This flora photograph of a Prickly Pear Cactus was taken while out in the Southwestern Part of the United States. We were on a spring break trip in the area and decided to check out some of the botanical gardens while we were there. This particular picture was taken at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. If you want to see desert flora then the Desert Botanical Garden is one of the best places to visit.
There are several reasons to why this is my number 15 flora photograph. The first is the somewhat diagonal pattern the new red pads the prickly pear cactus is producing. These pads almost make a complete diagonal run through the picture. In hindsight, I should have tried for a different point of view to make the diagonal pattern more complete. The next thing that I like about the picture is the texture of each pad. Looking at this photo makes me wish I would bring my tripod with me more often so I could have an even sharper image. Of course, lugging the tripod around is not my cup of tea and at times I am willing to lose sharpness to gain comfort when I am out walking around. Someday in the future I will have to break that awful habit of being too lazy to carry the tripod. Finally I like the fact that I focused on the foreground instead of the background that way I am able to create a layering look which provides a sense of depth to the picture.
Going into the Desert Botanical Garden I had no idea what I was going to take pictures of. Telling Karen lets go take some photographs of some cacti does not seem like it would be worth wild. Once there, I found there was a ton of material to take photographs of. It really gave me a chance to practice and the next time I go I have some new ideas of what and how I want to take my next round of pictures so my flora photography of desert species will be much better.