Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Texture Twist with Kristy

Kristy of Life-n-Reflection offers a "Texture Twist" challenge, and this week she features a wonderful vintage Brownie camera.   I've chosen one of her textures, "Ashes," and one of her Champagne overlays to edit my image of roses on a weathered chair.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Project 52 2014 #38

Joining with Kent Weakley's Project 52 and Sweet Shot Tuesday again, this time with  an image of dried dill plant in front of a split rail fence.

Texture Tuesday {Rose Duo}

I found a special buy on 18 roses at the grocery store....unfortunately, these bunches often tend to develop "droopers" among the flowers, but there are plenty of extras!  For Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday , I've edited the image of the roses with kk_mixed media,... which is more evident when the photo is enlarged with a click!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Insignificant Beauty

Anemones don't grow in this part of the country; at least, I've never seen one.  However, I bought some cheap anemone bulbs in early spring and planted them when it started to warm up.  I didn't have any expectations.  One day, green foliage started working through the soil of the little wooden planter.  Later in the summer, little white flowers began to show up, but most were hardly enough to be called a flower.  One did look like an anemone, but that was it.   Last week, however, a purple flower appeared, and it developed into a beautifully shaped anemone blossom.   I played with my 50mm macro lens to see what aspects I could capture.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Texture Tuesday -- Chocolate Cosmos and the Journal

My mother passed away just a month ago, one day after her 94th birthday.  A few weeks earlier, I found a thin little book in the chaos of her house, where she had lived for 63 years.  The book was her canning journal, an annual listing of the canning she did from 1952-1958 after moving to the farm in 1951. She had three daughters, ranging in age from 9 down to 2 1/2, and 6-month-old twin boys.  (The house had two bedrooms.)  That first summer, Mother canned a total of 198 quarts of various fruits and 107 pints of jam. I remember canning season every year that I was home until I left for college, but Mother kept records for only the first 5 years.  Life became very busy, obviously!    This journal is an especially precious document. 


Project 52 2014 #36 and #37

It's been a long 10 days for me without a computer!  I decided to have a bigger and faster one built while my husband and I were on a week-long vacation.  Getting the new PC "in service" took awhile because of all the editing programs I had to re-install, passwords I had to look up so I could log in to the various sites.  Agonizing over Outlook---how in the world does this program make things easier for someone in an office?  In the back of my mind was my Project 52 for 2014....I'm posting two weeks of photos for Kent Weakley's Project 52 and Sweet Shot Tuesday.

Week Number 36  --This looks like a dogwood of the few flowers remaining in the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland, Oregon --- a beautifully designed and landscaped garden 

Week Number 37 -- Tugs and barges on the Columbia River with majestic Mt. Hood in the background; this is a view from Kelley Point Park, where the Willamette and Columbia rivers merge in the northern part of Portland, Oregon. The northern bank of the Columbia is in the state of Washington.  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bright Zinnias with Texture

My best "green thumb" success this summer was the crop of Cut and Come Again zinnias...seeds planted in late spring (after the frost).  The colors are so vibrant!   I played around with my 50mm macro lens, trying to capture the color and texture of individual flowers.   For these two, I then added Pixel Dust Photo Art's "Drips of Rainbow" texture so it looks as if the flowers were photographed through rain-covered glass.