While walking along the side of the Aiken County Historical Museum building, after having worked the back gardens, some small, bright flowers caught my eye. They were in their own pots arranged along the stairs that lead up to a patio with a couple more strategically placed to embellish the area. With several to pick from, I chose the subject in my Wandering Jew piece for a compositional reason – it had the best background. Being able to utilize a nearly black background, thanks to an opportune shadow, is one method of removing any potential clutter. I’ve previously written about my preference for using only natural light, and this is an example of how, under the right conditions, it’s possible to compose in a way that looks like a flash was utilized. A darker background can help the subject stand out against it, and one doesn’t always need an additional light source to accomplish that. I like the sweeping, vertical arcs and the little bead-like, glassy looking strands coming off from the filaments. The high level of detail allows surface textures to be seen.