Patterns in nature make up very interesting exercises for the eyes. The gradation in colour here emulates a sunset, changing from yellow at the centre apex to red towards the bottom. Discover other cool photos along the same lines of patterns in flora at National Geographic.
Here's a close look at some bees busy on some pink flowers. Or perhaps it's the same bee who's extra busy on a number of flowers. Assuming the flower is as tasty to the bee as the sumptuous pink colour looks, it's no wonder the bees were crawling all over with delight.
I've found white flowers the most difficult so far to photograph. It's hard to avoid them looking flat when they're lit up. And they always need some cleanup; stray pollen grains, bits of fuzz stuck on the petals.... things you don't see until you look at it through a macro lens! Q-tips come in handy. So do small fingers with a dainty touch.
Daylight Saving Time is ending this weekend, which is when we turn our clocks back one hour. It's been summer-like weather here in Vancouver the last few days, and I'm a bit sad because turning the clock back means going back to the days when we get up and go to work in the dark.... and leave work and go home in the dark. Fewer hours of daylight mean less opportunity to see things like this. I'll have to find some interesting things to take pictures of in the dark. Or start using the flash.
... or at least I think this is a daisy. There were so many flowers to choose from at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. Most of them labeled, but I couldn't keep them all straight.