IN THE FIELD: Hydrangea


The Hydrangeas have been blooming in the area for a few weeks and have been putting on a grand show. It appears they have received just the right amount of rainfall and sunshine.

The best part photographing this shrub is its locale as I didn’t have to travel very far. It is growing right outside our kitchen window. It has been a pleasure to watch the flowers mature and change from off-white to pale pink, and then to blue and lavender.

The difficult part of photographing this shrub was trying to choose which group of blossoms to focus on.

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  1. July 24, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Purty! And I’ve found the same issue…what part to focus on.

  2. July 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

    It was tough to choose considering the bush is probably six feet around…that’s a lot of blossoms to pick from LOL! This is me…oh look at this one…and this one…or this one…

  3. Mona
    July 24, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Purple beauty…………

    • July 24, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Sure is! Thanks for stopping by Mona!!!

  4. July 24, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Great photo of a beautiful plant!

    • July 25, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Montucky, the blooms have lasted three weeks so far…even with the heat wave!

  5. July 25, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Wonderful image David, I have yard full myself and I do like it when I can just walk out my backyard and shoot sometimes !!

    • July 26, 2013 at 9:23 am

      It certainly is convenient when subject matter is right outside in our own yards! I have found a wealth of things to photograph.

  6. EvaUhu
    July 25, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I soo understand that trouble, I’d have the same. there are just too many beautiful blossoms on one shrub to decide… but luckily you made it, and it looks great 😉

    • July 26, 2013 at 9:24 am

      It’s a pretty nice trouble to have as it isn’t always the case when we are out and about! Thanks Eva!

  7. July 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Perfect! I just love this colour and all its subtle tones.

    • July 26, 2013 at 9:26 am

      Thanks Jo, this group of blossoms was changing nicely. There were other further along and were more blue, and there were some that hadn’t started turning yet…so many to choose from!!!!!!

  8. July 25, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    David, I have found this flower difficult to compose and to capture the nuances of hues but think that you have done a fine job.

    • July 26, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Thank you Jane, I shot this group on the shaded side of the bush so I wouldn’t have to deal with the bright sunlight. I probably even underexposed it 1/3 of a stop to richen the color but I don’t remember. It’s an age thing LOL.

  9. Steve
    July 25, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Well I think you made a great choice of focus!! Lovely color, and you just can’t beat finding something that close to home! 🙂

    • July 26, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Thanks Steve, you really can’t beat those kinds of travel expenses LOL. I’m hoping to get to the farmers market tomorrow for some more fresh produce shots…it’s literally a four minute walk from the house!

  10. July 27, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Lovely! Such a beautiful color! I love these little bouquets.

    • July 28, 2013 at 9:43 am

      It’s funny how many years ago I didn’t care for these plants much and I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe it was because I saw them in everyone’s front yard. Who knows…but I really do like them now. At our previous home we had seven Limelight Hydrangeas. I love the color transformations over the seasons. I think we will be planting some more in the spring next year at the new place….and maybe some of these blue and pink ones too!

  11. uqadventure
    July 30, 2013 at 12:24 am

    I never thought this flower could be this beautiful 😀

    • July 30, 2013 at 8:44 am

      This year has been exceptional…the whites, pinks, lavenders, and blues have really put on a great show! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  12. August 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I could look a this photo ALL DAY!

  13. August 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    This bush still has some good blooms left. I can’t believe how long the color has lasted!

  14. August 3, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Such a lovely plant and colour! I took a few pics of this plant today with my new camera 🙂

    • August 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      You did? You got a new camera? What kind? You have always taken such great photos…I can only imagine what’s coming up next!!!

  15. August 8, 2013 at 9:27 am

    They are such a beautiful flower. I wish I could say that I had a hard decision choosing blossoms. I think I have a total of four blooms on three plants this year.

    • August 8, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Aww that’s a shame. It sure has been a tough summer for you guys up there. It’s more like autumn down here too!

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