In a Flash

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Generally I don’t much like photos of plants taken with a flash. They add a shine to things that can distort them. But this picture is so unique to me I just had to post it. I was out shooting photos the other day and the light was waning and sometimes the flash worked and sometimes it didn’t. This time it did and I got something I didn’t expect. I wanted to capture the Chamaecyparis pisifera Baby Blue in the center but I ended up with a color palette that so intrigued me I just had to post it.

The Baby Blue just shines with its silver blue foliage. But there are many other plants here that draw my attention strongly. At the far left going clockwise is the Metasequoia Miss Grace with its amazing orange brown fall color. Next to it in the back is a large existing Sweet Olive – Osmanthus fragrans I believe. In the middle center is a Ginkgo Jade Butterflies that is just starting to change color to a brilliant yellow. Next to that in the back and dark is the Cryptomeria Elegans just visible with its purple fall colors. At the right is a a Pieris japonica Little Heath with its winter buds so bright in red. And across the whole middle are the Scotch Heathers that I leave the dead flowers on all winter because I love the look of them.

So, I guess sometimes a flash can provide me with something I can’t get an other way. It’s amazing. Click on the photo to get a larger print to see why I like it so much.

Steve

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Cedar on November 16, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Gorgeous!

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  2. GREAT PHOTO!!! I agree, the Chamaecyparis is really glowing with the flash and is such a stand out with the heather behind it.

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  3. Hi Steve~
    I almost always have the flash turned off on my camera too, for people especially it can make them look like the walking dead. But in this case you did get something special, a gift from the camera gods, I guess. The Baby Blue seems alive with light and is shining like my silver aluminum Christmas Tree! Thank you for sharing and glad you are back on your feet and posting here for us.
    Cheers
    Mari

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    • Hi Mari,

      Thank you for your kind and generous words. I’m glad to be back too and hope I can keep it up for awhile. I was truly lucky to get that shot and I really appreciate your comments on it. There’s always something going on in the garden it seems, even in winter so I’ll stay busy I suspect, tho not like summer! That was a crash course in working too hard! Hopefully winter will be easier…
      Best to you always,
      Steve

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