Red Bird of Paradise – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Each week I share some shots from a photo shoot. Sometimes the shots are really good and sometimes not so good. I try to give you the good, bad and ugly from the shoot, because frankly when you shoot 30 –  40 pictures, all of them aren’t going to turn out stunning. This week’s share is the exception, I really had a hard time because all of the shots I did on this shoot came out beautiful. Really, Kirt…beautiful?? Yes, beautiful!! I did this shoot last year at this same time of year at my mother-in-law’s house. She was hosting us while we were house hunting in the Phoenix area.  I narrowed it down to five that I thought highlighted the beauty of this plant. The Red Bird of Paradise (that is the correct name for the red blooming plant, but most people around here call this the Mexican Bird of Paradise which is technically a yellow blooming plant slightly different…just a disclaimer) is  just coming into its own this time of year. Our spring blooms are gone and we are now in the trenches of summer in the desert. This is the time of year where we have temperatures just below 110 F every day with plenty of sunshine. While this begins to take its toll on a number of flowering plants, this species has spent all spring quickly growing into  bushes and are now starting to bloom (sensitive to frost and going dormant during the winter, they grow very quickly into 3 ft tall bushes packed with blooms).  Enjoy the beauty of the desert…..

Red Bird of Paradise 1

Red Bird of Paradise 1

To give you a perspective of the bush size…..and yes this shot could use some cropping, but the plant’s still beautiful 🙂

Red Bird of Paradise 2

Red Bird of Paradise 2

Red Bird of Paradise 3

Red Bird of Paradise 3

Red Bird of Paradise 4

Red Bird of Paradise 4

Red Bird of Paradise 5

Red Bird of Paradise 5

Beautiful plant isn’t it? Adds a strong touch of color to the desert landscaping. Thoughts?

 

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