Season Openers

“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.” 

~John Muir


Flowers, Nature, Close-Up, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, Macro, Lightroom, Photography



Flowers, Nature, Close-Up, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, Macro, Lightroom, Photography



Flowers, Nature, Close-Up, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, Macro, Lightroom, Photography

Cherry Blossoms


Flowers, Nature, Close-Up, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, Macro, Lightroom, Photography

California Poppy


“sweet spring is your

time is my time is our

time for springtime is lovetime

and viva sweet love” 

~ e.e. cummings



Flowers, Nature, Close-Up, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, Macro, Lightroom, Photography



Flowers, Nature, Close-Up, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, Macro, Lightroom, Photography

Magnolia Bloom


Flowers, Nature, Close-Up, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, Macro, Lightroom, Photography

Pink With Rain


Flowers, Nature, Close-Up, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, Macro, Lightroom, Photography

Don’t Fence Me In


“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'”

~Robin Williams


Flowers, Nature, Close-Up, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, Macro, Lightroom, Photography

In The Pink


Flowers, Nature, Close-Up, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, Macro, Lightroom, Photography



Flowers, Nature, Close-Up, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, Macro, Lightroom, Photography

Reaching for Rain


“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” 

~Margaret Atwood


Flowers, Nature, Close-Up, Nikon, Fujifilm X-T2, Macro, Lightroom, Photography



These images are processed with the new Adobe Profiles in the latest Lightroom Classic update. There are some good options for color and monochrome editing. 





Categories: Flowers, Plants and Trees, Macro, Nature, Photography, Weekly Photo ChallengeTags: , , , , , , , ,


  1. Spring is wonderful, colorful… Bring joy and happiness… 🙂 Flowers make my day… Nature make my life… Your pictures brings good feelings to me… 🙂 Thank you, Jane! 😀

  2. I love that Magnolia, Jane! Aren’t they a wonderful subject to work with? So elegant. Also the wet Agapanthus, but they’re all terrific. You’re using the profiles? I haven’t tried them, but I will. I like that the dehaze is in a better place, and I like seeing the histogram behind the tone curve, it shows exactly where an image is light & dark. I still like going to Color Efex for certain effects, then finishing in LR, and I think that’s why I haven’t tried the profiles. (I like “Fallen” too, of course, and it’s smart of you to put that image at the end.)

    • Thank you, Lynn. After living in SC for many years, I am enamored with Magnolias. Especially in monochrome. Pleased you like this series.
      I am using the profiles in this update a lot more than I expected. Many good choices in the dropdown menu. I am a fan of Nik, too, (esp Silver Efex) and use a similar workflow, but have found that I’m satisfied with results in LR and don’t go to them as much. So many programs, so little time! 🙂 Happy shooting!

  3. This is the most gorgeous post. I love all your flowers. So amazing. How in a world do you take such amazing photographs? And the quotes-great job

  4. Glorious Jane. It’s wonderful to have the colours back all around us. Happy Spring 🙂

  5. great details Jane!!! love the colors….wish we had warmer temps to go with their beauty….gorgeous!!

  6. Wow, what a beautiful and delightful gallery to welcome spring, Jane! 🙂

  7. Absolutely stunning Jane! We just had a record blizzard and snowstorm here so spring is so incredibly far away. We are covered in 15 inches of snow! The snowiest April in MN since 1872. Ah how I long to see such beauty as spring flowers! 🙂

    • I saw that on the news, Nicole! Incredible. It hailed this morning in the East Bay….does that count? 😆 Glad these spring flowers warmed you and I hope spring is right around the corner for you. Thanks!

  8. These flowers just sing … they make me so happy .. great photos

  9. A lovely collection of blossoms. I particularly like the Poppy and Daffodil images.

  10. What a beautiful way to welcome spring, Jane!
    Here in NY, we are still waiting patiently…
    And if this weekend was any indication, I think we have a long way to go yet.
    Have a wonderful week ahead!

    • Hi Lisa, Glad I warmed you with some color. Some crazy weather patterns around the country this week. So sorry! Hopefully, it will be all over when we had to NYC in May. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by- much appreciated!

  11. Luscious images, as always. Interesting to compare what’s blooming between here and there. My Agapanthus hasn’t formed any buds at all, but then it did get moved last summer… perhaps next year? The California poppy seeds we scattered seem to have taken quite well and the first two buds opened up yesterday! In the meantime, I’ve resolved to try to plant only natives and restrain the invasives now that we’re in this woodland setting. Oh, the fun I plan to have! 😀

  12. Your representation of of Spring is wonderful.

  13. Springtime exuberance! Wonderful photos Jane!

  14. To me, some of those flowers look like a flock of small brightly coloured birds cheeping in the branches of trees. 

    For some strange reason, I don’t receive the notifications of your new posts.

    Regarding profiles, I strongly recommended your make your own camera profiles using ColorChecker Passport. Yo will be amazed by the excellent color rendering you will obtain.

