Fancy Free

© Laura E. Swan

Fancy Free

Robert K. Bemus Student 9/1/2010 12:31:32 AM

Beautiful comp and color, Laura!! #1303728

Lynne Morris 9/1/2010 12:32:40 AM

Wow this is stunning Laura. #8874259

Karen Engelbreth 9/1/2010 12:37:15 AM

Wonderful capture, Laura... #8874263

Laura E. Swan 9/1/2010 12:44:35 AM

Hi Robert, Lynne and Karen!

Great to see you guys! Thank you for the kind comments. Glad you like it!

They were so beautiful in my eyes. Shining in the sun. :) My original that is stored in my lap top seems more sharp and shiny. (?!) They were stunning in person, too!

-Laura :) #8874267

Michelle Alton 9/1/2010 1:20:34 AM

I think you'll have a winner with this one, Laura! #8874298

Tiia Vissak 9/1/2010 1:30:12 AM

a cool close-up! #8874315

Mary K. Robison 9/1/2010 1:43:31 AM

Perfect lighting (love the little circles) and diagonal comp, Pom! That water color's wonderful, and the wispy flowers look so soft and silky. Great job!


Doug Pignet 9/1/2010 3:09:43 AM

Wonderful lighting on this lovely capture, well done #8874377

Douglas Perry 9/1/2010 3:10:28 AM

Oh, poor little Little Thing-a-ma-boppers did Miss Rose shoot you? What had you done to her?

Well, nice shot anyway Miss Rose. Nice detail and light. #8874379

Gord MacEachern 9/1/2010 3:28:04 AM

A winner in my book Laura!1 #8874421

Jeff W. Robinson 9/1/2010 3:31:00 AM

Another very cool find and capture Laura! Jeff #8874426

Kerry Penn 9/1/2010 3:40:53 AM

This is such a gorgeous shot. The lighting and color is wonderful. #8874447

Stephen Zacker 9/1/2010 3:42:32 AM

Really pretty. Like that bg #8874451

Carolyn M. Fletcher 9/1/2010 3:54:19 AM

Wonderful shot of these thingamaboppers! I'm so happy somebody besides me says thingamaboppers! #8874479

Monnie Ryan 9/1/2010 6:09:27 AM

They're just beautiful, whatever they are! Terrific capture, Laura! #8874801

Stephen Mimms 9/1/2010 6:27:06 AM

Great capture and a very interesting subject. #8874830

Nancy J. Locke 9/1/2010 8:43:49 AM

Blows me away BEAUTIFUL, Laura!!!

STUPENDOUS AND PERFECT!!! Bet we see this again!!!

Hugs, Nancy J Locke #8875131

Susan Weisensel 9/1/2010 10:37:09 AM

Beautiful image and cool background. #8875319

Patrick Rouzes 9/1/2010 10:57:38 AM

Swanee Laura, you have outdone yourself with this one! The lighting, tones, focus, clarity, dof, b/g 7 presentation are all incredible ! I am proud of you! Winner in my book & good luck! WTG! #8875356

Nancy L. Green 9/1/2010 12:48:28 PM

WONDERFUL macro Laura, I love the fanciful feel to this, WTG!!! I also LOVE the pic you put on a comment for Patrick's image!!! <>< #8875567

John Connolly 9/1/2010 3:07:22 PM

A very fitting title and a great capture Laura! This one has all the signs of being a winner! #8875728

Laura E. Swan 9/1/2010 3:41:22 PM

Wow you guys. I am overwhelmed with the responses to this one. I knew I loved it but had no idea you would love it this much, too! WOW! Thank you so much. All of you. I am really enjoying your feedback and it truly means more to me than you know. Cross your fingers for this one. :)

Just hope I put it in the right category. Animals and insects right? Hehe!

Your Pal and BP Sis, Miss Rose, Laura, Lala...whatever you like calling me. :))) #8875786

Tammy Espino 9/1/2010 3:46:04 PM

I LOVE this, a favorite for me :) #8875799

Laura E. Swan 9/1/2010 3:49:36 PM

Thanks Tammy Girl. You guys are really having me smile over this one. It was magical to shoot. I have to admit that. I knew it was special when I was capturing them and took several images at different angles. This was my FAV out of the lot!

