I was on a photography trip to Tampa, Florida. Early one morning I was in a botanical garden. My attention had been drawn to some agaves and cacti. I was working with backlit shapes as I framed compositions using leaf edges and spines.
Turning around, I noticed the most amazing flower. The long and graceful arc of cream white stamens caught my eye. The shape of its bud and extended bracts were wonderful. I had never before seen such a flower. The low angle dawn rays of the sun were lighting it delicately. It wasn’t an abstraction, exactly, but it was graphic, with wonderful lines, patterns, colors, and textures. Later, I painted out the background because I like to focus on details of the single subject.