The ‘Waterlily’ Colchicum is a hybrid resulting from a cross of Colchicum autumnale ‘Alboplenum’ and Colchicum speciosum ‘Album’. The flowers resemble a water lily, hence the name. The fully double, lilac-pink flowers bloom in late summer to early fall on naked stems to 6″ tall.
Up to two-foot tall Leaves appear in the Spring and die back in the summer. The flowers appear out of nowhere, with no leaves in early Autumn. I plant them in beds with low growing groundcovers to add a touch of green leaves.
These are one of my favorite flowers. Deer generally don’t touch them.
I took 8 images, first focusing on the eyes as they are the most critical element, then the right and left feet, the nose and various other spots including the back of the frog.
This is very necessary. I was right on top of that frog, inches away and depth of field is razor thin.
Because of the leg extension, it looks much bigger than it is. There is very little cropping here, just a bit to center the frog perfectly. The frog, not counting the extension of the legs, is somewhere between the size of a quarter and a half-dollar.
I was very lucky this little guy or gal did not move much for a sequence of images. I blended the images keeping the sharp portions of each one.
Here are some garden images that I took over the years. I have accumulated many images, and these are early ones.
Angelique Tulips and Bleeding Hearts
Bleeding Hearts and Golden Ducat Daffodils
The two images are this page were taken when I was still using film. I do not have the details but I believe I was using something like a 28-70 zoom lens on the tulip shot and a 100 mm macro lens on the daffodil image.
Normally I like everything sharp, but in these images I used open apertures to throw the backgrounds out of focus.