Fall Hydrangeas

Autumn Hydrangea - Ellie Kennard 2016
Autumn Hydrangea – Ellie Kennard 2016

This particular type of hydrangea might seem rather subdued compared to the much more lush ones we usually see in blues and bright pinks, but for me it has an understated delicate appeal as the petals vary in colours even on the same branch, from cream to soft pink then tinged with pale brown in the autumn. They are one of my favourite subjects to photograph in the fall as they are such a contrast to the bright flamboyant golden and red display of leaves on the trees around them. Just looking at them lifts the spirits.

Petals Like Butterflies

When I look at these petals, they look to me almost like delightful random butterflies, flitting about in the breeze and landing here and there on the stems. The blurred background bokeh effect from the vintage lens I used almost gives the appearance of a reflection under this branch.

Autumn Hydrangea flowers like butterflies - Ellie Kennard 2016
Autumn Hydrangea flowers like butterflies – Ellie Kennard 2016

Creamy Blossoms Reaching to the Light

The end of the stem of flowers  here seems to me to be reaching into the light, pulling the creamy petals up with it into a blue and green swirly bokeh background. You can see the little edges of brown on some of the paler petals as they have been kissed by the frost a few times in these past few weeks. Soon they will be covered with snow and dormant, waiting for the Spring and new life.

Autumn Hydrangea cream flowers - Ellie Kennard 2016
Autumn Hydrangea cream flowers – Ellie Kennard 2016

2 Responses

  1. They are definitely beautiful, and I agree with you about their delicate appearance, much prettier than their robust cousins. I too prefer these!

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