Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Be Still #24 - Inspired by a Painting

Week 24 of Be Still_52 involves inspiration by a painting.   I must admit that the average Be Still participant probably doesn't have a bleached horse's skull lying around.  I don't, either, but I have an art major niece who left a bleached horse's skull and a horned cow skull at her parents' home when she moved to Los Angeles.  I'm a fan of much of Georgia O'Keeffe's work: skulls and flowers, especially.   I found the print on and was inspired to try it.  I fully intended to use a cow skull, never thinking that a horse skull was also available for my use.   

The photo is stark, so I've leaned naturally toward black and white.

Monday, June 29, 2015

P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday #25

It seems so difficult to find a subject to photograph these days; I'm not sure what has happened to me, but even my still life course has been a struggle.  I know that the unexpected heat wave has discouraged me from wandering outside, too.  I drive the same country roads near our town, trying to find a new subject.  This morning, it was this old sprinkler wheel line, rusty but still in use on land belonging to the lumber mill.  I'm linking up with Kent Weakley's P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday this week.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Changing it Up: Portraits of Chloe

Chloe is an anomaly, I suppose.  She's a Goldendoodle, the progeny of a very blonde Golden Retriever named Oliver and a poodle mix named Marg.  And Chloe is black.  She looks much like a Golden Retriever and very little like any kind of poodle.  The most popular Goldendoodles are pale colored and curly--something like large "squishy" teddy bears.  Not Chloe.  It's tricky to include her in a photo because her features disappear.   I did these portraits for Be Still_52 -- "Changing Things Up" from our still life course.  Chloe was in the river, chasing sticks, digging for rocks, loving the water.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday #25

On each side of the Grande Ronde Valley in NE Oregon are named mountains:  Mt. Harris on the east and Mt. Emily on the west.  Mt. Harris is a bit more than 5000 feet  in elevation; Mt. Emily is more than 6000 feet tall.  The view from Mt. Emily is absolutely stunning, because it's possible to look down on the huge Grande Ronde Valley and across Mt. Harris to the Eagle Caps of the Wallowa Mountains to the east.

Joining with Kent Weakley's P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Texture Tuesday {Last of the Peonies}

I didn't read Kim's post very carefully last week; Texture Tuesday is "officially on hiatus." 

Without a doubt, peonies are the most "voluptuous" of flowers.  When I express my love for them, people often say, "But they are gone so quickly!" I didn't think so, but when my own 25 peony plants seemed to be gone in a flash, I realized that my greatest experience with peonies was in my late mother's extensive (300+ plants) peony garden.  They seemed to bloom for a month.  Of course that was because she had peonies that were early, mid and late bloomers, so the season was extended. Even then, it was sad when the last peony's petals dropped to the ground.  This week, the last of my peonies bloomed. This fall, I'm planting 10 more peonies with the hope that I can enjoy them for a longer period next summer.

Edited with Perfect Effects 8, kk_mudding

P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday #24

  1. occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

I love serendipitous images when I'm carrying my camera.  In fact, my favorite photographs are often the result of "chance."  My choice for Week 24 of Kent Weakley's P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday is the outcome of just such an occurrence.  I was strolling around a livestock show and stopped to visit the barn where the horses belonging to the show's rodeo royalty were kept.  After a few photos of the horses, I stopped at the door when I saw these boots lying under the edge of the court's horse trailer. They obviously belonged to either the queen or one of the three princesses.  They're beautiful boots...most likely expensive, and they show signs of work wear.  But they had evidently been switched out for the dressy "official"  boots.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Be Still_52: Four Things--A Collective Prompt

A loaf of bread, linen, twine, and scissors...

(I would truly prefer to use Lightroom, but I still haven't dedicated the time to learn it.)

Edited with Topaz Clarity
 Edited with Topaz B&W Effects "White Chocolate"

Edited with Rad Lab

Edited with Topaz B&W Effects "Hand Tinted Chiffon"