I left the cool comfort of the air conditioning and dared to venture out into the Texas summer heat. After seeing some flowers thrive in the sunshine, I decided to take a closer look.
I tried out some different setting combinations and found that blurring out the background, or adjusting the Depth of Field (DOF), worked best for this type of subject. And, moving in closer and filling the frame didn't hurt either!
Another bit of adjustment in Picasa and you have a striking photo of a beautiful flower in Texas.