Here are some other spring blooms from our garden that survived the frost and snow from earlier this week. I've applied a couple of different techniques to each, and am showing you the results. Both are appealing...
We have several banana yuccas, but only one of them blooms fairly consistently - not every year, but perhaps every other year. This is this year's bloom, not quite open yet. I actually think the flower is much more interesting before it blooms! The above effect is the image as a crayon drawing, and the effect below is a creative effect, really accentuating the lines, shadows and detail of the bloom.
I'm not sure what this bloom is. They are lovely little ground cover blooms that cover part of the flagstone seating area in the front garden. The image above is an effect that looks like a painting, and below is the crayon drawing effect. I like both a lot for very different reasons - the painterly effect because it really makes the blooms and their color pop, and the crayon drawing effect because it makes them seem very light, airy and casual, which they are!
Here is a columbine bloom. These are actually blooms that are quite small, and I love them for their complexity and beauty in such small packages! The above image is done with a sort of pastel drawing/painting feel and I really love the softness created by this effect, sort of accentuating their delicate beauty. The image below is actually just the photo itself, with a little vignette to set off the bloom. I liked this "purist" view because it allows you to see more of the complexity of the bloom.