Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite photos! At the beginning it was a wide spread field, but then it narrowed considerably and in the end there were three clear winners.
First place goes to the beautiful purple thistle with the Grand Tetons in the back.
The very close runner-up went to the sculpture that I saw at one of the burnt down homes in my old neighborhood, a sign of love and hope amidst total devastation.
And the bronze medal (so to speak, since we are in an Olympic year) goes to our state flower, the beautiful California poppy. This is such a happy flower.
After I had established the winning photos I also had to pick a winner from all of you who voted. The winner will get a greeting card set with the three winning photos, and they will go to...
Cheri at Scrap Dreams! Congratulations!!!
I don't want to end this post without letting you know which photo is my favorite out of the 15. It is the image of Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park. I took this photo early in the morning while the day wasn't quite clear yet. There wasn't any fog anymore, but it was a bit hazy and I found it very atmospheric.