Minnesota 2015 Part 2

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Minnesota 2015 Part 2

Post by Roanoker » Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:11 pm

Good enough to eat.
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If you are interested in tree bark…
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You can spot my husband and son way out in the field.
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Pink hair.
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This looks like a flower convention where the cones prevail.
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Grabbing all he can get.
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We must be off the beaten path.
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Picture inside itself.
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Paths, trees and flowers. Who could ask for more?
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Bedraggled, but standing tall.
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Convention attention shifts to black-eyed susans.
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Not to be ignored.
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Re: Minnesota 2015 Part 2

Post by Roanoker » Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:34 am

Trees and flowers.
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I have a thing for grass and stalks.
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This flower can’t decide what it wants to be.
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Field of flowers.
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Flowers don’t discriminate.
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Anyone for purple?
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My son, taking a picture with his iPhone. Must have been a flower in there.
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Bee…careful!
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Showoff.
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Spindly, but stalks nonetheless.
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This clover bloom stands out.
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Another showoff.
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Re: Minnesota 2015 Part 2

Post by Roanoker » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:24 am

The red grass seems to be screaming, “Pick me! Pick Me!”
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These daisies did their best to hide in the grass. But I found them.
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Trying to get along.
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Almost unreal.
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A bee does his thing in the middle.
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It’s as if they are posing for my camera.
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My son, getting a bee shot.
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And here is mine.
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Can you hear them ring?
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Flowers will grow out of anything.
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Bad hair day.
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Let’s all get together.
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Re: Minnesota 2015 Part 2

Post by Roanoker » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:08 pm

We see Canada geese all the time around the lake behind our house. These were spotted in Minnesota, closer to their home.
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My son, getting a picture of a cooperating sunflower with his iPhone.
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My turn. Hmm. It’s a little buggy.
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Odd cluster. I cut around it and did a lens blur on the background. Now it looks almost 3D.
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It’s as if they are all thumbing for a ride.
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I like the way the trees frame the lake.
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It is the next day, 8/10/15, and we are visiting the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Flowers are a big deal here.
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Their visitor center looks like a hotel lobby.
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In case you want to find your way around...
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I like cone flowers.
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But they have to share their space.
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Love those leaves.
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Re: Minnesota 2015 Part 2

Post by Roanoker » Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:56 pm

It’s like a rose and a half.
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This rose has some company.
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The original picture, with just one “doorway,” was portrait-oriented. I plopped it into a larger portion of itself.
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This is the Japanese portion of the arboretum.
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Another way to deal with a portrait-oriented image.
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Green peace.
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If bells could be sad...
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My son makes his way through the forest.
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This bloom is no larger than my fingernail.
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I suppose this rock means something to my son, who has a thing for geology.
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To me, this is a beautiful flower. The lighting is nice, too.
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This one can’t decide what color it should be.
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Re: Minnesota 2015 Part 2

Post by Roanoker » Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:06 am

It appears we are walking towards a woodland garden.
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Cute and pretty.
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They jump out at you.
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Don’t fence me in.
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It may look as if I had laid these blossoms and leaves on a glass table, but I actually cut around the items, softened the background, applied a “glass” filter, and added a slight shadow.
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I took some liberties with this originally portrait-oriented image.
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I have a fondness for white birch trees. These were standing in a mass of ferns.
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I couldn’t stand the over-exposed petals, so I applied a little texture to them.
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A closer look at the ferns
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I’m actually surprised at how well this originally portrait-oriented picture turned out. I used a larger section of the image for the background and selectively cut away the hard edges of the image on top. Tree edges made it easier.
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Can you call those spiky things petals?
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The one on the left needs to try harder.
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Re: Minnesota 2015 Part 2

Post by Roanoker » Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:56 pm

The bee fits in with this odd bloom.
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My son is too big to live in this house.
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Daisies cheer you on your way.
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Be it ever so humble...
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This tree holds its own picture.
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You never know what will grow in a field left to its own devices.
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The grass must share its space.
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Not sure what demands a shelter here.
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Smiles all around.
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Cone flowers are always dramatic.
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Even in the shade.
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A star is born! Maybe several.
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Re: Minnesota 2015 Part 2

Post by Roanoker » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:01 am

Sometimes white flowers are difficult to photograph because they tend to appear overexposed. These behaved nicely and even pop.
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One might wonder why the pavement stops abruptly. The wild field beyond is an acceptable excuse.
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This poor sunflower stalk can barely support all of its customers.
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This picture started out as a portrait-oriented image, as seen on the right side. The left side is a larger rendition of the...left side!
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The clouded sky must have prompted my flash to activate, brightening the flower things in the foreground to a glowing appearance.
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This once-attractive flower will not give up, in spite of many intrusions.
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I call this a wallflower, with a klutzy frame.
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If you sit on this bench too long, the sunflowers will overtake you.
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This is a hopefully interesting treatment of a portrait-oriented image.
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The sky-reaching grass is in focus here, but we mustn’t overlook the floral floor. (Say floral floor five times fast.)
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Ah, the beloved cone flowers, with their very own explanatory sign.
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What must lie on the other side of that fence?
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