Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities in the worldRalph Waldo Emerson
For this week’s Lens Artists challenge Ann-Christine has asked us to share some of our favourite flowers. What a lovely idea for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere to indulge in a bit of flower worship as we approach the winter, when flowers will be few and far between. It’s great to be reminded that flowers will bloom again (and again and again…)
There are always flowers for those who want to see themHenri Matisse
In the last few years, with the batterings the world has taken – Covid, war in Ukraine, prices spiralling – flowers have been among the constants that have kept many people’s spirits up. The pandemic in particular reminded many of us to value the little pleasures of life. And what gives more pleasure for its size than a flower?
Our lockdown walks took us through city parks or country meadows. Our gardens became even more important for the havens they offered. A vase of flowers brightened our interiors when much of the outside world was inaccessible.
Where flowers bloom so does hopeLady Bird Johnson
If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a gardenFrances Hodgson Burnett
I’m interpreting Ann-Christine’s brief as ‘favourite flower photographs’ rather than ‘favourite flowers’. But these photos do include many of my favourites: poppies, roses (especially dog roses), camellias, wisteria and cherry blossom. Mostly I’m drawn to pinks and purples, especially the latter, but poppies are of course an exception to that. I love soft yellow roses too and in complete contrast the often-dramatic colours of tulips.
I love to photograph flowers when I travel, and you will find them in many of my posts. But I thought today I would restrict myself to my own country. Many of the photos on this page were taken either close to home in Ealing (in our own garden, those of neighbours or parks) or in other parts of London. The rest are from areas of England that we’ve visited in the past few years, on day trips or short breaks away.
Click on any photo in any gallery to open a slideshow and see where each photo was taken, if interested.