Botanical Macrophotography

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) in the wild.

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

Blossoming from April to November, Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) is generally classified as a weed. It's pink flowers measure about 8-15mm in diameter and is pentagonal in shape with five petals. In the centre of the flower we can see the pentagonal shaped stigma with some adhered pollen grains. This is the female part of the flower. The stigma is encircled by the anther tipped filaments, from which emerge the pollen grains, seen as yellow spheres.

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

A close-up view of the central region of the Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) flower. The magenta coloured stigma is folded up and is encircled by the pollen covered anthers.

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

A close-up view of the central region of the Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) flower. The magenta coloured stigma is folded up and is encircled by the pollen covered anthers.

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

A close-up of Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum).

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

A close-up view of the central region of the Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) flower. The magenta coloured stigma is folded up and is encircled by the pollen covered anthers. This image won a distinction award in the Nikon Small World contest of 2017.

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

A close-up view of the central region of the Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) flower. The magenta coloured stigma is folded up and is encircled by the pollen covered anthers.

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

This is a side view of Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum). Here, one of the petals was peeled away so as to provide an unobstructed view of the bundle of filaments in the central region of the flower aswell as the red-tipped hairs protruding from the peduncle. We can clearly see the five magneta coloured arms which make up the stigma beneath which are the pollen covered anthers.

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

A close-up view of the central region of the Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) flower. The magenta coloured stigma is folded up and is encircled by the pollen covered anthers.

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

A close-up view of Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum). This image won an Honourable mention award in the Olympus 2014 Bioscapes competition.

Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis)

Eyebright (Euphrasia officinalis)

Dead Nettle (Lamium ....)

Dead Nettle (Lamium ....)

Helianthemum (Ben fhada)

Dotted Loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata)

Greater Stitchwort

Greater Stitchwort

Mallow (...)

Mallow (...)

Cuckoo flower (...)

Cuckoo Stem (...)

The egg of an Orange-Tip butterfly on the stem of a Cuckoo flower.

Ice Plant (Mesembryanthemum)

Ice Plant (Mesembryanthemum)

Ice Plant (Mesembryanthemum)

Patriot Bright Red (Pelargonium x hortorum)

The central region of the 'Patriot Bright Red' (Pelargonium x hortorum) flower showing the reproductive organs - the stigma encircled by the anthers all of which are peppered in pollen grains and the green ovarian complex at the base of the stigma.

Patriot Bright Red (Pelargonium x hortorum)

Portrait of a clean bright red Pelargonium flower.

Patriot Bright Red (Pelargonium x hortorum)

Peering into the heart of a Pelargonium flower.

Patriot Bright Red (Pelargonium x hortorum)

Closeup of the pollen covered stigma.

Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)

The florets of the Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) are arranged on the flower head in two opposing spirals. The number of Spirals going in either directions are two consecutive Fibonacci numbers.

Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea)

The florets of the Common Ragwort (Senecio jacobaea) are arranged on the flower head in two opposing spirals. The number of Spirals going in either directions are two consecutive Fibonacci numbers.

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) in the wild.

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)

Each little flower of Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) measures somewhere between 10-15mm across comprising of 5 petals to form a pentagonal shaped flower. The rim of the petals are lined with sticky red glandular hairs. It is commonly found growing on waste ground.

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)

Side view of the bunch of filaments of the Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) flower. Red-tipped magenta coloured hairs can be seen protruding from the filaments which encircle the ovaries. The filaments are tipped with the pollen covered yellow anthers. The stigma, which is the female part of the flower can be seen just below the anthers.

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis foemina)

A sub species of Anagallis arvensis, this is Anagallis foemina, blue in colour and lacking the glandular hairs on the margins of the petals.

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)

Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis) is sometimes known as the poor mans barometer. The flowers of Scarlet Pimpernel fully open when the Sun shines, a rare occurance in Ireland, and close up when the atmospheric pressure decreases.

Euphorbia milii

Wide angle photo of Euphorbia milii, also known as the crown of thorns, Christ plant, or Christ thorn captured at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin.

Euphorbia milii

Euphorbia milii up close showing stamens surrounded by its orange nectar covered bracts.

Diascia barberae

Diascia barberae

Geranium Anne Thomson

Geranium Anne Thomson

Unidentified plant

Unidentified plant

Geranium macrorrhizum

Tradescantia cerinthoides

Heart shaped anthers with emerging pollen.

Bevan's Variety (Geranium macrorrhizum)

A stigma of a Bevan's Variety (Geranium macrorrhizum) reaches out and awaits for pollen from other species of its kind.

Geranium macrorrhizum

Tradescantia cerinthoides

Heart shaped anthers with emerging pollen.

Buttercup Meadow

A meadow filled with Buttercups photographed in the Dublin-Wicklow mountains in the summer of 2013.

Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus repens)

Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus repens) flower showing the anthers ready to unfurl.

Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus repens)

Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus repens) flower showing a central stigma surrounded by a crown of stamens with pollen grains emerging from the outside anthers.

Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus repens)

Meadow Buttercup (Ranunculus repens) flower showing the anthers in the process of opening out to reveal the central crown of stigmal thorns.

Himalayan balsam Impatiens glandulifera

Introduced from the Himalaya's as an ornamental garden plant, Himalayan balsam soon escaped and became an invasive weed. It can be found growing along riverbanks and here it is photographed in Lucan village. It grows to a height of around 3m. When environmental conditions are ripe, the seed pods explode, ejecting seeds up to 7m from the parent plant.

Himalayan balsam Impatiens glandulifera

Himalayan balsam Impatiens glandulifera

Filament tipped anthers laying down on among sticky trichomes on the petal bed.

Foxgloves Digitalis purpurea

Known as Fairy Thimbles, Fairy Gloves, Witches' Bells and Foxglove, this lofty photogenic magenta coloured flower is a native plant to Ireland. With its nectar rich magenta bells, it can be found residing in woodland areas and hedgerows. The plant is also known as Doctor Foxglove because it has been observed that other plants growing in the vicinity of it grow stronger and hardier, resistant to diseases.

Foxglove Digitalis purpurea

Foxglove Reproductive Organs Digitalis purpurea

Foxglove Reproductive Organs Digitalis purpurea

Hydrangea macrophylla

Hydrangea macrophylla is a species of flowering plant in the family Hydrangeaceae, native to Japan.

Linum grandiflorum

Native to Tunisa and Algeria, this is (Linum grandiflorum).

Crocus ligusticus

The stigma of the Crocus flower.

Crocus ligusticus

The base of the Crocus stigma.

Common Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza maculata

Purple LoosestrifeLythrum salicaria

Germander SpeedwellVeronica chamaedrys

Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Stigma of the Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale).

Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

Red Robin (Potentilla fruticosa)