My Six Word Saturday
One peach cobler done – now what?
My Six Word Saturday
One peach cobler done – now what?
You all know that I am the Klutz Queen of the Universe, but there are other kinds of gracefulness. Last week I looked around my yard where grace and beauty abound thanks to my hubby, Vince.
To me there is nothing more graceful than clouds, and if these seem to be a bit upside down it’s because they are dancing on the water. I dare anyone to be more graceful than that! 🙂
The cloud queen even impressed Puppy Girl, princess of our home. This is as close as PG comes to getting in the water unless held tightly by her mom or dad. She is anything but graceful in the water.
The trees bow their limbs in honor of her majesty. These cloud rulers of the earth are graceful, yet they get puffed up at their own beauty. Beware, “pride cometh before a fall,” my lovely sky beauties.
And lo, up springs a little competition for the rulers of the sky from these little buds that spread their fingers and toes and dance gracefully in the wind.
For more on the theme of graceful from Alisa’s Travel Theme, Where’s My Backpack, click here.
I live much of my life behind glass. My 2006 Prius has over 215,000 miles, my husband’s 2004 truck has nearly 200,000 miles, and his “new” car, a 2010 Prius has nearly 80,000 miles on it. Usually I drive and can’t take pictures (or shouldn’t). On our accidental vacation, we had to stop. So did everyone else.
Nonetheless, my husband wanted me to stay behind the glass. Glass protects. For this picture, he pulled off the road. Elk grazed on both sides of the 2-lane highway. Other brave souls came out from behind the glass. I did too, and fortunately the elk were more interested in the grass than in us. 🙂
You don’t want to test glass beyond its protective endurance. Fortunately there was more to this floor than just glass because a few weeks after we took this picture, the glass busted! Those squares weren’t patterns on the carpet, they were tops of Chicago buildings.
Glass does more than protect. The University of Notre Dame collected more French stained glass than anywhere in France. It would take days to notice all the beauty in these glass windows.
People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but what about people working in glass buildings? I guess they can throw anything they want during the daytime. You can’t see in anyway. I could have seen a reflection of me throwing a stone off the tour boat, but I was more than a stone’s throw away!
If you’re not glassy-eyed by now. Click on the icon to view more of Cee’s friends’ photos.
As you know, my brother, Randy, and I are on a trip to recapture the lands of our youth for his sixtieth birthday. The first leg of our journey was a cross-country train trip from Portland, Oregon to Chicago. These few pictures fit the Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Landscapes.
The landscape stills I took wouldn’t hold still since the train was moving along at a pretty good clip. I took most of the train pictures with my cell phone because it was so handy. We went through the mountains at night. Early in the morning we saw Glacier National Park, which of course closed, due to the government shutdown.
Soon after that, there were no more mountains, and the views looked like this.
Montana went on for most of the trip. This photo almost looks fake or like a bad water color painting. And… even if the train were not moving, it was anything but still. I think that the wind is never still in Montana.
To see how others addressed this challenge, don’t forget to visit photographer, truck driving, Ed.
As some of you know, I haven’t stopped traveling since my accidental vacation. My brother and I are spending a couple of weeks celebrating his 60th birthday by going back to our birth state of Indiana. We traveled by train across the country from Portland, OR to Chicago, spent a couple of days and ended up in South Bend, IN. I’ll try not to be so long-winded about this trip, but now I have a serious problem, and I need your help, if you can.
I downloaded my pictures from my EOS Rebel to my computer with a new card reader, 467 of them, then I formatted my disk. You know what that means!!! When I first looked at the pictures they were all fine. Then, all of a sudden weird, things started appearing to the pictures.
Some are much worse than others. Some are just fine. like my first picture. Here’s the other weird thing. On my finder, I see the pictures just perfectly. It’s only when I click on them to open them, they go to Bridge first then to Photoshop, and they get weird in Bridge.
Does anyone know what happened? HELP! 🙂
Focus. This week’s challenge is inspired by Matthew George’s post on focus, in which he introduced us to the basics of depth of field and aperture. He explained what an image with a shallow depth of field looks like (or conversely, a photo with a greater depth of field), and how the aperture setting on your camera affects it.
