© Patricia Cardet

The art of the flower

The flower, the plant in general, is an artist, a virtuoso in abstract, non-representational, three-dimensional art. It continuously creates new forms, new colours. The scientist will say all these "creations" have a function – to protect the plant against predators, to attract insects.... Let us believe that it is for the pleasure of our eyes, of our mind, of our heart ... of the photographer.

  1. f/4
  2. 1/160 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 125

Pitcairnia geyskesii, French Guiana

  1. f/9
  2. 1/2 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 100

Aristolochia pontica, Turkey

  1. f/4
  2. 1/800 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 200

Nepenthes vieillardii, New Caledonia

  1. f/4
  2. 1/100 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 200

Nepenthes viellardii

  1. f/4
  2. 1/50 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 100

Cytinus ruber, Turkey

  1. f/8
  2. 1/125 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 125

Rumex cyprius, Israel

  1. f/5
  2. 1/640 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 100

Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) Mill., Israel

  1. f/4
  2. 1/250 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 160

Floral explosion, New Caledonia

  1. f/20
  2. 1/2 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 100

Tropaeolum majus, Israel

  1. f/20
  2. 1/2 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 100

Tropaeolum majus, Israel

  1. f/13
  2. 1/100 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 125

Orchis, French Guiana

  1. f/3.2
  2. 1/500 sec
  3. 23mm
  4. ISO 200

Tricyrtis hirta, Japan

  1. f/10
  2. 1/100 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 100

Tricyrtis hirta, Japan

  1. f/2.8
  2. 1/2000 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 200

Rose, Ponte de Lima, Portugal

  1. f/5.6
  2. 1/320 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 100

Rose, Palmeira de Faro, Portugal

  1. f/6.3
  2. 1/25 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 100

Rose, Palmeira de Faro, Portugal

  1. f/4.5
  2. 1/30 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 100

Rose, Palmeira de Faro, Portugal

  1. f/6.3
  2. 1/20 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 100

Rose petals, Palmeira de Faro, Portugal

  1. f/2.8
  2. 1/2000 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 200

Rose, Ponte de Lima, Portugal

  1. f/8
  2. 1/60 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 125

Rose de porcelaine, Guadeloupe

  1. f/11
  2. 1/125 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 125

Anagallis arvensis , Israel

  1. f/8
  2. 1/200 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 100

Artedia squamata, Israel

  1. f/5.6
  2. 1/125 sec
  3. 7.9mm
  4. ISO 100

Coquelicot, Switzerland

  1. f/5.6
  2. 1/80 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 100

Tordylium carmeli, Israel

  1. f/8
  2. 1/500 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 100

Tordylium carmeli, Cyprus

  1. f/16
  2. 1/80 sec
  3. 100mm
  4. ISO 125

Rosmarinus officinalis, Israel