Goat’s Beard

After spending a couple hours shooting the local waterfowl at a nearby pond, I headed back to my truck and noticed these Goat’s Beard (Western Salsify) plants very nicely lite by the setting sun.  I usually shoot all my flora type images with a macro lens, but on this occasion I had only a 100-400mm telephoto.  The telephoto lens works really well at creating a nice bokeh (limited area of focus) or shallow depth of field.  I love the defused natural green background when shooting in this manner.  The beauty of photography is you never quite know what you will come home with.

Timing is (Almost) Everything

While timing is extremely important when capturing a crashing wave, camera settings (specifically shutter speed) play as big a role when trying to convey the power of a wave against an unsuspecting boulder.  Thanks to my friend  for his very helpful suggestions when attempting to photograph this type of scene.  This image comes from an evening shoot Aravind and I had at Garrapata State Beach just south of Monterey, CA.

Love is like a butterfly . . .

Buckeye (Junonia coenia)

Queen (Danaus gilippus)

Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charitonius)

Julia (Dryas iulia)

 

“Love is like a butterfly, it goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes.
Love is like a butterfly, hold it too tight, it’ll crush. Hold it too loose, it’ll fly.”

Author Unknown

Desert Botanicals

 

I made these images while visiting the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.  For more than 70 years, the Desert Botanical Garden has been teaching and inspiring visitors from the local community and around the world, providing research, exhibits and more designed to help us understand, protect and preserve the desert’s natural beauty. Today, the Garden features:

  • 145 acres
  • 65 acres under cultivation
  • 50,000+ plant displays showcased in beautiful outdoor exhibits
  • 1 of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums
  • 1,140 volunteers
  • 82,740 volunteer hours
  • 104 staff members
  • 640,529 attendees each year
  • 26,065 member households
  • 46,158 school children on guided field trips

If you visit the Phoenix area (especially in the spring), the Desert Botanical Garden is a must see.

Flora and Fauna

Enjoying the flora and fauna while visiting family in Scottsdale.  These little guys present a significant challenge for my mostly landscape geared equipment.  All I can say is my success ratio of images shot versus usable images is very very low, but therein lies the fun.

I’ve got my eye on you

Ok, this is the last waterfowl post for awhile – I promise.  It appears the pair of wood ducks have returned again this year to raise their family in the little waterway I frequent in the evenings.  If you remember, I captured their 11 babies all sitting on a log happy as can be last year.  Let’s see how many we get this year.