It has been a bit of a challenge to take decent photographs of this beautiful clematis climbing vine in the “French Quarter” of the yard. This patio area of the sideyard is nicknamed the French Quarter due to the functioning lamppost topped with 4-yellow hued lights. From a few fragile thin old growth vines, new growth begins spreading on the fence trellis in the spring before green flower pods emerge, enlarge, and finally open up into these 6″ wide flowers.
Previously attempts to capture these flowers in the day resulted in too much filtered sunlight hitting the background areas. Shots positioned directly in front of the flower proved unsatisfying. Fortunately I was able to get additional shots during a recent overcast late afternoon. While still not exactly how I saw the photograph coming out in my mind, this is a good start until the next photo attempt.
Plant Notes: Clematis “Jackmanii” is a hybrid developed in the mid-1800s in England by well-known nursery purveyor George Jackman. This hybrid was developed with a white-flowered Chinese clematis (Clematis lanuginosa), a red version of a buttercup clematis (Clematis viticella), and a purple bell-shaped clematis hybrid (Clematis Hendersonii).
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 35mm (prime lens), f/6.3, 4 sec
Cameron Park (CA), Jackmanii Clematis Flower, Leaves, Aphids. Cameron Park, CA. April 25, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.