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One of the hardest things was to work fast enough before the wind knocked the water drop off the seed pod but slow enough not to accidentally bump into the seed pod and knock it off myself.
Before there were cell phones, maternity wards gave expectant fathers a pager. Right after I clicked the shutter, my pager went off. I was not near a phone and could not call to check on my wife, so I packed up my gear, drove home and standing in the doorway was my wife with her suitcase. That night our two children were born.
This fern was growing close to my home. I liked the way it was curling and the contrast between the young, smooth leaves and the rough bark of a tree.
Saguaro Cactus Needles
The difficult part was finding a composition so the setting sun was behind the needles and another saguaro was in the background. The backlighting gives the needles their glow. The background saguaro continued the green color from the subject saguaro.
This image was a favorite of my wife's preschool class. She used this image to show the beautiful things spiders can create. The glow of the web comes from the backlit dew on the web. If photographed from the other side, the web was difficult to see. A shallow depth of field was used to ensure the background would be out of focus while the spider web was in focus.
Toadstool and Berry
The red berry is the fruit from a dogwood tree. This was taken at an angle to avoid a bird's eye view of the toad stool.