Sometimes good images are just there for the taking and other times, one has to conceive of and then execute a shot plan.
While on a Sunday drive along a gravel road near Qu'Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan, I passed one of hundreds of roadside ponds with ducks, geese, muskrats and all manner of other fauna supported by healthy clean wetlands.
I had tried several times to just sit and wait until ducks took flight, to capture them in the air and thereby lend an element of dynamism to my photograph. This proved to be a great deal more waiting and a whole lot less shooting than I had anticipated, so in this case I set up the camera and pointed it to an area of grass and reeds on a small hillock across the pond.
I did this to pre-establish my exposure with a high shutter speed so I could then toss a rock into the water behind my subjects in hopes they would fly through my frame. As luck would have it, this mated pair did just that AND had the decency to stay close together and flap their wings in such a manner as to allow the male to be fully "down flap" while the female is fully up.
One of the great joys of my life is to discover small, hidden, generally unseen aspects of my environment so I can bring them too late light and provide them the recognition they so richly deserve.
This lone Robert Geranium blossom was housed in in a vintage wooden flower pot that had seen better days and was really now just hosting whatever native plants could take a foothold. At roughly a quarter inch in diameter this little gem is most often missed unless planted in great quantity where they can collectively put on a show. I really liked the limp, jumbled foliage that accompanied this little survivor, giving it a place to shine amongst the drab detritus below.