Lacy plumes of goldenrod bloom in the meadows of Yosemite Valley.  Processed in Photoshop Elements by adjusting levels and burning.  I also added just a touch of Topaz Simplify.

Camera settings: Canon T1i, F/8, 1/320 sec., ISO 320, focal length 250 mm.  No flash


Fantasy Flower

A wildflower processed in Photoshop Elements with my own texture, Topaz Detail, adjusted levels and burning.   Hope you like it!  The texture was applied over the photo at 75% overlay.

Camera settings: Olympus Stylus 7010, f/3, 1/160 sec., ISO 64, focal length 5 mm.  No flash.


This little filaree blossom is no more than 1/2 ” in diameter.  I love this pastureland plant because of its sweet, five-petaled lavender blossoms. When green it is excellent fodder for horses and cattle.  When dry, the blossoms form into nasty little stickers that really stick to your socks!.  The stickers are in the shape of a seed on the end of a corkscrew.  When they get wet the corkscrew unwinds; thereby planting the seed in the ground.  Cool, huh?   Only processing here is crop, levels, high pass filter and burning.

Camera settings: F/3.5, 1/105 sec., ISO 64 and focal length 6.3 mm.