These lovely blooms were in a heated greenhouse, but even after searching in my flower books I still can't identify them. The second image is of a plant with beautiful petals which looked like frosted sugar with the sun shining behind them. I guess at least one of you will know what they are!
More seeds, this time rich red ones of the pomegranate. So many orange and red colours this time of year, can't help but be cheered up by them! You really have to work hard to get these to eat, the word 'digging' comes to mind. They are supposed to be really good for you once you've got them all out!
A little bit of Photoshop using the previous image, using my own textures, masks and frames. Yesterday I wanted to do a still life using autumn bits and pieces, eg leaves, dandelion seedhead, chrysanthemums, but nothing seemed to go right. I tried various combinations with bottles, wooden bowls and finally decided to give up. As I was packing away and trying to carry everything to another room, I put some seed heads into the jar to carry them - and voila! I liked the result! Maybe I was trying too hard!
Two more of the dandelion - the first with one of my textures which was a photo of the side of an old boat, the second with a solid colour adjustment layer added, hue blend mode. Both with natural light using a piece of cardboard covered with foil to reflect a bit more brightness.
I love looking at the small detail, especially in natural objects. There is something so fascinating about the design. Who could have thought of something so small but effective?! The name apparently comes from the shape of the leaves which someone decided looked like lion's teeth, hence 'dent de lion'. Better not mention the other French name!
I bought this small basket in a market in St Cast in Brittany where we went for our summer holiday. It's been put to good use since then! Although it's officially autumn we are having some warm summer days! Hope it lasts.