Fireworks for webI was visiting with friends in Miami, Florida.  During a visit to a subtropical botanical garden I noticed a tree with huge orange flowers.  Each one must have measured at least six inches across.  Although this image has the appearance of macro photography, it was actually created with a telephoto lens.  I shot with a very wide aperture to blur most of the flower’s features.

Rather than seeking to record the physical reality of the flower, I wanted to express the experience of its color and texture.  The stamens look very active to me.   The whole interior of the flower seems kind of like a Fourth of July fireworks display.  I love the suggestion of explosive motion.