Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Back to Reality...


I have just returned from a FABULOUS vacation in Grand Cayman. It was a beautiful island and a very relaxing vacation. I took hundreds of photos!
Since I was gone last week I was unable to participate in Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday challenge. And I was so busy with packing and getting ready to leave town that I didn't participate the week before we left.
I am delighted that her theme this week is 'Garden Party'. Not only have I been taking lots of photos of
flowers around my yard this spring but while in Grand Cayman we went to the Queen Elizabeth Botanic Gardens there. Obviously, the tropical climate produces much different flowering plants and trees than we have around this 'neck of the woods', so I was in heaven!
I do have to admit that the above photo was taken in my yard several weeks ago. My bleeding heart plants seem to get more beautiful each year. Kim's lovely linen texture is just perfect for making this photo look like a painting! I also used her 'Yesteryear' texture.
















This photo is of a Bird of Paradise
plant. There were many of these in the botanic gardens. There were also many plants that I failed to write down the name of and some that I couldn't find the name tags for, so I'm sorry for not being able to name a few of my blossoms.




The next photo is one of those that I don't have a clue as to the name. So if anyone out there knows, please tell me!
Again on the Bird of Paradise and the flower cluster below I used Kim's 'Linen' texture and on the Bird of Paradise I also used 'Yesteryear'. On the flower cluster below I used 'Not too shabby' in addition to the 'Linen'.


The photo below is an orchid. At the Botanic Garden they had a whole section of orchids growing in their natural habitat. It was unbelievable to see them growing out of trees. There were so many that just seemed to sprout from the trees-no soil necessary, just clumps of orchids using the tree as it's host plant.
No wonder they're so hard to grow indoors in soil/moss. I would definitely prefer to be hanging out in the trees in Grand Cayman too!

































The last photo is of a beautiful water lily at the Botanic Garden. They had several varieties. Again, I've never had much success with growing water lilies, even when we lived in GA where it was much warmer. These were in a small water fountain at the entrance to the garden, but there were many more growing in ponds throughout the botanic gardens and one pond even had a turtle poking it's head up between the water lilies.























Again, I applied Kim's 'Linen' texture to the water lily photo.
I have many more photos of the Botanic Gardens of Grand Cayman as well as pictures of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen. Will dole them in out a few at a time so I don't overwhelm you.
Tomorrow is wordless Wednesday then maybe I can get back to posting some artwork that I'm working on.....
Until then--
Live your life creatively~
cathy

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

                                                                                  
Lone Cypress on the 17-Mile Scenic Drive in Pebble Beach, CA
Circa 2006

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tuesday's Offering































This past weekend was full of fun-starting with Thursday's Cinco de Mayo dinner. Then Saturday we went to a huge Kentucky Derby party at Arlington Park & I won some money! Then Mother's Day was simply delightful---I did absolutely NOTHING (once I got home from yoga class) but lounge around and let my husband wait on me. A very lazy day but enjoyable day! My intentions were to at least do some doodling in my sketchbook but I didn't. I did however, take some pictures of all the ducks, geese, birds and flowers in and around my house.
The cardinal above was sitting in the shrubs just outside my back door. I was able to take a few photos before my dog starting barking at him. The photo was layered with Kim Klassen's newest textures, Trust & Believe. Then I used a new brush that I have which is like a frame. I think I like it!

































Then I saw this little finch at the birdfeeder and I was able to get several shots of him. Again, the photo was layered with Kim's Trust & Believe and the brush frame was applied changing the color to white.



























Then I got carried away and took a very close-up shot of my orchids. Love the shot! Reminds me of a Georgia O'Keefe painting. I used only the 'Trust' texture on this one and I also used The Pioneer Woman's edge burn action.
On Mother's Day when I got home from my yoga class, my husband had picked daffodils and tulips from our yard and had them on the table along with a very nice brunch that he made! So of course, I had to get a close-up of one of the tulips. They are really huge this year. Actually, it's the first time the deer haven't eaten them. So I'm really happy to have tulips in my yard & also in the house.
























This tulip is red in real life but I de-saturated the photo before adding Kim's 'Trust'  & 'Believe' textures to it. Love how the stamen & pistols of the center just POP with the red de-saturated.
Below is the original version of the photo. Still a pretty cool shot of the center.


























I really, really want a macro lens for my camera! I love close-up shots, especially flowers.

That's all I have for today! I have taken a bazillion photos of the baby geese. There is one family where
there's only one baby goose that survived and he/she has gotten quite big. Then there's another family that has four goslings left. I think that may be the one I took photos of last week and there were 5 at the time. There's another family with only 2 babies. I haven't seen any baby ducks yet. I still need to do a drive-by and check on the swan eggs. Hopefully the will have hatched by the time I go back.
Will be posting photos of those soon I hope.
Until then....
Live your life creatively~
cathy
kimklassencafe

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wordless Wednesday































Jordan Winery in Healdsburg, CA..........we were there in 2006..........aaahhhhhhhhhh the memories

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Teacup Texture Tuesday

A very quick post as today was a crazy, busy day. Just a few photos for the Texture Tuesdays challenge. This week's challenge was to use a photo of a teacup or coffee cup.
Here's mine.



























While I was out & about last Saturday I drove by a HUGE swan's nest. I drove round & round trying to figure out where to park so I could get a good shot. For now I'm just showing you papa swan. He was on high alert while I was walking around taking pix. He was quite a handsome fella too!


























I promise to show photos of mama swan and her nest later this week. I also plan to do another drive-by and see if the eggs have hatched.
I do have photos of baby geese. Usually the mama goose doesn't bring the babies out until Mother's Day weekend. This year she brought them out early. I have no idea why, since we're experiencing one of the coldest, wettest springs ever!
Here's the goose family.






















I love the bright chartreuse color of the babies! I regret to say that I have only seen them twice since last week. I do hope that a coyote or a hawk hasn't gotten them.

One last photo of a bird's nest built inside a light fixture. While I was driving around trying to find a place to park to get photos of the swan nest, I came upon this nest in the light. The light fixture was on a brick pillar at the entrance to a subdivision. Love all the feathers spilling out of the light.





































The teacup was layered with Kim Klassen's portrait texture & her love texture. Both times 2. A gaussian blur was also added.  The swan was layered with Kim's portrait texture and also The Pioneer Woman's edge burn action. The goose family was layered with Kim's love texture times 2. And the nest in the light was layered with Kim's chamomile texture-multiply x 2 and soft light x 1. I really like the way her texture really adds a nice aged effect to the brick.
So that's all I've got today. Tomorrow is Wordless Wednesday. Hopefully on Thursday I'll show you some photos of the swan nest and maybe some sketchbook work.
Until then...
live your life creatively~
cathy
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