Roses in Sunshine 4

Roses in sunshine with drama filter

This is the fourth and final edit of the roses. I didn’t notice what was happening with the sky until I was playing with some of the darker filters. I think it brings out some interesting features in the sky as well as the petals.

I joined the One Four Challenge, in which participants show four different edits of the same photo over four weeks. Alternatively, you can decide to take four versions of the image at the time of shooting.

Here is the third edit of my photo of the roses.

Roses in sunshine edit 3 vintage je t'aime

The second week’s is here.

Roses in monochrome

And this is the original.

Roses and bud in sunshine

Roses in Sunshine 3

Roses in sunshine edit 3 vintage je t'aime

Here is the third edit of my photo of the roses. I joined the One Four Challenge, in which participants show four different edits of the same photo over four weeks. Alternatively, you can decide to take four versions of the image at the time of shooting.

Last week’s is here.

Roses in monochrome

And this is the original.

Roses and bud in sunshine

Things That Are Smooth: Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge

Rose petals

Here’s my entry for Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Things That Are Smooth. As a recent lucky recipient of some roses, I enjoyed their look, scent, and the soft smoothness of the petals.

Different colors of fiestaware

This image shows some of my everyday dishes, which are Fiestaware. Besides the beautiful range of available colors, I love the feel of these dishes–smooth and heavy, they are sturdy and don’t chip very easily. Plus, I love Fiestaware because it’s an American classic. It’s been around since the 1930s, it’s widely available today, and the manufacturer, Homer Laughlin China Company, started in 1871. I would love to visit them someday in Newell, West Virginia, for a factory tour and a look around the company museum and store.

With help from The Bread Kitchen's video, I did a 5-strand braid!

This was my first attempt at making my own challah. I love working with bread dough, and often find that “kneading until smooth” turns out to be quite a lot of work indeed.

golden delicious, pinata, granny smith, opal, pink lady, gala apples
From top left, Golden Delicious, Pinata, Granny Smith, Opal, Pink Lady, Gala apples

This collection of smooth apples was part of a tasting that we did at home, when it seemed that the grocery store had too many varieties to keep track of. They were all pretty yummy.

Roses in Sunshine 2

Roses in monochrome

This is a different edit of a photo that I posted last week. After seeing Cee’s intriguing shots, I was inspired to join the One Four Challenge, in which participants show four different edits of the same photo over four weeks. Alternatively, you can decide to take four versions of the image at the time of shooting.

Here is the original below, which I posted last week. Funny thing is that I had also made several other edits to this image last week, with the intention of posting the alternate versions when I got around to it. So this challenge is the perfect motivation.

Roses and bud in sunshine
original image

A Visit to a Rose Garden Last Summer

Pond with water lillies

I thought I had written this post last summer, but discovered today that I had not.

Peach rose

So it’s been a few months, and I have forgotten all of the names of the roses and flowers. There are a few flowers whose signs I took a photo of, but unfortunately this peach rose isn’t one of them.

Tall red flowers at the arboretum

It was a hot Saturday in June, if that helps describe things.

Various plants at the arb

In this shot, the big wavy green leaves immediately above of the small red flowers, and to the left of the pointy flat leaves, are from a horseradish plant (Armoracia rusticana). The spicy, zippy condiment is made from the root of the plant, but I never knew what the greens look like.

Busy bumblebees on lavender

The lavender was crawling with bumblebees. I love watching them bumble around, but my daughter would not come near.

Cactus and yellow flowers in New Jersey

Cactus growing in New Jersey? I wish I had taken a picture of the name of this one.

Roses with pink edges, white

Another pretty but nameless face.

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This lovely pale rose is called New Dawn.

Black petunias

This pot containing black petunias was interesting. I had never seen those before.

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These roses are called Tiddly Winks!

Ornamental onion allium schubertii

This Space-Age ornamental onion makes me smile each time I see it.

OK, so that post is about 6 months late, but better late than never.