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Springtime Blooms

Yep, just in time for fall – I finished post-processing some flower images that I did back in the spring.  I love that delicate “everything is fresh and new” feel to springtime flowers.  Plus, when you’re sick in bed with the flu for a week, post-processing makes you feel better! :)

Dahlia
Dahlia

Dahlias don’t tend to last long in my Central Florida backyard.  I think it’s too hot for them.  But this one was so pretty when I saw it at the garden department that I bought it just to photograph. Then it surprised me by living through the whole summer!

Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are some of my favorite flowers of springtime.  Depending on the acidity of the soil, they bloom either pink or blue.   Mine must be confused – I get blooms of both colors!

Crape Myrtle Blooms
Crape Myrtle Blooms

The crape myrtles are so pretty when they burst into bloom.  The trees change so quickly in the spring, going from the bare branches that provide perches for the goldfinches, to green-leaved trees with pink blossoms that house the mockingbird’s nest.  For this image, I scattered some of the blooms on my lightpad.

Rain Lily
Rain Lily

April’s showers bring May’s flowers – rain lilies!  My first rain lilies were stowaway plants from the Crape Myrtle that my parents gave me.  Now almost ten years later, the base of the crape myrtle is covered in these little plants.  When it rains they all burst into bloom.  It’s very pretty.

Dahlia Swirl
Dahlia Swirl

Did I mention that the dahlia is very photogenic? :)  I added a swirl effect to the edges of this last image.  I ran out in the rain to photograph this flower when it was covered in water droplets.  Rich said I was crazy.

Now that I’ve caught up with my springtime flower photos, it’s time to go find some chrysanthemums for fall! :)

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