macro monday | Subtle Beauty

Marin Nature Photographer | Neely Wang

Marin Nature Photographer | Neely Wang

Marin Nature Photographer | Neely Wang

Marin Nature Photographer | Neely Wang

Marin Nature Photographer | Neely Wang

Marin Nature Photographer | Neely Wang

Marin Nature Photographer | Neely Wang

Marin Nature Photographer | Neely Wang

Marin Nature Photographer | Neely Wang

Marin Nature Photographer | Neely Wang

Marin Nature Photographer | Neely Wang

Ranunculus are not just one of the things I look forward to when Spring rolls around, but they are also one of my favorite flowers of all time. Most people look to the rose, but there is something so soft and delicate about the ranunculus that always leaves me in awe. Roses and ranunculus both have those beautiful petals that gently unfurl, but the petals of a ranunculus have such a graceful and subtle beauty. I’m always excited to find ranunculus when they appear at the local farmers market (along with anemones and tulips)!

When I was taking these images, the petals reminded me of a covering — like a woman whose beauty did not need to be showy and overt, but more hidden — like glimpses of beauty, yet so striking, you just can’t deny it. 

What’s your favorite bloom? Please share –I’d love to hear about it!


33 comments

    • Awww — thanks, Patty! So sweet of you! I love taking macro pictures of flowers, but I’ll admit it is tough always coming up with new compositions and ways of seeing things. I do notice, though, that the more images I take and the more I vary my angles, the more a shot will suddenly just “feel right.”

  1. The ranunculus was my mother’s favorite flower, and it never fails to remind me of her. Thank you for this beautiful treatment.

    • I hope the images can bring sweet memories of your mom for you, Anne! I never thought to ask my mom what her favorite flower is — thanks for inspiring me to!

  2. So spring-y!! Lovely colors and such clarity. I like… tulips! And gerbera daisies! Hope your husband will get you lots of ranunculus. ;)

    • Thank you so much, Randall! I love using a wide aperture with macros — glad I was able to convey a subdued peacefulness with these images. Thanks, again!

    • Thank you so much, Laurie! The more I take close-ups of flowers, the more I see the their subtle patterns and textures. Glad you enjoyed them!

  3. Ranunculus, peonies and sweet peas are a few of my favorite flowers. Near my desk, I have a little picture pinned to my bulletin board of a bowl filled with white ranunculus – beautiful flowers! Your photo of the layers of white petals with a hint of green is beautiful Neely.

    • Thank you so much, Kay! And thanks for sharing your favorite flowers — you have many just like me! :) I do wish ranunculus would last a tad bit longer — a picture by your desk is a great idea :)

  4. We have the same taste in flowers! Ranunculus are my fav too!!! My husband searched high and low to get some in my v-day arrangement, lol. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous macro shots of them!

  5. WoW, Neely! Because these photos are so beautiful, it’s very difficult to choose one. I choose number one only because it’s the first I saw at my mail and I was so impressed, but I love all. It looks like an almost faded away dream due to the soft focus of the white petals enveloping the center of the flower.
    Kind greetings.

    • Thank you so much, Marianne! I’m so glad you liked the images and that I was able to convey a soft dream-like feel — as I studied the flowers more and more, the petals enveloping the centres of the flowers were what really caught may attention! Thanks, again!

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