Macro Flowers At Aiken County Historical Museum In Aiken, SC

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Macro flower stamen at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
White Anther

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I was attracted to the flower in my White Anther piece specifically because of the anthers.  I discovered a couple of the flowers in the big, back garden at the museum, and I don’t recall ever seeing a flower there (or anywhere else for that matter) with white anthers that looked like these.  Interestingly, some of the flowers on the same plant had black anthers though it’s possible that they were desiccated and/or dying.  I also found the overall color scheme, with the pinks and greens, attractive.  This was composed at two times life-size magnification which means that the depth of field is quite shallow.  Even with that, individual pieces of pollen can be seen.

 

 

Macro flower stamens at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Pastel Dream

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The curved shapes of the filaments in my Pastel Dream piece initially got my attention, but I also liked how the anthers fit within the frame.  This was composed at nearly two times life size magnification which helped to produce the dreamy feel since the focal point is on the front anther and the rest of the flower parts quickly exit the zone of sharpness.  Individual pieces of pollen are visible here as well.

 

 

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Author: Steven Dillon

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