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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pagoda Walk

     This week on Bonnie's PAF our challenge is: "to showcase any piece of photo art, OR a piece featuring our interpretation of a path or a road." I choose to do something "out of my comfort zone and/or expertise - so to speak" because I haven't played much with the different artistic filters. I wanted to try a "painterly" affect and the new CS6 Beta. So, here goes.

Original Photo in Bejing
[looks really lovely enlarged, click on the photo to do so... thx]

Pagoda Walk

Layers (for your perusal)

Had to try one more with Bonnie's new "Antique Farewell" texture. 
Thanks, Bonnie, you are so generous with your gifts. 

Ditan Park, Bejing

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Peggy's Flower

     Had to play this evening and work with a few Desert Hot Springs images from my recent trip. This is a lovely flower in front of Peggy's place when I "delivered" a cake pop to her one afternoon. Was just a quick beautiful capture.

Peggy's Flower

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Palm Sky

     Artistically enhancing a few of my photos from Palm Springs. This is one from 1000 Palms, obviously (smiles) looking up from below to the sky. Amazing natural textures. Had fun changing it up - though it was also beautiful on its own. I used Bonnie's "one life" texture at 92% difference; otherwise, all remains the same. Thanks for stopping by. Karen

[Please click above to link to the challenge, to view other works.]

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

LB Australia Update

     Suzy just completed her two pages for my lacebook; and, "WOW" are they beautiful, so rich in lovely special fabric and lace; the texture is amazing. Gorgeous additional touches of ephemera. All of Suzy's technique and flair are definitely apparent - she is a gifted artist.
     We wrote back and forth on Email and discovered that Suzy has Skype - thus proceeded my "reinstating" the app on my iPhone4 and a conversation began. Isn't it amazing to be able to say "Thank You" in person/video between Alaska and Australia? Technology is great!

Page 2 detail (from Suzy)

     There are more photos on the Mixed Media Page; you can click on the link under the Blue Moose Banner above. Thanks, again.

Friday, March 16, 2012

March LB Update

     Completed my two pages for the Lacebook Collaborative this month; this time it is for Sox and her theme is "Young Woman in Paris." There are more photos on the Mixed Media Page. You can click on the page under the Blue Moose Banner. Thanks. Karen

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hidden in Plane View

     Bonnie's PAF this week was to do one of three challenges; I have chosen "Hidden in Plain View" - with no texture. Photos were taken with my iPhone4 so lends to a bit of texture regardless. The right half of the bottom of the top half (got that?) is of the Turnagain Arm road that we always take from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula - amazing beauty abounds and I have taken fabulous "shots" on this drive as we prepare to enter the mountains and Turnagain Pass to the "Y" which leads us to Seward or Soldotna/Kenai/Homer. 
     I chose to hide Ringo, my youngest daughters beautiful pet who just passed a week before Christmas. The "hiding" could have been a bit more, but I wanted to make sure that my granddaughters wouldn't miss it. 

Ringo - Hidden in "Plane" View
(iPhone4 images)

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Click here to see a view from the road as one drives around Turnagain.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Photos on Facebook

     Photos are "up" on Facebook (open to the public via the links provided here) and on my "Photography Page" which you can click just under the Blue Moose Banner above. All of the photos on FB are totally SOOC (Straight Out Of the Camera). I have a lot to work with and enjoy over the next few months.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Baby Hummingbirds

     This is the first time I have witnessed "baby" hummingbirds; in fact, I rarely see hummingbirds except when Mother was living in Seward. To actually photograph two/three day old very tiny "babes" is amazing. The photo was taken when I was on holiday in Palm Springs. Obviously, I have not had time to work on the "hidden" challenge. Smiles - the hummingbird nest is almost hidden it is so small and difficult to see. I wanted to share.

Baby Hummingbirds

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Muffins - Healthy Ones!

     Received this recipe while on holiday in Desert Hot Springs from a new-found friend. They are amazing and I just had to try them. Used my iPhone4 to take the photos for the "storyboard." Only "photoshop" thing I have been able to quickly put out lately. 
     These muffins have chopped apples, bananas, whole wheat and ground brown rice flours, raisins, dark chocolate jumbo chips, shaved coconut, honey, extra virgin olive oil... 
     Hugs. Karen
Muffins from Charlotte
(iPhone4 image)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

1000 Palms

     Visited 1000 Palms, Shields Date Gardens, and saw "Iron Lady" - so, a mixture of fun here in Desert Hot Springs (Palm Springs, California) today. Bonnie's Challenge of an abstract... I am unable to capture the layers since I am not at my own computer. But, hope you enjoy nonetheless. Have been taking photos as much as possible. Will have lots to work with.
     I apologize to those in the challenge because I have not been able to comment; will do so when I return home. Thanks for your understanding.

Palm Tangles

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