Flowers at night

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On the Monday before Christmas, it was just starting to look like fall. The cypress trees were starting to turn colors. My sister and I headed to the Largo Botanical Gardens to see the Christmas lights there. Since she had not been to the gardens before, we got there a little early to walk around in daylight. It got dark fast.

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I’m not going to try to identify all of these flowers. I’ll just say this one is “pretty pink and yellow.”

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This one looks like a type of hibiscus.

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The tag on this tree said this was a Christmas ornament tree. I’m sure there’s a more scientific name for it. The tree was pretty all full of these.

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Basic hibiscus flower. My dad used to grow these in the backyard in Clearwater.

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Bright yellow hibiscus.

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Orchid. This was inside the visitor’s center.

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A big fish in the fish pond inside the visitor’s center.

The Monday before Christmas was a very busy day. Since my sister was visiting from South Dakota, we were trying to cram in as much stuff as we could. We started out at the zoo, had a quick lunch then drove over to the TECO plant where the manatee viewing center is. Since the weather was still warm, there wasn’t a ton of manatees in the warm water there but it was still a fun trip. After stopping by the house to change, we drove over to Largo to walk around the gardens. They drench the gardens in lights for the holiday. I brought my tripod but ended up not using it. I just turned on my flash and used my 300mm lens. The flowers popped more at night than when I try to take them during the day. It got crowded fast so we left and headed out for dinner.

Shine the Divine