This photo is for the waitress at Gatsby Mansion Inn & Restaurant.
On our first night in Victoria, it was raining quite hard so we pretty much had the entire restaurant to ourselves. They have great food by the way! Anyway, so we had this very friendly waitress serving us and had a nice long conversation with her about life on Vancouver Island. She had a lot of great things to say about Beacon Hill Park so I kept that in the back of my mind during our stay in Victoria. I ended up spending two early mornings and an afternoon wandering around the park before I finally saw the beauty that she had described. It is a little dirty around the fringes with a few homeless sleeping overnight but the garden is landscaped very beautifully with many types of flowers, water fountains and ponds. These red flowers were my favorite though I don’t know the name of the species. Beacon Hill Park was a fun place to take pictures.
Since purchasing the Canon 70-200mm f4 lens a few months ago, it has renewed my interest in photographing flowers. I like the nice blur that the background areas have with this lens. I haven’t really mentioned it on this blog but when I was first starting out with 35mm slide film in 2002, I learned the basics of exposure, depth of field and composition by practicing on flowers and landscaping at Descanso Garden, Huntington Botanical Gardens and the L.A. County Arboretum. I had little interest in the subject matter as landscape photography was what I really wanted to do but it was a good learning experience. But now, I can legitimately say that I enjoy photographing flowers.