Discovered Joy October 20, 2010

Moonflower blossom, early morning shade. Canon 50mm macro, 1/640th @f4, ISO 400. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Moonflower blossom, early morning shade. Canon 50mm macro, 1/640th @f4, ISO 400. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

One of the advantages of living on a couple of acres of land is that, regardless of how hard you might try, you’re never really in control of all of it. This can lead to adventures and surprises when you go photowalking on it, as I did this morning.

I found some interesting things to shoot down by the wild little stream that flows along our back property line, but the real discovered joy—it took my breath away when I found it and began shooting—was a moonflower, right by the kitchen window.

My wife planted this happy vine after some cucumbers failed in the spot. It’s thrived in the location and in the early morning shadows, this bloom was still fully open.

I spent a good while shooting, recomposing, shooting some more. Small cropping changes in the camera can mean big changes in the feel and impact of your image and I wanted to have a lot of choices to work with once I sat down to edit. Here’s another version that I like.

Another image of this stunningly beautiful moonflower. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Another image of this stunningly beautiful moonflower. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

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