All that bling...

by Pino Pino October. 10, 2018 1305 views

I spend a lot of time trying to get the perfect photo of a rose in my garden.

I watch for the perfect bloom... or the perfectly imperfect one.

I watch for the perfect light… or the uniquely cast shadow.

I watch for the perfect droplets on a cool morning or a gentle rain.

What I don’t usually go looking for is the perfect leaf.

When I arrived home I was on the cell phone with my mother. I transferred the call from my Jeep’s bluetooth to the phone speaker and proceeded inside to find my son and wife busy with homework and dinner prep. As I crossed the kitchen to the bay window I looked out at the rose garden and saw two perfect blooms on two different bushes covered in perfectly shaped and perfectly size varied water droplets.

Conversation with mom – click.

Greetings to my son and wife – brief and over my shoulder.

Up the stairs…

Grab the camera…

Down the stairs...

Out the door…

Check settings, compose, and capture!

Nope – not the shot.

Compose and capture!

Nope.

Repeat – check settings, compose, capture… nope.

Repeat.

Repeat.

Move to the other rose…

Check settings, compose, and capture!

Nope.

Repeat – check settings, compose, capture… nope.

Repeat.

Repeat.

Ugh! Okay – lens swap.

In the door, up the stairs, swap to 100mm Macro, down the stairs, out the door, and….

Check settings, compose, and capture!

Nope – not the shot.

Compose and capture!

Nope.

Repeat – check settings, compose, capture… nope.

Breathe.

Okay – what’s wrong here? Why can’t I get a shot?

Wait.

Oh.

Interesting.

Yes… right there… on that scraggly little bush (well, lonely stem) over there…

With no blooms on it.

Wait… what!?!

Yep... THAT's the shot.

Check settings, compose…

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand capture!

All the glamour and bling of droplet sparkled full bloomed roses had distracted me from the real fireworks show of the season… the most amazing colors, shape, texture… the most amazing image in the whole cold, wet, and windy rose bed…

The leaves!

It’s that time of year where all the plants begin to reveal what they’ve been hiding all summer long beneath that consistent chlorophyll green…

Their true colors.

This lovely little guy was sitting unassumingly on a little struggling two-stem rosebush that had given up all its blooms some time ago.

This lovely little guy was sitting unassumingly on a little struggling two-stem rosebush that had given up all its blooms some time ago.

In defense of my rose garden's honor, I took this photo three days ago of this lovely little bloom that was doing its best to ignore the onset of the Midwestern cold and wet autumn season.

In defense of my rose garden's honor, I took this photo three days ago of this lovely little bloom that was doing its best to ignore the onset of the Midwestern cold and wet autumn season.

When I finally put my camera down and turned back into father and husband, I found out my son got 100% on his math test and we had delicious homemade burritos for dinner.
I love coming home.
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