I didn’t accomplish this with aperture, but the lighting blurred the background for me somewhat.
Another issue of focus occurs when one member of the pose does not really want to be there. Then you have a focus problem.
Now I am stretching myself to find something that meets the bill. This was taken this spring at the Woodlake Botanical Gardens. Flowers are especially good at posing like this.
So are leaves.
Cotton can do it, too.
Even Manny likes to pose best when I blur the background. Oops, what went wrong? Manny’s not happy about this! 🙂
Whew, that’s better!
For more ideas click here.
Wednesday is two days before the WordPress challenge changes, so I’d better get busy. Nobody wants to go to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis, California and leave the prize display in pieces. Why they told us we could all take turns riding the antique bicycle, I can’t imagine. Something must have foreshadowed that this might happen. Look at how delicately thin the wheels are. Even stabilized on a stand, it looked delicate.
Justin got on the same way the rest of us did, only maybe slightly more gracefully. “One foot is placed on a peg above the back wheel. The rider grasps the handlebar, scoots and lifts himself into the saddle.” Wikipedia
Taking headers off the high-riders commonly occurred in the 1890s when the Penny-Farthing was in its heyday. But Justin watched most of us maneuver the “ordinary” machine without a single misstep. So he got on unsuspecting any danger.
We could see the foreshadowing of disaster as he confidently swung his legs.
Whee, at this point WE knew….
I’m not sure how he got off in one piece, and he wasn’t sure what went wrong, but he was sure something had.
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The morning golden hours are the hours I’d rather still be in bed. My husband sometimes gets up and snaps a picture or two. Some of my favorite pictures were of fog one morning when I was on my way to work. I had to pull over and snap the pictures using my cell phone, it was so beautiful.
I love evenings as well. I took these pictures when I took my camera with me on a walk in the country.
You all know that I took an online lesson with Leanne Cole. You can too, by the way. She gave me some composition tips as well as some Photoshop tips that I’ve been practicing and will share with you today – even though NOBODY asked!!! hahaha
Composition tip#1 If you take a wide angle shot, to get a record of a building, person, thing, make sure that you don’t cut it off. It looks like you are being lazy. Ouch Leanne! Me – LAZY – I’ve been caught! I have to work at that because I just automatically go in standing, and shoot from eye level – bad photographer – SOMEBODY SLAP ME!
Composition tip #2 Watch for stuff around the edges of the photograph, such as legs, poles, cars, anything that detracts from your focal point. I corrected these in Bridge using Camera Raw. Given that we had to be quick so that we didn’t hold anybody up in line, and given the fact that I had let my camera battery go dead, sometimes you just have to get what you get, and fix it as best you can . Vince saved the day, and for an iPhone pix, I think this turned out great! 🙂
Composition tip #3 Keep the horizon on about the upper third line of the photograph. Here again, if you mess up, and it looks ok, great. If you mess up and it doesn’t look ok, you can crop.
Photoshop tip #1 Work in Bridge in Camera Raw. Right click on the picture and choose, “open in camera raw.” You have lots of choices, and it is faster than in Photoshop. You can edit several pictures at once. Here are my before and after pictures. I accidentally shot the pictures on AV and not P. It was 108 degrees. Vince wanted to get the table fixed and get back inside. This edit took just a few seconds. I pressed auto. Bridge made its correction. Then I clicked the scroll bar that said clarity and vibrance and made the pictures a little clearer. They were all done at once! Awesome – Problem solved!
Now here’s the story behind the picture in case you asked me – which you didn’t! We were inside where it was cool, and walked out for a second to see how hot it was getting. We both got house bound yesterday. The umbrella had blown on its side upending and moving the heavy metal table about 4 feet south taking the one chair with it. Notice in the background, the other umbrella still upright in the holder in the pool Go figure. We get funnel clouds here, but we don’t call them tornadoes. They are dust devils. This must have been some devil of a whirlwind. 🙂
I may be trying too hard to be the “Dear Abby, or “Hints from Heloise, ” of the internet. Maybe it will take longer than a week to catch on. (hahaha) Picture me sitting by my email box, hoping, checking it every day. Today might be the day for someone to ask me a question about anything. (Oops! I’ve broadened the scope of my expertise to God level! Such
confidence conceit!) Remember, I’m a teacher with no students. What’s puzzling you? Do you have problems? (Ok, that’s asking for it!) I’ll listen, at least – like Dr. Frasier Crane.
