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Purple Hyacinth Flower Macro Photograph from Publix

My purple hyacinth growing right in water in my living room!

I am a regular Publix (Florida grocery store franchise) Friday shopper, and have been all my adult life in Florida.  On a recent shopping trip I was thinking to finally get a new plant to replace the one that had long since died (of natural causes!) in my living room.  I was very quickly talked into getting the above purple hyacinth by the lady behind the counter.  Growing a plant right in a vase of water appealed to me, and she promised when in bloom the scent would fill the room.  She was right, it now smells great anytime I pass by the bloom!

Purple Hyacinth in bloom in my living room - Nikon D300 Nikkor 105mm VR Micro @ f/8 ISO 200 0.4 sec natural light

Having flowers right inside your house also makes for a very convenient photography subject too.  So my photography tip is if you live somewhere that is really cold, so cold it deters you from going outside with your DSLR in winter, then go out and buy some flowers and shoot from the comfort of your living room!

New Salvador Dali Museum at Twilight with Moon

Moonrise of a purple twilight at the new Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL -- this image available as fine art print & commercial license -- f/8 ISO 200 7-bracket HDR tripod mounted with cable releaseThe new Salvador Dali Museum is situated in an ideal direction for night time photography as its most notable feature, the glass wave, faces due east.  This allows for the setting Florida sun to backlight the museum, which this time resulted in a reddish-purple sky.  The extended hours on Thursday evenings allow for the lights to come on inside the museum resulting in the image seen above.  In addition, the moon was rising and waxing just enough to be visible in the early twilight.

Looking east on the north side of the Dali Museum - f/8 ISO 200 7-bracket HDR tripod mounted with cable releaseThe view to the east in the evening offers an infinite gradient of blue until clouds hover on the horizon.  There are almost an infinite number of ways one can photograph the palm trees reflected in the glass wave as well.

Cyon? Egg? Hive? or other? - new Dali Museum glass wave at twilight with moon - f/8 ISO 200 7-bracket HDR tripod mounted with cable releaseIf you are looking for an outstanding new location to make photographs in the Tampa Bay area, I highly recommend visiting the Dali Museum with your DSLR and tripod on an evening very soon.   

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