27 Nov 13. Another today from Artists Paint Pot. While walking around the thermal areas of the park one of the things that you immediately become aware of is that while "warm" water may be fine for thermophiles, it isn't for most plants, and most certainly not for trees. Everywhere you look in the neighborhood of the hot areas you notice an area completely clear of trees although you frequently see the remains of them all over. This is a shot of one of those former trees, now not much more than a nice place for helping oneself to a back scratch; the animals of course, not you. If I did this correctly, you should have the feeling that the two diagonal branches are sticking out at you beckoning you to consider at least the idea of a back scratch. To do this I started with the standard background layer, added a levels adjustment for highlights improvement, then a curves layer for global contrast adjustment, then a layer to add detail to the tree, which is responsible for the 3-D effect if it works (you may need to push back a bit from the screen to appreciate it), then I cloned out some distractions, ran a filter to selectively adjust contrast, then adjusted the hue in the reds and yellows to bring out the colors of the ground, and finally added a bit of sharpening. Then the normal stuff. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/400 sec @ f /11.