A strange flower in a garden devoid of flora

Strange Flower

Whilst out in the garden I was surprised to find this. Surprised mostly because our garden is utterly devoid of Flora with the exception of our neighbours Ivy and some weedy grass. No idea what kind of flower it is and never have I seen one like it before. The Stamen are shaped like some sort of Alien Helicopter and the flies seem to like it, as do the gnats. Otherwise it was just there, on it’s own

Recorded for posterity with the Tamron 17-50 F2.8 with a 12mm Kenko Extention tube attached.

Two Green Bottles

Two green Bottles

Taking photos of bottles is a lot harder than I anticipated.  Had an image in mind and never got anywhere near to achieving it with just one off camera flash.  Although quite pleased with this one, I think that preparation is essential. I will need to ensure that I set this up properly next time. Could do with a way of modifying the flash for a stripbox type spread of light and a couple of whiteboards around the bottles for fill (Instead of propping the Mac up next to them as I did for this shot).