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Florida Anise and Common Zinnia

By Robert Llewellyn

In his 2011 book with Nancy R. Hugo, Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees, photographer Robert Llewellyn created arresting close-up images of trees by stitching together elements of up to 45 shots of the same subject. His newest project, Seeing Flowers, applies the same technique to a variety of flowers.

Florida anise

Florida anise. Credit: Robert Llewellyn

Illicium floridanum, “Halley’s Comet” or Florida anise, are aromatic trees with deep maroon flowers that have numerous long, thin petals.

Common zinnia

Common zinnia. Credit: Robert Llewellyn

Zinnia violacea, common zinnia, is the most widely known species of the genus Zinnia and has the widest range of flower size, shape and color.

Robert Llewellyn has been photographing Virginia’s trees, landscapes, people and historic places for more than 40 years. His photographs have been featured in major art exhibits, and more than 30 books featuring his photography are in print. His book Washington, The Capital was an official diplomatic gift to the White House and State Department. Combining contemporary technology and engineering, his detailed images of trees, buds, flowers and leaves have gained critical acclaim. Llewellyn lives with his wife, Bobbi, in Albemarle, Va., and can be reached at

We spoke with Robert about his experiences photographing trees. Read the complete interview in our web-exclusive “Close Up With Photographer and Author Robert Llewellyn.”

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