Fading Remnants of Summer

This summer we grew zinnias in our front yard. You may remember that they are one of my three favorite flowers, the others being sunflowers and geraniums.

Anyway, it is October now, and they are coming to the end of their lives. I took these photos with my phone camera.

As a note, I recently took a Zoom class on phone photography techniques, and I learned about lenses for the phone camera. I have decided to buy an inexpensive macro lens, just because of these photos.

There is so much beauty and detail to these zinnias and I spent a bit of time examining them and marveling. They are exquisite to me in every phase of their existences and ask nothing of me, not even that I notice them or admire them – it is not their purpose. But I do see them and I am grateful for the pleasure they give me.

Anyway, I can’t capture any level of how beautiful a flower really is, but I can come closer – maybe give myself a zinnia memory to look at in the winter, as I prepare for spring? And maybe pay tribute to them through taking better portraits that I can show to others who can’t see them in person. I will check into those lenses today.

Take a look.

19 thoughts on “Fading Remnants of Summer

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. Oh, that is good to hear about the lenses. I figured for the small price I could not lose anything and I might really enjoy the additional possiblities they bring.

  1. Diane

    Lovely photos. Geraniums are my very favor flower pot flower. And who doesn’t like sunflowers and zinnias??

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. As I said, I love zinnias and there are many varieties of them. And this year especially it has been really nice to have them right here at hand to enjoy!

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Yes. My eyes were opened to a lot of things in that class. I realized that there are a lot of sophisticated pictures being made with the phone and it’s made me see things differently. Plus enjoy using the phone camera a lot more.

  2. agnesashe

    Oo this is a bewitching collection of images. I particularly love the texture and tonal range of fading flowers which your photos have captured so well. All inspirational yet in a melancholy way. Beautiful.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. These flowers are beside my front walk and so I see them often, going back and forth out of the house, and they are beautiful to me at any time of year, but right now – they seem especially poignant.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you, I received the lenses in the mail yesterday and I think there will be some improvement in sharpness, which will please me since I can get more details. But I agree, these flowers, they just steal the show, no matter what.

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