Common and yet Not

I am feeling restless these days. We have mostly sunny days and rain comes down every now and then. Flowers and plants are bathed in cozy sun and are showered occasionally to reach their prime state. It is the time to plant annuals and make flower baskets. I prefer perennials, but annual colors are usually more striking.
After selecting the primary colors for the pot, I began to grab some ‘basket stuffers’ which are mostly starters. I like starters for the price and also for the surprise. The pictures shown on the tag are not always accurate. I enjoyed watching colors pop out of the little green plants. And, this one is a nice surprise. I have not seen this flower not to mention the deep cobalt blue color. The flower is only about one inch in diameter, but check out the details and multi-colors.

Stuff in my pots is mostly starters. I think the texture is the only way to clean up the clutter in the background, so here you go. I used 4 different kinds of textures plus a couple of filters.
The process of texturing is so fun. I love to do it and also hesitate to engage in one. Once I sit down, I may not get up for a long time.
I will be showing the original pictures below in order that you can see the reason why I decided to use texture on these images.
During a recent doctor’s visit, I walked out of the clinic and heard these beautiful birds singing that I have never heard before. Luckily I had my telephoto lens in the trunk, so I followed the song and discovered a bird perching extremely high on the limb. I started to shoot from distance and stopped below the tree. Even though I was right below the tree, I could not tell what kind of bird it is. The song has a spell on me, and I had a hard time just driving away.
Guess who it is? If I knew it is JUST a sparrow, I would probably not spend my time trying to snap these shots and have people stare at me curiously. It is not a bald eagle or snow owl, just a black-headed sparrow. I must be a joke in front of these passers-by. But, if you look at sparrows closely and know how hard they are usually singing, I think you will enjoy and appreciate them more.

The sky is a big blank white at noon, so I decided to give it some color and also

pay this guy a little tribute. I have mentioned it before. Sparrows are no longer common to me. They are the best musicians. Meadow Lark sings beautifully, but sparrows sing a variety of songs that ML cannot compete.
You know I have driven almost 4 hours round trip (and more than once) to shoot tulips at Wooden Shoe tulip farm, but the one-shot that I have been looking at is this small tulip that I planted bulbs last year. It is simple but graceful. It opens in the morning when sun rises and closes in the afternoon when the light is down.
While most of the tulips at the farm are winding down, this one stayed for almost a month. How does the most insignificant tulip (I thought) turn out to be my favorite?
Common can become uncommon. I have the proof here.
Below are the original pictures of above three images:
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