I love this idea of short-circuiting end of winter by coming to a place where spring is in full swing. The backyards (and front yards) here are full of flowers: roses, irises, bougainvillea, poppies, and more. Here’s a small sampling of what I am seeing.
California poppies cover dry, rocky hillsides. It’s amazing how they can flourish where there seems to be so little soil.
Orchids my dad originally started growing more than 40 years ago. He gave some plants to my mother-in-law many years ago, and she has kept them going.
The neighbors have an amazing rose garden in full bloom. The first bloom of the spring always seems to be the strongest and most colorful.
I have been encouraged to experiment more and “play” with the images using the photo editing software. The image below is the result of my attempt to get more artistic in my photo editing.
I selected just one bloom from the spray, modified the color and texture of the petals a bit, selectively enhanced and sharpened just the red and white accents, while softening the other petals, and then applied a neutral background. I like the way it resembles a painting more than a photograph.