Sunday, March 1, 2015

Earth, Air, Water, Fire

I am entering the Explore the Elements contest,   Clicking on the link takes you to the contest and rules.


This is part of the carving on the Stone Mountain /G/A , taken in Stone Mountain.


I admit that this one had me stumped for a while until I remembered I had this shot.  This was taken at the /S/a/v/a/n/n/a/h/ /Y/a/c/h/t /C/l/u/b.


I was able to watch a glass blowing presentation at Stone Mountain /G/A and here the bowl is starting to take shape inside the fire.


Some of the jellyfish I saw at the Georgia Aquarium.

Part of the contest rules state that you need to tell five other bloggers about it, so I pick:

Lisa Kerner


Sarah Carletti

Kim Cunningham

Prairie Jill

It was hard to narrow it down and of course, any of you reading can participate in this contest.  Entires close on March 16th.

Mandarin Orange Monday 130



I adjusted the mid tones, shadows,  contrast, used my detail, crisp, sharpen brushes, increased contrast, played with the curve tones and adjusted my HSL sliders.  Pretty much what I do every week and while it sounds like a lot of steps, the adjustments are really minor.  I also cropped this image from the top.

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

SHS March 1

Happy March!  Here we are had another cool, cloudy week.  This past month was unseasonably cool (temp wise) for where I live and while the rain and I have enjoyed it. by the end of this month we will have much warmer and humid temps.  On to the hunt where I will start off with selfie:

We went on a wildlife habitat field trip and they had some display cases outside.  This case is showing snake eggs and you can see my reflection in this case.  I thought it was a clever idea for selfie.

A Dreaded Task:

This is my craft supply closet.  I did start out with things organized and all got away from me.  And while it does need to be organized, it is not a high priority as many other things take precedence over this.


I do keep my books fairly well organized unlike my craft closet :)  A couple of books are missing as Blessing is reading one and I am reading another one.  This is a fantastic series of fantasy books by Bryan Davis.  I enjoy these stories as much as Blessing and they do not glorify the darker characters, which I appreciate.


I am pretty sure this cat's fur is soft, but I can't prove it as she does not like strangers touching her.  She has some pretty markings though.


My fshionista as she called herself this day all dressed up for co op.  I snapped this picture early in the morning before we went off to our classes this week.


We have had a couple of days where the sun came out in the evening around sunset.  This was one of those days and I really liked the colors and clouds here.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wildlife Habitat

Last week we did not have co op, we had a field trip instead.  We went to one of our local universities to learn about wildlife habitats.  There were so many of us that we were divided up into two groups to go around to all the stations.  It was cold that day-28 degrees when we started so our stations were staggered-an hour outside, an hour inside which worked well.

We started off with some creepy critters:

This is a hissing, also known as Madagascar cockroach.  The second group heard them hiss and their hisss could be heard in the back of the large room.

They also had various tropical frogs:

This is the poison dart frog.

Not sure which one this is, but it is also poisonous:

Sure is pretty though isn't he?

Baby Alligator:

They only keep them as babies.  When they grow they send them elsewhere.  They are born with the yellow stripes to protect them form predators.  In the water it looks like they are ripples of sunlight in the water.  When they grow big enough they lose the yellow stripes.

Here the kids were settling down to see the alligator:

We also saw various birds of prey like this barn owl:

It was worth braving the cold.  I have many more pictures which I shall be sharing at some point here.

We have had a lot of events the past two weeks with another event (besides co op) this weekend.  I do have all the photos from this last week uploaded so I am ready for co op, Scavenger Hunt Sunday and this weekends birthday party.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

The Good, The Random, The Fun

The Good:

It has been cold here.  Friday the high for the day was 38, very cold for here.  We went on a field trip and part of it was outside so it was a good thing the wind was not blowing as that would have been miserable.  This weekend it was in mid-sixties and mid seventies, but this week back to highs of 45-50.

The Random:

Last week we visited another co op and it seems that this is the one we will do next year.

The Fun:

We went on a weekend trip last week and this was one of the decorations:

This is painted wood, not cloth.  Very pretty I thought.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mandarin Orange Monday 129

A pillowcase made for me by my step mom.  This is the original color, done with my usual edits of sharpening, detail, crisp, crop, midtones and highlights

For MOM:

I adjusted the red, yellow. orange HSL sliders in LR, then took it into BeFunky and applied the color and soft focus filter to get the orange effect.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

SHS Feb 15 & 22

I was unable to participate in last weeks' hunt as we went away for the weekend and when we returned it was too late to make my post.  This week I will post the pictures from both hunts.

One of the prompts from this week is Modern:

This is a modern art museum and they made the building itself modern too.  One of the things I like best about this photo is how I was able to bring out some details in the sky.  The sky was actually a flat gray color but I have read tutorials about how to bring details back by moving the sliders in LR.  Between that and some brushes I was able to give it some color and bring out some cloud detail.  I usually crop my photos too before posting them but I did not here as I did not like any cop that I tried.

One of last weeks' prompts was Curly:

The back view of Blessings' fabulous hair.  I could have used this picture for love and pattern too since I love her and curly hair does have a pattern but do have other shots for those prompts.


My stepmom made these flannel pillowcases for us this holiday season.  They are soft and warm and we were able to use it as a bag to bring gifts home too.


Blessing writing as part of her schoolwork.  I do teach  penmanship, grammar and spelling which is not always done in schools today.  I was shocked the first time I heard that.


I love my cat and this crown that Blessing made for him.  He does not look happy with his crown,  but he stayed there until it fell off.

My View:

This was another place we visited last weekend.  We did not realize there would be "snow" so Blessing could not play in it but it was fun to watch people sled down the hill.  I like the fact that this shot has only adults coming down the hill :).  I took a few shots of folks going down because I wanted a shot where the tubers were staggered.  It would have been nice if the man and woman at the top were staggered better, but overall, I liked the staggering I captured here.  This wraps up lat weeks' prompts.

Continuing on with this weeks' list I have Makes Me Happy:

This week we did not have co op but we did have a field trip learning about wildlife habitats.  This boy is a mischief maker and also one of the sweetest boys in elementary.  He has some great expressions too.  Here something is being put in his hands.   He had to keep his eyes closed until he felt what was in his hands.  He opened his eyes to find:


This is what was put into his hands: a Madagascar, also known as a hissing cockroach.  I am sure it is dessert for some animals!  Interestingly enough, these cockroaches, like the flying ones here in the /s/o/u/t/h, eat vegetation.  So if you were living in an area where these live and one got into your house, it would not get into your food.

We were split into two groups for this trip and when the other group held these, they heard them hiss. Apparently they sound like snakes and they hissed loud enough to be heard in the back of the medium sized room they were in.  The creepy part of this post is now are welcome :).


Another place we visited when we were away was the aquarium.  If you have ever tried taking photographs in an aquarium you know how challenging it is.  I read some tips on what lens to use and what settings to use and I got some good shots.  This one is of a beluga whale.  I liked this because I was able to get most of it in the shot by itself.

I a aware that the whale should be white.  I used all the editing know how I had and did reduce the blues and greens in this shot and this was the best I could do.  This particular whale kept swimming around the tank and coming close to the tank and turning on his side, then back, obliging us photographers.


Back to our wildlife habitat field trip- do you see what is hidden?  Scroll down.....

it is a bald eagle.

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