I can’t resist the temptation to get out as soon as the spring bulbs begin to poke their heads out of the ground. It’s fun to try to get a new view of an old favorite. The above photo was one of a large grouping blooming in my daughter’s garden in Mississippi. Close-up it looks like a lantern to me. This was photographed with my Lensbaby Velvet 56 with the lens wide open to give that velvety look.
I used a slightly smaller aperture on this lovely group of crocuses also in her garden.
Back in Asheville, I found this small tulip in a corner of a garden. It’s probably a species or perennial tulip. They are called that because they tend to come back and even multiply over the years unlike regular tulips that only last a few years. Since green and red are complimentary colors, green really makes the red tulip pop out. I added a texture in Topaz Texture Effects to enhance the background.