As a photojournalist for many years, I have used an approach when traveling to and from an assignment to never take the same route. Today, it paid off once again.
After covering a breaking news event in the early morning, I decided to head back to the Orlando Sentinel offices by driving through the Parramore neighborhood. At a long-cycle traffic light, I scanned the horizon. To my left in the east, I saw a flash of orange highlighted by the almost blinding light. It was a bird of paradise plant and I knew I could make a picture out of it.
This stunning flower was located in decorative concrete pots along Division Avenue in front of the Geico Parking garage at the Amway Arena. I used a 14mm lens, giving a very wide-angle perspective. To balance against the light of the rising sun and to show the brilliant colors, I also used a small portable flash
This happy discovery shows it pays to be observant in your daily travels. You never know what type of picture you might find.