Ok, so it's part of an experiment and exercise in timing, trying to get the shutter going to capture some interesting drops of water I'm throwing into a dish while getting the flash and reflector to illuminate it interestingly and clearly. Admittedly I need further practice, but I ended up being impressed with the completely unexpected pure sparkle effect that water droplets can give when shot with a ray of light. You could stick one of those in a ring and impress a girl!
I sourced this from the vacant lot around the corner thinking it was chamomile, but it might just be some sort of daisy. I think it's artsy and pretty... although it's kind of weird to compliment a weed like that since these things usually just get pulled out from the lawn along with 4-letter words.
I didn't see a label for this plant in the Bloedel Conservatory, but it's some sort of tropical that thrives in a humid environment (if anybody knows the variety then please let me know). Normally in Vancouver lush natural surroundings aren't for want, but the dead yellow grass everywhere illustrates that this summer has been dry as a bone.