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I have a little story about the 'purple wandering jew' plant that sends forth these little (2cm) flowers. First off, the flower looks more like a flower of the Spiderwort family (very similar to Tradscantia).
I first discovered the plant behind a storage room just off the carport of my house, growing in hard, dry dirt next to the back North wall. Every so often, I would sprinkle a few drops of water on it in the course of watering my other plants (veggie garden). The plant really perked up, so I dug it up and put it in some good potting soil and kept it in a spot that got some shade and filtered sun.......well, it grew like a weed in all directions about 2 meters (6 feet thereabouts). Someone came along and admired the plant, so I gave it to them after breaking off a piece to root for myself.
This past Spring, I planted the small plant that had taken root in one of my flower bed that is a "catch all" for various flowering plants. Again, the plant has thrived, but hasn't gone wild with growth more than 60cm in all directions. It is, and has been bearing many flowers this year. I've attempted to get a good clean photo of the flower, but the petals of the little flower are so reflective, the photo seems 'washed out'. I shot this in the shade, up close macro, and it was still so bright, the pink flowers seemed almost white. There must be tiny reflectors on some flower petals that just can't be seen by the naked eye.
So, here is what I did to the photo; Using Picasa3 to edit the shot, I used the filter with the icon of something that looks like the sun and added maximum shadow, then ran the HDR effect filter on it. If I did anything else to the photo other than put a frame around it, I just do not recall.
I would not have written a 'short story' about this, but FT is a photo site where I have learned a few tricks from a few friends, so I'm sharing the process of 'what to do to a washed out photo.' I forgot to mention that the plant leaves and stems are a very attractive reddish-purple.....on the odd chance that you are not familiar with it.
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Nov 13 2013 18:20 GMT linnywv PRO
It's a beauty of a shot!
Nov 13 2013 20:18 GMT skyball
excelent definition and contrast Larry!!.....must enlarge!!!!!!.......
Nov 13 2013 20:39 GMT wijnie58
Beautiful flower Larry..:-))
Nov 13 2013 21:53 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Linny
Nov 13 2013 21:53 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Geoff
Nov 13 2013 21:54 GMT larrybenedict
Thanks Wijnie, I agee.
Nov 14 2013 05:53 GMT martini957
Impressive info...awesome flower.....love flowers that are hardy and will grow with little to no help from me : ))
Nov 14 2013 14:33 GMT Lalbabu
A real tiny beauty wonderful creation using Picasa3 & HDR !!!!!
Nov 14 2013 19:55 GMT bandsix
It's a real beauty, Larry, whatever you did to it, and it's nice to have some of the background to this little jewel:)))
Great bokeh and lovely frame, too :))
Nov 14 2013 23:48 GMT pauli3522
very delicate and beautiful tiny flowerrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Nov 15 2013 00:11 GMT larrybenedict
Barbara, before I overpowered the background with shadows, there were a lot of weeds from the summer.

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