Beauty is where you find it. A trite statement but there weren't any obvious photo opportunities at the time this image was captured. I was slowly walking thru a garden in San Diego in late December and most of the vegetation had succumbed to the typical mild Southern California winter. I noticed a Silk Floss tree with mostly flowers well past their peak and noticed this beautiful flower and leaf grouping in a beam of sunlight and surrounded by a dark background.
I always rip off a number of images from different zoom lengths and even change angles. I will then go back and re-shoot all of the images a second time. It's amazing how many times that the second round of images produces a noticeable improvement.
The image above was captured on a D2H with 200-400 VR zoom on carbon tripod with ball head.