Spring Flowers: Hyacinths and Tulips

pics of grape hyacinths in our garden by Arun Shanbhag

These tiny grape hyacinths are the most abundant in my yard, and pop up in every nook and cranny. With blooms only a couple of inches tall, they get overlooked amongst the brilliantly proud tulips. Also because they are so tiny, they pose a particular challenge to photograph. I planned this composition for weeks, even before the tulips had started to bud, and crossed my fingers that by the time the tulips bloomed, the hyacinths would still be around. Continue reading “Spring Flowers: Hyacinths and Tulips”

Hyacinths and a Daffodil

A few white hyacinths in the foreground. Note the leftover little yellow crocuses on the right, and daffodils in the background.

An Hyacinth pod is made of nearly 50 distinct blooms. WoW!

I blame the long winter for the mediocre daffodils this season. This one turned out picture perfect!

Nikon D70, Nikon 50mm (75mm effective) f/1.8
© Arun Shanbhag

Crocuses: Spring's first sigh


With the last snow just melted, crocuses are the first spots of color in an otherwise bleak landscape. These tiny bundles of joy have blooms barely an inch tall. At night, crocuses bundle-up. At first light, these are getting ready to lazily unfurl.

An hour later, they are in full bloom! *sigh* Yes, there is a God!

Which orientation did you like? In the background, you may notice the daffodils still a few weeks away from blooming.


And a few more closeups. Note, the blooms are an inch across, or less! Enjoy!


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