05 Apr 17 Just a short drive from our abode can be found a lovely nursery with an interesting history. Heronswood Botanical Garden was started by Dan Hinkley, a well know botanist, for the collection of rare plants, then sold to the Burpee Seed Co. who let it go to weeds claiming there was no call for such plants, and subsequently purchased by the local Port Gamble Skallam Tribe who have begun to fully restore it. It is open for visitation by appointment only except for special occasions like the annual plant sale when it is available to the general public. We visited it last weekend for this years plant sale and brought home a few nice small but not rare plants. As Jan was wandering around the many display tables searching for just the right plants, I was attempting to shoot some close ups without the distracting and annoying humans getting in the way and in the photos. This shot of a bleeding heart had some of that in the background that I had to remove before converting it into something interesting. I made the normal rendition first and then set out to see what I could come up with. Settled on 5 different versions before quitting but I know there are a few more left in me. Sitting on one shelf of a bookcase in the studio are several volumes of clip art, perhaps close to 2,000,000 pieces of the stuff, plus several volumes of old drawings that I was going to convert to clip art but may never have to do as others in the field are doing just that and it is being sold very cheaply, so much so that my time is more valuable for doing other things. Downloaded a new set of such today, a fair amount of which can be found in two of my yet to be scanned volumes, for just $15. Hard to beat that kind of pricing. In the stuff I downloaded today are illustrations that look very much like what I'm sharing with you although most, but not all, of it is in B&W. Those of you who love B&W should consider removing all the color in this image to see how it looks in monochrome.
The base image had all the distractions removed, cropped some, and then converted using Topaz's Glow 2 Color Etching plug-in. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/160 sec @ f / 7.1.