We had our first deep freeze last night, so I went ahead and cut these two rose buds off my Belinda’s Dream rose bush. It’s a Texas Superstar plant, and it’s hard not to love a plant that has earned this status–it’s almost guaranteed as “no-fail.”
After having easy success with it at our previous house, I knew I would miss it when we moved. I successfully propagated it according to my friend LaRena’s instructions, but without a sunny place to plant the roses at our new home (aptly named The Shady Acre), I eventually gave the cuttings away to friends.
Three years ago, on our seventh anniversary, we ended up buying another Belinda’s Dream. We still didn’t have a good place to plant it, but I just couldn’t resist. If any rose could survive on the Shady Acre, it would be Belinda’s Dream. It doesn’t get enough sun, and it’s still in its plastic two-gallon container (just set in the flowerbed), but it still gives me a few blooms. They are beautiful, and they smell just heavenly. Like the popular Knock-out roses, these can take our heat and humidity (or drought). They don’t bloom as prolifically as Knock-out, but the blooms are larger, smell sweeter, and great for cuttings.
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: 28-105 mm f/3.5-4.5 D
Focal length: 56mm
Shutter speed: 1/200
The first shot (left) was fine, but it wasn’t what I was looking for. For the better shot (right), I moved the cuttings farther away from the daffodil foliage. The bokeh (blur) was infinitely better, and the sunlight was exactly what I was looking for–I love the sun’s reflection on the bottle (I found the bottle in the mud after a heavy rain here on the Shady Acre).
When you’re using a slow lens with limited aperture (most kit lenses), you have to be a little more creative with composition to get the bokeh. I took twelve pictures to get one that I liked. I probably would have taken more, but this little guy was getting cold and restless…