Five minutes for attempted world domination
Bonsai trees take years of growing, pruning and patience to produce things that are...well...plants. So I'm not really a horticulturalist, but the end results of bonsai dedication can be interesting from certain angles. I played with some bokeh in this shot to focus on the sharp red contrast of the petals.
What made things a little more interesting was the humidity of the room next door, which was supposed to mimic a rainforest. Every time the door opened a rush of wet air blanketed the room. Not so bad once you were in the room, but coming in from a New York winter, it made things rather touchy upon entry because I didn't want my camera to fog up. I got a good tip from a camera podcast though: stick your gear in a Ziploc bag when it's cold out. Once you get inside, the condensation will build up on the plastic of the bag rather than the glass of your lens. Then wait for everything to come to room temperature before taking things out.
f/2.0, 1/320 sec, ISO 100