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Spring is coming to Houston. I can tell because my nose is running and maybe also because new leaves have started to appear on trees.


Spring is coming to Houston. I can tell because my nose is running and maybe also because new leaves have started to appear on trees.

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Oh, oh, oh, um, ahem. I love this more than chocolate. wink
Martin: What, more than chocolate?! That is high praise indeed if you like chocolate as much as I do smile
  • Ted
  • 7 Mar 2007, 05:24
Very nice, Martin. Beautiful color and nice bokeh.
Martin: Thanks, Ted. I finally broke down and looked up what bokeh means. Wikipedia begins their definition by saying that it is not well defined smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 7 Mar 2007, 07:02
Oh, Martin! This is fabulous. It is going directly to my Likeys (even if it makes your nose run)!!!!
Martin: I am glad you like it, Ginnie!
that's a beautiful shot, I like the colors, the background and the focus
Martin: I appreciate you comments, Dafredo!
  • Louis
  • 7 Mar 2007, 07:54
I think these leaves are too small to wipe the runny nose. smile It is an excellent picture - i like the colour contrasts and the field depth you used.

It is interesting how you northerners celebrate the spring the moment it happens. I do understand. I must say i was expecting more interesting winter shots while the winter lasted - actually saw very few. I know snow can't apply to Houston, but some bloggers are more to the north. If snow happened to me i would do 1 Gb like nothing. Just an observation of interpretation differences in different parts of the world.
Martin: Thanks, Louis. You are right, the leaves are a bit small to use on the nose smile

I have lived in places that get snow. People probably don't take many snow pictures because it is a royal pain to deal with on a daily basis. The only time it is fun is while skiing.
  • om
  • 7 Mar 2007, 11:20
excellent colors. good DOF, and a very good sign of the future..
Martin: Thank you, Om! I am determined to enjoy the spring before it gets unconfortably hot smile
Great, and a nice DOF in the background. I love this red flower standing alone as if it were in the air...
Martin: Thanks, Florence!
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 7 Mar 2007, 18:16
Martin, this is the most beautiful photo I've seen for days. What a winner! I would like to stare at it for a long time. Especially since I'm still surrounded by snow. And God is my witness, I followed Louis' advice and gave winter my all Monday.
Martin: Thank you, Ruth! I'll have to check out your parting shot at winter!
  • Mia
  • Americana
  • 7 Mar 2007, 18:30
Yay! It's heady to see all these lovely spring shots on Shutter after the brutal winter smile This is no exception. You've captured it beautifully Martin
Martin: I can imagine that you are more ready for spring shots than most given what you posted these last few months.
Great macro... I like the background colors behind the so nice red
Martin: Thank you. I am glad you like the colors!
  • Dotun
  • 7 Mar 2007, 20:13
very nice macro
Martin: Thank you, Dotun!
  • Ellie
  • 7 Mar 2007, 22:39
I bet Louis would welcome spring after a winter like we've had! grin

This is a beautiful picture, the colours are wonderful and the detail and texture of the leaves is superb.

I'm trying to work out what they are, they look almost like Oak, but over here they don't come out red. Any idea?
Martin: Thank you, Ellie. I don't know what it is, but I am pretty sure it is not oak. We only get live oaks here, and they somehow manage to look old when they are saplings. The leaves are typically grayish green. I'll see if I can find out more about this tree.
Superb macro! beautiful colors and bokeh. I like it o lot!!
Martin: Thank you very much, Martine!
What a stunning macro shot. Great depth of field and colors. Wow - those are beautiful spring leaves, very inspiring. It seems we are having a monsoon as it feels like here in Vancouver. The rain just isn't letting up but we are starting to see flowers bloom.
Here is a nice little song for the coming spring !!

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