"Stained Glass" (Clematis viticella 'Venosa violacea' aka Stargazer Clematis), Nikon D300, 105mm, F/5, 1/200s, -1.0EV, ISO 400, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.0EV
I didn’t think I’d see my Stargazer Clematis bloom this year since the vines, which typically flower in summer, were cut at the base by a critter in early June. Nothing more disappointing than seeing a thriving plant, covered in buds, suddenly wilt and die!
But knowing clematis is resilient, I made a clean cut below the chewed area and removed all the dying material. And then, I waited.
And waited. And waited.
When I noticed the two buds mid-September, I prayed the weather would hold out long enough for them to bloom. We’ve had some unseasonally cold temps, followed by unseasonably hot temps, so it could go either way.
This week, the buds opened! Yay!
I can’t think of a more fitting welcome to fall than Sweet Autumn Clematis!
"Too Sweet!" (Sweet Autumn Clematis, aka clematis terniflora) Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/8, 1/60s, -0.7EV, ISO 640
One thing that is fantastic about clematis is that it is not uncommon to get additional blooms long after the first flush in early summer. Even though I am well aware of this fact, it was still a nice surprise this morning to see a few ‘Henryi’ blossoms in my neighbor’s garden.
"Sky High" (Hybrid Clematis 'Henryi') Nikon D300, 105mm macro, F/14, 1/500s, -0.3EV, ISO 200, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.3EV
I didn’t have many angle options from which to shoot this second-chance flower as it was situated fairly high on the vine and growing close to the corner of a shingled garage. The best choice was simply to aim the lens upward, using the crystal clear blue sky as a backdrop.
For me, the most amazing thing about Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’ is it’s fragrance. It is unmistakeably the scent of Froot Loops cereal! Seriously – I’m not kidding!
The first season it bloomed, it took me awhile to figure out where the Froot Loops scent was coming from. Now, I don’t even need to ‘see’ the flowers to know this vine has ‘popped’ – my nose knows!
“Violet Star” (Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’) Nikon D300, 200mm (18-200VR), F/8, 1/60s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud -0.7EV
Over the years, I’ve photographed this clematis from all different angles with pitiful results. Something just always seemed to be missing.
I simply love the combination of bright colors behind the deep purple petals. And, ironically, if you look closely, this photo contains all the colors of the cereal: green, red, purple, orange, yellow and blue! Coincidence? I think not!