Had a fantastic afternoon at the botanical garden! 

Inspired by #TulipSaturday  curated by the delightful +Marilyn Benham +Eustace James and +Measie Elizabeth.  Thank you all for giving me a good excuse for a photo trek 😉
 
Cropped, but otherwise #SOOC  for #soocsaturday   #soocsunday   #soocphotography  

Had a fantastic afternoon at the botanical garden!
Inspired by #TulipSaturday  curated by the delightful +Marilyn Benham +Eustace James and +Measie Elizabeth.  Thank you all for giving me a good excuse for a photo trek 😉

Cropped, but otherwise #SOOC  for #soocsaturday   #soocsunday   #soocphotography  

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Hello G+ friends!!

For the last few weeks, I've been working like mad to finish the new update to our Solitaire MegaPack and Solitaire Free Pack, so I haven't been on G+ as much as I'd like. 

The update went out last night and it's gotten great reviews and raised us 3 spots in the ranking!  The best news is, now I have some free time to hang out on G+ again and share some new neat photos.

This is the stigma of a Dianthus flower.  The older the flower got, the more coiled the stigma became 🙂  The photo is SOOC so yes, the stigma really is that purple!  

Big thanks to +Monica Frank for giving me this flower from her garden!

For #hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers by +Werner Polwein +Larry Henley and +Nicole Best

  #macro4all +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Mark O'Callaghan   +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All )

#MacroMonday #macrophotography #floralphotography  
#soocsunday #sooc #soocmonday #Allthingspurple #extrememacro #dianthus #stigma #flowerphotography

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I might have started today's post by warning about the futility of photographing…

I might have started today's post by warning about the futility of photographing snow on a warm winter day.  Indeed, it's not easy taking pictures of flakes that are melting faster than you can photograph them.

But this was photo #3 from today's efforts, and it is the FIRST snowflake photograph that I've posted completely #SOOC .  It's not even cropped!

Don't know how I got so lucky with this shot.  Check it out full screen.  The details are ~ cool ~

Later I'll post a few more of my shots from today.  Some of the results were 'interesting', like the various 6-pointed watery blobs that seem to insinuate the shape of a snowflake. 

I did a lot of photos on leaves, simply because the snow seemed to melt more slowly against a leaf than against my usual background.  The resulting images combine the delicate beauty of the snowflakes with the intimate macro details of some old, soggy, weathered autumn foliage. 

It looks better than it sounds.  Good thing I never had to make my living in sales 😉   

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I thought this would be perfect for the "Dreamy" theme on Macro Monday. …

I thought this would be perfect for the "Dreamy" theme on Macro Monday.  Believe it or not, this is #SOOC .  Can anyone guess what it is?  Here's a hint – you probably have some in your house right now.

For +Macro Monday #macromonday curated by +Kerry Murphy +Kelli Seeger Kim and +Jennifer Eden

Also for #mysterymonday curated by +Marie Hélène Visconti

#soocmonday #rainbow  

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