coot in colorI love photo challenges, but by the time I take a picture that I think will fit the challenge, the group has moved on.  This one was inspired by Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge,   Week Four, simplicity.  Cee even posts in advance what the topic will be, but I just contemplate for a long time.

But I do think about the topic and tips as I take pictures all week.

I did use the Auto Smart Tone feature of Photoshop Elements on this picture which increased the saturation a little.  I lost a little detail in the bird’s face, but I really loved how it looks so dark blue against the myriad of colors in the water.

And here is the bird in its more natural look.  Still pretty phenomenal.  Who doesn’t look red eyes?

American Coot.

American Coot.