HUGS and thanks again. To you ALL!
-Laura-looloo #8875816

Laura E. Swan 9/1/2010 3:51:44 PM

P.S. Thing-a-ma-boppers are DIFFERENT than Thing-a-ma-JIGGERS just in case inquiring minds were wondering. HA!


Randy D. Dinkins 9/1/2010 4:23:37 PM

Beautiful shot, wonderful details and bg. Well done!!! #8875905

Nancyj Hovey 9/1/2010 4:27:32 PM

Fantastic capture with sparkles....wonderful! amazing! 8o) #8875909

Ron McEwan 9/1/2010 5:20:26 PM

WOW Laura, I know I would be shooting them if I were there. They are so delicate looking you captured them so well. Have fun you guys. Rained here all day over 3 inches so far and some more tomorrow. Cool off for a few days and then heat up again. #8876040

Dick W. Wyatt 9/2/2010 12:59:56 AM

Well done ! #8876597

Brett Dolsen 9/2/2010 1:13:40 AM

Sunning Laura!!That water colour,the details and the bokeh in a great composition makes a winner in my view! #8876632

Laura E. Swan 9/2/2010 2:09:35 AM

Thank you Randy, Mumj, Ron, Dick and Brett!

I REALLY appreciate the high marks you are giving this one!

-Laura #8876705

Roxanne M. Bubar 9/2/2010 3:41:13 AM

Spectacular, colorful and creative. :) #8876825

Laura E. Swan 9/2/2010 10:05:20 AM

Hi Roxanne!!! Wow! Thanks so MUCH!!! :D

-Laura #8877642

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer 9/2/2010 9:45:54 PM

OH how I LOVE this image, MSSSLala. Fan-really-beautiful-tastic image. I've only seen these once and I was so fascinated by them. They're so special.
YSSSKiki - writing to you from Calgary!! #8878706

Laura E. Swan 9/2/2010 11:12:26 PM

Hi Calgary Kiki! HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


HEY! If we tour CANMORE together I will take you right to these Thing-a-ma-boppers! They will be two weeks OLDER by then...Humm...(Eek?)


See You In The Morning!!! :D #8878752

Ruth E. Foster-Lindsay 9/3/2010 7:07:08 AM

Gorgeous capture Laura! Colors and lighting are fabulous! Well done! :-) #8879479

JO ANN CLEVELAND 9/3/2010 12:28:54 PM

Amazing image Laura, great colors and comp! Also great bokeh lights..

jo ann c. #8879993

Karen Kessler 9/3/2010 7:35:53 PM

This is gorgeous just as it is, too! These are very pretty, dainty flowers! #8880756

Laura E. Swan 9/3/2010 11:02:51 PM

Hi Ruth, Jo Ann and Kalena!

Thank you so very much! :D

-Laura #8880923

Irene Colling 9/5/2010 4:50:25 PM

This is a winning marco for me Laura.
The boken background perfectly gives attention to the beautifully backlit main subjects.
Excellent work Laura. #8883705

Laura E. Swan 9/5/2010 5:01:49 PM

Thanks so MUCH Irene!!! :))) #8883742

Cindy Bendush 9/7/2010 12:09:15 AM

Striking image Laura! Gorgeous detail, composition, and *bokeh*!!! Great work! #8885859

Amanda J. Tanner 9/7/2010 5:09:52 PM

Wonderful image Laura! A winner! #8887511

Laura E. Swan 9/7/2010 11:27:54 PM

Thank you everyone!!! :)))) #8887982

Daniella Puente 9/8/2010 2:32:43 PM

Of course you had to shoot them! is amazing, the soft tones and the light, LOVE IT!!! #8889189

Laura E. Swan 9/8/2010 2:43:05 PM

Thank you Daniella! :))) Nice to see you today, too! Hope you have been well.

-Laura #8889213

Renee Doyle 9/16/2010 12:02:38 AM

Fantastic use of light and wonderful capture Laura!! Love that bokeh!! #8906891

Wm Nosal 9/26/2010 12:36:08 PM

Beautiful Shot, Laura! #8930983

Tammy Espino 11/15/2010 1:06:37 PM

Congratulations on your awesome finalist. Good luck next round :)(high five) #9035899

Laura E. Swan 11/15/2010 1:07:52 PM

Thank you so much Renee and Wm! :) !!! #9035908

John Connolly 11/15/2010 1:09:20 PM

Amazing light, detail and glorious color here Laura! Nice work, my friend! #9035921

