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Pictures for Pam, Day 190: SSC: Selective Color

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(By the way, I'm away on my trip, posting a picture every day but I don't have much time to comment...thank you so much for your visits, comments and stars, and also for understanding that I don't have the time I usually do to give you the attention you deserve in return!)

Boy, it's been a busy couple of days! We've really been enjoying ourselves but it's kept me off the computer and away from working on my writing and photo processing. I will need to figure out how to balance that too, but for now I'm doing my best!

Yesterday after lunch, Steve and I grabbed our rain gear along with our cameras and headed over to Stout Grove in our truck, leaving the RV at the campsite This remarkable and famous redwood forest sits inside the protective borders of Jedediah Smith State Park. We couldn't wait to see it!

The rain was coming down but we hoped for the best. The short drive was accented by unbelievable masses of glowing ferns which were seemingly growing everywhere. As stunning as they were, have you ever seen wild azaleas and rhododendrons in full bloom? I haven't. It was incredible! We couldn't miss the flashes of magenta and purple of these leggy bushes and small trees which peeked out from behind the towering and majestic redwood trees which ruled this place. What a show.

Stout Grove sits at the end of a pothole-filled dirt road and we made our way carefully to the trail head and found plenty of parking. We were happy to learn that there weren't many other people brave enough to deal with the inclement weather. Those we met were warm and wonderful people with joyful smiles and glowing spirits. It was nice to share this place with other nature lovers like us.

As we took off down the trail we protected our cameras as best we could from the droplets coming down, but as we walked, the rain slacked off and within 15 minutes, it stopped altogether, almost as if it were planned that way! HUZZAH!

I went crazy with fern photography. Steve was using the Sony and having fun with that, and after a while we traded cameras and I got some nice pictures of the trees. Heh, a 100mm macro lens really can't take a picture of a towering redwood...unless it's just a tiny bit of it! :D I know I could have brought some other lenses but that's why I had the Sony. At a few points I was carrying BOTH cameras, *shakes head*...I think I may be certifiable! :D

Our visit was just fantastic and after we felt we'd seen enough, we headed back to the car. Once we were tucked in, it began to pour again! What are the odds?! :) (I apologize for not including pictures of the redwoods and the ferns but I just don't have time right now, *cry*...I'll be posting plenty of pictures once I'm home and have time to go through them!)

After we got back and had dinner, we pulled out a game that Steve's sister sent to us, "Qwirkle". What a fun game! Easy and yet full of strategy, we had a really good time and look forward to playing more games in the future.


This morning we got everything tucked away and headed out by 10:30, heading out to the coast and then north for a couple of hours to our next campsite on Coos Bay! It rained the entire time we were driving but it was such a lovely drive! Views of the ocean and enormous boulders with waves crashing against them...it was very amazing to see. The lush green of the forests and farmland was a beautiful contrast as we rode along.

Once we pulled into our campsite both of us assumed our various roles. It wasn't long before we got everything in proper order, we're really getting used to how to most efficiently get our RV set up. Steve took Molly out to use the bathroom and soon came back to tell me that I just had to come out to see the beach! It was a mere TWO MINUTES WALK from our RV!!

The rain, once again, STOPPED when we left to go to the beach! Our luck is incredible...it keeps happening!!

The beach. Holy cow. It's just lovely here. Either direction is marvelous. Tide pools one way, miles of beach the other. Tomorrow we'll ride our bikes along the water's edge. I hope to creep around the tide pools and get some cool shots of anemones, crabs, barnacles and other wonderful subjects. Won't it be nice to just relax and enjoy this place that we don't have to drive out to?! We are so happy...this is our favorite campsite this trip, and exactly what we hoped for!

Ok, I really have to stop my blabbing! :D

It's SATURDAY SELF CHALLENGE! Today's theme is Selective Color, so I picked one of the gorgeous little flowers I found at Stout Grove, kept the flower in color and removed the color in the background. I've also included one view of the jaw-dropping beach that's just a short walk from our RV!

Pam, I loved your note about Cannon Beach. Unfortunately it's too far north for this trip but it's on our Bucket List so we'll definitely be visiting at some point down the road. No worries though, there is beauty-galore here that we will show you! :) Steve and I are sending hugs your way!

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Nouchetdu38, Susanne Hoy, Esther, Erhard Bernstein and 63 other people have particularly liked this photo

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 Helena Ferreira
Helena Ferreira club
Stunning macro!
13 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club





13 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Formidable fleur sur fond noir ! Cette vue de la plage est de toute beauté ! Bon dimanche Janet !
13 months ago.
Valfal club
Wow, what a gorgeous photo of both the flower and that beautiful beach, Janet! You will definitely have to post some pictures of those magnificent redwood trees! Seeing those is on my bucket list! Have a great weekend, my pod sister! :-)
13 months ago.
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
Your flower is so pretty against the black. I like how the stem curves slightly. And the beach is fantastic. It reminds me of Lapush here in Wa.

