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Sunbeams and Laughter

April 5, 2020

Orange Flower

Keep your face with sunshine lit,
Laugh a little bit.
All the shadows off will flit,
If you have the grit and wit,
Just to laugh a little bit.

An excerpt from Laugh a Little, by Edmund Vance Cooke

I’ve been working on another recycle/upcycle of an old image for the past few days (which can be found HERE if you’re interested). I decided tonight that it’s finished and ready to go. I love the new colors… they remind me of sunshine.

One of the reasons I love posting my images is so I have a record of how I’ve progressed—as I learn different styles and new techniques. Every now and then I look back at the very beginning and I find all kinds of doozies that I can’t help but DELETE. I wonder what the heck I was thinking when I look at some of my old stuff.

Other times, I look back and I see all kinds of potential. It’s like each photograph I’ve ever taken is it’s own (semi) blank canvas, begging me to come on out and play… to come and make it beautiful.

That’s about all for now.
Peace & Love!

Yin and Yang

July 13, 2019


The poetry of earth is never dead.

On the Grasshopper and Cricket by John Keats

After the vibrant colors in last night’s image, I woke up feeling rested and ready to tackle a black & white project.

—The dark flower image was taken this morning. It’s a bloom from the geranium buds that I shared just days ago on Coming Soon. I tried very hard to keep it original, but the temptation to go dark was too strong. I caved. Honestly, I’m not a huge geranium fan (shame on me!). They’re nice, but the color photograph was boring. Once it gets bigger I’ll try again.

The wind was blowing, so it was tough to get a clear close-up. Just one has bloomed, so I left one of the buds in the frame—at right—to show off it’s little hairs. You can really see the grains of pollen too. No wonder my allergies have gone haywire!

Anyway, this was another shot at macro photography. The actual flower is not much larger than a quarter.

—The light flower image is a morning glory in our yard. These flowers aren’t in our yard by choice. They belong to our neighbors, but they trespass on a regular basis.

I worked on this one some time ago, trying to create an interesting black and white version. The fine line that glimmers off to the right is actually a spider web. Part of my goal was to show that off. I think it’s amazing how tiny and fragile these things are. The flower appears to be floating if you ask me. It reminds me of a clean white sheet, blowing in the wind on a clothes line. Or maybe a magic carpet.

That’s about all for now. I’ve been contemplating writing—doing an update on my journey/journal—but every time I sit down to do it I end up in Photoshop instead. Maybe that’s a form of avoidance. I don’t know. I’ll get to it soon enough.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Life is good, God is great, and all of His creation is beautiful… even specs of pollen, and itty bitty spider webs.

—Janet

RDP Saturday: Wind & Your Daily Word Prompt: Project