Woo-hoo this is my kind of assignment: “So this Friday’s tip is to stay close to home – in your yard, or at least within a block of home. Look around to find a unique angle, an interesting view, or perhaps a close up of something that you might otherwise pass by.”
So, I was sitting outside reading a book (on my new iPad if you must know) when my nice neighbor Lola came over and asked if I wanted to see something neat. I make a lot of promises to Lola that I’ll come by and see her but don’t always follow through. But hey, sensing a photo opportunity, I grabbed my camera and walked back to her place, which is only a few sites away, certainly qualifying for close to home.
And this is what she had to show me!
Below: ISO 80; f/8; 1/500; 7:52am
Both: cropped, levels adjusted, burned a bit and added a vignette
I don’t know the name of this cactus blo0m. I spent considerable time searching the web and everyone labels it essentially the same, a complimentary adjective followed by “cactus bloom.” What I do know about this bloom, I learned last summer when I saw it in Tucson. It is here one morning and gone the next.
Below is the best photo that I took last summer — I found them while riding my bike. It seems I was smart enough to play around with the ev button. But the lighting was different and there were a whole lot of them together. Seeing them for the first time took my breath away.
ISO 80; f/8; 1/500 -0.67ev August 29, 2009 9:07am
Actually there were 2 things that Lola wanted to share. See Part 2.