Indian Summer Days

© Val Feldman

Indian Summer Days

Uploaded: November 16, 2011 04:15:18


It always takes a while for summer to release it's grip on Central TX and for Fall to finally set in - but once that happens, we are lucky to enjoy long strings of Indian Summer-like days...warm sunny days and cool, crisp nights extending all the way into December. There's a payoff for all that summertime heat! I added various Flypaper Textures to the b/g to enhance the Indian Summer-like effect on the visitor to my garden....yep, monarchs are still passing thru!

Happy Wednesday!


Exif: F Number: 11, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 8/1000 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 250, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 105.00 mm, Model: NIKON D300


Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe November 16, 2011

Gorgeous colors, comp. and treatment, Val. #1423415

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe November 16, 2011

This is Outstanding Val!! Autumn just arrived here in the past 2 weeks! #9807530

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe November 16, 2011

This is soooo beautiful Val ... colors are gorgeous! #9807558

Robert R. Goodman November 16, 2011

Hi Val,Glad to hear you have some cooler weather my friend.Beautiful capture,wonderful and detail!!!!! #9807573

VISHVAJIT JUIKAR level-deluxe November 16, 2011

lovely and colorful capture #9807626

Monnie Ryan November 16, 2011

Wow - fabulous capture, Val! #9807692

Don Christiana November 16, 2011

Good Morning Val...Perfect title for a beautiful image. I am still waiting for those momarchs to travel into our area. Have a great day. #9807750

Jack Ryan November 16, 2011

Outstanding color and clarity in this beautiful and well composed capture. Great work, Val. #9807756

Liz blahh November 16, 2011

Beautiful colors and capture! #9807772

Gord MacEachern November 16, 2011

Val, I knew this was yours before I even looked at your name!!
Your images never cease to amaze me!!
Big time winner here in my book, hope it gets recognized as so!!!! #9807858

Joannie Bertucci level-classic November 16, 2011

I totally agree with Gord...a Grand Prize winner! Your work is stunning! #9808079

Tammy Espino November 16, 2011

Of course I think it's gorgeous! :) #9810935

Nadia Paul November 17, 2011

If it were up to me I'd give this the GP next month - gorgeous capture and utterly gorgeous result my friend! #9811755

Kathy Salerni level-classic November 17, 2011

And some are on their way to Ca!! Love the detail on this shot from the hair on the Monarch's back to the hair on the leaves, Val! Just beautiful! #9813051

Ann H. Belus level-deluxe November 17, 2011

This is absolutely beautiful, Val! I love the rich colors and the compositon of butterfly to flower is just perfect! #9813169

Val Feldman level-classic November 17, 2011

Thanks so much everyone - greatly appreciated!! #9813660

Louise Souchereau November 17, 2011

This is gorgeous, waw the colors are amazing, bravo Val #9814550

Amy M. Wilson November 17, 2011

WOW - I SOOOO LOVE this, Val... simply stunning work!!! #9814984

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna November 17, 2011

Gloriously GORGEOUS, Val! :-) k #9815277

Freddy Bland November 18, 2011

Amazing color and beauty captured in this wonderful image, Val! You've done a great job capturing the Indian summer feel here! So glad the heat has stopped!! #9817097

Shirley A. Kinney November 18, 2011

Awesome, Val. Love the texture on this. #9817502

Mary Dimitriw level-deluxe November 19, 2011

Wow Val this is stunning!! Love the work you've put into rich and warm. #9818333

Terry Cervi level-deluxe November 19, 2011

Ms V, you've outdone yourself again on this beauty!! I love your use of textures and the colors are just so gorgeous!! Where are your smelling salts!!! #9819871

Carol L. Fowler November 20, 2011

Beautiful subtle textures applied- the resulting final color blend is perfect. I must admit a little jealousy! #9820594

Bill Houghton November 21, 2011

Val, this is just an outstanding shot. It has great sharpness and detail. Thanks for your most kind words about my 'bridge' photo. I sincerely appreciate it. Have a great week, Bill #9823579

Ellen Hodges November 21, 2011

Stupendous and gorgeous, Val!!! A big WOW!!!! #9823968

Marilyn Cornwell November 22, 2011

Here's a favourite and I vote for the Finals already! #9824300

Val Feldman level-classic November 22, 2011

Thanks so much everyone and thank you, Marilyn! :) :) #9824950

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic November 22, 2011

What a stunning composition Val. This is simply gorgeous. Your texture work is professional. #9825068

