Solitary

Single Double Delight rosebud.  Processed in Photoshop Elements 6 by adjusting levels and dodging and burning.   Font is Marka.

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/2.8, 1/2500 sec., ISO 1600, focal length 100 mm.  No flash.

Open Up Already!!

This honey bee is impatient for this daffodil to open!  Soon he will have plenty to work with as the fruit trees here in the valley will be blooming in the next few weeks.  Almonds are generally first, along with plums, nectarines and apricots.  We have a Blossom Trail here that I will try to travel down once things really start blooming.  But for now, enjoy this little guy and his hunt for pollen.  I cropped, adjusted levels and dodged and burned.

Camera settings: F/5.6, 1/320 sec., ISO 200, focal length 250 mm.

Simplicity

These will be blooming by tomorrow or the next day.  It’s been warm and wet the last couple of weeks.  Almost everything in nature represents simplicity to me.  This newborn blossom seemed a fitting subject for the theme.  Adjusted levels and burned.

Camera settings: F/8.0, 1/320 sec., ISO 1000, focal length 225.0 mm.  Aperture priority.