Zooming in on this elongated aloe vera flower bud threw everything, including the top and bottom of the bud, out of focus. I used a color vignette to add interest to the blurry background. This potted aloe plant has been living in the shade on our lanai for many years, growing bigger and bigger and even falling over at one point under its own weight; however, it has never produced a flower. I didn’t even know they did! Believe me, this tall spike, about three feet high, popped up overnight and was a complete surprise. I can hardly wait for it to open!