Saturday, November 7, 2009

Shadow Shots - at the gardens

Though it's autumn in Tucson, the days are still very bright and sunny, even in the mornings. Here in this part of the Sonoran Desert we enjoy about 300 days of sunshine per year.

I liked the striped shadows of the many ramadas at Tucson Botanical Gardens. But the lighting was rather harsh for taking pictures of flowers, so I might visit the gardens again on one of Tucson's rare overcast days.



I did find the lighting to be a little more subtle inside the greenhouse with the butterfly exhibit. But I'll save those pictures for another post as this was the only butterfly shadow I caught.

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24 comments:

rainfield61 said...

Showing shadows of objects is another good way of photography. The shadows inspire...

Evelyn Howard said...

They are nice photos; you have used the shadows well :). I love the collection of pots of cacti - well, because of the cacti; but I love ALL the photos.

Hope you are having a nice weekend, Ev

bobbie said...

really beautiful pictures.
The butterfly is special

Sylvia K said...

Oh, what delightful shadow shots! With lots of real sun! We're kind of having to depend on lamps and candles even in the day time as it's been really gray and stormy. I really love these and the butterfly is exquisite!

Enjoy your sun and the weekend, Diane!

Sylvia

Icy BC said...

These are beautiful photos, Diane! Like you, I like the striped shadows, and the butterfly is gorgeous.

Martha Z said...

All of these posts on the Tucson Botanical Gardens are great. I would like again someday. It was already heading into summer when we were there and it was still March!
Inspite of the heat, we enjoyed it.

Ralph said...

The trellis shadow is superb, the angular slats making a complex shadow. The butterfly is a beautiful capture, the shadow as delicate as this winged wonder. The endless (it seems) sun in Tucson is a wonder (as it gets colder in New England). This snowbird will visit some winter!

Gaelyn said...

I like the shadows that the slats make. Isn't sunny AZ wonderful?

Jen said...

Oh that beautiful sun makes for some great opportunities for shadows!

Quilt Works said...

Excellent! Butterfly is very pretty! And the long shadows create great geometric patents


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Deb said...

I do love Arizona texture. Well done use of the natural and man-made architecture.

Dimple said...

I think the pot with striped shadows is lovely, I like it even better than the butterfly!

Arasu said...

The different types of shadows looks fascinating. The pot in the fourth photo looks like a stripped animal. The second photo contains lot of shadows and I like the depth of field. I like the shadows in the third photo. In this, the bold shadows and the plants compliment each other.

ramblingwoods.com said...

Nice that you've had sunshine and warm temps for butterflies..It is too cold here in NY for that now

betchai said...

another set of wonderful shadow images Dianne, the sun truly gives us many wonderds if we only know how to look around.

Lindy MacDuff said...

All interesting shots; I think the ramada shadows are my favorite. Are those ocotillo branches next to the pots? That's a beautiful shade of blue on the butterfly.

Cher said...

300 days of sunshine in a year! that's amazing! no wonder you have an array of amazing shadow shots to share! keep 'em coming!

Happy Sunday!

Hot Fudge said...

They are all such great shots - my favourite is the trellis - or maybe the butterfly.

Hey Harriet said...

That's a fab collection of shadow shots. The sweet butterfly one is my fave! I've not seen a butterfly as pretty as that one where I live. Although our ratio of sunshine here sounds very much like yours :)

Greyscale Territory said...

Love the lattice effect of the shadows but especially love the soft dimension the butterfly shadow creates! beautiful!

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readingsully2 said...

Beautfifully done. :)

Loree said...

Beautiful shadows. That butterfly is gorgeous.

DoanLegacy said...

Beautiful shadow shots! Love all the lines in your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th photo!