25 Jul 16. Page 3 (with apologies to Mr Harvey.) I was, shall we say, reminded Friday morning, that there are folks on these distribution lists who knew me way before the three individuals I mentioned knew me and that is so true. When I was writing last Friday's babble I was addressing a small group who were among the first to be annoyed on a regular basis with photos I had taken and I wasn't thinking about others whom I've know for a much longer time, one from childhood in addition to my sister, as well as some who I met between school and active duty but none of whom had to put up with my photo habit. So to all of those others I wasn't ignoring you, just not addressing that period in my life. If you keep track of our annual repeat ventures, you may have noticed I haven't shared anything from the Lavender Festival we attend each July because it somehow got away from us this year. Last Sunday a member in our church mentioned to Jan that they had attempted to go to it but spent most of their day stuck in traffic and as such saw only 1 farm before returning home. When Jan shared that I was dumbfounded thinking the festival was a week away. It wasn't! But I figured that we could go later and still get some nice images before the lavender was harvested, so last Thursday we took a chance and ventured over to Sequim to see what might be available. Lavender wise we weren't disappointed but I was sorely disappointed poppy wise as the farm that has a beautiful display of poppies didn't, just pods, and those were much fewer in number than in the past several years. One farm however provided enough material to keep us occupied for a couple of hours so it alone made the trip worthwhile. The image for today is from that farm, Purple Haze, which in addition to a vast amount of lavender also serves up a bed of sunflowers, lots of small poppies, and a flower garden that offers much to delight the lens. For those of you where we live who haven't visited Sequim for the annual Lavender festival, let me suggest going the Thursday prior or a couple days after. You miss the crowds, the charges for the visits, and get the fields somewhat to yourselves, and the owners are just as happy to separate you from your wallets on the non-festival days as they are on the festival days. And if you only have time for 1 farm, I strongly recommend it be Purple Haze.
The base image was given a very slight micro contrast adjustment to bring out the clouds and that was it. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/400 sec @ f / 9.