Emile Abbott level-classic November 22, 2011

Gorgeous Val. I have not seen a monarch in 3 week but if they are in Austin there is still hope to catch another. Outstanding Detail and love the Bokeh #9825455

Stephen Zacker November 23, 2011

Fantastic macro and capture. Really like the bg also #9827029

Julie Burnett November 26, 2011

Oh my, Val, I can't believe I missed commenting on this beauty, LOVE the warm fall colors, and your detail is astounding, so glad you've finally cooled off and can head outside again!! #9831177

Tammy Espino December 14, 2011

Congrats on this super duper "layered" Finalist!!! Whoooooooooo Val :) #9865546

Douglas Pignet December 14, 2011

Congrats on this great finalist...way to go!!! #9865589

Karen Bacon December 14, 2011

congrats on this stunning finalist Val! #9866010

Don Christiana December 14, 2011

Congrats Val on your stunning Finalist.
I hope to see Gold attached to this beauty. Have a great day. #9866033

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe December 14, 2011

Congrats on your beautiful finalist, Val. #9866121

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict December 14, 2011

Congrats on your stunning and excellent finalist, Val!

Debby #9866168

Monnie Ryan December 14, 2011

Gorgeous, Val! Congratulations! #9866199

Heather Loewenhardt level-classic December 14, 2011

Congratulations on this very fine image receiving a finalist award. Good luck. #9866237

Carol L. Fowler December 14, 2011

Stunning Finalist! Congrats~ #9866374

Mary Dimitriw level-deluxe December 14, 2011

Outstanding finalist Ms. happy to see this one again, now lets see some gold! #9866554

Phyllis H. Burchett December 14, 2011

Fabulous Val, congrats! #9866815

Ellen Hodges December 14, 2011

Huge congrats and very best luck with this gorgeous finalist, Val!!! #9866959

Carol Eade level-addict December 14, 2011

Beautiful, Val, love the colors and texture. Congratulations on your finalist! #9867032

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe December 14, 2011

Congrats on your beautiful finalist Val! #9867057

Rona L. Schwarz December 14, 2011

WOW! I can't believe I missed this one earlier, Val! Certainly one of the all-time outstanding monarch captures I've ever seen! Not only is your detail and clarity exquisite, your use of textures to bring out the Indian Summer mood is simply brilliant! A most spectacular finalist that would only be made more perfect with Gold! #9867175

Ann Coates level-classic December 14, 2011

Congratulations on your stunning finalist Valarie. #9867232

Nadia Paul December 14, 2011

Congrats on this stunning finalist Val - best of luck next round! #9867310

Nikki McDonald level-classic December 15, 2011

This must bring home the gold, Val -- it's simply gorgeous. Terrific combination of detail and softness. I love the subtle use of the texture. Congratulations on the finalist and good luck in the next round. #9868094

Amy M. Wilson December 15, 2011

Simply STUNNING and such a worthy Finalist.... LOVE this, Val!!! WTG friend!! #9868208

Emile Abbott level-classic December 15, 2011

Congratulations Val on outstanding finalist. #9868218

JO ANN CLEVELAND December 15, 2011

Congratulations on this outstanding finalist Val...sure to get the gold!

jo ann c.

Kathy Salerni level-classic December 15, 2011

Huge congrats on this awesome Finalist and good luck in the next round, Val! #9868553

Bojan Bencic level-classic December 15, 2011

Beautiful. Congratulations on your finalist, Val. #9868557

Dayna Cain level-classic December 15, 2011

WTG Val! Congratulations!!! #9868741

Terry Cervi level-deluxe December 15, 2011

Congrats on your very well deserved finalist, Ms V!!! #9869135

Diane E. Deming level-classic December 15, 2011

Absolutely gorgeous, Val. Congratulations! #9869453

Val Feldman level-classic December 15, 2011

Thank you everyone! Just wheeled back into town and found this - a nice surprise! Hope to catch up with all of you tonight! #9869554

Danny B. Head December 15, 2011

Beautiful detail! Love the background textures too! Congrats! #9869947

Cheryl Winn December 16, 2011

Love the background textures. This is stunning! Congratulation,Val. #9870422

Renee Doyle December 16, 2011

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist Val!! #9870506

Julie Burnett December 16, 2011

Congratulations on this well deserved finalist, Val, WTG!! I wish you the best of luck in the next rounds!! #9870699

