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The variety of succulents that Chrissy planted this year continues to amaze me. This tall stalk started growing a couple of months ago and has now reached about three feet in height. The small flowers at the tip didn’t start showing up until a week or so ago and continue to spread out. I’m anxious to see if the little buds open and what the colors might be.

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Sony A7rIII
Sony FE 70-200 f2.8 GM-II @ 200mm
ISO 400, 1/25 @ f8, 11 shot stack in Helicon Focus

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The lighting on this beauty is utterly perfect, Bill, and I think you chose an excellent composition. Very well done.

Thanks for including the setting for your composition. What you did with the angle for the background and the beautiful colors in the plant blend beautifully.

Bill–the lighting is perfect. Succulents require some careful lighting to capture the delicate colors and textures present. I like this as presented…Jim