As I was walking through Foster’s Botanical Gardens, I kept getting whiffs of warm chocolate — the delicate, expensive, buttery kind. Â I figured it was coming from one of the shops across the street, especially since I caught the scent much more consistently as IÂ approachedÂ the Vineyard BoulevardÂ boundaryÂ of the garden.
Then I saw the most incredible flowering bush and approached it for a closer look — and smell. This is the source of that rich, though subtle, buttery, warm-chocolate scent! Tree Lilies, Portlandia dominensis, a slow growing, flowering bush native to Cuba and Jamaica.
All the trumpets point downward, so I did what any self-respecting photographer would do — I laid down on the ground and took a picture! Â It was approaching noon, the sun was straight over head and shining very brightly through the foliage. Â I couldn’t get a clear sharp image focus that didn’t wash out the edges of the petal, so I decided instead to go for this soft focus shot — and I love it.
In case you’re wondering why I didn’t wiggle a bit further under the bush for a more shaded shot, I had already stretched out on freshly watered, still wet lawn. Any further under the tree and I would be in Â mud. Â I guess, that means I am more dedicated to my car’s interior than I am to my photography. Â Alas.