Okay, I’ve got the big fancy camera, but who wants to drag that thing around all the time? I finally broke down and bought a small Nikon Coolpix 8100 that I can stick in my pocket and still get good pictures with. (You’re probably not supposed to end a sentence with ‘with’, but, oh, well.) Yesterday I drove all the way across town to take pictures of the Fort Worth skyline. My pistol league ended earlier than usual a couple of weeks ago, and the skyline at dusk was absolutely gorgeous. In fact, that was the impetus for finally getting the camera. The pictures that I took yesterday were not nearly as interesting, but I think they will serve the purpose.
Friday I drove to my friend’s ranch, where I took pictures of these plants. I don’t know what they are—forgot to ask—but the buds are very nice. The plant above has several on the verge of opening. the one below has only one bud, barely visible on the lower left.
According to my friend, the flowers themselves are quite beautiful but unpleasant to smell. I only got to see the fallen blossom below, still quite interesting. The center has lines or rows of purple and orange, two of my favorite colors.
Now, how can I use the star bloom in designing?