Thank you for your kind words and critique of this prickly Pear Bloom.
No I did not use a flash in this shot, the sun is usually so strong down here in SW Florida it is not needed, and causes overexposure. The top is a bit over-exposed from the sunlight itself.
I have a macro setting on my camera, that i used to capture it. I suppose when I think of a macro shot, it is more along the lines of seeing the eyes of a spider or something like that. Also have a macro lens, but did not use it in this shot.
Florida is a nice place to live, most of the time. Although I'm tiring of the heat fast! I am originally from upstate NY and miss the seasonal changes along with the mountains. Would much rather have a snowy day to deal with, right about now :)
Thanks again, for all of your input and advice.
Prickly Pear Bloom (8)