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This summer I went out into the pasture with my camera and laid down in a random area and took some pictures. I later discarded most of the images one by one, but there was something about this one that I kind of liked. Playing with it in Lightroom yielded the above effect, which I kind of liked, and I thought I would share it and see what other people think.
The yellow flowers in the foreground is Lotus UIignosis, or Greater Lotus, a native to Europe, Eastern Russia and Northern Africa but naturalized here in the Pacific Northwest, where it is highly prized for hay fields. My father-in-law (may he rest in peace) once told me that farmers considered it a "medicinal" forage for livestock, and when I looked it up, I discovered the reason. It is nearly as nutritious as alfalfa, but contains certain tannins that circumvent the bloat that can arise when feeding alfalfa. The real clincher for this part of the world, though, is that it is much more tolerant of hot summers and waterlogged soils in the winter, which explains why lotus is a fixture in most hayland pastures in this area, but no one grows alfalfa.
Normally the flowers are a bright and evenly colored yellow with a tiny splash of scarlet, but the colors kind of jumped up and washed out in manipulation to take on a bit of a cross-processed effect and is a lot more interesting in my opinion.

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