Laura E. Swan 11/15/2010 1:14:08 PM


Thank you lots, John! :D #9035964

maria I. Warren 11/15/2010 1:21:29 PM


Laura E. Swan 11/15/2010 1:25:30 PM

Thank you Sweetie!!!!! xoxo

Love you BACK! #9036083

Douglas Perry 11/15/2010 1:26:05 PM

Congrats Miss Rose!!!!!! #9036089

isabel C. Zepeda 11/15/2010 1:35:00 PM



Ysa... #9036184

Laura E. Swan 11/15/2010 1:35:29 PM

Mr. Tree. One Of My Oldest Friends In The Forest! THANK YOU! :) #9036191

Laura E. Swan 11/15/2010 1:40:46 PM

Thank You Ysa! :))) #9036253

Nancyj Hovey 11/15/2010 1:42:16 PM


Laura E. Swan 11/15/2010 1:43:20 PM

Thanks Mumj!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D #9036281

Tiia Vissak 11/15/2010 1:59:57 PM

Congratulations! #9036514

Susan Fox 11/15/2010 2:16:15 PM

Congratulations Laura! #9036715

Wm Nosal 11/15/2010 2:25:29 PM

Congratulations, Laura! #9036799

Val Feldman 11/15/2010 2:30:52 PM

LOTW! It always pays to go a-trompin' thru your wonderful woodlands - you found yourself a winner here! Beautiful work, straight from the camera, no less! I am MUCHO impressed and very, very happy for you. Let's keep fingers, eyes and toes crossed (and look a little weird:)for the next round! Wishing you a GOLD! ~Val #9036853

Bojan Bencic 11/15/2010 2:42:02 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Laura! #9036955

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer 11/15/2010 2:54:07 PM

One of my favorite images!! I'm so proud of you, my Sister. Such a well deserved finalist.
I hope they put gold on this beauty.
Huuuuuge congratulations!!! #9037094

Rona L. Schwarz 11/15/2010 3:11:54 PM

WOW! and Wow again! Superb capture of these flower pods, Laura! And I am even doubly impressed that they are straight from the camera! It's a marvelous composition with incredible detail and clarity and wonderful color. Very happy for you - and hope to see it go gold! MANY CONGRATULATIONS on your outstanding Finalist Good luck in the next round! #9037232

Renee Doyle 11/15/2010 3:46:21 PM

Love the bokeh!!! Big Congratulations on this wonderful finalist Laura!! #9037621

Carol L. Fowler 11/15/2010 4:06:13 PM

WooHoo! Big Congrats on the Thing-a ma-jigs! #9037852

Stan J. Bendkowski 11/15/2010 4:13:39 PM

Congratulations on your great finalist, Laura! #9037959

Ellen Hodges 11/15/2010 4:26:50 PM

Huge congrats on these fluffy finalists, Laura!!! Very best luck in the next round!!!! #9038088

Laura E. Swan 11/15/2010 5:09:12 PM

Hi Tiia, Susan, Wm, Val, Bojan, SSSKiki, Rona, Renee, Carol, Stan and Ellen!


Thanks for being happy with me and for all that you said! :)

-Laura #9038474

Lorna Shutter 11/15/2010 5:24:15 PM

Woo Hoo!!! WTG, SIS!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your Finalist Award for this amazing image!!! Don't remember seeing this one! ... but it's a FAVE for me now!!! Good luck in the next round!!! ... I'm rooting for you!!! Photobucket #9038610

Kim Andelkovic (Kovic) 11/15/2010 5:30:21 PM

Whoooo hoooo congratulations on a fab finalist.......amazing bokeh ;-) #9038663

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 11/15/2010 5:46:57 PM

WTG on this awesome finalist, Laura! :-) k #9038831

Randy D. Dinkins 11/15/2010 6:33:20 PM

Wonderful thing-a-ma-bopper finalist; congratulations! #9039102

Sam Britt 11/15/2010 6:54:22 PM

Congratulations on this cool finalist, Laura! #9039235

Patricia A. Coblentz 11/15/2010 8:16:29 PM

This is gorgeous!!! Big congratulations, Laura...I'm rooting for you in the next round, too!!! Good luck :))) #9039742

Tommy E. Burgess 11/15/2010 8:23:01 PM

Wow absolutely gorgeous Laura!! Hope to see you get a gold on this one!! Congratulations!! #9039772

Stan Kwasniowski 11/15/2010 8:52:07 PM

Laura, congratulations #9039860

Laura E. Swan 11/15/2010 8:56:49 PM

Dear Lorna, Kim, Kitty, Randy, Sam, Patti, Tommy and Stan!

