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.
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 🙂
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
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+.
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.
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:
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