Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Puffy Purple Flowers

I have no idea what this flower is named but I liked the deep color, puffiness and yellow bits coming out of the flower.

I don't normally get excited about phone software updates, but this one has me excited because there are camera improvements.  I have a Sony Xperia and they are notorious for being slow about updates, but I finally have the update and am excited to see the improvements.  They are also rolling out the Xperia Z3+ next month and it is supposed to be slimmer and lighter than the others.  After I get a new laptop, that one sure does sound tempting.

I had trouble connecting to the internet earlier this week so could not participate in any of my earlier memes, but I will be able to participate fully next week.

Tomorrow I will make Mango Curry Chicken for Friday night's dinner.  Click the link for for the recipe.  When mangoes are in season this is a family favorite.  We had mangoes during Passover and Blessing was so disappointed that it was not mango curry chicken :).  You could do it with frozen mangoes too but you need to make sure you have the juice for the sauce.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Scavenger Hunt Sunday May 24 Memorial Day


This is a gardenia bud.

This one is starting to open.

Here is an open gardenia.  I wanted something a bit different for this prompt if I could find it and these fit the bill, so I was happy to discover their stripes.


A bit more mundane but there is nothing like a crisp white shirt.  I also like how crisp and defined the shadows are that frame the shirt.


This was another prompt I was trying to do something different than the standard shot.  These shells mirror each other in shape, size and some of their stripes.


The ocean where we are has lots of energy in the rip current.  The majority of the time the red flag is up which means the rip currents are strong and possibly dangerous.   It is very rare that the green flag-meaning the ocean is calm is up.

Someone was flying this kite and I liked the energy the wind gave the streamers.

Negative Space:

This is the Coast Guard helicopter that flies often over the beach.

Blessing using her own boogie board this time.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Heart and Foot

I used kk may texture, color dodge blend mode at 80%.

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The Good, The Random, The Fun v.20

The Good:

Summer swim practice starts tonight!!  This year one of our home school friends is joining us which is great for Blessing to have a school friend along.

The Random:

I have a Sony Xperia Z1s phone.  The update before this last one they changed the way our photos were stored in the album which was not a good thing.  It used to be that your photos were organized by month and date which made it handy to find ones you wanted.  In the bad update they changed that and no one could find their photos stored on their phone.  There were numerous complaints about that and we just had another update that put the organization of photos back to the way it was-Hooray!  I have to give them credit for listening to their customers and instituting the change since not all companies do that anymore.  Which leads me to

The Fun:

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Lag B'Omer poolside.  The pool opened for members and they had the kids make their own kites.  This is one of our friends making hers:

And Blessing making hers:

This was before her hair cut and now that I can find photos on my phone again, I can share them with you :).

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Scavenger Hunt Sunday May 17

Favorite Place:

It is not the beach per se that is her favorite spot, but the water sure is.  She had a grand time at the beach this week.  The first year we were here she got stung badly by a sea nettle and nine months later still had marks from the tentacles.  Tot his day she still has two spots left from it.  After that she did not want to return tot he beach and I did not blame her, so it was good that she was able to enjoy herself this day.

It was a good thing we did not go last summer as the jellyfish were very bad.


I had some fun this week making abstract oil bubbles.  I like the way the dots look a bit like a foot and heart int he first shot.

In these shots I was able to change the color by playing in my editing programs.  The first and third shots I used some presets in onOne Perfect Photo Suite 8.5 and the second one I darkened the color by playing with the black slider.


This may look like a panorama but it is not.  I used my widest angle lens and stood back to get the pier in the picture.

Makes Me Happy:

We had a playdate at a local park this week.  I like this shot as our little friend is looking at me and her hair is flying in the breeze.

I like this shot as it shows Blessing pushing her friend.  I also used a pearl matte overlay I have and I like the effect in this shot.  I have tried it before and did not like the look but do like it here.  I may have to use it more often :).


Here were some flowers that are part of the fragrant garden in the park and a building nearby.  The garden is small-the size of a large patio but every flower in there has a wonderful fragrance.  Even the hybrid rose still smelled like a rose.

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