Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TEXTURE TUESDAY

This past  weekend, I truly made an effort to spend a little bit of time experiencing the ambiance of summer.Was up at my cabin, and spent some time sitting outside just observing.  I was sitting by my neighbors flower bed, and it seemed as if there were butterflies fluttering by everywhere.    I had spent a little bit of time reflecting on some of the things that "Feel Like Summer" to me, and one of those things is to just sit in a lovely place and listen. Amazing what all you hear... bees buzzing, birds tweeting, distant lawnmowers etc, and also seeing beauty around you that you often don't notice when you are hurrying on your way.  Also love seeing the big fluffy clouds floating by.  I used an old texture of Kim's on this butterfly to try to capture a bit of the mysticism of summer, and the beauty of this gorgeous painted lady!“Texture

Monday, July 21, 2014

SUNFLOWER HARVEST


 Just the other day, I did a blog post and was sort of bemoaning the fact that summer seemed to be passing me by way to fast, so this past weekend, spent a few days at my cabin, and really made an effort to FEEL SUMMER.  Spent some time out on the porch at night listening to the loud song of the cicadas, bull frogs, and tree frogs.   That is a sound that I really love and feels totally summer to me.   I sat thinking a bit about some of things that really feel summery to me, and am determined to spend a little time every day appreciating this season.
     On the way home last evening, we passed by the same SUNFLOWER FIELD that I photographed a couple of weeks ago.   I was reading, and my husband, who was driving, turned around to show me the changes in this amazing sunflower field.   So such a different look this has than just such a short time ago.   Most of t he flowers are now "bowing to time" and look very close to being ready to harvest.  Such a difference such a short time makes.  I could not imagine how these are harvested, so googled it, and see that most likely this field will be harvested with a combine having a special ROW HEAD.   I am not a farmer, so had no idea.  The signs  that these are ready t o harvest include the large flowers bowing down with their faces looking at the ground, and the back of the flower turning yellowish brown.   This is the first year that I have really noticed these gorgeous flowers as a crop, and really  think it has been fun to see.   Hope that all of you also had a great weekend, and enjoyed some of  the ambiance of the summer which is going by so fast!


Friday, July 18, 2014

SUMMER DAZE

 I have been a little remiss on my blogposts lately, but wanted to stop by and say hello.  I don't know about the rest of you, but somehow, I feel as if summer is passing me by.  At my house, it seems as if we have been busy working, and the time off is spent recovering from working.   Usually I so enjoy the time out in the summer, and all of the color and beauty, but this summer has been a bit hectic.  I am hoping this weekend, to slow down a bit and enjoy a little of the summer ambiance.   Also hoping to get back a bit in to my blogging routine after the summer is over.  I do try to stop by and visit with all of you, but am a little behind on this also.  Big hugs to all of you, and hoping your summer is awesome and full of color and family!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

SOME FEATHERED FRIENDS ON SATURDAY

JUST HANGING OUT WITH FRIENDS

WHEN SUDDENLY I REMEMBERED I WAS LATE FOR AN APPOINTMENT

BYE... GOTTA RUN
AREN'T GOD'S CREATURES AMAZING! ON SATURDAY, AND EVERY DAY  Joining today  with   SATURDAYS CRITTERS and I'D RATHER BE BIRDIN

Friday, July 11, 2014

MY REFLECTION FOR THE WEEKEND

This is my first time to join with WEEKEND REFLECTIONS,

Was excited to see this meme, which is a new one for me, as I love photographing reflections.  On a recent birding event at the Texas coast, I had so much fun photographing the Whooping cranes, and love the chances to see these amazing birds and their reflections in the water, so though I would share a shot  with you.
 Had a great time on this birding adventure, leaving on a small 6 photographer flat bottomed boat before dawn.  Our boat pilot knew all of the great places to head to to see all sorts of birds, but have to say that I enjoyed these cranes the most.  We got very close up to the birds, and  they did not seem to be bothered a bit, and went right on with their business of seeking out the blue crabs for a tasty treat.  It was my understanding that these crabs are an essential part of the whooping crane diets.  This was  my first trip to the Rockport area,and this trip in March was my first birding tour. Definitely plan to go back to this area again in December, which I think is one of the peak times to see the birds with their babies.  Looking forward to seeing other reflections today!  Best to all of you from Texas!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

SOME HIPSTAMATIC FUN

Having some fun today with my IPHONE HIPSTAMATIC CAMERA.    Someone else  recently posted a shot with this camera and although I have had it for a long time on my phone, I really have rarely used it.  It is , of course,   a phone APP, and it has a number of "lenses" that you can purchase with it.... 9 lenses for 1.99..... quite a bit cheaper than the real deal. LOL, Anyway, I have decided to try some of these out on a more regular basis. In addition to different lens, you can also change the film type, and i have 11 different types of virtual film, and then there are also 7 different sorts of FLASH attachments.   I began experimenting here with each of the lenses and only used one  the types of film which was INA"S 1935  film.  So this will give you a tiny tiny idea of all the variations you can get with the same APP.  I am expecting that this could get very creative.  Did not use any of the other photo apps with this, but just imagine what you could do.  WOW!   Anyway, will write the name of each of these lens that I used under these.  The first was the JOHN  S LENS
JIMMY LENS

KAIMAL 50 MM LENS

BUCKHOORST  H1 LENS

HELGA VIKING LENS

LUCIFER VI  LENS
ROBOTTO GLITTER  LENS

JANE LENS

BETTIE XL LENS

AND THIS IS ALSO THE BETTIE XL LENS, HOWEVER, I CHANGED THE FILM TYPE HERE TO KODOT, JUST TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE FILM TYPE CHANGE.   I ALSO USED A BERRY POP FLASH ATTACHEMENT ON EACH OF THESE.    Joining today with BARB on 


Keeping With The Times

Saturday, July 5, 2014

HAPPY SATURDAY FROM ONE OF GOD'S CRITTERS

 Joining in today with Eileen at SATURDAY'S CRITTERS with a very unique and colorful one of God's Critters.  Hope all  of you are having a wonderful Holiday Weekend!