It never ceases to amaze me that potential images are all around us if we just slow down and train our eyes. We've had this flower pot filled with red lava rock at the corner of our garage for years. We haven't had a plant in the flower pot for over 8 years, but have kept the pot on location due to the colorful design. If I had a dollar everytime I've walked by the pot I could retire tomorrow. Several months ago while walking past the pot, I observed that a leaf had blown on top of the lava rock and had begun to decay due to rain and the intense sunlight. I continued to observe the leaf over a period of a week and liked the contrast in texture, color, and how the leaf had begun to nestle down amongst the rock. Not wanting to miss out on a potential photo opportunity (I never knew when the leaf might blow away, etc.), I got my camera, macro lens, and tripod, and took numerous images. I adjusted the brightness and contrast in Nik's Viveza and used the Detail Extractor filter in Nik's Color Efex Pro. About a week later the leaf had blown away.