Someone stuck a few roses in the sand here and there at the beach today. So Happy Valentine’s Day from a stranger, the Atlantic Ocean, and me. I hope your day is full of love.
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.
The second week’s is here.
And this is the original.
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.
And this is the original.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Flowers for you, dear readers. Have a great day!
This pot of roses was given to me a few years ago. It died that same season. This is the opposite of what you would see out on my balcony right now (grey skies and snow).
I thought I had written this post last summer, but discovered today that I had not.
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.
It was a hot Saturday in June, if that helps describe things.
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.
The lavender was crawling with bumblebees. I love watching them bumble around, but my daughter would not come near.
Cactus growing in New Jersey? I wish I had taken a picture of the name of this one.
Another pretty but nameless face.
This lovely pale rose is called New Dawn.
This pot containing black petunias was interesting. I had never seen those before.
These roses are called Tiddly Winks!
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.
A similar thing happened recently with these hyacinths. I had never seen them in this pale pink before and I didn’t know they grew in a long-stemmed variety.
A third recent discovery of mine is that the hydrangea bush (that’s been outside all the years I’ve been living here) turns pink in the fall. I had never noticed.
But I always notice the cherry blossoms in spring.
Sometimes you need to get a flower fix at the grocery store.
And sometimes they are growing right outside your door.
Sometimes they are bleeding hearts
Or broken hearts.
…sometimes they are peonies.