Posts Tagged flower

Desert Beauty – High Eleven

I don’t know what type of cactus this is but if you know please let me know.  This cactus was one of many in the private garden of an RV park in Congress, Arizona.  It shared space with Methuselah the oldest known cactus in Arizona.  More about that old boy in this post.

(Decided to post some things I had in queue that I had forgotten about in the pile of other photos and posts.  It’s going to be this and that for a few days until I get another theme going)



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Freshly Watered

A white Phalenopsis orchid that had recently been given it’s morning shower.


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Bee kind

Dear little honey bee

you are so very important to all of us you see.

We need you to keep pollinating to and fro.

Because we want the plants you visit

to continue to grow.

Plus we really love your honey… don’t you know.


(Be kind to the bees because we really truly do need them!  Have a great weekend everyone.  No idea what kind of rose this is, was too busy focusing on the bee to take note.)


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Good Friday and Easter

Let us all pray for peace not only this holy weekend but everyday for the world is sorely troubled.  May you have a blessed weekend everyone.


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Lady’s slipper orchids (also known as lady slipper orchids or slipper orchids) are orchids in the subfamily Cypripedioideae, which comprises the genera Cypripedium, Mexipedium, Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium and Selenipedium.[1] They are characterised by the slipper-shaped pouches (modified labellums) of the flowers – the pouch traps insects so they are forced to climb up past the staminode, behind which they collect or deposit pollinia, thus fertilizing the flower.  via Wikipedia

What I’ve always wondered is this…who in the world decided this orchid looked like any slipper that any woman would wear?  Seriously!  Name origins aside, they are very interesting looking orchids with a plan for survival.

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Thinking about macro or close up photography?

What would you need for this?  There are special macro and close up lenses, extension tubes and reverse lens that can be used for this type of photography.  Because macro and close up photography lends itself to shallow depths of field a tripod and manual focusing is recommended because you need the stability, precise focusing and sometimes a shutter speed that is slower than what you can hand hold in order for the image to be sharp.   Some photographers also use a macro flash when shooting this way as well as focus stacking; shooting multiple images that will be merged in editing for a greater depth of field.

You don’t need all of these things but I do recommend from having a tripod and a macro lens.  Will a macro lens limit you to just macro shots?  No, they can be used for regular photos as well.  I’ve used my Canon 100mm macro lens to take great portrait and urbex shots as well.  I didn’t bring my tripod with me or take multiple shots for stacking with this flower, instead I used the stone retaining wall in front of the flowers to steady myself to capture clear images.  Circumstances sometime dictate not being allowed to use a tripod and you have to use what you can.

When shooting macro and close up you can focus on just one part of your subject like the stamen of a flower and have it sharp letting the rest of the image blur or, as previously mentioned, you can use photo stacking if you want more depth of field in your image.  Another technique is to get as close as you can to your subject, take the shot and then later in editing crop it to show just the part you want to feature as I did.  My usual style when shooting macro is to draw your eye to a specific focal point which will be sharp leaving the rest of the image softly blurred.

Macro and close up may not be your kind of photography but I say give it a try.  There’s a whole new tiny world out there to explore and it’s beautiful.  Here is the full image of the flower with the reflective water drop that was featured  Wednesday.

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Macro photography tips:

For flowers

For closeup and macro

Focus stacking


My lens:

Canon 100mm Macro full frame f/2.8


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October rain on an iris…

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