Cloudy and rain is the weather forecast for the next several days. I dusted off the macro lens and screwed on the flash, trudging out to the side yard looking for a subject.
This camellia bush took a few years to establish, but was well worth the wait! It bloomed a little last year which I enjoyed; right now it is loaded with buds and blooms. This is part of a series called October Surprise. Within this group there's Dawn, Rose, Orchid and Inspiration. This one is Inspiration. It blooms late fall, which is November for us. It should be called November surprise since that's when we see the flowers. It sits under my kitchen window and is currently about 4' tall, allowing me to enjoy the blooms from the window.
100mm | f/3.5 | ISO 400 | 1/40 sec