New Mexico flowers

Hummingbird shares a flower

Hummingbird shares a flower

Hummingbird in Cloudcroft, New Mexico

While I was in Cloudcroft, New Mexico on a rural land photography assignment, I took notice of these very unusual flowers that I thought looked like rocket popsicles that a hummingbird was having breakfast at.  I had my excellent new Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro SP lens on my Nikon D750.  There was no way to track this fast moving bird through the air.  How to get this shot then?  Pre-focus on a flower you hope the hummingbird will land on, and wait.  I studied the bird's flying patterns a bit, noticing it kept coming back to this particular flower.  I approached slowly, very slowly, and then froze waiting for the hummingbird to return.  The focus point is not perfect, and I wish the hummingbird had chosen a prettier flower to drink nectar from, but I like the bokeh enough to share this photo with you.

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Flowers Like Rocket Popsicles in Cloudcroft New Mexico

Flowers Like Rocket Popsicles in Cloudcroft New Mexico

On a recent overnight photo shoot trip to Cloudcroft, New Mexico the excellent true bed & breakfast I stayed at, The Crofting Inn, had this wonderful flower garden.  Being still totally enamored with my recent purchase of the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Macro lens, I am always looking for opportunities to use it.  These flowers on their own would have been beautiful to photograph, but the color of the bokeh really makes this macro flora image.  Then upon further exam, I thought these flowers looked like the classic rocket popsicles I used to enjoy on hot summer days growing up!  Tell me what you think in the comments below.

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