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.

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Garden Jester!

Jester Hat, Day Lily multiple exposure - Ellie Kennard 2016
Jester Hat, Day Lily multiple exposure – Ellie Kennard 2016

In another burst of fiery colour, the day lily here as shown in a multiple exposure looks as delightful as the hat worn by a jester of old.

I was visiting the garden of a friend during a BBQ get-together and while others were chatting I wandered around among their flowers with my camera. They had some of the most exquisite blooms as well as a profusion of wonderful vegetables (believe me, they have more than their fair share of green fingers and green thumbs between them) and this one cried out to be photographed multiple times. So I couldn’t resist. As the cooler autumn advances too quickly, I hope this might cheer us all with the warm memories of summer evenings with friends.

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Blue Hydrangea Posy

Blue Hydrangea summer posy - Ellie Kennard 2016
Blue Hydrangea summer posy – Ellie Kennard 2016
 Blue hydrangeas have twice been a special gift from friends. This year Linda, who was going away during the time they would be blooming in her garden, asked me to pick them so they wouldn’t be wasted. It was a double gift as I hadn’t been able to pick any and so my Steven went and got them for me and presented them as a beautiful blue bunch.

These striking flowers seem to have been dyed this wonderful shade, though I know they grow like this completely naturally, their colour coming from minerals in the soil. It seems, too, that they are not meant to be kept for longer than their natural lives as, unlike other hydrangeas, they don’t seem to dry well, just withering and becoming pale and sad looking.

I wanted to keep these blooms a little longer so I took multiple exposures of several of them and combined them in a posy for us all to enjoy. Have a wonderful week everyone!


Day Lily Delight

Day lily delight- Ellie Kennard 2016
Day lily delight- Ellie Kennard 2016

I always think of day lilies as one of the quintessential Canadian / North American summer flowers. I don’t remember seeing them anywhere in Europe, though no doubt they exist there. So for your weekend enjoyment I present a multiple exposure of this joyful one which is growing in my garden. This seems to be one of the most common ones, but even so the bright colour always cheers me up no matter what else is going on.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, He Loves Me

He loves me, he loves me not - Ellie Kennard 2016
He loves me, he loves me not – Ellie Kennard 2016
 The humble daisy flower has an extraordinary ability. Children and adults the world over have plucked its petals one by one, looking for the answer to the age-old question ‘He loves me, he loves me not’. This flower, it appears, can reliably answer and, in so doing, define the future for the enquirer. Who would have credited such knowledge to such a modest, simple flower?


For Sheer Joy

For Sheer Joy - Ellie Kennard 2016
For Sheer Joy – Fuchsia – Ellie Kennard 2016

This image of a single fuchsia represents for me the distilled joy and the beauty of flowers, in particular the delicacy and transience of each bloom of the fuchsia in its short life. It reminds me of a bird taking off and of a ballerina with arms raised gracefully, about to leap into the air in the arms of her partner. It seems to radiate the sheer joy of living and life.

I hope you enjoy it and it helps to make your weekend joyful and bright! It is another in my series of multiple exposure floral images.

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Spirea Bouquet (with Bug)

Spirea flowers in multiple exposure - Ellie Kennard 2016
Spirea flowers in multiple exposure – Ellie Kennard 2016

I love how white spirea blooms can completely fill a hedge and brighten up a late spring landscape. When the bushes are left to grow, they reach quite a height and are a mass of tiny white flowers. I tried many times (on this and other occasions) to photograph them, using my macro lens as they are very small, but a documentary photograph did not seem to do justice to the profusion of blossoms. A macro lens multiple exposure seemed to give a much better representation and it even hides a tiny bug in the middle of it (if you can see it!).

We have a hedge right in front of my kitchen window, which is where I took this photograph. All through the rest of the year we find the shrub a nuisance and threaten to pull it out, but when it is in bloom, I love to see it.

Enjoy your week everyone!

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Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides) Frovolity

Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides) Frovolity – Ellie Kennard 2016
Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides) Frovolity – Ellie Kennard 2016

This is a flower that I love to see in the Spring as it always reminds me of white and blue striped pyjamas. This year I decided to photograph it in a multiple exposure and think that this really accentuates the lovely airy impression.

I am really enjoying making my series of multiple exposure flowers and I hope you enjoy my shares of them. You can see them in my gallery on my website (in a larger size, too) here:

Have a wonderful week!


Light in the Shadows

Light in the shadows - Rhododendron impressions – Ellie Kennard 2016
Light in the shadows – Rhododendron impressions – Ellie Kennard 2016

The wonderful thing about our rhododendron bushes is that they grow in shady areas under trees and give unexpected bright spots of colour. In these darker locations there is not much natural light to use in photographing them which can make it harder to get a good photograph of a single hidden bloom. On top of that there is often a breeze when the sun does fall on them, so they are moving with small flashes of light in the shadows. I have tried before to get a multiple exposure of one of the light ones and this year I managed to catch the airy patterns and petals.