(*Not really. Just some photos of flowers.)
I noticed this comment on a photography website recently: “Taking good quality pictures of flowers can seem intimidating.”
I agree. It’s perhaps not as intimidating as crossing the road in Saigon or teeing off in front of a golf course pro when you’ve lied about your handicap. But yes, when it comes to taking photos, going florid can be torrid.
My solution to the problem is to just point and click and hope for the best. This tends to remove any of the abject terror otherwise associated with the hobby of plant photography.
Not that I would call it a hobby, at least as far as I’m concerned. In fact, it tends to happen only when I’m on holiday – I turn into some kind of weird-ass Joseph Banks-type character, intent on pictorially chronicling even the most mundane of flora. The last time I was afflicted was during a visit to France’s Dordogne region. Now it’s Portugal’s turn – specifically, the following gallery of flowers from the Sintra Mountains and Sintra-Cascais Nature Park to the west of Lisbon, where I spent some time hiking (and eating custard tarts) back in May.
As with my France photos, I don’t know what captions to add because I have absolutely no idea what any of these flowers are called. In lieu of this, I’ve randomly added a series of captions reflecting my favourite fictional plants from childhood. (With credit to Drs Who and Seuss, Nintendo, Fraggle Rock, Monty Python, Tolkien, Conan the Barbarian and others.)
So here they are. Click on the first image to scroll through the rest. (Or, you know … don’t.)
PS: Yes, Star Wars nerds, I realise one of the captions mentions the Sarlacc despite the fact that it’s listed as an arthropod (i.e., an invertebrate animal) in both The Essential Guide to Alien Species and The Wildlife of Star Wars. However, as other nerds have pointed out, the Sarlacc has an “anchored root system” and a “spore-based method of reproduction”, both of which are highly suggestive of a plant origin.