Reader hauksdottir is an artist. She combines photography and gentle manipulation to create stunning pictures. Over to hauksdottir:
This was supposed to be simple: a nice clean shot of a dandelion in front of a red-leafed shrub, but the light was fading, the leaves stopped glowing, and I had to use the flash.
When opened in PhotoShop, the leaves were practically black, so this turned into yet another creative rescue mission... a few layers and blending modes... and the result has a hint of star-shine.
Note: I really like dandelions, but if they are going to insist upon living in my perennial beds, they will have to cooperate better!
Thank you for sharing, hauksdottir.
Readers will be pleased to know that there are more of these pictures to be shared in the future...