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June 27, 2011

A Good Day

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 10:16 pm
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School got out last week.  I felt like I’ve been in a flurry of activity every day since.  Today was the first day I really felt like I was out for summer break.  With the exception of my older daughter going to driving school (at her high school), I didn’t have to go anywhere.  Today, I did summery things!

I worked in my garden, which looked so cheerful in the morning summer sunshine:
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Everything seems healthy and happily growing.  I added tomato cages to the sprawling vines today. I also noticed my hydrangea is starting to bloom:

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 I am delighted with all of the buds it has this year.  I have often lamented my lack of luck with hydrangea.  I don’t remember this hydrangea always being pink either; I know that soil pH can affect their color, but I haven’t moved this plant in probably 10 years. It has never been a great bloomer for me, so maybe I just don’t remember!  Lots of buds still to come:
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After the garden I picked up the yard for lawn mowing.  I got to use a little chain saw to chop up a large branch that had fallen into the yard – that was kind of cool!  After mowing the lawn, I vacuumed the pool.  It looked nice and sparkly.  I should’ve taken a picture.

My bird feeder has been extremely active since I refilled it a couple days ago.  I also learned today that my squirrel-proof feeder is no longer squirrel-proof:
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Industrious little thing, huh?  I couldn’t understand just how the squirrels were getting at the seed.  The feeder is set up so that if something heavier than birds lands on the feeder, that wire covering with the perches on it slides down and covers the opening to the seed.  I went out to investigate.  One of the openings had the plastic chewed away so that the opening was not completely covered when it slides down!  That is the opening our little friend here is jamming his or her head into!  The squirrels broke the other feeder I had put up for them in a near-by tree in the hopes of keeping them away from the bird feeder, so I’m not sure what I’ll do next.

At the end of my busy day, I landed in my second-favorite summer place – my deck with a good book (first favorite would be the beach, but that is a few hours drive away).  And my little hummingbird took what seems to be one of his favorite places these days too:

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That is a skinny little branch at the top of a small tree at the side of my property.  I look for him there now when I am outside in the evening.  I thought this made for a pretty cool shot of a hummingbird at rest; not a sight you see all that often.

Let me know about a good summer day for you in the comments if you’d like!  June Photo Hunt re-cap coming soon – I’m waiting on a couple folks taking advantage of the extension.  In the meantime, there are plenty of links to check out in the comment section of that post, so please go check out the submissions when you have the chance and leave them some love in their own comment sections.

October 22, 2010

Darks and Lights – Picture Fall, day 22

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 8:00 pm
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Mother Nature wasn’t really on my side for today’s photo prompt.  I have seen some absolutely gorgeous and brilliant skies recently, but today was the day the prompt actually was looking for sky color.  The afternoon and early evening around my particular corner of the world was filled with dark, not very colorful clouds.  The prompt specifically asked for us to take a silhouette of something against the sky, and then to adjust the sky color in photo editing software until we got a nice, autumn feel.  I worked with what I had this evening.  I ended up choosing my neighbor’s pampas grass as the subject of my silhouette, which I shot looking upward from my knees.  Not being any sort of Photoshop expert, I played with some of the color sliders and came up with a purply sky that pleased me somewhat:

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It’s “aw-ight” I suppose.  Nothing like the gorgeous pinks and golds I’ve been seeing lately, and I don’t have the skillz to produce that sort of thing in Photoshop, or even know how possible that would be in Photoshop.  Here’s the SOOC:

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Any thoughts about what you would have done with it?  Please don’t be shy in the comments!  I can take it! 😉

ETA:  Brian of FS Photography did a beautiful job adding just the colors I would have loved to add myself to my picture.  He said it took less than a minute to do!  I want to go to the Funky Slug School of Photoshop!