Purple Crocuses © 2017 Patty Hankins


In mid-February I spent a day at Longwood Gardens and was thrilled to see that the crocuses were blooming in the lawn near the DuPont house. I love seeing the first crocuses of the spring – for me it means winter is finally ending and that I’ll have more wonderful flowers to photograph in the near future. I thought I’d…

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Morris Island Light, Folly Beach, SC © 2017 Patty Hankins

A Few Photos from the Beach

On my recent trip to South Carolina and Georgia, I spent some time photographing on a couple of beaches. Even though it was a bit chilly and windy – I still had a wonderful time – there’s always something wonderful about being on the beach even in January. Tybee Island, Georgia       Folly Beach, South Carolina

Beautiful Irises 2017 – My New Video

I love photographing irises. They are one of my favorite spring flowers. From the little dwarf irises that bloom in March to the Siberian and Bearded irises blooming in April & May and ending with the Water Irises blooming in June, I can photograph irises for months here in the Washington DC area.    I’ve created a new video for you…

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In the Studio: Pink & Yellow Tulips

Last year I photographed some wonderful pink and yellow tulips  in my studio. I recently edited up some of the photos and thought I’d share some of them with you today.                

Sapphire Blue Cuban Lilies © 2017 Patty Hankins

Sapphire Blue Cuban Lilies – scilla peruviana

I recently photographed some amazing blue and purple flowers at a local garden. According to the label, they are Sapphire Blue Cuban Lilies (scilla peruviana), which surprised me since they didn’t have the structure that I tend to think of when I see a lily. It turns out they aren’t members of the lily family at all – they are…

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Weber's Parrot Tulips © 2016 Patty Hankins

Only 31 More Days!

I don’t know about you, but spring is my favorite time of year. The days are getting longer, the temperatures are rising and the flowers are blooming. Which means by about the middle of February, I’m usually getting a case of almost springitis where all I can do is think about all the wonderful flowers I’ll be out photographing soon….

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Sheldon Church Ruins, Yemansee, SC © 2017 Patty Hankins

Sheldon Church Ruins, Yemansee, South Carolina

Another place I made a return visit to on my recent trip to Georgia and South Carolina was the ruins of Sheldon Church in Yemansee, South Carolina. It’s a fabulous place to photograph so I always try to stop by when I’m in the area. Sheldon Church, originally known as the Prince William’s Parish Church, has a long history. Originally…

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Orange Tulip © 2017 Patty Hankins

In the Studio: Orange Tulips

Last year I photographed some wonderful orange tulips with green centers in my studio. I recently edited up some of the photos and thought I’d share some of them with you today.                

Bleeding Hearts © 2017 Patty Hankins

Hearts in the Garden

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, I thought I’d share some of my favorite photos of heart shaped flowers I’ve taken over the years.           Two of the bleeding hearts photos are available as matted prints in my store at http://beautifulflowerpictures.com/store/bleeding-hearts-2/  if you’d like some heart-shaped flowers to brighten up your home or office.

Orchid © 2017 Patty Hankins

2017 Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens

I recently made my first trip to Longwood Gardens to see the 2017 Orchid Extravaganza. And once again – the show is amazing. This year there are over 4500 orchids on display. I only photographed a few of the flowers – mainly just was getting a sense of the show today. I’m planning at least two more trips up to…

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