2/10/12 – Featured in the FLOWER WORKS Group.
This beauty is Hounds Tongue (Cynoglossum officinale), which I found in Jimmy’s neighbor’s yard. Since these flowers were surrounded by messy grass and weeds I decided to experiment with the image. Instead of adding a layer of black and white and then erasing the background from the color image, I used just the original image layer and desaturated all the colors except blue and magenta.
Cynoglossum officinale (houndstongue, dog’s tongue, gypsy flower, and rats and mice due to its smell ) is a herbaceous plant of the family Boraginaceae, found in most parts of Europe, and also North America where it was accidentally introduced. It can be either annual or biennial, with reddish-purple flowers blooming between May and September. It lives in wet places, waste land and hedges.
The name houndstongue comes from the belief that it could, if a leaf was worn in the shoe, ward off dog attacks. Herbalists use the plant as a treatment for piles, lung diseases and persistent coughs. Houndstongue ointment is said to cure baldness, and can be used for sores and ulcers. Not all of these uses are supported by scientific evidence. [from the wikipedia article]
Photo taken June 12, 2011 in Columbia Falls, Montana (USA), with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera. Levels and contrast adjustment were made in Photoshop CS.
ExposureTime – 1/125 seconds
ISOSpeedRatings – 64
ApertureValue – F 2.83
FocalLength – 5.85 mm
ExposureIndex – 64
SceneCaptureType – Standard
SubjectDistanceRange – Macro