    • Hi Marcelo, What an interesting description! Thank you. I’m not sure why you don’t get notifications- maybe try clicking on the follow button again. Appreciate the tip about profiles– will check it out.

  15. You brought me a delightful morning splash of colour on a grey day here. Beautiful, beautiful spring – my favorite is the California poppy. Simply love that colour and shyness…

  16. Lovely shots, Jane! So beautiful and joyful too. Spring is nature’s way of celebrating like Robin Williams said. Thanks too for the tip about the Adobe Profiles software! I hope it’s sunny in your part of the world so you can have fun with your Fuji. 🙂

  17. What lovely lovely shots! We are still waiting for spring, so I’m getting spring vicariously through your gorgeous shots.

  18. All so delightful, but pink with rain calls out to me.

  19. Amazing post of macro shots ! Beautiful.

  20. Oh Jane, how your pictures leave me with such a yearning to really see my flowers. Your photography is par excellent! I love each and every single one, but I have am partial to the California poppy. Oh my goodness how bright and absolutely stunning! Another one that I absolutely loved was the shot of the daisies. Spring has been so slow in coming this year and I am not liking this cold cold weather believe me. Your pictures have given me a renewed sense of yes spring is here! Thank you! 👏👏👏

  21. this is deeply beautiful and stunning!!!

  22. Absolutely gorgeous collection Jane. Your image quality and composition is always top notch!

  23. Spring is coming in…
    …thanks for sharing your first flowers with us.

  24. How wonderful to start my Saturday with this beautiful splash of colour, Jane – thank you!

  25. These are so beautiful! Flowers are my very favorite macro items and you captured these exquisitely!

  26. Yes so much beauty out there and Jane you captured it beautifully, so the universe can inhale and enjoy it all.

  27. Gorgeous awakening photos. I love the gorgeous colours and particularly the Robin Williams quote. Have a great day.

  28. These are magnificent in all their splendour, Jane! Whilst I like them all, ‘In The Pink’ is really quite something special the way you have so captured it.

  29. Oh, how thirsty was my soul for the sight of flowers! Here we are still looking at bare grey trees, bare grey soils, set off by grey skies. UGH!!!! Spring doesn’t seem to want to arrive here this year. You have resuscitated me!

  30. These are all such a treat, but “In the Pink” has a really cool hypnotic effect.

  31. Great title Jane, I was hoping for some nice spring photos and your photos exceeded expectations 🙂 Ironically, it is the black & white photos I was so impressed with ~ framing of the cherry blossoms is great, and Magnolias are pretty cool in general ~ and they worked in nice contrast to the color of spring.

    And as for season openers ~ Go M’s (Mariners).

    • Hi Randall, Strange, I just found your nice comment in my spam folder…guess I should check more often. So you expected baseball photos and got flowers…surprise! As much as I love spring colors, I’m partial to the B&Ws, too. Thanks for taking the time to look and share your thoughts- always appreciated. Go Giants. 🙂

  32. Beautiful photos. I’m still waiting for most our our flowers to start blooming. That’s my favorite part of spring when everything comes to life.

  33. Just beautiful. I sure wish to see some of that for real right now.

  34. Although they are all lovely it’s the Daisies that get to me because they always seem so happy.

  35. What a sweet spring celebration! Great entry to the challenge! I hope you really enjoy spring to the fullest Jane.

  36. A beautiful tribute to spring’s colors Jane. Poppy and fence grabbed me on this set

  37. A few days ago I noticed those new profiles in Adobe Camera Raw. There are so many choices that I haven’t settled on a default for my nature photographs. Looking through all the profiles for each picture I decide to process would take a lot of time.

    • Hi Steve, Agree…I have only scratched the surface but had some fun comparing a few. So far, I like Landscape, Color and Vivid as starting points then from there you can tone them down. There’s a lot to take in for sure and I, too, have much more to learn. Thanks for stopping by.

  38. These are beautiful images Jane 🙂 You must have used the 90mm on the majority of them, I would recognize that gorgeous bokeh anywhere. Wonderful work.

    • Thanks, Joe. These pre-date the 90mm, however, the 35mm f/2 is in full swing here so you are definitely on the right Fuji track. I shot some portraits with the 90mm recently and loved it. Happy you enjoyed this springy series. 🙂

  39. What a gorgeous tribute to Spring. They’re all beautiful.

  40. Hello spring, glad you are back!

  41. You have a great eye for capturing flowers Jane! almost tempted to try myself. Beautiful colours.

  42. The way those drops of rain stuck to those flowers! Physics and creativity! God is a remarkable artist. Thank you for capturing this, Jane! 🙂

  43. So hopeful here in the UK! It hasn’t really happened yet, still so cold. But the daffs are trying very hard and we know it will be beautiful, eventually 🙂 🙂 Have a great weekend, Jane.

  44. Hello Jane, these are very charming pictures. My favourite is California Poppy. But all the others are beautiful, too. Spring rocks! 🙂

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