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186/365: "Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it." ~ Lao Tzu

186/365: "Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it." ~ Lao Tzu
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Steve and I live in sunny southern Oregon, and it gets very hot here during the summer. Therefore, if anyone wants a garden, daily watering is vital. Every morning I go out to visit the flowers and I usually take pictures before I water them because it seems a little bit like "cheating" to sprinkle the flowers before taking pictures but I also think it's fine as long as you tell people that you did it! :) (On the other hand, I think that removing things like sticks, dirt, postprossessing elements out of the image is fine and often necessary. What do you think? :) )

Our water is very "hard" and will leave spots on the petals when they dry, so if I hope to get pictures of the blossoms, I must take pictures before I water them, since it's next to impossible to keep water off the plants. (I really should see about putting in a drip system!!) Also, even though I have the setting at a light "shower", the flowers will often fall over. When I saw this flower, I first thought, "Awwww, darn it! And THEN I took a closer look and immediately dropped the hose and ran into the house for my camera! :D

Laozi or Lao Tzu; also romanized as Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Laosi, Laocius, and other variations) (fl. 6th century BCE) was a philosopher of ancient China, best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching (often simply referred to as Laozi). His association with the Tào Té Chīng has led him to be traditionally considered the founder of philosophical Taoism (pronounced as "Daoism"). He is also revered as a deity in most religious forms of Taoist philosophy, which often refers to Laozi as Taishang Laojun, or "One of the Three Pure Ones". Wikipedia: Lao Tzu

Explored on July 6, 2013. Highest position: page 1 (#20).
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Crismo, RQ 01012015, Joerg Meinhardt, Mrscurlyhead (Anita) and 69 other people have particularly liked this photo


42 comments - The latest ones
 Levina de Ruijter
Levina de Ruijter
Wow, Janet. This one is stunningly beautiful. What a wonderful shot!!
7 years ago.
Levina de Ruijter has added
As to your question about removing distracting things in post, I try to avoid it as much as I can and I will try to get it right in camera, but you can't always do that and so yes, on occasion I too will remove something if I think it is distracting. But it is always a minor thing, like the tip of a twig in a corner somewhere. You know? I don't think there's anything wrong with that at all. :)
7 years ago.
 Julien Rappaport
Julien Rappaport club
Excellente photo
7 years ago.
 Dynamo
Dynamo
poppy series is fantastic...

Seen in Prime lenses (fixed focal length)
7 years ago.
 Misou 49
Misou 49 club
Superbe photo avec toutes ces gouttelettes !
7 years ago.
 Bruno B
Bruno B
Magnifique photo!!
7 years ago.
 Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Marvelous capture!
7 years ago.
 Mags:-) off for a while
Mags:-) off for a wh…
I completely got lost, staring at the stunning colour of the poppy! The dropleats give it a totally different fire...and the gracious bow in front of the creamiest bokeh...sigh:O) Gorgeous!!!!:D
7 years ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
Lovely shot, Janet.
7 years ago.
 Janano -
Janano - club
Brilliant

Seen in Beautiful Flowers
7 years ago.
 koaxial
koaxial
oh WOWWWWWW!! so beautiful!! like little diamonds are these droplets. This is awesome, Janet!!
7 years ago.
 Nicole LEVRON
Nicole LEVRON
superbe, très frais et prise de vue originale
7 years ago.
 Clotilde M
Clotilde M club
Une belle capture, magnifique image !
7 years ago.
 Elen48
Elen48
Magnifique ta photo avec ces gouttes d'eau !
7 years ago.
 Zulma
Zulma
I echo my other self...if you can hear me for that side. Love it now and again.
7 years ago.
 Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879 club
Marvelous work, Janet!

Well Done!!
Seen in

Leap's Photo
Pond!!
7 years ago.
 Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879 club
That's Wild!!
Seen in

Wonderful World
of Wildlife!!
7 years ago.
 Terry T~Pueblo Paradiso
Terry T~Pueblo Parad… club
Simply Exquisite Beauty!
7 years ago.
 Marcel-78/85
Marcel-78/85
Magnifique image que ce coquelicot qui plie sous le poids des gouttes d'eau.bravo.
7 years ago.
 Cathlon
Cathlon
Absolutely gorgeous capture, colours are wonderful and the rain drops are the cherry on the top!
7 years ago.
 Danielle
Danielle club
Je suis en Admiration !!!
Bravo **************
7 years ago.
 David Michael
David Michael club
Wonderful shot, its head bowed with the weight of the droplets :)
7 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
This is totally and utterly sublime ! So SO exquisite

I love the upside down raindrop worlds too and have one on a pine needle.

And to EDIT.. yes... I do remove"distractions " !
7 years ago. Edited 7 years ago.
 Marcello Ciappi
Marcello Ciappi
Stunning shot my friend,perfect composition !!!
Have a great weekend.
7 years ago.
 Clickity Click
Clickity Click club
Janet this poppy is the one I prefer although the droplets are wonderful in the other one. I like the crisp clear look to this one. Well done.
7 years ago.
 Clickity Click
Clickity Click club
Janet, I have the up most respect for those photographers that can create lovely images within the camera but I see nothing wrong with using the processing available to us with the various photo programs. I just don't have the patience to do the dials, numbers and such ... but I will spend a great deal of time 'creating' the mood or look I want with the various processing elements.
7 years ago.
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Stunning capture.
7 years ago.
 Jim Boynton
Jim Boynton
Puts my droplets to shame. This is a fantabulous image truly deserving of making Explore on both sites. I think you made the right decision to showcase this one.
7 years ago.
 Loule
Loule
Magnifique ce Coquelicot tout mouillé.
7 years ago.
 Gerda
Gerda club
I couldn't stop looking at this mesmerizing picture...fascinating, and one of my favorite quotes :-)
7 years ago.
 Airam
Airam
Muy bella
7 years ago.
 Shuttering Yukon
Shuttering Yukon club
eek, thud...fainted from the beauty!
7 years ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
splendide !!
7 years ago.
 sergioesse
sergioesse
Superb shot.
7 years ago.
 Swetlana Hasenjäger
Swetlana Hasenjäger
Einfach zauberhaft !

Seen in : : Mo`s Foto-Garten
7 years ago.
 Andrew Trundlewagon
Andrew Trundlewagon club
gorgeous image, love the strident red against the soft greens and the the crystal droplets
7 years ago.
 Cats 99
Cats 99
Very pretty - I think I prefer the main shot which you went with.
7 years ago.
 Pilar Mena
Pilar Mena
preciosa!!
7 years ago.
 Fizgig
Fizgig
Excellent capture!
7 years ago.
 Fizgig
Fizgig
Gorgeous!
6 years ago.
 Isabelle Barruhet
Isabelle Barruhet club
Superbe !!!!!!!!!
5 years ago.
 Fizgig
Fizgig
Splendid!
4 years ago.

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