The limited depth of field in this photo is what gives it a mystical appearance, at least to me. I had my camera set on "close up" view, meaning anything within two feet would be in focus, but beyond that, the background would be a bit blurry. Usually I use this for my extreme close ups of flowers. I was shooting this brand new-to-bloom white dahlia bud as the subject. Only the stem, leaves and the bud itself were within the range of focus though, meaning 90% of the rest of the photo is a bit blurred. Add in the bright sun and my camera's limited usage in lighting conditions like that, and you get this very 3D looking image, tightly focused on the small bud, stem and leaves, but with the rest of the photo fading away an in an almost impressionist type of way. The blurry pink cosmos play with the rest of the out of focus background to create this ethereal garden shot. The angled horizon line, determined by the strong right angle with the cedar post at the lower right, adds to this image's coolness factor. This is one of my favorite photos from the past summer and fall, so far!