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2 July 2020

All through June and no less now that it's July, our evenings have been punctuated by the sound of fireworks. Like exclamation marks, the bombs have been bursting in air.

Fireworks. Olympus E-PL1 capture with 14-42 II R lens at 34mm (68mm equivalent) and f8, 1/125 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

The general consensus is that people are bored and fireworks are fun (if illegal) so under cover of darkness, the whistle of flight and detonation in the sky are irresistible entertainment. At least compared to what's on TV.

We haven't actually seen any fireworks. We just hear them. Night after night.

So what has this got to do with that image of irises gracing this page?

They are our silent version of safe and sane (and legal) fireworks.

They surprise us every now and them when the whole plant blooms. When did that happen? we wonder. It happened when we weren't paying attention.

So we grabbed a camera (there's always one handy), crouched down, aligned a small grouping of them in the viewfinder so the background would be dark and snapped away.

We tweaked the data from the Raw file until we'd done what we could then we applied a dark vignette to minimize distractions and focus on the flowers.

In the twilight's last gleaming.

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