The melanges were created when my wife and gardener responded to my request "bring me some flowers."
I had made a trundle about 18" x 48" and placed it under a high-end digital camera securely
attached to a tripod with its legs folded and clamped to a table so the camera pointed down at the trundle. The distance was such that the vertical axis of the image covered the short dimension of the trundle. I could then pass the trundle under the camera a few inches at a time. This images required seven sections of overlapping exposures. For each section I captured about a dozen images at different focus setting which were then processed by software for "focus stacking." This insures that the entire depth of the subject is in focus.
The lighting I use is unusual. The room has white walls, ceiling and floor and is lit by ultra-accurate daylight flourescents (5000K and 98% color rendering index). There are no shadows because of the diffuseness of the lighting and yet the color of the light is that of sunlight. The effect is a bit startling in the radient brilliance and faithfulness of the color and the clarity and detail of the high resolution camera and lens.