Monday, March 30, 2015

Texture Tuesday {Trio of Roses}

Joining with Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday.  Edited with Topaz Clarity and kk_0441

P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday #13

I saw a "food photo" that was similar to this one: white eggs on burlap with a dark background.  I just had to try it.  It's my choice for Week #13 of Kent Weakley's P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Random Five Friday

The sun is shining and the temperature is supposed to get up to 70 or above today!  We'll get back to more normal temps in a few days, but this is glorious right now.  For Nancy's Random Five Friday:
1. I took my two oldest great-nieces to Joseph and Wallowa Lake for the day. These are the daughters of my niece who died last May on her 38th birthday. (Although there is snow on the highest mountains, the snow level is far below normal this year.)

2. Lauren and Isabelle had not been to the area for maybe a year, and it was a beautiful day to visit. 

3. This is a Mac and Cheese Sammy, Isabelle's choice at a wonderful little bistro in Joseph.  The sandwich entrees are definitely meals. A young couple makes their own bread, salads, and dressings.  

4, Niece Lauren is 20 years old and is one term away from graduating from Oregon State University with a business degree and magna cum laude honors.  She has completed the work in three years. 

 5. One of the mountains bordering Wallowa Lake.  I'm sure it has a name, but I don't know what it is.

Weekly Top Shot {Mountain Border}

For Madge's Weekly Top Shot, I was able to capture scenery we are so fortunate to experience on a regular basis.  

Yesterday was a beautiful day in this part of Oregon, and it was perfect for a drive back into my home county of Wallowa and south to Joseph and Wallowa Lake with two of my great-nieces. Along the drive, The Seven Devils mountains of Idaho to the east seemed so close.  (Actually, as the crow flies, the mountains were about 35 miles away.)   

These are the Seven Devils mountains of Idaho, located on the Oregon-Idaho border, which is also the area of Hells Canyon. According to Wikipedia:
Hells Canyon is a 10-mile (16 km) wide canyon located along the border of eastern Oregon, eastern Washington and western Idaho in the United States. It is part of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and is North America's deepest river gorge at 7,993 feet (2,436 m), (although mountain He Devil - being the reference for the canyon's depth - is more than five miles away and not perceivable from the river).
The canyon was carved by the waters of the Snake River, which flows more than 1 mile (1.6 km) below the canyon's west rim on the Oregon side and 7,400 feet (2,300 m) below the peaks of Idaho's Seven Devils Mountains range to the east. Most of the area is inaccessible by road.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Texture Tuesday {Moody Rose and Pewter}

I love vibrant colors, but I've learned to love the softer, lighter shades in my photography.  Recently, however, I'm loving the moody look, and since I haven't gained enough nerve to re-try Lightroom, I'm creating "moody" in PS11.  This is my choice for Kim's Texture Tuesday.

Edited with kk_grunged up magic

Monday, March 23, 2015

P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday #12

When I select a photo for P52, I always take into consideration the fact that my Project photos will be printed in a photo book at the end of the year.  I want those photos to represent me, my life, my place...for this year.  I live in a valley surrounded by mountains and evergreen trees.  My choice for this week's P52 and Sweet Shot Tuesday is an image of some of those trees--in this case, tall Ponderosa pines.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Random Friday

Where did the week go?  I can say that, but it also seemed to last forever... it was one of those weeks absolutely full of things I HAD to do, which isn't nearly as much fun as the things I WANT to do!   It's time for Nancy's Random 5 Friday.

1. I've become active on Instagram, with many of my posts relating to the still life photography course I'm taking this year.  IG means photos need to be square, which doesn't work all the time.  It did with this one, though.

 2. I made one of my routine visits to the Eastern Oregon University campus, and was delighted to find the Star Magnolia tree blooming in the little enclosed memorial garden that's tucked in between two old buildings.

 3. I spent most of my week working on the annual Chamber of Commerce awards banquet.  I'm not a business person, but volunteered with this organization more than two years ago.  We have a very small business community, and an even smaller active Chamber---primarily women who already have their plates full with jobs.  As a retiree, I get to do fun things, such as get 60 folding chairs moved from the rodeo grounds to the community center and back after the banquet. The "after" job involved returning 9 large round tables that we had borrowed, too.  Thank heavens for a small Metals class at the high school and a teacher who was willing to bring his 6 students in a small bus to do the heavy work.

4. My kitchen table looks like this because my paper crafting has been on hold for a couple of weeks.  Good thing we don't ever use the table!

5. This is what I WANT to be doing--playing with a camera.   I love working with still life, and decided to try some vibrant colors, for a change.  Green and purple always look good together, I think!