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Photography 8: Stunning photos!

Updated on March 31, 2014


I have experimented with my Nokia N95 cellphone camera and Nikon "D3100".

The following were experiments - everything from micro - portraits to landscape photos.

Banana Leave!

Banana leave!

This photo was taken at Little Falls Botanical Garden. This specific leaf, with green and red colouring, is one of my favourite cellphone photos.

This leave is from the banana plant. A banana tree is an edible fruit produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants of the genus Musa.

The fruit is variable in size, color and firmness, but is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in starch covered with a rind which may be yellow, purple or red when ripe.

The scientific names of most cultivated bananas are Musa acuminata, Musa balbisiana, and Musa × paradisiaca for the hybrid Musa acuminata × M. balbisiana, depending on their genomic constitution.

The old scientific name Musa sapientum is no longer used.

Pine cone!

Pine cone!

These are pine cones still in the developmental stage. I was experimenting with different macros and came across these beautiful subjects at the Botanical Gardens

Hanging tree!

The hanging Branch!

This photo was taken at a house in the suburbs. You do not only find your subjects out in open nature, but also in a garden at home or at friends.

This branch with a tinge of moss running along the length caught my eye because of the subtle colour contrast.



WoW. That's what I thought when I saw this flower.

It looks like a painting that has been placed by these few strands of grass.

I love the way the colour and texture of the flower stand out in 3D.

Simplicity for me, always has a higher class.

Wet leave!


Wet leave (Olifantsoor)

I am fascinated with water droplets on leaves. With different angles, shading or lighting you can create many different effects.

Alocasia is a genus of broad - leaved rhizomatous or tuberous perennials from the familyAraceae.

There are 79 species, native to tropical and subtropical Asia to Eastern Australia, and widely cultivated elsewhere.

The large cordate or sagittate leaves grow to a length of 20 to 90 cm on long petioles.

Their araceous flowers grow at the end of a short stalk, but are not conspicuous; often hidden behind the leaf petioles.

The stem (a corm) is edible, but contains raphid or raphide crystals of Calcium oxalate along with other irritants (possibly a protease) that can numb and swell the tongue and pharynx resulting in difficult breathing, and sharp throat pain.

The lower parts contain more of the poison.

Prolonged boiling before serving or processing may reduce the risks but acidic fruit such as tamarind may dissolve them.

Another fascinating seed. Seeds make very good subjects and are perfect for practicing your macros on.


Emmarentia botanical gardens!

I never fail to be captured by the beauty of nature. The different colours and structure of the trees combined with the shimmer created on the water by the soft breeze created this almost wistful photo.

Emmarentia botanical gardens is over 81 hectares. The park is only six kilometers from the city centre.

Located at the northeast side of the park, the dam is a popular destination for energetic canoeists and small - boat enthusiasts. Sailing, canoeing and diving club facilities are housed on its eastern embankment.

The vast green surrounds are equally popular with dog walkers, cyclists and runners, while on weekends the sloped grass embankments are filled with picnickers.

Emmarentia and the gardens date back to 1886, when the farm Braamfontein was established by Frans and Louw Geldenhuys. After the South African War Louw contracted landless Boers to build the dam, which he named after his wife, Emmarentia.

On the dam geese, dabchicks, moorhens and other water fowl share their home with canoeists and kayakers.

There are 2 500 specimens of succulents and more than 20 000 indigenous trees in the park.

Moose horn fern!

The photo of this stunning specimen (Moosehorn Fern), was captured in my friend's yard. As you can see it is growing out of the side of the tree. This reindeer moss was taken in the same garden as the branch. It's interesting leaf shape resembling antlers birthed my name for it.

I enjoyed capturing plants silhouetted against different textures such as this wall and tree trunk.

The otherworldly staghorn fern (Platycerium bifurcatum) reaches out with antler-shaped fronds resembling science fiction taxidermy come to life.

Varieties of this remarkable epiphytic plant can reach sizes of 8 feet tall. Epiphytic plants, commonly called air plants, attach themselves to other plants or organic matter such as a piece of wood and gain their nutrients from the atmosphere.

They need light that's similar to their native habitats.



This flower is called an "Afrikaaner" and was captured with a cellphone camera in my garden.

Botanical: Marigold

Species: Durango 'Tangerine'
Common name:Afrikaner
Aspect:Full Sun

Text:5-6cm Rich deep orange double Anemone type of flowers on strong stems.

Regular removal of old flowers will lengthen the flowering period.

Very free flowering and very uniform in height making this a wonderful mass planting product.

Used in containers, flower boxes as well as window boxes.

Crane flower!

Crane flower!

The photo of this Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) was captured at my place of work.

Strelitzia: is a genus of five species of perennial plants, native to South Africa.

It belongs to the plant family Strelitziaceae.

The genus common name is the bird of paradise flower, because of a supposed resemblance of its flowers to the bird of paradise.

In South Africa it is commonly known as a crane flower and is featured on the reverse of the 50 cent coin.


This rose is growing in my garden and it is like touching velvet!

Delicious monster leave!

Delicious monster leave!

This photo is of a Delicious Monster leaf. I was experimenting with different angles and light and this was the result.

Monstera deliciosa is a species of flowering plant native to tropical rainforests of southern Mexico, south to Colombia.

It has been introduced to many tropical areas, and has become a mildly invasive species in Hawaii.

This Bamboo image was taken at the Emmarentia Botanical Gardens. The simplicity and the complexity of this scene inspired me to capture the moment.

This specific plant was growing in a container near a factory. The rest of the plant looked scruffy but this specific flower completely caught my eye.

This specific rose was captured in my garden. The pureness of the white captured my eye and it looked so fragile.

Charlie my cat?

Charlie, my Cat!

Charlie is the apple of my eye! This photo was taken with a Nikon 3100 camera, by my daughter, Leizelle Roberts.


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      SusieQ42 5 years ago

      I love your photos! Thanks for sharing. I pinned it for you and voted up and interesting and awesome!

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      Tony Mead 5 years ago from Yorkshire

      hi, very enjoyable, I like good photos of nature, I think you should try adding a little more narative.

      you could also shutter speeds and camera types as well as lens types. You'll get a lot higher hubscore that way

      with respect


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      JaydenMiller 5 years ago from USA

      Very, very nice!