have a wonderful day watching and chasing these beauties around. Isn't nature wonderful.. I hope we don't do more damage than we have already done to her. Thank you for the comment and the appreciation.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh, my sofs, what beautiful and amazing photos! I felt as though I were right there, smelling the aromas of the flowers, keeping myself very still as I gazed upon the butterflies. I even felt the suns warmth and the earth beneath my knees for the position I needed. I had to vote up and across the board on this one. I am now hungry for more of your photos. Thank you.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Vocalcoach, thank you for those encouraging words and sharing the experience with me.. it was marvelous an outing for me.. .. I had some pictures taken in a butterfly garden some time earlier.. but they were nothing compared to these set of pictures here and the adventure that came with it..thank you for pushing the tabs on this hub.. I have a few more such hubs already published, you may check them out if you so desire .. thanks for the encouragement :)


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DjBryle 5 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

I am having a beautiful day although it is raining... I feel like the sun is shining inside my room because of this very refreshing hub matched with totally awesome images!

Thanks for sharing! I just love this hub! Voted up and rated it awesome and interesting because it is! Cheers!


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Oh that is the greatest compliment to this hub!.. Thank you for your kind words and I appreciate your interest and for pushing the tabs on this one :) Appreciate the follow too :) Thank you once again.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Simply wonderful and dramatic pictures too!


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Acaetnna, thank you for taking a tour of the beautiful scenery and admiring the butterflies. This has been one of my most satisfying projects.. a celebration of Life :)


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Love the nature photography. Beautifully done.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Thanks Peg .. I appreciate the comment :)


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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England

sofs so glad I visited this hub .Brilliant images lovely subject, a celebration of life in your unique style. Best wishes to you.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

D.A.L thank you for the visit, I am honored. It is indeed a celebration of life.. can there be a better way to do it than to share nature and her endless charms with people half way across the world. Nature never fails to fill me with awe and I am glad that you feel that way too. Thank you and I want you to know that your kind words always lift my spirits :)


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NP.QUEEN 5 years ago from Dubai

HI SOFS,

Awesome photographs......You have done a great work. Really i enjoyed a lot....Thank you for sharing.Try to go through my hubs also.Iam very happy to follow you.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

NP Queen, Thanks for the appreciation!


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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi sofs great to share the passion you have for natural things of beauty and I loved the poem.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Thank you and I loved the butterfly pictures on your site too.. isn't God's creation so beautiful?


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Those Peacock flowers are amazing! I can just envision you using them as hair adornments. The passion flower is also stunning as are the roses. It is hard to capture flittering butterflies and insects, but you did a good job. Your poem was truly a fitting wrap-up to this colorful hub. Thanks! You get a beautiful rating from me.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Peggy W, those peacock flowers are indeed beautiful, haha was that a pleasant vision?

It was so wonderful to stick them into your hair and dance like a proud peacock. Those wonderful days and those precious memories.. thanks for the beautiful rating.. I shall treasure it :)


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fidencio1 5 years ago from Louisiana

Photographing in micro is cool.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Fidencio, Thank you, Macro is cool indeed.. have a wonderful day!!


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arunii 4 years ago from Delhi

what a beautiful pictures of flowers my eyes feeling pleasant after see these pics. Thanks


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Arunii, thank you for taking the time to look up the hub and comment, I appreciate that. Have a lovely day!


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mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

Well Sofs, what could I add to all the foregoing commendations? Lovely, lovely work. You have to have an affinity for nature to capture its essence like you have. Voted 'beautiful' because it is. I'm going to follow you as I love nature articles.


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sofs 4 years ago Author

Mizjo, thanks for those very kind words. I appreciate them greatly. Have a lovely day.


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Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Lovely photos and great poem. Very beautiful, Sofs. BTW, you're missing your passion flower photo. It's just a blank space here. Voted up for beautiful!


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poetryman6969 17 months ago

I don't think I have come across the peacock flowers before. They are quite lovely. I also like the red lilies.

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