Mini Challenge #120 -- "May Flowers"

ghinsonghinson pǝuɹnʇdnPosts: 933Registered Users Major grins
edited May 11, 2011 in The Dgrin Challenges
Since MC119 was "April Showers" (OK, "Stormy Weather") and since so many of us have been experiencing such weather this month, it seems only natural to me that the follow up Mini Challenge (#120) is "May Flowers."

As natural a choice as this seems, I have to offer the disclaimer that I do not do much in the way of flower photography...though I bet quite a few of you do. It can be macro shots or giant fields of sunflowers. Nonetheless, here are my samples...

This challenge will run through Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 9 pm (EST).


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Delicate White

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Wild Hibiscus

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Rosa Rugosa


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  • MichaelLockhartMichaelLockhart Big grins Posts: 23Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 26, 2011
    I don't take a lot of flower pictures either but here's a few:

    "Kimberly's Tulip"
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    "Lily Pad Bloom"
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    "Taking a Peek"
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  • kdotaylorkdotaylor Major grins Posts: 1,263Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2011
    Are you kidding me--we still have snow! I long for flowers.......
    Kate
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    "You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." Mark Twain
  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKPosts: 7,020Super Moderators moderator
    edited April 26, 2011
    No flowers here yet this year but here are some from previous years.

    1. First flowers of the season....
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    2.Natural lace...
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    3. Exposed..
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  • MarkRMarkR Accused Shill. Posts: 2,099Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2011
    1. After the storm

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    2. Bloom

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    3. Rose

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    Good grief! I have a lot of pictures of flowers than I thought!
  • JustRamblingJustRambling Big grins Posts: 26Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 26, 2011
    Ok, I'm just a huge newbie, but I LOVE to take pictures of flowers. I just happened to take some today before I knew about this challenge. Laughing.gif! So I figured I might as well share. Comments and critiques are welcome.
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    This was just a tiny little wild violet that was growing in our lawn. Photo taken Monday, April 25, 2011

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    I had to take a new picture of the purple violets, it is raining today so fitting with the theme, April showers bring May flowers. Shot Thursday, April 28, 2011

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    Decided to play with one of the features on my camera and came up with this. A friend gave me some get well flowers this week. Shot Thursday April 28, 2011. This was so fun! Laughing.gif! clap.gif
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  • ghinsonghinson pǝuɹnʇdn Posts: 933Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2011
    Oh man. This is going to be tough.
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  • slpollettslpollett Major grins Posts: 1,078Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2011
    Oh, Greg, you picked a great theme and I do think you are going to have a super tough time choosing a winner. I didn't have a single stormy weather image and I was wishing the theme were flowers so I could participate. <img src="https://us.v-cdn.net/6029383/emoji/Laughing.gif&quot; border="0" alt="" >, right. Anyway, I have so many 'favorite' flower images that I am going to have a difficult time narrowing it down to just 3 to share. Ugh.

    1. New Zealand Tea Tree
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    2. Yellow Rose of Texas
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    3. Texas Bluebonnets
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    I may change my mind later & swap images.......

    <sigh>

    Did I mention that I am LOVING this theme??!!

    Sherry
  • davevdavev Getting older by the day Posts: 3,116Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2011
    1)
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    2)
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    3)
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    dave.

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  • ic4uic4u Major grins Lago Vista, TXPosts: 1,455Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2011
    Great theme Greg, here's my slightly different take on it...I love B&W, so may not be winners for this particular theme, but I'll give it a go!

    1. Bleeding Hearts
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    2. Ordinary Miracle
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    3. Pedals petals
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    Thanks for looking!
    Karin


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  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,989Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2011
    Open wide
    Jeff W

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  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,989Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2011
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  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,989Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2011
    Jeff W

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  • sapphire73sapphire73 Major grins PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,692Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2011
    Lovely theme and great pics so far. Just returned from Australia and New Zealand so I am glad this mini-challenge is just beginning.
  • CuongCuong SoCal grins Los Angeles suburbPosts: 1,508Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2011
    1. Silver Puff
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    2. Stork's Bill
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    3. Bird of Paradise aka Crane flower
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    Cuong
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  • kdotaylorkdotaylor Major grins Posts: 1,263Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 27, 2011
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    2.
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    3.
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    Kate
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  • lanaerlanaer Big grins Posts: 78Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 27, 2011
    Both of these were taken with a Panasonic GF1 and the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95, on the day that lens arrived.

