Week 48 – # 28 Natural Beauty

28 Natural Beauty

Since I was asked to post in a separate challenge 3 flower images a day I went to the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, Florida to capture some of the interesting flowers in bloom there in early June.  And since you are used to me posting multiple images in my posts because I see so much to meet these themes – here is a collage of a few of them – all Natural Beauties.


Week 47 – # 48 Sun Flare

48 Sun Flare

This was harder for me than I thought.  I have always spent my time not shooting into the sun, so to do so intentionally was difficult.  Not to mention, to get it to cause a flare on the lens.  I know I should have waited until late in the day and used the setting sun, but of course, that would be too easy.  And the storms we have had lately have knocked all but two blooms off my hibiscus and none on the outside of the plant with which I could use the setting sun, so here I was out to use the early morning sun and placed it behind the flower with just a hint of it peaking through the petals, since direct sun on the sensor is NOT a good thing.  I managed but then no flare, so I had to put a filter on my lens to cause the sun to bounce between the filter and the lens.  The result is what you see above, shooting up towards a hazy cloudless sky which caused the background to turn to a whitish grey with the sun just behind peaking between the petals of the flower and the new buds.

Week 46 – #39 Shot Through Glass

sunset pool view
sunset pool view

I was going to do something else, but with everything going on now that my house is for sale, I am just not prepared for the setup and tear down time.  But I realized I do have an image that was shot through the sliding glass doors, and that is the sunset view from my living room.  So here is the view I am giving up as I sell this house for something unknown.  Also if and when the house sells, I may have to stop the challenge until I get settled into a “new house” (new to me) as everything is getting packed now.

Week 45 – #1 At a Distance

1 - At a DistanceKeeping this simple this week, only one image – of our lovely Skyline Bridge as taken from the north side rest area looking back towards Manatee County with some wonderful clouds to accent the sky (and rain on me on the way home – you can see it to the left side). I did not want to zoom in because the sky was so wonderful with detail.