13 Nov 15. First I have to acknowledge my major faux pas yesterday in mis-naming Veteran's Day Decoration Day which we should all recognize as the current Memorial Day while Veteran's Day, up until 1954 was correctly called Armistice Day. My apology for the big goof!! Now with today being macro Friday I need to produce something fitting so let's take a look at a flower which I believe should not be blooming in the middle of November, but is at our house, and outside at that. In fact, we have two individuals blooming at this time. Now the front of the house faces in a generally northerly direction, and there is one small section, by small I mean perhaps 5 feet, that sits back a little and as such provides for a rather nicely protected spot and I'm thinking it is somewhat warmer than the surrounding area. At least that's my guess. Planted in this location are a couple of plants that have purple berries that look like plastic pop-it beads. They should be bare branches with the purple berries abundant on them at this time of the year, but our several plants are lush with healthy green leaves. Hanging near them are two fuchsias which are nicely blooming. At the time I shot this image each had but one blossom, now they have several. A bit unusual to my way of thinking, especially when everything else in the yard is now displaying their winter appearance, but these two groups are anything looking winterized. It had just finished raining when I snapped the fuchsia so the water you see dripping from it is natural.
I took the base image and severely cropped out most of the frame, adjusted it for max tonality, and then gave it a tiny amount of micro contrast enhancement. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/60 sec @ f / 5.6 with full flash (in order to reach the flower).