Gina Cormier December 16, 2011

MY GAWD WOMAN!!!!!!!!!
This is magnificent!!!! Congrats on this well deserved image!!

pop the cork....I'll be right over!! #9871776

Terry Cervi level-deluxe December 16, 2011

Can't get any prettier than this, Ms V!! Congrats on your well deserved win! #9871783

Ellen Hodges December 16, 2011

Huge congrats on your very fabulous winner, Val!! #9871807

Monnie Ryan December 16, 2011

Fantastic, Valarie - great big CONGRATULATIONS!! #9871846

Danny B. Head December 16, 2011

Beautiful image, Val! Congrats on your win! #9872050

Phyllis H. Burchett December 16, 2011

HUGE Congrats Val on this fabulous winner....WTG!!! #9872129

Rona L. Schwarz December 16, 2011

Yea Val!! I am thrilled to see this where it belongs - with a big 1st place GOLD badge on it! GREAT BIG CONGRATULATIONS! Go do something wild and crazy to celebrate this evening! #9872161

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict December 16, 2011

So glad to see this get a 1st place, Val!

Hardy congrats!
Debby #9872192

Carol Flisak level-classic December 16, 2011

Gorgeous image, Val... wonderful comp, color and treatment! Congratulations on your winner! #9872330

Don Christiana December 16, 2011

I just knew this was going to be a Winner. A HUGE CONGRATULATION Val on a very special photo that deserves all the wonderful comments you are receiving from the BP Members. Have a great day. #9872332

Carol Eade level-addict December 16, 2011

This is just so beautiful, Val, congratulations! #9872502

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe December 16, 2011

Congrats Val on your wonderful winner. #9872528

Renee Doyle December 16, 2011

Big Congratulations on this outstanding First Place Winner Val! #9872669

Liz blahh December 16, 2011

Congratulations on your First Place Winner! #9872682

Val Feldman level-classic December 16, 2011

Thanks so much everyone! I appreciate the kind congratulations and generous support very much! Hope you all have a great evening!! #9872684

Amy M. Wilson December 16, 2011

HUGE, HUGE congratulations on your STUNNING and SO well deserved First Place Winner, Val! So VERY happy for you, my friend!!! #9872685

Tammy Espino December 16, 2011

Knew you could do it, Congrats on your win! :) #9872780

Tammy Espino December 16, 2011

Knew you could do it, Congrats on your win! :) #9872781

Tammy Espino December 16, 2011

Knew you could do it, Congrats on your win! :) #9872782

Michelle Alton December 16, 2011

Both your image, Val, and your description are sheer poetry. Congratulations! #9872832

Val Feldman level-classic December 16, 2011

...and a VERY special thanks to you, Ms. Tammy...I thought MAYBE I could (well, sometimes:) but with your kind and generous support with layers and textures, I finally did!!! You are the true epitome of what BP is all about - thanks for all... particularly, your patience! :) #9872837

Kathy Salerni level-classic December 16, 2011

Huuumonguss congratulations on your
First Place Win, Val! This is one of the best monarch images I have ever seen! WTG! #9872881

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic December 16, 2011

WHoo hoo...Ms V! :) This is wonderful and a big congrats to you on this beautiful win! #9872885

Joannie Bertucci level-classic December 16, 2011

Of course it took a Texas butterfly to garner first place :-)...congratulations on this magnificent image Val and the gold it was given! #9872898

Tammy Espino December 16, 2011

I just know talent when I see it girly :) I get called nag at home..LOL :) Congrats again!! #9872908

Leslie McLain level-classic December 16, 2011

Congrats on a stunning winner, Val. #9872921

Patti Coblentz December 16, 2011

The most beautiful monarch image I've seen..this is truly exquisite, Val! Big congratulations on your 1st place win!! #9873013

Julianne Bradford December 16, 2011

Congratulations Valarie! This is so beautiful!! #9873015

Mary Dimitriw level-deluxe December 16, 2011

Ms. Val I am agog at your talents and presentation!! I'm so very happy for you, congratulations on another spectacular 1st place Winner! #9873019

Nadia Paul December 16, 2011

Yay! So happy to see this beauty with first place Val - so well deserved! Congrats my friend! #9873095

Mary K. Robison December 16, 2011

Magical image, Val!
Congratulations on your richly deserved First Place Winner! #9873244

