Even while concentrating on flowers, I can't resist the urge to capture an insect in the scene, even a common house fly. Maybe it's the influence of the classical painting tradition of including an unsought visitor in an otherwise pristine still life of fruit and game.
I suppose this next one would qualify as "punchy" - there was so much contrast that it was easy to allow the background to go black when I exposed for my subject. I will always think of these as "shower head plants", I'm afraid.
And a return to tranquility...
Another addition - a pair of accidental catches. As I shot the bee moving around the flower, a blue dragonfly came in for a fly-by. I wish I could have caught it fully in the frame, but it rose to avoid the traffic and didn't appear at all in subsequent shots. It's still a fun sequence to me, so have a look:
As always, if you see anything that you would like to have in print, please drop me a line: