Mood Indigo (Hounds Tongue) by rocamiadesign

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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


kathleen emerson, roca mia design, mood indigo, hounds tongue, cynoglossum officinale, blue and magenta flowers, selective coloring, columbia falls montana, ftrd2012


  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 3 years ago

    Such beautiful colours – I have never seen this before

  • Sunsetdaze
    Sunsetdazealmost 3 years ago

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 2 years ago

    Don’t forget to add your image into the Featured Work Challenge for Februaryy and qualify for entry to the Grand Challenge in April 2012.

    February 2012

  • Thank you so much, Karen! I’ve been without internet for most of this month, but I did manage to get this entered in the challenge in time.

    – rocamiadesign

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsover 2 years ago

    Lovely work! Congrats on your feature!

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseover 2 years ago

    A lovely result to your skillful editing, Kathleen, and very interesting background informaiton! Adding this beautiful floral to my Favourites!

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseabout 2 years ago


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