Orange Photos

Minerature Rose XCU
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Minerature Rose XCU

I've been experimenting with studio lighting. Until recently most of my photos have been available or natural light.

This is a miniature rose, the flower is about an inch and a half across. Which explains why the water drops look so big.


Sun Star
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Sun Star

This is one of the other flowers that followed us home from the store yesterday.

These guys caught my eye as we were going into the store. I love taking pictures of flowers so something vibrant and different like this is almost certainly going to come home with me! Does not seem to be a lot of information online about it though.

You can find Sun Star care instructions here, and in the comments below. I'm glad to help your plants, but 95% of the questions posted to this page have already been answered..


Poppy Pollen
Saturday, March 4, 2006
Poppy Pollen

There are not may California Poppies blooming at the moment. But the ones that are sure do put on a nice show.

It was the pollen that attracted me to this particular flower.


Sunrise Daisy
Friday, February 3, 2006
Sunrise Daisy

This one looks like a beautiful sunrise.


Birthday Sunset
Monday, December 26, 2005
Birthday Sunset

This one was posted a little late. But, it is a belated birthday present for my best friend who is now (January 16th) my wife. Yesterday, she asked me what picture she got for her day. And, due to some major wedding preparations at that time I was getting behind on the photo of the day so she got to choose her own.


Bird of Paradise
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Bird of Paradise

My neighbor has a beautiful garden. It's amazing how many flowers you can get into a small space. (we only have a few feet to play with around the building.) This was snapped as I was taking the hound for a walk the other day.

My best friend was just wondering when Bird of Paradise bloom. I guess this answers that question. :-D


Farmers' Roses
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Farmers' Roses

The Farmers' Market is a great place to play with a camera. Most of the people are nice there (as long as you don't get in the way of paying customers.) Of course, we were actually looking to order roses for a big event on the 31st!


Wild Petals of Gold
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Wild Petals of Gold

If you have been around the site for a while, or just looked back through the history of images you already know I love California Poppies. This one is a little bit different than most of my poppy photos. I really like the imperfection of the petals, the wild angles seem to bring out the beautiful texture more.


Orange Calendula
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Orange Calendula

Well this was a hard one to find. Most of the images I found online that match this flower exactly are labeled "Orange Daisy". And, I was pretty sure that was not right.

Fortunately my best friend, the botanical genius, was able to identify it with her trusty flower guide.


Santa Barbara Sunset
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Santa Barbara Sunset

This is the view from the stairway to my old office. It may not have been the most fun place to work, but it was a great place to watch our beautiful winter sunsets.


Poppy from a different point of view
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Poppy from a different point of view

I thought this would be a nice contrast to the Photo of the day for the 17th. They are quite different images, but they were taken only moments apart of exactly the same flower.


Backlit Poppy
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Backlit Poppy

I had fun getting this image. I actually had to lay on the ground to get this perspective. (and it was a very HOT day to lay on the sidewalk)

This is one of my favorite subjects, in fact it was the subject of the first image on this site.


Monarch & Zinnia
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Monarch & Zinnia

I really love the background in this image. It is a bit abstract. And the low aperture that makes the background so interesting made the butterfly's wings just out of focus enough to look like they are fluttering a bit.


Poppy Profile
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Poppy Profile

So I have been building this site for a while, but this evening was a first. I went to Google to search for the scientific name for Icelandic Poppies and this is the page I found.


Bee's Eye View
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Bee's Eye View

A very cool flower at a different angle. One of the best things about building this site is it makes me stop and research my subjects a bit more. Today I found out these guys are native to South Africa. They can be grown from seeds, but the seeds are only viable for 20 days. And, even if you get them to grow in that short window, the resulting plants may have no resemblance to the parent plant.


Poppy of the Day
Sunday, October 2, 2005
Poppy of the Day

I had a lot of fun with the Poppies this year. I can't remember a time when I saw so many different California Poppies. Perhaps it is a result of the amazing rainy season we had last year. I believe it was the second wettest year on record. Perhaps the beauty here is our reward for the precarious spot we choose to live. Right now we are seeing some nice sunsets as a result of the wild fires. Not a lot of consolation for those that have lost their homes, but the firefighters have done nothing short of a heroic job this year keeping that to a minimum.


Dangling Orchids
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Dangling Orchids

Another angle on an orchid from a few months ago.

If you are in the Santa Barbara area this weekend be sure to visit the Art Walk at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. I have been working on new items for the show that I do not normally have available. It should be a great weekend!


Feathery Tulip
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Feathery Tulip

I grew this from a bulb that I got while on vacation. It was late in the season and the bulbs were on "closeout sale" so we were not sure how they would do. As you can see we were pretty happy with the results.


Backlit Monarch
Friday, September 16, 2005
Backlit Monarch

This flower seems to be a favorite of the Monarchs, and this was almost a tree. So, it made it easy to get a great backlit shot.


Abstract Julia
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Abstract Julia

The filters I use to take my close-ups are a combination of several lenses. This particular combination gives me an extremely low aperture, so there is only a very specific distance that is in focus. In this case only a couple of millimeters.

The effect ends up looking like a painting, especially when enlarged.


Julia Heliconian
Thursday, September 8, 2005
Julia Heliconian

Yesterday I went back to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. It is almost the end of the butterfly season there. Each year for the past few years they have had a live butterfly exhibit called "Butterflies Alive". Something that is done other places too, but from what I have seen their exhibit is particularly nice.

In addition to getting some shots I am very happy with, I was finally able to identify this guy. He is from Texas or Northern Mexico. And, I found out that it was not that they are not documented well online, it is just that I did not recognize the images on the butterfly sites. Most of the images are taken with the wings stretched out making them look more of a classic butterfly shape. But, with the exception of a few basking in the sun, they seem to rarely hold their wings that way. They have a more stealth appearance in real life.


Abstract Poppy
Sunday, September 4, 2005
Abstract Poppy

I like the simplicity of this one. There is enough texture in the closest petal to keep it interesting. One of my favorite subjects!


Sunlit Poppy
Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Sunlit Poppy

The first explorers to California dubbed these little beauties "Copa de Oro" or "Cup of Gold". I can see why.