A beautiful flower reaches upward for the sun. Canon EOS XSi EF 70-300mm at f/.56 1/125 ISO 400
One doesn’t normally think of Saskatchewan as being filled with lush beautiful gardens filled with flowers, however, my brother-in-law and his wife have produced an amazing garden. It is a riot of colour that has inspired other posts on this blog. I was very drawn by the form and shape of this flower, (sorry I don’t know what it is. If you know leave the name in the comments) as well as the contrast in textures. The downward facing petals and the prominent floret in the centre produce an interesting contrast almost as thought the flower is flinging itself upward to the sun with it’s arms trailing behind. I knew that I wanted a shallow depth of field with another of these flowers blurred out in the background but when I took this picture I did not yet own my fast 50mm. As a replacement I used my telephoto zoom from a long distance away. Even though the aperture was relatively large, f/5.6, the long reach of the lens throws the background into a pleasing blur.