Prickly Pear Cactus backlit by the Arizona sun
It’s always fun to respond to Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post. Click on this link to see the many creative responses to his challenge to represent the idea of attraction.
We are attracted to many things. Google quotes about attraction and you will find the overwhelming majority refer to that mysterious magnetic relationship between two people. But aren’t we also attracted to our child’s giggle, our grandmother’s biscuits, our best friend’s laugh, our dog’s antics? What about the brilliant sunset or the crash of ocean waves or the piece of rich dark chocolate?
I am, of course, attracted to certain people, but nature captures my attention as well. I am attracted to flowers, especially yellow flowers, and I was rewarded with these beauties which I found today at the Desert Botanical Gardens, which is a Tourist Attraction.
I’ve lived in the Phoenix area for more than 25 years, and each year I’ve promised myself that I would get to Las Noches de las Luminarias (literally, The Nights of The Lights) at the Desert Botanical Gardens.
Two nights ago, I kept my promise. At first I was disappointed that I could find no one to go with me, but, once there, I was thankful for the chance to wander alone through the paths lit with the soft glow of more that 8,000 hand-light luminarias and thousands of twinkling white lights.
I was delighted by the sounds of jazz, blues, flamenco guitar, didgeridoo, and a hand-bell choir, along with stories told by a Native American storyteller. I finished my evening with a hand-warming cup of hot chocolate and more jazz in the garden.
And of course, because this is a post about The Nights of The Lights and because I love taking shots of the moon, I must include the picture I took last night of the most magnificent Light of the Night, the last full moon of 2012. (Click on any image for descriptions and slideshow.)
Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast
The softness of the butterfly contrasts with the strong colors of the yellow daisy and green background.
I went to the Desert Botanical Gardens this morning in search of a shot that shows contrast (for the weekly challenge) and was delighted to discover that the butterfly exhibit had started. What a treat! This was the perfect way to relax, pray, and even meditate, and the perfect way to begin spring break. I did not get the contrast image, but I did get this little backlit butterfly.
I struggled with cropping this image; do I keep in all of the leaves or tighten in on the butterfly more and lose some resolution? The dark flaw on the flower bothered me so I tried to photoshop it out but that just made it worse. This is the final decision … well, almost final … I’ll probably change it several times. By the way, the butterfly is a Julia.
Since I haven’t taken a picture lately, I thought I’d dig into my files and bring out one that I’d taken with my 70-300 mm lens. I believe this was my first experience with the lens and with a tripod. I clunked through the Desert Botanical Gardens, knocking into various flora and irritating the birders. However, with the help of a keen-eyed, and patient, birder, I saw and managed to get this image of the sweet little momma and her chick.