For anyone who wondered what a Four o'clock flower looks like after it opens,…

For anyone who wondered what a Four o'clock flower looks like after it opens, here is a lovely collection of them.  These were grown from seed.  I always get the "broken colors" mix, which gives these speckled and striped flowers.

For #floralfriday +FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner

and #colorsonfriday +ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer 

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It's 4 o'clock somewhere

As a matter of fact, it's 4 o'clock here.  4am, that is.  But my last post got a warm reception, so I'm wondering if that photo was just that good (maybe), or if 4am is a rockin' time here on G+ (more likely).  Let's see how this one does…

This is a Four O'clock flower bud just starting to open.  I thought it's shape was interesting and I liked the light and shadow play. 

I had a heck of a time all summer with my Four O'clocks.  They really don't open during the heat of the day, and we had a hot summer for so long they didn't seem to open at all.  I theorized that they were opening in the cool hours of the morning, but of course there's no way to test that theory. 

Finally, the weather cooled and the Four O'clocks showed me their beautiful flowers and it was well worth the wait.  I took photos one evening and always planned to shoot more, but the time got away from me for now they are gone.  They should be back next year – Four O'clocks self seed like crazy 🙂

For +Daily Depth Of Field curated by +Vince Ong & +Nuraini Ghaifullah
#dailydepthoffield
And +Macro4All curated by +Walter Soestbergen
#macro4all  
And for +FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner
#floralfriday  

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I love autumn.  It could be my favorite season.  But there's something about…

I love autumn.  It could be my favorite season.  But there's something about the chill in the air and the dried leaves at your feet that makes you long for the rejuvenation of spring. 

For +HQSP Flowers curated by +Carina Marsh and +Marina Versaci
#hqspflowers

And +FloralFriday curated by +Tamara Pruessner
#floralfriday

#cherryblossoms #flowerphotography  

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This is another one of my new silicon wafers shot with a macro at F25.  This wafer…

This is another one of my new silicon wafers shot with a macro at F25.  This wafer has a lot of fine details which I wanted to capture.  It's one of my new favorites 🙂

For #macro4all curated by +Walter Soestbergen   +Macro4All

And for +HQSP Macro #hqspmacro curated by +Vinod Krishnamoorthy and +Rinus Bakker 

My wafer guy has a bunch of new ones available.  These things are so hard to find and fun to photograph that I'm having a hard time narrowing down which ones to get.  Any advice?  http://stores.ebay.com/Silicon-Wafers-Inc

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Here's another shot from the Illinois Orchid Society Fall Show.  Their arrangements…

Here's another shot from the Illinois Orchid Society Fall Show.  Their arrangements were gorgeous and the flowers were as varied as they were beautiful.

For +Orchid Wednesday #orchidwednesday curated by +Christopher Prins

And for +HQSP Flowers #hqspflowers curated by +Carina Marsh and +Marina Versaci

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I thought this would be perfect for the "Dreamy" theme on Macro Monday. …

I thought this would be perfect for the "Dreamy" theme on Macro Monday.  Believe it or not, this is #SOOC .  Can anyone guess what it is?  Here's a hint – you probably have some in your house right now.

For +Macro Monday #macromonday curated by +Kerry Murphy +Kelli Seeger Kim and +Jennifer Eden

Also for #mysterymonday curated by +Marie Hélène Visconti

#soocmonday #rainbow  

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Years ago, my best friend asked who out of everyone living or dead would I want to…

Years ago, my best friend asked who out of everyone living or dead would I want to have with me on a desert island.  She thought herself the peak of cleverness for saying "Nobody" because she would not wish such a cruel fate upon her friends.

I answered, with only a moment's thought, "Carl Sagan".  At that time Carl was already lost to us, and after all, you have eternity to experience death, but only a short time to enjoy this life, this earth, this universe. 

And the more I think on it, I don't believe many of us appreciate our universe quite as much as Carl Sagan did.  He shared his love of science and gave us all a better appreciation for the world around us.  And so today #CarlSagan is trending on Google+.

I ♥ you G+ community 🙂  Stay awesome!

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Happy Birthday to Carl Sagan, one of my favorite people in the universe. 

When I named our company Tesseract Mobile, it was because of Carl's explanation of the tesseract and the 4th dimension which you can see in this excerpt from Cosmos. 

This is VERY COOL!!  Trust me.  Watch it.  Yes, I'm talking to you 🙂

Cosmos – Carl Sagan – 4th Dimension

#CarlSagan

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This is a picture of the wafer from my last post, shown in its entirety.  The bands…

This is a picture of the wafer from my last post, shown in its entirety.  The bands of color appear where light hits it, so it sparkles and changes color as you move.  Usually these wafers are chopped up into individual silicon chips, but if a wafer is damaged or scratched in production, they are discarded. 

Since I'm in the tech business (as an app developer) I'm planning to frame my wafers and use them to decorate my office.  But first, I'm taking lots of photos of them from different angles and in different lighting to get interesting effects.  I have good eyesight for tiny details, but the intricacies revealed in macro photos are amazing, and the colors are gorgeous.

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I just got a new shipment of silicon wafers this week!  Very exciting for me, since…

I just got a new shipment of silicon wafers this week!  Very exciting for me, since they are rare and hard to find, but absolutely gorgeous and infinitely fun to photograph.  I got some great bokeh shots of the lights reflecting from this one so I am sharing it today for:

#colorsonfriday +ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer

and #hqspnonnaturephotos +HQSP Non-Nature Photos curated by +Alexandre Fagundes de Fagundes +Rhea Surgimath and +Alison Thurston

and +Macro4All curated by +Walter Soestbergen 

In a moment I'll post a photo of the whole wafer.  I had never seen silicon wafers until I went to the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, California.  They had a bunch of them and I fell in love with the flash and the color.  Even then it took me months to find a source to buy them.  This one came from:   http://stores.ebay.com/Silicon-Wafers-Inc

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