KALANCHOE FEDTSCHENKOI ? – 18th January 2011

My memory is terrible and I can’t remember what I did yesterday, but I can remember (and picture) the details of this Kalanchoe with the many buds and new flowers and exactly where it grew on the edge of a path in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.

This image was made a couple of weeks after buying my first Canon DSLR (which I still use to this day) and a Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro lens (which I traded in as part of the Sony a6000 purchase in early 2015).

Note: the RBG to the South-east of Melbourne in the suburb of South Yarra is 55 hectares in size so being able to picture this plant in my head as I last saw it is amazing.   But then I would say I’ve walked around the RBG something like 10,000+ times.   I worked opposite the Herbarium for 16 1/2 years and walked around the gardens morning, noon and late afternoon every day except when there was heavy rain or storms in winter.   I walked around the Gardens so many times I could shut my eyes and tell you in which location I was standing in Spring and Summer merely by the scent of the flowers and even, some of the leaves and barks.

I guess the landscaping has changed since I’ve lived in the western suburbs for several years now.

This morning I found another image of the Kalanchoe flowers from this same flower bed.  This time it was made on the 31st of January 2013.  It was made using my old 18-200mm general-purpose lens (which died from overuse….. I think) and with different camera settings and different time of day, so the tonal range of the background is much warmer.

In the image below the flower buds are fully opened and I find the bunch of flower heads a wee bit too busy for my taste.

31st January 2013

I hope you’re enjoying a peek into my archives and a mix of photo subjects.  I’m finding it easier to upload posts at random these days as much of my time is taken up with health matters.