We're into Febu-ugly. Can spring be far away. I hope not. I went out to the observatory yesterday to move some more dirt (tractor therapy) but everything was still saturated. I tried a little bit of earth moving but just made a mess and now the tractor needs some serious cleaning. I hope y'all had a good view of the super-blue-blood moon. We had low level clouds and some fog which started to disappear just as the moon dropped into the trees. It was nice to see the event but not worth trying to photograph. Maybe next time, which I think is in a couple of years.
I have three photographs for you today. All three are of Linda's 'Maria Therese' orchid. It's going to have seven or eight flowers which is amazing for such a small plant. The first photo is of a bud that's just opening. The second and third photos are of the same flower. The only difference between them is the light source. The first is a long exposure using natural light and the second is a short exposure using a lens mounted led ring flash. The flower actually looks like the natural light photo. When taking photos you always need to be aware of the light source. I could have corrected this using photo editing software but didn't want to take the time. When I viewed the photos on the camera I noticed the color change due to the flash so I decided to use natural light. I was in a controlled area using a tripod and a remote shutter release so I didn't have to worry about a several second exposure. I also always take RAW file format images so if they need to be color corrected I can do it.