12 May 12. About 10 minutes after sending out the image for Friday, I received a return email from a friend and fellow photographer on the East Coast saying that she liked my shot better than the one on the cover of the June issue of Outdoor Photographer. As I hadn't yet seen that issue due to total mess of packing up the abode, I asked Jan if she had seen it and she said its near the couch, so I went looking and found it. Sure enough, the two images were very similar. Now OP does a very nice job of crediting the photographers whose work they feature, and for the cover photos there is a regular column talking about the photo. The OP cover photo of poppies was taken in Antelope Valley, CA, and there was a discussion about getting to Antelope Valley CA. Poppy Reserve and the trials and tribulations of getting the poppy image in that location. As I was reading the complete article I couldn't help but think how often it is that we travel, in some cases, all over the world, to get what is literally right under our noses, or feet, in this case. If we would just stop for a moment and observe what is around us we might find our photographic lives far more satisfying. Of course, taking a shot, as I did, of some flowers growing in what is no more than a small patch of dirt against a stone embankment can't possibly compete with the grandeur of Antelope Valley, but if all one is looking to do is a macro shot, and I'm not putting down macro work by any means, you don't have to travel very far to get the shot. My location was walking distance from our house; I visited it again today, and will likely do so again tomorrow because it is fun to have the chance to photograph something so photogenic so easily. As the patch is situated for perfect evening back lit shots, it is the perfect way to begin the evening. I'm sharing with you tonight the shot from the first shoot that is Jan's favorite of that series. It is very different from both my Friday submission and the OP cover shot, but you may appreciate it equally for the differences between the two. ISO 200; 1/320 sec @ f / 9.