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Gratitude

For the month of November, our church has been having us keep track of all the things we are grateful for- writing them down and saying them out loud. I am grateful for my wonderful family and friends- and this month especially I amĀ  grateful for my brand new bionic knee and the promise of a more active and pain free lifestyle!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

And of course I’m grateful for autumn- my favorite season!


Window Dressing

I loved photographing and editing this old window display in Bodie. I was in the mood for blues!


and then there’s lavender. . .

They grow lavender too!


Petunia Play

Just a little editing fun in Topaz Impression with an Alaska petunia. . .



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Seaweed Impressions


Frozen

I froze some flowers in water a few weeks ago before we left for California and had fun taking photos of them last week. This one was taken in multiple exposure mode.


P I N K

Last week’s pink moon as it rose above the trees.


Leftovers

All that’s left of my hydrangeas. Trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear as they say. . .


Softly

A dahlia macro


Fireweed Impressions

Fireweed had just begun its bloom when we were in Alaska. I used a slow shutter speed with my iPhone to create this impressionist style image.


Blue Trees

I was housebound for almost three weeks with a tenacious virus, and am glad to say that I seem to have recovered finally. I haven’t been out with my camera since our Holbrook trip, and as a result, have been pulling photos from the archives to edit and post here, the exception being the sunflowers and chair photos from last week. Next week, we will be in Alaska- and finally I will have some opportunities for photography!

When I’m sick, I tend only seem to have enough energy for Words With Friends and photo editing apps on my iPhone. Below is one of my favorite recent iPhone creations. I took the photo out the car window as we were approaching Prescott on the trip back from Southern California in March and then edited it last week on my phone. I cropped it heavily and layered it with several textures, playing with blend modes until it looked the way I wanted. I added one more texture to the trees in Photoshop- and voila!

 


Spring Dancer

I was totally captivated by this little girl’s impromptu dance and couldn’t help taking a few shots.


Beach Blur

Intentional camera movement (moving and/or wiggling the camera while taking a photo) created this photo which I took from Photoshop into Topaz Studio to add a painterly layer at low opacity.


Winter’s End

I think our February snowstorm was likely the end of our (very mild) winter, although we did have some snow at the beginning of April last year. I have a few more snowy photos I am considering posting here, starting with this one of the rocks and snow at Willow Lake. I began with a straightforward edit, using Photoshop to bring out the detail of the Liesegang rings in the rocks. I have recently just started exploring Topaz Studio, so decided go there to see what I could use on this photo to give it an “extra something”. I played around until I created a softer, more painterly look in the image.

 

 


I’m a walkin’ . . .

Yes indeed! Another bit of the beach scene from our last trip to Newport-