Look Up, Look Down – Early Spring Delights

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Photographs taken this spring at Bellevue Botanic Garden, Everett Arboretum, Washington Park Arboretum, Camano Island, and Kirkland, Washington (yes, we had a little snow the other day, but it melted fast).


33 comments

  1. Lynn, once again your photos are phenomenal! I love that second-to-the-last one with those rays of sunlight. What kind of plant is that? All of them are beautiful. 🙂

  2. The second to last photo is lovely – was it a lucky shot or did you use a special filter or something to separate the coloured rays?

    • It was lucky – no filter. It was late, sun slanting low, so I bent down & faced into it and saw that it was making rays & shot anyway, knowing there was maybe a 50-50 chance it would work out. Back at home, I increased contrast & clarity in Lightroom. I don’t know if you have LR, but I’ve also found that when you alternately slide adjacent colors up & down in luminosity, e.g. increase a little the luminosity of red, decrease orange a little, increase yellow a little, it can add depth and definition to certain shots. So I did that too.

      • Oh boo, but lucky you! It IS melting here, snows are receding daily, and daffys are even poking through the soil; doglet goes out to lie in the sun or on the last of the snow, I got my first whiff of the thawing earth yesterday and saw the first of the geese overhead.

  3. Okay, I just HAVE to get into Daisy and drive out there and then you can teach me how to take such incredible photographs! Each one is delicious. The lighting, the composition, the color. I could frame them all and grace an entire wall in your art. Love the pink and blue (cherry blossoms?) and the slightly snowy forest – looks perfectly mythological and I expected to see a satyr emerging from the woods. Enjoyed as always. 🙂

    • That would be fun! Does Daisy have that little case on the dash? You could pick a new flower at each rest stop…I like that you got a mythological impression from the woods, because as I get to know these woods better I’m seeing that a good portion of their beauty is a certain mysterious, or mythic quality. The pink & blue was snapped with my camera – cherry blossoms in a parking lot – they’re everywhere here. Thank you.

      • Yes, Daisy does have a vase and it currently has a plastic daisy. Yes, plastic. Oh, the shame! But love the idea of a cross country flower picking road trip and her vase would be busting at its seams and then I could press them all and have a wonderful memento. Oh what fun! And speaking of fun, what fun you must be having exploring your woods and getting lost in a mythological wonderland. 🙂


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