Friday Flowers and Full Moon

The Paeonia ‘Krinkled White’ started to bloom last week.

As for today they are still blooming and some are wilted.

The Scarlett O’ Hara also bloomed last week.

And we have new blooms today.

My ice plants open during daylight hours and close by nightfall.

I looked up and saw a full moon, and took a few shots. After I saw the picture I cinched, I didn’t realize how dirty my lens sensor was, as you can see a few black spots here and there. I cropped out most of it, and the white long line to the left of the moon is not dirt but an airplane flew by.

After I manually cleaned my lens sensor, I went outside to take another picture of the full moon.  The moon is so beautiful tonight, perhaps the weather will be nice tomorrow and I’ll get to photograph the actually full moon tomorrow night.

Photos were taken with Canon T2i, EF50mm f/1.4 lens, and EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens.


  1. I assume most of flower pictures were taken with your prime lens 50mm? Love the bokeh on all those pictures. On that last picture, did you use wireless shutter control?

    • Hi seeharhed, I used the 50mm to shoot the 1st, 3rd and 4th images and the rest were shot with the telephoto lens. The telephoto lens creates a nice bokeh image and makes everything look nice and tidy. The last image I used a 2 second self timer, my remote control ran out of battery and I’ve not gotten it replaced yet. I had the camera mounted on a tripod, but the moon was so bright that I could have shot it hand held, the setting was f/8, 1/100second, ISO100, 180mm focal length, and spot metering.

      • I see.. I thought you sold your telephoto lens, but I guess not. It took me sometime getting use to shooting with the prime lens that I borrowed from a friend. Call me lazy, but I’ll stick with the zoom lens :-). I just purchased a new lens and so far I’m loving it.

        • I sold the EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, and didn’t use it as much after I got my 24-105mm lens fixed. The 50mm f/1.4 lens is good for indoor, and works well in low lighting but the draw back is that you can’t zoom. I guess something that we all got spoiled from using the zoom lens. 🙂

          I’m happy with the 3 lens that I have right now, I find myself using all 3 lens.

  2. I did catch the Supermoon and it didn’t look that much bigger. Just really bright and still beautiful.

    Do these peonies grow outward like shrubs? The peonies I saw in SF were growing upward like a tree. I didn’t realize they could get that tall.

    • cn, these are shrubs and only produce flowers in early Spring. I’ve not seen one as tree yet, it must look very pretty.

      I think the moon looks biggest at horizon where you could compare to the landscape and it looks about the same above since you have nothing to compare to. We don’t have a good landscape or cityscape to photograph the moon, and once in a while I get lucky with patches of cloud. I guess it’s better than nothing.

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