These photos are very different, but also very much alike.
The differences are obvious. Spikey vs. soft, dark vs. light, dry vs. wet.But what about them is the same? Neither of them were taken under ideal conditions. The thistle was taken in mid-afternoon light. Kind of harsh, but it shows through the spines nicely. Conventional photographic wisdom dictates that landscape and floral phototgraphy is best done just a bit after dawn and a bit before sunset, but that isn’t always possible. Daylilies don’t open fully until the sun hits them, by which time the light is really too bright to get a good shot. This near-white, called “Gentle Shepherd” is particularly difficult to capture, but I was pretty happy with this one.What is all contrasty in your world these days?