Thank you so very much. For the smiles, encouragement and great comments!

I love this image and am so happy they picked it for a finalist. Thank you for being happy with me!

-Laura #9039870

Laura E. Swan 11/15/2010 9:59:46 PM

My Sister and Best Friend In California Janeen made this comment:

beautiful, congrats Laura!! Yes, I saw Avatar, and yes these plants you photographed remind me of the floaty little magical things in the movie. Very very nice. You are such a good photographer.

I have to say, I love how adventurous you are with your photos, and creative with the editing, but you are BEST at your true photography, in my mind. Just capturing great images. You have the "eye".

love, j


Jill Odice 11/15/2010 10:11:40 PM

I am glad you stopped to shoot these! They do remind me of Avatar too :-) Congrats on your finalist! #9040039

Dick W. Wyatt 11/16/2010 12:43:42 AM

Way to go Laura. #9040263

Mary K. Robison 11/16/2010 1:53:43 AM

So there it is, PomPom ~ another lovely finalist!!
CONGRATULATIONS to you about 25 xxxx, and best of luck to you and the bokeh in the next round! #9040326

Michelle Alton 11/16/2010 2:58:45 AM

This is the sort of stuff that will be rewarded every time! I'll bet it gets the GOLD in the next round. Congratulations, Laura. #9040379

Stephen Zacker 11/16/2010 3:38:03 AM

Like that backlighting and all the highlights. Congratulations #9040489

Sabrina Ryan 11/16/2010 6:34:26 AM

CONGRATULATIONS on this Beautiful Finalist image, Laura! #9041071

Jessica Jenney 11/16/2010 6:37:51 AM

Congratulations, Laura on your gorgeous finalist! #9041088

Laura E. Swan 11/16/2010 9:56:13 AM

Good Morning Jill, Dick, Mare, Michelle, Steve, Sabrina and Jessica! :)

What a great way to start my day. Well, okay I started it by shoveling snow! HA! BUT THIS MAKES UP FOR IT! :)))

Thank you all so much! I appreciate each word! Gee wouldn't gold look pretty against the black in my gallery??? :)))

-Laura #9041872

Val Feldman 11/16/2010 11:14:25 AM

(You betcha!) #9042044

Lisa J. Boulden 11/16/2010 11:16:15 AM

WTG, Laura!
Gorgeous capture of these
Love the magical bg!
Fingers crossed for your GOLD!
~♥~Lisa #9042052

Kerry Hill 11/16/2010 11:23:47 AM

Congratulations on this gorgeous finalist Laura!! #9042086

Laura E. Swan 11/16/2010 11:25:08 AM

Thank you Val, Lisa and Kerry!

Big smiles here! :)))

-Laura #9042093

Susan Weisensel 11/16/2010 11:30:20 AM

Congratulations Laura on your finalist. This is such a cool image. Good luck. #9042124

Laura E. Swan 11/16/2010 11:36:43 AM

Hi Susan! :) Nice to see you and THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

-Laura #9042155

Denny E. Barnes 11/16/2010 1:36:18 PM

Big congratulations, Laura on your beautiful and awesome finalist!! Outstanding!! #9042523

Patrick Rouzes 11/16/2010 1:43:02 PM

CONGRATULATIONS & good luck on this incredible finalist, Laura Swanee! WTG! #9042545

Stefania Barbier 11/16/2010 10:22:43 PM

Huge congrats Lala! #9043817

Laura E. Swan 11/16/2010 10:25:18 PM

Thank you Denny, Paddy and Stef! :) !!!

Huge smile here!

-Lala Swanee :D


Robert K. Bemus 11/16/2010 11:11:08 PM

Congratulations on your Finalist, Laura!! #9043963

Annette Carr 11/17/2010 12:57:52 AM

Laura, this is amazing. Your straight from the camera photograph has taken my breath away :)
Congrats on the finalist!

Kathleen K. Parker 11/17/2010 5:54:11 AM

What a beautiful photo, Laura! It also takes my breath away. There is this silvery glow about it that is incredible. Congrats on your finalist!
kk #9044563

Irene Colling 11/17/2010 6:27:17 AM

These remind me of the hair-do on those crazy characters in a Dr Seuss book; only much more beautiful.

