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Besides peonies, my garden also hosts many varieties of clematis, which I also love and have photographed a hundred times (at least). One particular variety, ‘The President’ boasts very large, deep purple blooms with centers of pinky-white filaments and red anthers surrounding a tuft of creamy white. It’s truly a magnificent flower!

A prolific bloomer and fairly vigorous vine, it grows up a trellis and then along the angled roof of our small garden shed. I noticed that one blossom up high had lost a couple of petals exposing the center from one side. Perfect.

The first tricky part was setting the right focal point and depth of field in order to achieve a tack sharp center. The second difficulty was capturing the right amount of light to set the center aglow without also getting nasty sunspots as I was shooting in the direction of the sun. I’ll admit, this took more than a few tries to get right. 😉

As for the name? I thought this image was a good candidate for the ‘Old Hollywood Glamour’ series and when my husband said the filments looked like long eyelashes, boom! it all clicked. 

“Bette” (Large Flower Clematis ‘The President’), Old Hollywood Glamour Series Nikon D300, 200-400mm, 400mm, F/13, 1/100s, -1.0EV, ISO 640

I can almost hear Kim Carnes singing in the background…

Growing up, we had one particular plant in our backyard that each year I couldn’t wait to see bloom. I would check it every day in anticipation for when the enormous round buds would burst open! At the time, I had no idea what it was, though I am sure my mom told me. All I knew was that it was the most beautiful flower I hadever seen.

Now that I am all grown up, peonies of every shape, size, color and bloom time can be found all throughout my garden. I’ve lost count at this point and each year I seem to add more specimens to my collection. I just can’t resist!

“Marilyn” (Herbaceous Peony, Unknown Var.), Old Hollywood Glamour Series Nikon D300, 70mm, F/11, 1/250s, -0.7EV, ISO 200

Introducing ‘Marilyn‘, the first image in a new series called “Old Hollywood Glamour“.

She’s stunning, dontcha think? 😉

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