    Front Row:
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    Painted Pink:
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  • zoomnzoomn Major grins Posts: 142Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 27, 2011
    Tulips
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    More tulips
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    Not tulips
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  • idiotabroadidiotabroad sInner gRinner Posts: 246Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 27, 2011
    Yellow Forsythia's
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    Mark

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  • StueveShotsStueveShots Major grins PNW MountiansPosts: 542Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 27, 2011
    This is going to be a lovely thread...just perfect for those of us who have seen snow throughout April!

    1. Petal and Sepal

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    2. Yellow

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    3. There's a Bug in my Shot

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    (Just a comment about the bug...it really did enter into the shot as I was setting up. In the end, I liked the guy in my picture--not sure why--and that's the shot I kept!)
  • dlscott56dlscott56 Major grins Posts: 1,311Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 27, 2011
    Hello everyone! Been a while since I've posted anything but here's one from my front yard a while ago

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    And a couple from Klehm Arboretum in Rockford Ill :

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  • bbjonesbbjones Major grins Posts: 234Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 28, 2011
    You know how for some challenges, ya got nothin', and then for others, you have a zillion?

    This one I have a zillion. If I chose tomorrow instead of today, I'd probably pick three different ones.

    #1:
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    #2:
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    #3:
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    There's lots more here. You can tell me which ones I should have chosen. eek7.gif
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  • konomaniackonomaniac Major grins Posts: 335Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 29, 2011
    #1 Sunlit Petunia
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    #2 Daffodils by the lake
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    #3 Shrooms by the river
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    ne_nau.gif Not sure these count as a spring flower, but they are a product of the spring flooding (parts of the riverwalk are still under water), so I thought I'd throw them in. :D
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  • clickin girlclickin girl Major grins Posts: 278Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 29, 2011
    Nice challenge! I love to shoot flowers. Here are some from me:

    1.Rainbow Rose
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    2.Tahitian Sunset
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    3. Kaleidoscope of color
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    Thanks for looking!
  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 30, 2011
    Great subject and beautiful entries. I too have some may flowers :)

    #1 It's all about love

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    #2 Artist at work

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    #3 Faded beauty

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  • sweetharmonysweetharmony Major grins Posts: 405Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 30, 2011
    Tatiana, I think "Faded Beauty" was your entry in one of the first Challenges I ever participated in! I loved that image then and I love it still......

    And Clickin Girl, the Rainbow roses sure are fun.......super idea.....
  • sweetharmonysweetharmony Major grins Posts: 405Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 30, 2011
    I'm new to the Minis and sure am happy to see a theme near and dear to my heart!
    Here's a few from me:
    Incoming
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    Daffodil Three
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    Entwined
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  • DragonFly007DragonFly007 Captured Without Limits Posts: 22Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 30, 2011
    Wild Flower
    One of my Wild Flowers in my garden ...
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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 1, 2011
    Tatiana, I think "Faded Beauty" was your entry in one of the first Challenges I ever participated in! I loved that image then and I love it still......

    And Clickin Girl, the Rainbow roses sure are fun.......super idea.....


    Thank you Leah, yes it was, but didn't make the cut rolleyes1.gif

    Your first and third entries age gorgeous!!! clap.gif
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  • sweetharmonysweetharmony Major grins Posts: 405Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 1, 2011
    Thanks, Tatiana......last year was my first year with a digital camera that actually accepts lenses......the two you refer to are part of the proliferation of my first summer in years that I could successfully capture images of insects and waterdrops.
  • sapphire73sapphire73 Major grins PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,692Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 1, 2011
    Flowering Dogwood
    A trio of photos of a flowering dogwood tree, focusing on its pink flowers.

    1. Pink Palette
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    2. In the Light
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    3. Joyful Chorus
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