Alan L. Borror December 17, 2011

Congratulations on this beautiful winner, Val! #9873338

Bojan Bencic level-classic December 17, 2011

Fantastic. Congratulations on your win, Val! #9873452

Karen Celella December 17, 2011

Congratulations on your gorgeous first prize winner, Val! #9873560

Kathy Cline December 17, 2011

Congrats Val #9873672

Stephen Zacker December 17, 2011

Awesome work and Big congratulations #9873692

Nancy Marie Ricketts December 17, 2011

A HUGE congratulations, Val, on your Stunning First Place Win! #9873811

Val Feldman level-classic December 17, 2011

Thank you so much everyone!!!!!! #9873841

Lorna Shutter December 17, 2011

Woo Hoo!!! This is fabulous, Ms. Val!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved 1st Place Win!!!!! WTG!!! :) (Sorry I haven't been around to comment much lately!)
Photobucket #9873862

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic December 17, 2011

Simply gorgeous, Val. Huge congrats on this beautiful Gold. #9873912

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic December 17, 2011

Happy to see this bring Gold, Val. Huge CONGRATZ!!!

UB. #9873976

Carla Capra Anderson December 17, 2011

Congratulations #9874017

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna December 17, 2011

WTG on this wonderful winner, Val! :-) k #9874139

Patrick Rouzes level-classic December 17, 2011

Congratulations on this incredible GOLD WINNER, Val! Happy for you, my friend! #9874261

Bonnie C. Lackey level-classic December 17, 2011

What a gorgeous, gorgeous capture, Val! And congratulations for this recognition! #9874324

Lindley Johnson level-classic December 17, 2011

Gorgeous color and outstanding details. Huge congratulations on your stunning First Place Win, Val! #9874347

Val Feldman level-classic December 17, 2011

Thank you all so very much! I'm very happy, with not just the win (altho, that was a super wonderful surprise! :) but more so for the fine, talented people of the BP community who are so generous with their encouragement and support. Heartfelt thanks to all of you! ~Val #9874376

Robert R. Goodman December 18, 2011

A big Congratulations my friend,WTG Valarie!!!!! #9875719

JO ANN CLEVELAND December 18, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS on this outstanding FIREST PLACE WINNER Val!! I love it and knew it should be recognized!

jo ann c. #9875832

Emile Abbott level-classic December 18, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS Val on First Place Winner. #9875963

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 18, 2011

Congratulations, Val! Lovely work! #9876543

Cindy Bendush level-classic December 18, 2011

Huge congratulations on your beautiful winner Val! #9876725

Gord MacEachern December 19, 2011

Hey Val, great big congratulations my friend!!!
So very well deserved!!! #9877029

Freddy Bland December 19, 2011

Awesome image and First Place winner, Val! HUGE congratulations to you - very well-deserved! #9877290

Patricia Seidler December 19, 2011

Wow Val.I dont know how missed this one. No one captures butterflies better than you!

Congratulations on another fantastic 1st place winner! #9877517

Diane E. Deming level-classic December 19, 2011

Knew this was going to be a winner, Val. Just a beautiful image. Congratulations on another great 1st place win! #9877812

Julie Burnett December 23, 2011

I'm late to the dance, but CONGRATULATIONS on this First Place Winner, Val!! Merry Christmas!! #9883318

Lorna Shutter December 23, 2011

Hey Ms. Val! Just dropping by to wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year in 2012!!!!! :)
Photobucket #9884004

Merna L. Nobile December 23, 2011

What could be more important in life than to know in our hearts that in everything we have tried to do, we have done our very best?
Congratulations for your magnificent contribution for the month of November, 2011.
Merna Nobile #9884398

Karen Bacon December 26, 2011

congratulations on this fantastic winner Val! #9886888

Lorna Shutter December 31, 2011

Hey Ms. Val! Things just aren't the same without you here! Photobucket
Hope 2012 is a good year for you!!! :) #9895445

David M. Montero January 01, 2012

Clarity doesn't get any better than this. You've taken everone to school. Great subject to showcase your talent. Congratulations on your first place award Val! Happy New Year! #9896991

Karen Slagle January 04, 2012

Belated congrats Val on this most awesome winner. What fab colors and details. I can see this printed huge and hung. #9902048

Teresa Moore January 09, 2012

Congratulations! A beautiful capture, and great bg. #9911623

Laura E. Swan level-classic March 07, 2012

On This Delightful 1st place GOLD WIN!

Nature loves you!

-Laura :D #10027143

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