Friday, July 25, 2014

Line Up and Garden Fence

Collection of Olive Oil and Vinegar bottles
7/24 Photograph In A Jar
Contained / Lined Up / Treasures

Garden Fence
7/25 Photograph Chain Link Fence
Boundary / Connect / Hole

A collection of jars on Captureyour365 showed that many photographers save shells like we do. Some even had sand and titles. The collection of sea shells that I have here were the first thing that I photographed.  I really do like this picture, but wanted to practice with my flash and a group of bottles. The only thing that I could think of was my collection of olive oils and vinegars. I pulled them out of the cabinet and used those for today's picture. I must have some psychic skill because later on in the day when I was out doing errands, I came across a new store opening up in Concord that will be selling Olive Oils and Vinegars, just like the Cocoa store. I am excited, my husband, not so much…..

The poison ivy turned into cellulitis on my forearm and I went to the doctors. Glad I didn't golf on Wednesday, knew I had to be sick to skip golf and the antibiotics are working. They just make me feel tired after I take them. This morning the arm looks better, and now the itching of the poison ivy is the least of my problems. It's not a bad case of poison ivy and the doctor thinks that based on where it is that I got it from laundry, patting a dog or from someone else, not from working in the garden. Maybe my golf stuff? 

For today's picture, I wasn't going to go out today and stuck around the front yard for the picture. I like the front yard yard pictures from today better than the ones taken this past February. I used a couple of presets in lightroom 5 for lighting effects. Controlled chaos within the garden fence.

Mini discovered the hummingbirds today!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Luminosity and Three

Pond Reflections
7/22 Photograph Luminosity
Brightness / Radiated Energy / Reflected

3 Ducks
7/23 Photograph 3
The Number / Written / On the Ground

So hot, these past two days and my photos are all about water. Yesterday's luminosity/reflection photo was taken at the pond behind my house. I had seen the stump last week on a walk and was hoping that I could either get that or a blooming lily pad with a reflection. But there were no lilies in bloom yesterday, however, there was this spider web that I could have used. My eyes were drawn to the flowers on the bush in the light and the web looked wispy until I got the photo downloaded where I then saw the spider web. This photo on the left was cropped to highlight the spiderweb.  Overall, the picture I chose is a much better picture with the lighting and the reflections of the stump and reeds on the shore.

Today's photo was taken right before my cousin/aunt and I were getting ready to go out floating. I was suppose to get the number 3, but unless I stopped on the highway today to get a picture of the moose crossing sign for 3 miles sign, I wasn't seeing threes. Three ducks made the cut instead. It was hot and muggy today especially after we did a 2 mile walk. Floating on the pond was a great way to spend the afternoon and we had a friend join us. With the poison ivy that I am now sporting on my forearm, the cool water was perfect.

Yesterday's Texture Tuesday photo made me realize that I don't know the name of butterflies that are in my garden.  A commenter had provided the name of yesterday's butterfly, which was a Great Spangled Fritillary. We had a butterfly hanging out in the liatris yesterday and I took way too many pictures. This appears to be a Eastern Tiger Swallowtail based on matching it with a butterfly found at It's another tattered wing butterfly.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Skittish Butterfly

Butterfly on Liatris    (kk_pinit9, Pinlight 51%)


This butterfly was around the garden most of the day on Monday. It was really hard to get a picture of it as it would move when I moved, I had to get the shot from the chair with my lens at 250mm. The ISO was at 400 which adds to the grain on the original picture to the left. I love the impressionist background of the above photo with the bee balm blossoms. I used a mask to "paint" the butterfly and the flower its on back in.  This is when I am glad to have a tablet instead of a mouse to use in photoshop elements!

Once I took the pictures, I looked at the butterfly magnified and saw that one of the wings was damaged. That's probably why I could never get close to it.

kk_pinit9, Opacity Softlight 69%