Great job, Janet. Your camping trip sounds like such fun. :)
13 months ago.
neira-Dan club
La côte nord-ouest est fantastique avec ses falaises et ses conifères qui s'accrochent ...
deux belles prises
13 months ago.
 Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett club
Great isolation and character!
13 months ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Simple et superbe !
Bon dimanche. Amitié
13 months ago.
 Maria W.
Maria W. club
Delikata floreto!!! Super foto!!! Salutojn:)))
13 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
elle monte vers le ciel .....très belles couleurs et photo !!
13 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Wonderful against the dark background ! Have a nice Sunday, Janet !
13 months ago.
Chrissy club
Dieses zarte Pflänzchen hast du wundervoll freigestellt
13 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Superb against the dark background Janet.
13 months ago.
FotoArt club
Großartig diese Aufnahme. Einfach zum Bewundern.
Noch einen wundervollen Sonntag.
13 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
A beautiful shot of the flower and I love that beach!!!
13 months ago.
annaig56 club
un beau travail délicat et rempli de douceur,
13 months ago.
Superbe !!! Joli traitement
13 months ago.
 Luciano Favretto
Luciano Favretto club
Perfetta..risultato molto gradevole
13 months ago.
 Rudy Bernardus
Rudy Bernardus
13 months ago.
sasithorn_s club
Stunning beauty! Excellent on dark background, Janet!
Have a great new week!
13 months ago.
tiabunna club
A beautiful flower and the beach looks great for a stay.
13 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What a stunningly beautiful flower, Janet, and as for that beach - it's glorious. I do love seeing waves crashing down along the rocks etc.

It sounds as if you're having a wonderful time, but two cameras to carry? I must admit, your photos are simply beautiful and I really look forward to seeing them. I completely understand about you not finding the time to keep coming on here and commenting, I'm in exactly the same situation here, in Turkey. Oh boy will you be bored with my pictures after a while
13 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Superbe cette fleur sur fond noir ! ****************
13 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Such a delicate little flower - but full of gorgeous colour and detail, especially when there are no distractions in the background. Well taken and superbly processed Janet.

The view of the beach in the PiP is really stunning! Beautifully composed in lovely diffused light.

Enjoy the rest of your stay at this beautiful location. I know you've been lucky, dodging the rain for the most part, but I hope the weather gods smile on you and send down a little sunshine too.
13 months ago.
Ruth club
This is a beautiful image Janet.
13 months ago.
Annemarie club
Thats so elegant and beautiful!
13 months ago.
 Diederik Santema
Diederik Santema club
Stunningly beautiful. I like the coloured flower against the blackened background.
13 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Schön vor dem dunklen Hintergrund, Janet! Die Blume kenne ich aber nicht.
13 months ago.
cammino club
Perfect work!!!
13 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
The PiP of course is fantastic, but the single flower on the black background is simply stunning!!!!!!
13 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
two wonderful pictures!
13 months ago.
Reyk club
So klein und zierlich, mit leuchtender Farbe, Großartig Janet.
13 months ago.
Beautiful colors over black background !
13 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
La perfection même, des couleurs délicates sur ce bokeh qui lui va comme un gant !***************
Bonne nouvelle semaine Janet.
13 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A superb image Janet, like a botanical illustration
13 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Janet,

Very nice flower, set off well by a black background.

Best Wishes
13 months ago.
niraK68 club
2 sehr schöne Bilder aber auch sehr unterschiedlich ;-)
13 months ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
Simple y espléndida. La belleza se encierra en las cosas sencillas.
13 months ago.
RHH club
Nice to hear from you, Janet, and it's sounding like a wonderful trip. The photo of the flower is exquisite and the beach in such stormy weather is awesome. The Redwoods I can only imagine but I know from experience that they don't make a lens that is adequate to capture their grandeur. As to my trip, the disappointments of finding so few orchids was offset by seeing over 20,000 Golden Paintbrush, one of Washington's rarest, blooming on a section of restored prairie. My wildflower book says, "consider yourself very lucky if you find this plant." On another note, have a Cassin's Finch coming to the feeders.
13 months ago.
 Roger Bennion
Roger Bennion club
Love the simplicity of this photo, Janet. Beautifully taken. Crackin' detail and exquisite colours.
13 months ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
well done, almost a mysterious approach
13 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
13 months ago.
H.-Marie club
A wonderful portrait of a flower, highlighted by the black and white background.
13 months ago. Edited 13 months ago.
Gudrun club
Very well done, selective colour lets you appreciate the beauty of flower. The beach is just gorgeous!
13 months ago.
 John Lawrence
John Lawrence club
Superb selective colour! Janet.
13 months ago.
Ruebenkraut club
very beautiful choice for the challenge
13 months ago.
 David Michael
David Michael club
Perfectly exquisite light, delightfully minimal!! Absolute fave :))
13 months ago.
 Sami Serola
Sami Serola club
Oh WOW! =O ✫✫✫✫✫

Amazing results!
13 months ago.
Esther club
You never disappoint. This is a real beauty.

It sounds like you are having a great trip.
13 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
What a lovely flower, Janet! The petals glowing in the sunlight look so delicate, so wonderful.
13 months ago.

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