Beauty is only…

…leaf deep!  Can you tell I love Caladiums?

Grasses, Caladium and Daisies–2012

Brilliant Caladiums–2008

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I don’t know why, but…

…this shot brings to mind faeries and magical things that can happen.

Queen Anne’s Lace–2008

Just beyond was this peculiar but very gorgeous flower.  I spent much time trying to find what it is…to no avail.

Unknown Beauty–2008

Variations

I was going to go downtown today to shoot some architecture for a project I was asked to do by the new owner of my building.  It’s cool and dull (mostly cloudy), not the best type of day for chiaroscuro.

So…I played a bit with a shot I took in August of 2008.  Here’s the original, with contrast only adjusted:

‘Cloud Gate’ reflection  Copyright 2012  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

Next, in black and white:

In sepiatone:

I did this last one a few years ago while playing with ‘Curves’ in Photoshop (TM), and used it as the header for awhile when I was blogging at Blogspot:

All photos copyright 2012  http://www.anotherthousandwords.wordpress.com

‘Cloud Gate’ is the official name of this sculpture in Chicago Millennium Park created by the British artist Anish Kapoor, who says the inspiration for this 66 ft. long by 33 ft. high piece came from his fascination with liquid mercury.  It is more widely known as ‘The Bean’.