A perfect Autumn still life…

…sits right outside my doctor’s office!

Street Planter with Pumpkins

There are times…

…when an image just calls out, “Please…Photoshop me!”, and this was one of those times.

State Street Caladiums and Begonias–Original Image

After cropping, adjusting Levels to .81, setting Brightness at 5%/Contrast at 45% and adding Photo Filter #85 (Warming) at 27%, this was the resulting finished image:

State Street Caladiums and Begonias

But…as you know by now, I like to ‘play’…and it was one of those ‘watercolory’ type of days which I feel made the image quite perfect!

State Street Caladiums and Begonias–Digital Watercolor

On Michigan Avenue…

…in a street planter, these beautiful Pentas were just begging to be photographed.

Pink Pentas

From Wiki:

Pentas is a genus of the Rubiaceae family of flowering plants. Pentas lanceolata is a particularly popular species. The plants have dark green, lance-shaped, somewhat furry and deeply veined leaves providing a backdrop for prolific clusters of never-ending, five-petaled flowers. These may be red, white, lavender, purple, or shades of pink. Some are two-toned. Pentas are attractive to butterflies, and hummingbirds. They are used in pots, baskets, and borders, where they can withstand full sunlight and need little to no care, growing even in locations that are dry and hot.

Here is another, with its equally gorgeous friend, the Caladium!

Pink Pentas and Caladium