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On Memorial Day I took my kids down to the park to play. These beautiful wildflowers were growing in the grass near the path. They look like a silver bush lupine or maybe a sierra lupine.

lupines in the grass by Dawna Morton
lupines in the grass by Dawna Morton

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A sprig of purplish-blue and white lupine flowers glow with afternoon sunlight against a softly focused, focal black and white background of green grasses.

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lupines in the grass 2 by Dawna Morton
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A sprig of purplish-pink and white lupine flowers glow softly with afternoon sunlight against a softly focused, focal black and white background of warm toned green grasses.

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Back in mid May I got these beautiful pictures after dropping the kids off at school in the morning. It had just finished raining and the sun came out, shining beautifully on the irises that bloom beside my driveway. Then I had some fun playing around with graduated tints and such to make these photos even more dramatic.

Here is one with a sepia tint that has been warmed, had the saturation boosted a bit, as well as having had a few other changes made to it. I love the copper tones in it as well as the old fashioned feel that is enhanced by the white picket fence in the back ground.

Raindrops on Purple Irises #6 by Dawna Morton
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In this copper tinted photo a purple iris covered in raindrops stands near a telephone pole in front of a gravel road framed by a white picket fence.

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Raindrops on Purple Irises #7, darker by Dawna Morton
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This soft and dreamy photo of a purple iris in the green grass in front of a white house has been given an abstracted impressionistic style. Covered in raindrops this beautiful flower stands out from the muted greens, pink and lavender gray background.

This picture started out with a house and several cars in the background. After removing the cars and making several other changes, I decided I liked the house but wanted it softer.  So then I opened it up with paint.net and multiple layers with a variety of layer properties to  make the background more soft and abstract as well as using picassa to make some other changes. This turned out beautifully with this picture; however, as I was writing this blog post it became apparent to me that the house in the background was drawing too much attention away from the flower which was supposed to be the main focal point.

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The next picture darkens the house with some blue and purple tones as well as simplifying and darkening the foreground surrounding the flower. The results are truly lovely.

Raindrops on Purple Irises #7, nightshade by Dawna Morton
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This soft and dreamy photo of a purple iris in the green grass in front of a house has been given an abstracted impressionistic style. Covered in raindrops this beautiful flower stands out from the dark background of blues, purples and greens.

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Raindrops on Purple Irises #8 by Dawna Morton
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A purple iris stands in front of a gravel driveway leading to a patch of glowing blue sky between a row of trees. Covered in raindrops, this beautiful flower sparkles in the sun.

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Raindrops on Purple Irises #9 by Dawna Morton
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A soft and dreamy photo of a purple iris bud beginning to blossom surrounded by an abstracted impressionistic background of greens and earthy reds. Covered in raindrops this beautiful flower sparkles in the spring sunlight.

This photo uses the same photo editing process I described above. I love almost metallic glittery sheen on the flower  in combination with the abstract almost flame-like patterns of brownish-red and green in the background.

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Raindrops on Purple Irises #10 by Dawna Morton
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A purple iris bud covered in raindrops, surrounded by green grasses, and sparkling in the spring sunlight appears like a Christmas light amid the branches of a Christmas tree.

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Back in mid May I got these beautiful pictures after dropping the kids off at school in the morning. It had just finished raining and the sun came out, shining beautifully on the irises that bloom beside my driveway. Then I had some fun playing around with graduated tints and such to make these photos even more dramatic.

Raindrops on Purple Irises #1 by Dawna Morton

Raindrops on Purple Irises #1 by Dawna Mortonsee it framed

A group of purple irises stands in the green grass in front of a darkened forest background. Covered in raindrops these beautiful flowers sparkle in the sun.

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Raindrops on Purple Irises #2 by Dawna Morton
Raindrops on Purple Irises #2 by Dawna Mortonsee it framed

A purple iris stands in the green grass in front of a darkened background. Covered in raindrops this beautiful flower sparkles dreamily in the sun. This one seems a little more sultry to me than the first one.

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Raindrops on Purple Irises #3 by Dawna Morton
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In this Aquamarine-tinted photo a purple iris stands in the green grass in front of a darkened background. Covered in raindrops this beautiful flower sparkles dreamily as if it were glowing in the moonlight. I love the color and mood of this.

