Featuring Thistle Pictures, Bluebonnets, and some bugs to boot... Don't miss the links to page 2 and 3, below the pictures.
Picture from Dolen, Texas, April 2, 2005, 5:45 p.m, Nikon D100 DSLR, Nikon 105mm F2.8 macro (close-up) lens. Since someone asked: Raw (12 bit) Aperture Priority, Multi-Pattern Meter mode, 1/400 sec @ f/11, -1.0 EV exposure (to avoid blowing out the whites), ISO 200, White Balance Cloudy -3, AF-S, no flash, Adobe RGB, Hue Adj 0, Sharpening None. Modest color correction and unsharp masking in Photoshop CS. This is about a 1/3 crop of the original frame, resized for the web.
Have you ever seen a thistle look like this? It reminds me of a robot for some reason, one you wouldn't want to cuddle. Details: N90s (film!) camera, Kodak E200 slide film, Nikon 17-35mm f2.8 ED lens, scanned and photoshopped in the usual manner. Probably close to the 17mm end. Near Dolen Texas on my way to do some astronomy. Check out the beautiful blue skies -- a rare event this year!
Pictures shot roadside in Dolen, Texas, April 2005. This year (as of 4/05) has not been that good for wildflowers near The Woodlands. I saw these thistles growing along the road as traveled to the North Houston Astronomy Club's dark sky site for some astronomy photography.
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