Botanical Macrophotography

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.

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 arvensisi>) 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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

A close-up view of Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) in the wild.

This is a filament and pollen covered anther from Bevan's variety (Geranium macrorrhizum) flower.

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

This is the stigma from Bevan's variety (Geranium macrorrhizum) flower.

The dentral region of the 'Patriot Bright Red' (Pelargonium x hortorum) flower.

'Patriot Bright Red' (Pelargonium x hortorum) stigma with adhered pollen grains.

'Patriot Bright Red' (Pelargonium x hortorum) stigma with adhered pollen grains.

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

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

Ben fhada (Helianthemum).

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

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

The central region of Euphorbia griffithii showing the nectar secreting bracts at the base of the stigma and filaments.

Myosotis is a genus of flowering plants in the family Boraginaceae. In the northern hemisphere they are commonly called forget-me-nots or scorpion grasses.

The reproductive organs of the Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) beautifully laid out against the petal.

Euphorbia milii, also known as the crown of thorns, Christ plant, or Christ thorn.

Hedgerow Crane'sbill (Geranium pyrenaicium).

This image won an award as an Honorable mention in the Olympus Bioscapes Imaging Contest in 2014. It shows the central region of the Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) flower.

Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis).

Stigma of the Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale).

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.