17 Jul 12. I mentioned a while back that my sister had paid us a visit and brought as a house warming gift this vibrant orange flower from Ecuador, one I had never seen before. It's been blooming in our kitchen green house window for almost two months now but is nearing the end of the pretty stage. As she is once again visiting I thought it appropriate to share the flower with you. I took a few shots of it about 3 weeks ago when it was pretty much in its prime and that is what you are seeing today. The original was a bit busy and had lots of hot spots due to how it was photographed, so I've cropped the original a fair amount and removed the hot spots by cloning them out with neighboring pixels. Plus I've added a bit of sharpening which made for a slightly noisier result. I've left the noise in the image as I like the "texture" it has added overall, although as a result it no longer accurately represent the blossoms. However, the colors you should see are a very accurate representation of the orange color of the plant and I guess the reason for its name, Orange Star. Apparently there are five different varieties of this plant, and they share the common name of Sun Star. Nikon D300s; Aperture Priority; 18 - 200; ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f / 8.