Here are more images taken with the 70-200mm lens. This time, the subjects are flowers shot
in my yard late yesterday. The sun had already gone down and it was very windy so I used an
ISO of 1600 and shot at f/4. Considering all were hand held, I’m very happy with the outcome.
I’m also happy that my plants seem to be happy 🙂
Pink Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla)
Gooding’s Verbena (Glandularia gooddingii)
Chuparosa (Justicia californica)
Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata)
Desert Tobacco (Nicotiana trigonophylla)
Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum)
All these plants are native to the Sonoran Desert. Some sprouted up on their own which
is especially exciting to me since it means the soil is finally in a decent condition for growth.
When you live in the Sonoran Desert, it’s easy to start assigning human characteristics to the giant Saguaro so it’s always sad to see one down. This specimen no doubt lost his footing when the wash he was growing next to grew wider over the years. Rest in peace big guy.
When most people think about a desert, they don’t picture the scene you see above. But this is the very special Sonoran Desert which (in our area) is very lush even in winter. I can never get enough of it!
It’s sad to see the Sonoran Desert being replaced by homesites but at least in this case, developers were forced to designate 63 percent of this site as preserved open space. The lots average 2.5 acres and start in the mid 700Ks.