Beyond The Flowers ~ The Serenity Blog Circle

I was determined not to miss another Serenity Circle blog post but at the same time I was feeling a little uninspired. The local children had all returned to school so I knew it would be lovely and quiet if I was to visit a garden but I was struggling to get excited by the idea of shooting more flowers. Don’t get me wrong I love my flowers but there are days when I just don’t feel inclined to shoot them.

So with just one free day in the week and the weather looking promising I decided to head off for a garden and see what I could create if looked beyond the flowers. With my trusty Helios 44-2 and shooting wide open for some lovely bokeh I decided to see if I could find some beauty and interesting in the more ordinary details of a garden.

The promising weather didn’t last but luckily the rain was short lived and added interest to some of the images. And it turns out that slowing down to really search for something beyond the flowers is a very relaxing and therapeutic experience.

moody nature photography with the Helios 44-2 vintage lens by Janet Broughton
moody nature photography with the Helios 44-2 vintage lens by Janet Broughton
moody nature photography with the Helios 44-2 vintage lens by Janet Broughton
moody nature photography with the Helios 44-2 vintage lens by Janet Broughton
moody nature photography with the Helios 44-2 vintage lens by Janet Broughton
moody nature photography with the Helios 44-2 vintage lens by Janet Broughton
moody nature photography with the Helios 44-2 vintage lens by Janet Broughton
moody nature photography with the Helios 44-2 vintage lens by Janet Broughton
moody nature photography with the Helios 44-2 vintage lens by Janet Broughton
moody nature photography with the Helios 44-2 vintage lens by Janet Broughton
moody nature photography with the Helios 44-2 vintage lens by Janet Broughton
moody nature photography with the Helios 44-2 vintage lens by Janet Broughton
moody nature photography with the Helios 44-2 vintage lens by Janet Broughton

The Serenity Circle is a group of inspiring female photographers around the world who each month share some of their moments of serenity. Next up in the blog circle is Wendy May, Scottish still life and nature photographer. Please click here to visit Wendy’s post and then continue around the circle.

10 Comments

  • Wendy

    Oh, I love this post so much. Nature photography goes right to my heart. I could just stare at these images until next month Janet! They are so inspiring. So glad you pushed past feeling uninspired and looked ‘beyond the flowers’ because these are amazing.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks so much Wendy, so happy you find them inspiring!

  • Eileen

    Absolutely gorgeous light and textures in your work , Janet! I just love all of these!

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Eileen!

  • Joan Showers

    Janet, it’s amazing how a little shove can point us in the right direction. Your day turned out to be inspiring for you and us.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Eileen, I was so glad I went in the end.

  • Lori McLellan

    I really love that you made a decision to photograph other pieces of the garden, outside of the flowers. You found all kinds of beauty in the variety of textures and shapes. I especially love the curly willow (I think) leaves.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Lori, much as I love flowers sometimes I feel like I keep repeating the same thing so it was good look for something else. And I think they probably willow leaves, I loved the twistiness of them!

  • Jillian Baudry

    These are so gorgeous Janet! I absolutely love the tones and bokeh in all of them! Thanks for sharing them with us.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks so much Jill.