I went for a walk in the rain today, and on a whim decided to trek into a field I know well for its orchid population in spring. It’s really too soon for any orchids; they shouldn’t be there until next month, but I figured what the heck…
And there they were. None in full bloom yet, but quite a few pushing up their buds and several in that beautiful phase where the flower head is just about to unwrap and unfold.
I thought, “I’ve got to come back tomorrow with my Fuji camera and get some macro shots of these.” And then I thought about how fast flowers unfold, and how likely it was that this particular one would not appear the same in 24 hours of time…so I pulled out my iPhone, which goes with me on every walk because it houses my music library, and snapped a few pictures.
Dang if they don’t look pretty good.
Then I went over to the only open flower in the field (visible at the top of the above photo) and took a picture of that.
You can probably see from this why they’re called Naked Man Orchids (Orchis italica).
As I tucked my phone (and earbud cords) back into my raincoat and resumed my walk, I thought about the photographer’s idiom that the best camera for the job is the one you have with you. It’s true.
But I’m still taking my Fuji back for macro shots.