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In Carmel, California at the Church of the Wayfarer, there is a Biblical Garden featuring plants mentioned in the scriptures. I have often gone there in the spring and summer to see what's blooming. One foggy August day in 1995 I found this lily. I was trying out the 25 speed Kodak Royal Gold film, to see how it worked with flowers. There are very few color-print films that properly capture the subtle tones of a flower, at least to my satisfaction. As you can see, this film was a winner.
The summer fog of the Monterey Peninsula is a blessing for this type of work. It provides a soft, even light, avoiding harsh shadows and highlights. There was a slight breeze, so I had to be careful with movement. I set the aperture as small as I dared without getting too slow a shutter speed, and waited several minutes for the breeze to subside long enough to make the photograph.
Keeping with the theme of the Biblical Garden, I gave this a title based on a passage from the Sermon On The Mount, specifically Matthew 6:25-33. A good thought to reflect on as you enjoy the image.
Photo Copyright James B. Toy
May 1st, 2014
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