In the past, it seems photographers would avoid sun flare at all costs, thinking it ruined photos. In recent years, however, many photographers are using sun flare creatively to add interest to all subjects including outdoor portraits, landscapes, nature shots, etc. I wouldn't use sun flare purposefully in most of my photos, but sometimes it is fun and does make what might be a simple composition more interesting. Since I recently posted several images using sun flare I thought I'd post this one I took yesterday. Actually, the flare was an unexpected bonus as I wasn't planning on it. This type of cactus, (can't remember the name), is beautiful when back light by the sun, creating fuzzy rims of light. The sun was getting low in the horizon and I loved the way this cactus was highlighted while the surrounded area was not. But I did not notice the sun flare until I downloaded to the computer. A fun surprise. I love the interesting streaks of light and how it lands on the cactus perfectly. No skill here, just luck!