16 May 11. In between our rain and wind this past week have been moments of rather beautiful weather. To read the weather reports one would think that it was a constant stormy week, and although it felt like it more often than not, there were moments that were simply delightful. The majority of them came in the p.m. portion of the days, and the lovely evening light offered several opportunities for turning the lens on the local scenery. This image arises in our back yard, and is visible from where I type these tomes. When we returned in '06 we noticed that our daughter had planted a bleeding heart just outside the kitchen window, and we have watched it grow larger each year with some pleasure. This year it had reached a diameter of roughly 5 feet and perhaps 3 feet in height, so we get a delightful show of off season Christmas colors from it each year for better than 3 months. It is currently approaching its peak display, and as such putting on quite a show when the light is right. This image is highly cropped so as to show just a portion of one branch out of perhaps 50, but other than that it is basically as shot. Five p.m.light and almost no wind provided the colors as you see them. ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f / 6.3.