Great work Laura, you skillfully capture backlight just right to emphasize the intricate detail in the flower heads.

Congratulations on the finalist. #9044671

JO ANN CLEVELAND 11/17/2010 7:39:01 AM

Congratulations on this awesome finalist Laura, good luck in the next round!

jo ann c. #9044908

Laura E. Swan 11/17/2010 8:08:06 AM

Thank you Robert, Nette, Kathleen, Irene and Jo Ann!

They were just as beautiful in person. I am so glad you like this one. Thank you for all that you said and for the warm congratulations! :)))

-Laura #9044980

Jennifer L. Alder 11/18/2010 10:35:13 AM

Such a beautiful image! big congrats, Laura, on your finalist recognition :) #9048725

Merna L. Nobile 11/18/2010 7:55:03 PM

I would personally like to congratulate you on your winning photograph for October, 2010 and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Merna Nobile #9049877

Laura E. Swan 11/19/2010 2:23:41 AM

Thank you Jennifer :) I appreciate your kind words!


Hi Merna! Thank you and HAPPY THANKSGIVING to You, TOO!!! :D

-Laura #9050362

Christine R. Lobsinger 11/19/2010 9:35:56 PM

Oh Laura.... how beautiful is this!!!!
WOW! Gorgeous colours, and I love the water and 'bokeh' effect is outstanding.
A big well- deserving FINALIST APPLAUSE TO YOU and sis, and I eagerly await GOLD!!!
Stunning shot!!!!!
Smiling Chris #9052449

Laura E. Swan 11/19/2010 10:55:55 PM

Hi Chrissy! :D HA! Big smile here! Thanks lady. I really like this one, too.

I was thrown a belated Birthday party here at the house today and tonight. Lots of fun. NOW I AM BEHIND IN COMMENTING HOWEVER! Eek! I'll be back soon to visit you! :))) xo

-Lala #9052551

Barbara Mason 11/21/2010 2:48:42 AM

Congratulations on this spectacular image Laura this finalist really glows !! #9054541

Pat and Graham Robards 11/21/2010 8:38:01 PM

Congratulations little sister on this wonderful finalist!

xxxx #9056134

Stephen Zacker 12/14/2010 2:00:35 PM

Like those diamonds. Congratulations #9103098

Laura E. Swan 12/14/2010 3:15:24 PM

Photobucket Very Very Much!
I've enjoyed your comments very much and really appreciate your "Kin"ship and support!

-Laura :D #9103234

Kathy Coombs 12/14/2010 5:02:42 PM

So clear and Beautiful! Congratulations! #9103517

Kathy Coombs 12/14/2010 5:14:02 PM

I hope this wins..I really, really LOVE it! #9103551

Laura E. Swan 12/14/2010 5:20:41 PM

It's a re-enter cuz I feel the same way! HA! Thanks lots Kathy! Nice to see you!

-Laura #9103574

Mary K. Robison 12/15/2010 2:01:16 AM

Gorgeous finalist, Pommers!CONGRATULATIONS! Best of luck next level! #9104439

Stefania Barbier 12/15/2010 2:28:06 AM

gorgeous finalist, congrats!!! #9104483

Christine R. Lobsinger 12/15/2010 4:45:26 AM

Fantantic Finalist my Friend!
Congratulations to you...
Smiling Chris #9104787

Reynaldo D. Reyes 12/15/2010 8:09:59 AM

So beautiful and it inspires me to say ~ I hope I can do that too. Ha! Great finalist! #9105384

Patricia White 7/6/2011 4:57:21 PM

Irene has this right came from Dr Seuss. That is the first thing that came to mind just couldn't remember what they were called. I love the bokah effect, just makes these things stand out more. #9511916

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These Little Thing-a-ma-boppers
Looked So Footloose To Me!
They Are Seed Pods That Come After The Flowers Are Done For The Season.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Straight From The Camera ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Canmore, Alberta, Reservoir.

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(N&L) TV 1/500, AV 8.0, ISO 200
The BG is WATER.


Exif: F Number: 8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/5000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, auto mode, ISO: 200, FocalLength: 105.00 mm, Model: NIKON D90

Uploaded on 9/1/2010 12:15:39 AM

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Camera: Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera Photo Contest Finalist

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