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This is just another (different) pear tree blossom cluster. I like it better than the previous post although there is no wasp gathering pollen or nectar because the anthers in this photo are not yet producing pollen. In Picasa3 software, I used the HDR filter to bring out the highlights and shadows and the pencil drawing filter to harden the edges just a little. I'm generally amazed at the information a digital camera can capture and have only (in the past year) learned how to bring attention to the minutia.....like looking at each word in the paragraph instead of the paragraph as a whole...........or the blurry page! :-)
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Mar 06 2014 17:32 GMT Lalbabu
Wonderful use of Picasa3 to show this beauty more beautiful !!!!!
Mar 06 2014 17:46 GMT Papagena
Magnificent work Larry !! I am still letting my pictures more or less unaffected. Perhaps it's also due to my lack of experience with these programs.....I should try it more often....
Mar 06 2014 18:43 GMT ForestSpirit
Wonderful work, Larry!
Mar 06 2014 22:35 GMT bandsix
It's a real beauty, Larry.....goes to my favourites!
Mar 07 2014 00:39 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Lalbabu.
Mar 07 2014 00:46 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Ruth. I started out just cropping my photos using the computer and some simple software. I gravitated to Picasa3 after Google quit offering their online service (I can't even recall the name of it now). Bandsix Barbara first interested me in framing my photos and Forrest Spirit Sylvia made me take notice of pencil drawing filters. Picasa3 is very simple software and it is a FREE download.
Mar 07 2014 00:47 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Sylvia.
Mar 07 2014 00:52 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Barbara. It seems like I photograph only flowers of one sort or another. Flowers lend themselves to HDR processing and hard edges.
Mar 07 2014 02:54 GMT junne PRO
beautiful work in every aspect, the framing, background, slanted direction, and final editing
Mar 07 2014 03:32 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you G√ľnter. Blind luck all the way around. I shot 10 or 15 photos and was satisfied with 3 of them.
Mar 07 2014 11:37 GMT superJoan
This Pear Blossom is very early Larry...I don't even see buds yet on ours beautifully taken
Mar 07 2014 11:39 GMT superJoan
This Pear Blossom is very early Larry...I don't even see buds yet on ours beautifully taken
Mar 07 2014 13:53 GMT wijnie58
Another fantastic shot of this blossom, Larry..:-))
Mar 07 2014 15:27 GMT larrybenedict
Joan, I live in N. Florida. We have 4 seasons here and Winter is only about 6 weeks...around Christmas until the middle of February. This year, the cold nights became cool nights around the last days of January. This tree always blooms in late February...and sometimes they get frost bit :-), but not so far this year.
Mar 07 2014 15:28 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Wijnie
Mar 07 2014 22:34 GMT superJoan
Larry I suppose I should have looked at your profile to see where you hail from... That answers to why it is blooming early....My Pear blossom will be out in about another 6 weeks.. first the Camellia's, Forcythia...Magnolia... then the Plum next the Pear.....
Mar 08 2014 04:48 GMT larrybenedict
Yes Joan, these things of yours seem to flow in the same cycle as they do here except Florida is a couple of months ahead of the climate there. Camellias bloom here beginning in November and quit around the first of April. Blueberries are blooming now and the citrus trees have buds.
Mar 08 2014 11:32 GMT Jeanmac
Another wonderful shot of this very pretty blossom. Unfortunately I do not have anything quite as pretty as this in my garden!!
Mar 10 2014 05:34 GMT Annamaria
So lovely, Larry!! ;-)
Mar 10 2014 23:59 GMT larrybenedict
Thank you Anna-Maria

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