Tax Day. As any of you who write daily, or find yourselves in the kitchen daily, producing the same thing day in and day out, you know it can get boring after a while. Most of the good cooks I know, Jan certainly included, find some small amount of satisfaction in creating something new now and then. In fact, like the kitchen being an organic lab where new experiments can occur on a regular basis if desired, so it is with the computer in the digital photography age where the software becomes the tools of creation should such be desired. Every once in a while it is fun to go all out and create something a little different, and the image for TAX DAY 2011 is one such image. I figure if the govt can get creative in how it defines things, so can I with how I define nature. So, starting with one large sized dandelion, and adding a hue/saturation adjustment layer, a Gaussian Blur layer, and a generous amount of selective masking, layered appropriately with some sharpening, then letting things set for a while to insure all is as desired, we have a new flower that looks somewhat like a cross between a dandelion and a carnation, a Carnelion, if you will. Jan's comment was if only they looked like this in the yard. Your comments may vary according to taste. ISO 200; 1/320 sec @ f / 14.