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Raindrops on Purple Irises #4 by Dawna Morton
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A purple iris and several buds stand in the green grass in front of a gravel road and a radiantly glowing white picket fence. Covered in raindrops these beautiful flowers sparkles dreamily in the sun. A lone ball of dandelion fluff evokes a wistful feeling of wishing for a return of happy days long gone by.

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Raindrops on Purple Irises #5 by Dawna Morton
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A purple iris with buds stands near a telephone pole in the green grass in front of a gravel road. Covered in raindrops this beautiful flower sparkles dreamily in the yellow tinted sunlight, as a ghostly white ball off dandelion fluff stands off to the side like a reminder of past dreams.

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One morning when I was dropping my son off for school late (AGAIN), I saw these unusual looking mushrooms growing in the grass under some conifers by the parking lot. They were HUGE –at least 3-5 inches across and reminded me of something out of Alice in Wonderland. Some of them were deep red, others deep yellowish-orange, and one was a silvery white.  All of them had these big warty light colored patches all over them. I was really glad I had my camera on me ; )   The yellower ones even reminded me a bit of a sesame seed hamburger bun LOL. Intrigued, I decided to check on wikipedia to see if I could figure out what they were. Right at the top of their article about mushroom was a picture of one Amanita muscaria just like what I had photographed. I was astonished to find what I was looking for so easily. It turns out they are quite poisonous and get their common name (fly agaric or fly Amanita) from an ancient practice of using them to attract and kill flies.

Amanita muscaria var. formosa. or possibly  var. guessowii ? Globe shaped, immature yellowish orange mushroom speckled with warts ALL over the cap. Resembling a sesame seed hamburger bun, this poisonous mushroom is surrounded by grass covered in beads of morning dew.

A mature reddish brown Amanita Muscaria mushroom,  with tan warts which has become  concave– exposing the open gills below,  stands on dew covered grass strewn with pine needles.

Immature red amanita muscaria mushroom (possibly var. flavivolvata ?) with tan warts on a lawn of brown and green dew drop covered grass mixed with clover.

A large red amanita muscaria var. flavivolvata mushroom stands on a lawn bejeweled with drops of morning dew. When seen at full resolution, even the shadows of each wart on it are visible, showing each facet of it’s 3 dimensions.Almost hidden behind it is a newly forming amanita muscaria. Beyond is a lighter colored, and oddly shaped, amanita muscaria var. formosa which is fully open, exposing the gills to view.

Two amanita muscaria (probably var. guessowii) mushrooms of different sizes and maturity on a dew covered field of grass and clover strewn with pine needles. On the very large one, one of the warts reminds me of the spaceship Enterprise.

Two amanita muscaria var. guessowii mushrooms  cuddle up together lovingly, surrounded by dew covered grass.

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Two amanita muscaria var. guessowii stand on field of dew covered grass. One is mature and open–but partially eaten by pests, the other immature and sheltered under cover of the older one. Both have characteristic light colored, bumpy warts  and yellowish orange coloring which is a deeper, redder color in the center.

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Daisy Macro #1I have to admit that although I have owned my digital camera for more than 3 years, it was not until last month that I finally tried out the macro feature on it. I’m still learning to use it. The first several pictures were pretty blurry. It is also often disorienting trying to locate my desired focal point when focusing on such a tiny area. Daisies and red moth

The first time I tried it out I had a wiggly kid in hand, so those ones did not turn out, but I tried again at the park and managed to get some of those tiny daisies that grow in the grass.

There was a really pretty red moth flitting around that I wanted a close up of. I wanted one of it in mid flight, but had a hard time getting it in the view finder on close up that quickly. Finally it landed in the middle of a clump of miniature daisies for a while.

I also got some close up shots of some buttercups in the grass. I did have some difficulty getting the camera to focus on the flowers instead of the grass when I got up as close as i wanted.buttercup macro #1

I will need to spend more time practicing with this feature. It’s been fun so far. I’d like to be able to get even more close to the flowers than these ones.

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