Monday, October 26, 2009

Macro Monday: Have You Hugged Your Flower Today?

Still about flowers, only a little lighter this Monday!

I figure if Ed can use Spidey in his macros I would pull out my Flower finger puppet! She was rediscovered when cleaning out the bathroom closet this weekend, along with a a $100 bill I'd forgotten about! See, there is incentive in cleaning my house!

It's a chilly 52 degrees here today and we've received 2 inches of gentle rain all morning. This should help our well which has slowly been recharging over the past couple of weeks. I'm ecstatic over the promise of having running water in the house again.

Flower goes out to check on Finley. Just look at those smiles!

I've heard of stuffed animals before, but I've never seen a stuffed flower... 
um, you got any alfalfa cookies with you?

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Stills: Landscapes with Fall Foliage

Fall is one of our iffy seasons--sometimes we go from summer directly to winter without much color. I'm too busy today to dig through the archives for fall landscapes which are few and far between. Here are a couple of our calico cat Topaz with leaves from our "lost" maple tree taken many years ago with a not-so-great camera. The spin was physical, not Photoshop.

For some fabulous landscapes in lands where fall really happens, visit Sunday Stills!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Macro Monday: Campfire, Flowers, Thoughts

Yesterday I went to the funeral of my friend's father.
He was the kind of person that lived life to its fullest.

My own milestone around the corner, I have begun contemplating... this my authentic self?

Or, is there something still pulling at my soul?

Am I ready to awaken into my true creative life?
I am in a funk. For more detailed and perhaps less pensive images visit Macro Monday.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday Stills: The Letter 'C'

I know what you are thinking...being the Crazy Chicken lady and all...but you are mistaken!

Yesterday we drove to Kerrville to get groceries and have some fun. For us this means Coffee shops, book stores, and thrift stores. The Coffee was Consumed too rapidly for photography. We passed by a terrible Car Crash surrounded by several Cops on the way, but I thought it would be inappropriate to photograph someone's Crisis. I wanted to find something a bit more Creative.

One of my favorite place to shop for Clothes is a thrift store that supports a ranch near us for troubled Children.

I love shopping at thrift stores because it is like a treasure hunt--you never know what Collectible you may find. Purchasing there, I am able to Conserve my money while supporting a great Cause.

I love things that have been Crafted by hand. Looking for something with the Colors of fall, I Caught sight of this Captivating item.

At only $4 I did not have to Contemplate long on making a purchase.

How often does one Come across such a Charming Cardigan? It was hard Contain my good Cheer as our nights are getting Cooler and I was hoping to Cuddle up in something Chic.

After 10 stops in 9 hours and 150 miles would you believe we discovered--after hearing its plaintive Cries--one of the young Cats from our Carport inside our Car engine? After several roadside attempts, it would not allow us to Capture or extract it, so presumably it made it home. It is most fortunate its Cleverness did not end in a Catastophe!

Avo thinks we should have taken him along instead, as it's a Cinch to Control a Chicken by Comparison! For a more Comprehensive Contemplation on the letter 'C' visit Sunday Stills!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Macro Monday: Dew Drop By!

I'm still under the weather with an inner ear/sinus infection trying to finish up some client ad designs. If you've ever had inner ear trouble, you know how unbalanced your coordination can get. The drizzle and cooler weather we've received has been delightful and made for some nice photos this morning. At least shooting macro I am closer to the ground, not so far to fall!

Native Fall Aster

Ground spider web

Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar

Mold, not snow!

Fall color in grass seedheads

For more up close views of the world, visit Macro Monday.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sunday Stills: Photoshop

Photoshop is my favorite software and I use it daily as a professional graphic artist. Mostly I use it for image collage, such as the rooster who appears to be holding a flower in his beak in my blog header.

It's easy to get carried away using filters. I find the greatest challenge, however, is finding a subtle combination of them that actually makes an OK photo even better, pushing it toward the artistic without destroying the original.

Here is a finished portrait of Presley, a Silver Laced Polish rooster, and the changes from the original so you can see the progression. Not only did I use several filters, I used them on multiple copies of the original and gave them different types and percentages of blending modes.

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A little added color for artistic enhancement
Enhanced eye shine through adding a luminosity layer
 Here I've accented the edges giving more emphasis to the feathers
The original image--nice enough but not very exciting

For more examples of Photoshop, visit Sunday Stills.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Color Carnival: Our Rainbow of Eggs

Many people do not realize eggs come in natural colors other than white or brown. We also have pink, green, blue, tan, and dark brown laid by our heritage breed hens. Aren't they beautiful? We sell them as a Rainbow Selection. Here's the mock up for our new egg carton label.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Macro Monday: A Ferris Wheel for Ants

This is Asclepias asperula, Antelope Horns, one of my favorite milkweeds. I love how the flowers look like green snowballs. The common name comes from the shape of its seedpods, which I featured in a previous post.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sunday Stills: Happiness is...

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Empress Antonia butterfly (Asterocampa antonia)
coming across something new and never losing your sense of wonder.

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The start of a quilted jacket.
making something beautiful and useful from all the odd little pieces of your life.

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Momma, the burrs just jumped all over me!
not worrying about small problems, as things are never as bad as they look.

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Taken by a friend at our $150 wedding.

finding true love long after you've given up looking for it.

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You can see the end of the rainbow! Check out my new blog header collage with this view from our garden.

is realizing with patience the end of the rainbow will find you!

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Friday, October 2, 2009

How to Tell Girls from Boys

Most plants are bisexual, containing both male (stamens) and female (pistil) parts. Sometimes the stamens and pistil are together in the same flower and sometimes there are separate male and female flowers on the same plant. Either way, these are called monoecious, from the Greek "one household".

However, some plants still depend on the wind to pollinate them and are called dioecious, that is, having separate male and female plants. Typically they do not have petals and they make a lot of pollen. This is our native Cardinal Feather flower, Acalypha radians, which is dioecious. It is always a favorite on my botanical tours.

This is also Cardinal Feather flower.

Sometimes it doesn't take a botanist to tell which flowers are the girls and which are the boys. Just sayin'.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Lightning Storm


Tonight the crickets were singing while a distant storm illuminated the sky. I captured my first lightning shot. Years ago I took a night photography class with my Pentax K1000, but I haven't tried anything with my digital camera before now. The forecast is for rain, but it looks like it has passed us by again.
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