Thursday, July 31, 2014

Good Fences


This fence is a little hard to find because your eyes are drawn to the sea of flowers behind it ... but I assure you , it is there :)

Happy Fence Lovin' Day!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday


Frequent Flyers in my Yard ...

Cardinal ...

House Finch ...

 Adult Red Tail Hawk (male)... He has a keen interest in our huge population of chipmunks, needless to say :)

Purple Finch ...

Red Wing Blackbird Juveniles ...

Baltimore Oriole ... (Yes they stayed and now have youngsters visiting our grape jelly :)

Crows who think they own the yard ...

 Mallard Family ... I didn't put out duck feed this year because last year things got completely out of control ... ducks, ducks, everywhere.  So when they figured out I wasn't going to feed them they all left except the one pair that come back every year.  This is the Mrs and her ten grown babies.  She is a good mother because it is rare that ten babies would survive to this stage.
Of course, this is just a sampling of the birds that come to my yard.  There are too many to do in one post so I will try to catch the others at another time.  Hope you are having a wonderful week ... Happy WBW!

Our World Tuesday

Everyone knows about the taste of Chicago, which is very close to where I live, but it is too big, the parking is hard, it is hot and the crowds will smother you.  But when they had a "Taste Of" in my home town ... Now that's another matter.  My friend and I couldn't resist ... (and the Dairy Queen tent was for sure one of our stops :)

And with the Taste  ... a Carnival :)

I was always better at watching carnival rides than riding on them ... the swirling round and round didn't set well with my stomach ... if you get my gist.




Rides and games ... (the kid is cheating, but we don't care ... he's a kid:)

Prizes ... no the kid didn't win a prize.  You can't win when you cheat, right?


You see who is hanging on for dear life ... it's not the kids :)  (That would be me ... just sayin')



Behind us I spotted Froggy ...

What is happening here?

OMG ... all of my dreams of kissing a frog and meeting a prince are dashed!

Nobody enjoys a carnival more than the kids ... Don't you love it?

Okay, that's enough ...

We headed home and on our way we passed one of the gardens planted by the Ladies Garden Club ... awesome and a great way to end a fun outing ...
Hope you are having a wonderful week ...

Monday, July 28, 2014

NF Inspiring Photography Catching The Light


Sunrise reflecting on my wall ...

Mandarin Orange Monday

Mandarin Orange Monday


In the beginning ...

Enhance with light ...

Lighten, liquify, pull from edges, fill blank areas ...

Crop ...

Add textures ...

Crop #2 again, rotate and combine ... blend

Liquify, pull from edges, fill with color and texture ...

New approach ... add light, combine with pdpa texture, change opasity, merge ...

Add picture of waterfall at low opasity ...

Combine two approaches ...

Blend



Source ...
"That all she wrote" :)      Happy MOM Everyone !

Friday, July 25, 2014

Wekend Reflection


I had to go into my archives for this one.  It has been a busy week and I didn't have time to come up with a newy.  Early morning on the lake.  It is a scene that I see often and yet, can never get enough of it.  Have a great weekend everyone ...