I know next to nothing about flowers or plant life, which isn’t so bad till someone remarks on whatever flower I’m snapping photos of. “Oh, isn’t that such and such a gorgeous flower! I just love those! How about you?” Then I’ve either got to fake it or smile and nod like I know what they’re talking about.
This happened a lot in Hawaii. There are flowers all over the place and, me being me, I kept getting distracted by the colors, so I’d wander off to take a few photos. I made lots of flower friends while on vacation, but I only knew about half of the names of said flowers I was looking at.
When I tell people this, I get a variety of looks, most usually the ones of the “Then why are you photographing flowers you don’t know the names of?” type. My response is along the lines of “Because unless it’s breezy, flowers stand still.” I do the same thing at car shows; I don’t know the names of everything I’m looking at, but I like what I’m seeing and cars stand still long enough for me to get the shot.
Also, I’m still learning manual mode. Sometime within the next decade, I expect to have mastered it just in time for brand new technology to come out and make my knowledge obsolete.
In my defense, I do know these are photos of orchids and bougainvillea, as well as what roses and daisies and tulips look like. Beyond that, I need help.
What about you – are you a flower person?