A Salute to Gaillardias

 

Note: Fellow blogger Eliza Waters pointed out to me that what I am calling rudbeckias in this post may actually be gaillardias and after a quick search on the name I am sure she is correct (and I was sure she would be).  I’ve corrected the title but wherever I’ve identified a flower as a rudbeckia in this post, the flower is really a gaillardia

Along with cosmoses, rudbeckias are one of my favorite flowers to photograph.  I am particularly fond of the type show in this post because of its two-tone color.  I also have a couple of other rudbeckia varieties in the garden.  Rudbeckias don’t have the same natural gracefulness as cosmoses nor the delicacy of stem and leaves, but the lack of delicacy is one the the things I like about the rudbeckia.   Most have relatively thick stems and leaves covered with hairs that, once you’ve handled them, teach you that you should wear gloves when working with them.

Another Note:  Gaillardias are also now one of my favorite flowers to photograph.

Depending on the stage of its lifecycle, even the seed head can be quite colorful.

 

 

 

A rare two story flower.

 

A rudbeckia tower.

 

As with some of the other shots I used a fill flash with this so I could see all the hairs on the sepals and get them in sharp focus.  A pleasant byproduct was the way the light brought out the colors of the petals and didn’t wash them out.

 

Thank you for visiting my blog.

David

All photos taken with a Nikon D7100 an a Sigma 105mm macro lens.

13 thoughts on “A Salute to Gaillardias

    • I had never heard of gaillardia before so I looked it up and I’m sure you are correct. With regard to yellow flowers in my garden, the only ones I have ever planted are various types of rudbeckias so I assumed that was what this was. Looking back now I think the gaillardia might have come from a wildflower seed bomb my wife got as party favor somewhere and I threw it in the garden just for the heck of it. Thank you very much for pointing this out to me. I’ve made a note at the beginning of the post rather than change everything. I’ll be interested in seeing if any come up this year as self sown, or if any of the seeds I harvested last year are gaillardias. Like the baggie I labeled red center rudbeckia. 🙂

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    • Thank you Pete. Yes we are doing ok, limiting our food and necessities shopping as much as possible. The tightest “isolation rules” didn’t kick in until this past Monday though were were already following the new rules. If the news report was correct on major difference I noticed between the UK and county I live in is that the UK allows going out for exercise (walking, jogging, cycling) just once a day while we have no restrictions on how often and we can go to parks as long as we maintain at least the minimum distance among others of 6 feet.(approx 1.8m). Hope you and your are well also.

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      • I am pleased you are all doing well there, David. We are doing okay. I am still off work from Novemeber from a virus which attacked my heart and lungs, so I have been used to being home anyway. Found out yesterday that Coronavirus is virtually on the doorstep, with a case a few houses down the road. Uncharted waters and scary times for us all across the world, but we have to try and keep a positive mindset. Best wishes and keep well and stay safe there.

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    • Thanks for the suggestion David; I do appreciate it, but I’ve pretty much shied away from those types of things. Not that there is anything wrong with them. I think they are pretty cool for people who enjoy being challenged like that. I did Monochrome Monday once or twice and some other one but,for me, they turn out to be just one more task I have to do on someone else’s schedule and I’ve grown pretty independent in my retirement and old age. 🙂

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      • Totally understand. I’m independent as well, but did participate in the crop challenge. It is very difficult to capture the true essence of a flower’s beauty. Most of the images I see are soft, fuzzy and blurry. They are simply not appealing to look at. Trees are just as difficult. There are a few photographers who have mastered the art, but I’m not one of them. The collection of your flower photos are superb. Focus extends out to the edges, color is true and bokeh is outstanding. More people need to see your work, and maybe share a few tips.

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        • Thank you very much for your very nice compliment. I was planning mention how my flower photography has changed or evolved a little in 2019 (the current year that I am posting) compared to prior years. I post my photos chronologically so I’m waiting for just the right ones to come up. I have very few tips since what most of what I do is intuitive or learned from experience, including accidents and bad shots, especially the latter. But, I will see if I can add some tips to the planned future post.

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