How could Photoshop be relaxing? Well, for one thing it’s not 110 in my house! That’s helpful because it is about that outside. I walked and swam this morning, but that was before 8:00 a.m. If you are thinking about coming to see me, you might want to rethink coming in late June through late August.
I started another blog on Blogger and am specializing in history resources. Basically I’ve taken some of the articles I have here, and revised them for that blog. Today I decided to put some of my Photoshop classes to work. I edited these photos in Bridge, and all I did in Photoshop was to add my name. Can you tell the differences? There are three.
In these I worked in Camera Raw. I pressed Auto and immediately Camera Raw saw things to correct that I wouldn’t have thought possible. After CR made changes, I adjusted for more clarity and vibrance. I was pleased with how they came out.
Actually I’m not sure I like the after better on this third set. What do you think?
Amazingly, I spent hours doing this. Then I checked my emails and realized that five hours before our new secretary for CCSS had asked me for some information. So, I guess I spent FIVE hours. I think I fixed lunch somewhere in there also! Amazingly I didn’t get too frustrated, so it was a RELAXING day. OK I did get frustrated with Blogger because it wouldn’t delete my WP slide show, but it wouldn’t show it either. That resulted in having to completely redo the post and reinsert all my new pictures. I forgot about that frustration! hahaha! You can check out that blog too, if you’d like. I’ve had 85 views just today, and I just got it done right! 🙂 Most of them saw the bad job that I did! 🙂
Now I must stop being so relaxed and get ready for a birthday party in the next 10 minutes or so. I have swimming hair and no make-up. Not a good sign. 🙂 Tomorrow I’ll be relaxing looking at your blogs, So shop around in my other posts, please and leave me some likes and comments. Have a great weekend. 🙂 Lots of love to y’all 🙂
For the most part I see things through rose-colored glasses, and I exude sweetness. But don’t bug me, and think you are bee-ing funny or cute! I can sting,
My time to wear glasses came in fifth grade. They looked about like one of these, and through them I could see that trees actually had individual leaves. But I looked like a clown when I looked in the mirror. So I boycotted my glasses most of the time until I was old enough to wear contact lenses.
Contacts worked well until I turned about 42. At that point something strange was going on with them! They were so dry, and I could no longer read the answers in the teacher’s math book. Totally frustrated, I went back to glasses. As soon as I was brave enough, I had lasik surgery. Unfortunately, even with surgery, I still have an astigmatism, and through my naked eyes, Jennie looks like this.
I still wear glasses. I can see clearly now. (sometimes).
For more ideas of how things look through the eyes of others, click here.
I had curves growing up, my knees and my elbows! Most everything else about me is straight. EXCEPT that I have astigmatisms in both eyes, and I can’t draw straight lines. Even my ruler slips when I try to make straight lines, so I go with curves. This week’s WP Photo Challenge: Curves highlights my favorite artistic stroke, the curve.
My former daughter-in-law can’t see either, but she can still paint, if you like abstract curves. (my favorite)
Gazing at meandering streams and rivers as they curve across the rocks gives hours of pleasure.
What would indoor racetracks be like if not for curves?
We threw Kalev a curve last Friday. We took her for a nice drive into the mountains on a curvy road for rattlesnake aversion class. She was the smartest doggie that day according to the lady in charge. Her learning curve wasn’t too steep. The steps in rattlesnake aversion training are simple.
For more curve ideas click here.
Today I am my own guest bloggers. I got the idea from Cathy, better known as ShareChair, who reposted some of her earliest posts. I posted this one year ago, one of my first posts. Since very few people have ever seen it I thought it was appropriate to republish it to show you another variety of bird we have in Tulare County.
We can’t believe that they are not extinct, but the sites I found on Google insist that they are common.
This mama or dad, they look alike, has been sitting in 100 degree heat all day to cool these four future killdeer. Her choice of nesting site is the reason we question the statistics on their abundance. Those rocks are our driveway.
