I have this fascination with agapanthus, which grows everywhere in my suburb.
It’s one of the most ugly plants I know, and I despise seeing the massive flower heads everywhere I walk.
Agapanthus praecox ssp. orientalis is native to Southern Africa and is classed as a weed in Tasmania. It’s not a Weed of National Significance or a Declared Weed in Tasmania, so it doesn’t have to be ruthlessly eradicated.
Still, it’s a weed so it’s not something we should be deliberately cultivating.
And I am captivated by these horrible things.
50 in 50 challenge—the fascination begins
In late 2020, I set myself a photo challenge of 50 photos in 50 days with only my 50 mm lens. (You can read about it here.) This forced me to be creative and to look for subjects that might suit that lens rather than the wide-angle I’d been using.
Over those 50 days I looked at subjects I don’t normally photograph, including an agapanthus bud.
I think the contrast of the wall and the bud was what caught my eye on the day I made this photo—and little did I know, it was the start of a photographic obsession.
Three years later, and I have over 1200 photos of these things in various stages of flowering (and later, death).
I progressed from my 50 mm lens to my zoom telephoto lens and, this year, to my shiny new 100 mm macro lens. This is a lens I need to spend a lot more time learning how to use, and it’s exposing (ha) some of the limitations of my camera.
The last month or so, since the buds started appearing, I’ve been going out a few times a week to photograph them. It’s interesting seeing the differences between the buds, and watching them develop and change over the weeks.
I’ll probably lose interest in them once they go into their ugly full bloom, but for now I’m enjoying watching them slowly unfurl.
Week 49 summary
What was the best thing about this week?
Lots of fun things this week, but I especially loved seeing Kramstable’s former school’s production of Crazy For You on Friday. It was a big show with lots of big songs and dance numbers by George and Ira Gershwin.
What did I notice this week?
What did I learn this week?
If I put on a time tracker like Toggl, to track how long I spend working on things, I get less distracted and get a lot more done.