Age of Aquarius

Age of Aquarius

peeking out the window
the little white dog enjoys its view
faces hide in the shadows

Age of Aquarius

I’m at it again…mixing up flowers and space photos. Thanks to Karen at SmallHouseBigGarden I found out my cactus is called “Monstrose apple cactus”. It is going wild with buds of various sizes and I think its because there is a symbiotic (love) relationship – it loves the attention it is getting as I coo over each and every flower it produces…and I love taking photos of such beautiful flowers.

Here are the photos used to create today’s image (not seen, the modified Glow 100 fractalius preset):

Gear used/Specs (main cactus flower):
tripod
Olympus OM-D E-M5
m. Zuiko 40-150mm lens @ 46mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/11
Shutter Speed: 4.5 seconds (taken at night with a flashlight)

Gear used/Specs (soft focus cactus flower):
tripod
Olympus OM-D E-M5
m. Zuiko 40-150mm lens @ 140mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/11
Shutter Speed: 1/5

Orion Nebula: Credit: NASA,ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team

Caught in the Cosmic Dark Matter Web: Credit: NASA, ESA, C. Heymans (University of British Columbia, Vancouver), M. Gray (University of Nottingham, U.K.), M. Barden (Innsbruck), the STAGES collaboration, C. Wolf (Oxford University, U.K.), K. Meisenheimer (Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg), and the COMBO-17 collaboration

Image was created in Photoshop Elements 10. Mat, watermark and title added in PaintShop Pro X6 Ultimate.

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