She/he did the Killdeer feigning dance for me until the cat came over to investigate. I carted the cat safely away, and snapped these pictures one-handed as I left the poor stressed mother/father to get back to work sitting on the now-shaded eggs.
Sorry to say these pretty eggs didn’t make it either, in spite of their mother’s constantly chasing off predators. Most likely our cats were the culprits as they had their eyes all over those eggs. Vince and I felt very sad when the nest was empty.
And speaking of eggs did you all get a chance to name the new flamingo chick? You have until June 3.
I was inspired by a new blogger friend, Bambang (Bams) Triwoko, to create a post for this Word a Week Challenge: Angle. I don’t know whether I can put a new angle on it, but I will come at it from my perspective. Angle makes all the difference in photography. When I’m just looking at something, I don’t necessarily walk around checking all the angles like I do now when I want to take a photograph.
Last week my husband brought me a present – a bluejay egg that had fallen out of its nest in our trellis. It felt surprisingly heavy for such a tiny egg. I decided I should take pictures of it, so I took it outside and began my search for just the right angle.
The first angle I always resort to is whatever hits my eye level without having to climb up onto a rickety ladder or lay down on the ground, or sit in a cow pie. Then I do the lazy thing, and adjust the zoom lens.
However, there next thing I think of is shooting up at an object, preferably getting an angle with something else interesting in the process. In this case the little bistro table on our porch made the perfect angles you see in this picture, but it wasn’t particularly interesting as far as the bird was concerned. Then as I was looking up at the egg from underneath the table, it seemed like the egg moved.
Next, I started walking from one side to another, and in this case I could also manipulate the egg. When I started doing all that I noticed the holes in the egg that I had not noticed when Vince gave me the egg. That, along with the rocking motion, made me look at the egg from an entirely new angle. What if this bird hatched? What would happen to it? Would the parents take care of it after I had touched it? What do baby birds eat? I moved the potential baby to the bark chips under the trellis. From this angle you can really see the size of the egg compared to a small bark chip.
With the knowledge that “this egg was alive” angle in mind, I raced to the computer and googled baby blue jays and found out that you can soak cat food and hand feet it to newly hatched blue jays (and other birds). Someone else fed oatmeal to baby birds. One comment gave the number for Southern Calif. wildlife hotline: 866-945-3911. When I called that number I got three numbers for the Fresno area, and I called the first two and they were off for the weekend. The third number was a Click and Clack kind of wildlife guy. He should have his own radio broadcast. He was so helpful, AND funny. I laughed out loud as we talked about this poor bird’s possible fates – sorry Autty, some of them were not too positive. Actually from almost any angle, this baby’s prospects were not good.
What I did learn from Click was that blue jays have no sense of smell. They aren’t going to ignore their baby bird because I touched it. Birds won’t know the difference. His advice to me was to put it back in the nest. So I did. Inside the nest was hair, lots of it – probably mine! It was soft inside the nest. I felt good about the angle I had taken on blue jay restoration.
I’d just saved a precious life. Way to go, Marsha! Chalk up points! Vince came in the next morning to inform me that he found a broken egg. I climbed up on my rickety ladder to check the nest – empty. Bad angle, and I didn’t photograph it.
Michael Pick would like me to do something different in the background – me, not the scenery. No wonder they call it a challenge. People/objects we know and love, or who are interesting are usually the focus of our thoughts and pictures. Now Michael I’m not happy about this. I’m having to think – AGAIN, and I just did that yesterday. I mean really, I do have some excellent background pictures with Manny in the foreground and San Diego Bay in the background. Won’t that do, Michael?
That is surely better than this next one in which Manny is clearly the center of attention.
Then I thought about our trip to Hawaii last year. Vince and I were both more fascinated with the views than with having OUR PICTURES as the highlight. We were both taken with this long set of steps down to the beach on the island of Maui. Ever been here in Honolua-Mokuleia Bay?
We both posed, but IN THE BACKGROUND, Michael.
I’m not mad, mind you, but instead of taking 15 minutes like I planned to take to whip through this challenge, it took – well let’s just say I didn’t get my walk in. Oh well, I have proof that I have at least climbed some stairs in the last year or so.
