This photo was an epiphany for me. Suddenly, I realized that flowers (and leaves) are translucent, not opaque. Further, I discovered the backside of flowers. In particular, this is a chocolate flower (also called green eyes). Those red veins are not visible on the face of the flower, only behind.
It doesn’t take much experience to discover that the best light of the day comes early and late. Light moves all day long. I watch for that intense light pushing through living things, setting them aglow. I feel honored to witness, let alone capture, a spotlight moment, such as these.
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