The Arboretum is a favorite photography haunt. Our recent busy weekends are not conducive to getting to the Arboretum, so we went this past Tuesday to make sure we didn’t miss the crabapple blossoms this year. Spring has come so early this year; the crabapples are normally blooming mid-May, but they’ve been out this entire past week.

The blossoms were marvelous, and the fragrance was so intoxicating, that we had to drag ourselves away in order to catch the Tulip garden before sunset (when the Arboretum closes).

The Zeiss 50mm has turned out to be an amazing flower lens — the background blur (bokeh, in photo-speak) is wild when shooting wide-open at f/1.4. Combined with the incredible saturation the lens provides and subjects almost take on a painting-like quality. I’ve taken many macro shots of flowers, but nothing quite like these! I must strive to use this effect in new and novel ways, as it can get very old very fast…