Now if important figures, are supposed to be big, but out of focus, I think I have just gained the photographic ability to do that, but you can tell me if this is what you mean. It was an accident.
Thanks for making me think today. 🙂
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While this is not an ocean beach, Bravo Lake now has a sandy beach front because the water level is down as low as I have ever seen it. A few days ago Vince and I walked around Bravo Lake. We took a couple of hours to go three miles, but I came back with 75 pictures.
So what do you do with 75 pictures of Bravo Lake added to 150 of San Francisco, and 9,000 other pictures I’ve taken since I started blogging? Some, maybe even most of them are good. I doubt that any of them are great in every way I can think of that a photograph might be great: subject, composition, lighting, and processing. I had lunch yesterday with my photography friend, Laura Malmquist. She showed me some of her prints, and I showed her some of my pictures on the computer. She suggested that I print some of my pictures. She said they look more impressive in print. Hers sure looked impressive.
She had some other advice for me.
That was about it. Beyond that it’s practice, practice, practice. OK that’s where you come in. You already know that about me. I like feedback. In my opinion it’s more than my opinion that counts! I picked out one picture that I really liked on which to experiment. Vince and I talked about it half way around the lake once we could see where the Kaweah River was emptying into Bravo Lake. During the high times of the lake, it isn’t visible. But this lake is used for flood control, and now when snow is melting in the mountains they authorities let the water out of Kaweah Lake, which is dammed. We thought that the best shot would be looking toward the sunset from the bridge over point where the river entered the lake. So what do you think, was this a good shot in the first place?
My second question to you is, if you were going to print just one of them to try to sell, which one would YOU print?
1. The original
2. The sepia
3. The cropped color adjusted sky with cloned in tree tips because the color turned the trees the wrong color.
You can actually see the meandering path that the Kaweah River makes as it empties into Bravo Lake. It might be better if a huge fish had jumped into my picture, or a bird had swooped down and caught a fish. Maybe a kid on an inner tube floating dow the river. I’m just glad there wasn’t a spare tornado lurking around one of the hills. While that would make the picture more interesting, there are some limits to how much interest a person needs in life. I don’t mean to take the Oklahoma disaster lightly, I hate that it happened. At the same time I would be less than honest if I was not thankful that it did not happen here.
That being said, if you would like to donate to the victims of the Oklahoma disaster, and haven’t already done so, I’m attaching a button to my sidebar, and at the end of this post that will take you to a first responder. Vince and I decided to give to Salvation Army because according to my husband who works with our local group, a very high percentage of the money raised goes to victims.
I do love blogging, and I try to post consistently so that my blogging friends will know I’m alive and keep coming to see me. I recently read a recommended book, Getting Started with Twitter for Dummies, and updated my Twitter account. There I learned blogging tips from Daniel Sharkov, a 19-year-old. So today, because of his recommendation, I just added a new page, New Here, to help explain why I’m here on this blogging planet. Check it out and tell me if it looks ok. I like the idea when I meet new bloggers to have this available in addition to About. Do you prefer links or narrative on a page? Or both?
Now that I’ve been at this blogging experiment for over a year, it’s time to clean house, and reorganize to make my blog house more comfortable and inviting. I do love a sparkling clean house – although mine isn’t always. I love my closets to be organized, but they aren’t because I keep adding stuff to them. I like to redecorate, too. So every so often I have to make decisions, organize, straighten, spruce up, and dust. I’m going to be doing that to my blog house, so bear with me while I’m under construction. I’ll still be open for visits, and I have plenty of lemonade and cookies to share. Which reminds me, I’m hungry! Want a waffle with strawberries for breakfast?
Skipping to another topic completely, yesterday Sally invited me to go with her to the Iris Festival in Porterville, CA Before I close I thought you might like to see some of the beautiful irises. This place won’t be here next year. They sold their property and are pulling up all their plants and moving them to Utah , I believe. So enjoy them for this year. This is my first and last encounter with them, BUT I did by three rhizomes. Sorry I didn’t get the names of all of the flowers. I started taking pictures of names later in the game. Thank you Sally Pace for inviting me to go. The ice cream at Orange Works was wonderful, too! mmmm fresh squeezed orange ice cream swirled with vanilla. mmm I’m still hungry! mmm