awesome! thanks for the feedback
@jay: yes i was playing around with post processing. not only am i new to shooting pictures, i am new to editing the pictures as well. I was probably a little overzealous with that highlight button on picasa.
@paukl: thanks for the compliment. it's mostly a hit or miss thing, and by chance i was able to get that type of texture with those shots.
@alex: weather here is depressing for so long... it's about time for some sun and flowers
(vancouver and the rain....)
@patti: i should really try doing that. there are still some buds that are unbloomed yet. hopefully i can get up the motivation and find the time to do that for this season.