The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hedgehog Cactus


I had to wait a few days longer for the hedgehog cactus in my garden to fully boom out.
I have the crimson variety.  There is also a "strawberry" variety that has dark fuchsia color flower. 

The red in these flowers is so brilliant my camera sensors are overloaded and detail is lost.

Now if I knew more about camera settings....






12 comments:

  1. Two things worth trying: bracketing exposures - if you suspect that getting the correct exposure is going to be tricky then take several photos under- and over-exposing; some cameras will do this automatically if asked nicely! Otherwise try shooting on an overcast day and underexposing; the colours will still be surprisingly saturated. Better still hold a white cotton sheet in such a way that it casts a shadow over the flowers. There are also ways to rescue such shots (if you're lucky!) on a photo-editing programme but it's a bit too complicated to explain here. If you like to e-mail me the files I'll have a go.

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  2. Unbelievable that you can have such beauties in your garden. I love to see them.

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  3. They are doing very well in your garden, you care them with love.

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  4. We have a small one like this in our cactus garden, but it hasn't had blooms as yet. Very pretty.

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  5. I am reminded of vanilla ice cream with cherry topping - that beautiful :)
    Have a Beautiful Day!
    Peace :)

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  6. They are gorgeous! Such a bright, pretty red.

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  7. Oh gosh this happens to me when I photograph black birds..I lose all the details. But these are awesome reds..very pretty. I am jealous of your sunshine..I'm about to go looking for an ark if this rain here doesn't let up soon.

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  8. Wow! You caught that at the perfect time.

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  9. The same thing happens to me and my camera, specifically with red. Lush looking flowers.

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