As spring moves into and through summer, the parade of blooms is captivating, and I look for ways to capture their beauty and magic that will do more than repeat photographs of previous years. After trying various angles and distances this morning with coreopsis (its flowering tells me that we are fast approaching summer’s longest day), I came upon a partly shady corner with dark trees in the background and a road sign with color dimly echoing that of the flowers. It made me so happy I deleted all the other digital files of this year’s coreopsis. Below is my favorite shot from a year ago. Which do you like better?