Take 12! June

I am glad that the 12th arrived along with this challenge; I have not been doing much photography the last few weeks. This pushed me to get out and start looking around at my world. And I am glad and grateful for that, as I feel like the switch has been turned on again-if only for a bit.

And yes, I will be returning, but it may be July or so before I begin to post regularly. I want to go into a new direction with both blogs, but just am not sure yet what that is going to look like. But in the meantime here are:

Five Things I Learned Today

1) For a sweet treat, SunDrop Pound Cake (Sun Drop is a soda for the uninitiated) cannot be beat, especially if it is from Pinky’s!

2) Hubble has pronounced the backyard blackberries delicious, as evidenced by his paws and tongue.

3) My favorite quote of the week: “A good snapshot stopped a moment from running away.” Eudora Welty, who gave up photography to concentrate on writing. If you have never seen any of her photographs, check them out here.

4) All the swans in England are the property of the Queen.

5) The Netherlands is the only nation with a national dog–the Keeshond (Hubble is already campaigning to be recognized as THE Dog of the House-much to Jack Henry’s chagrin.) 

Images taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed, Stackables, Formulas, PhotoToaster, Pic-Tap-Go, Tangled Fx, Distressed Fx and Glaze

For today: Take 12! June

 

 

 

 

 

Take 12! May

Today’s Take 12! was really done on the fly-this week is crazy with deadlines and although I remembered the 12th, it was hard to concentrate. One thing I did do was to wait until the evening and take a number of pictures then, which is why the post was put up later than usual.

Five Things I Learned Today:

1. Otters sleep holding hands.

2. A “quidnunc” is a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip.

3. In the U.S, Frisbees outsell footballs, baseballs and basketballs combined.

4. An American Pit Bull named Wallace was the 2007 Purina Incredible Dog Challenge Freestyle Flying Disc National Champion. (that’s Frisbee to us mere backyard players)

5. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

Images taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Ansel, Snapseed, Pic-Tap-Go, Tangled Fx, iColorama s, Stackables and PhotoToaster

For today: Take 12! May

 

Exploring and Moving

This is a picture of the door to my studio which has been in a state of disarray, straightening and rearranging over the last several weeks. It will soon have a new coat of paint, some new equipment (fingers crossed) and I hope a new energy.

It needs it.

I also thought the picture would be a good way to say that for the next 4 to 6 weeks I will be on hiatus. There will be some traveling. There will be some experimenting. There will be I hope, more jumps into the unknown.

And an opportunity to breathe a bit too.

For everyone who has come with me so far, I hope you to see you when I return in June.  And yes, I will be continuing with my Take 12! series during this time as it keeps me on my toes and disciplined.

Thank you all again for your support and encouragement–I am so grateful for your interest.

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed and Pic-Tap-Go

For today: What Lies Beyond

What Lies Beyond

 

trinity

a series of three sunflowers heading into their last days . . .

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed, Stackables and Retouch-

For today: trinity

trinity

trinity

 

 

Light and Shadow

Working with the Pentax, two chairs and an overcast and grey day-

Image taken with Pentax K5-IIs and processed using Photoshop and Rad Lab

For today: Two Chairs

Two Chairs

Two Chairs

Until Next Spring . . .

The Cherry Blossoms are pretty much gone now for the year. I think this year’s blooms were among some of the brightest and most abundant than in previous years. We had a wet winter, a pretty wet spring so far, and the tree was pruned a bit in the fall, so that may have helped the tree along too. I will miss the blooms, but look forward to seeing them again next year.

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed and Pic-Tap-Go

For today: Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

An Ongoing Project

As I have been photographing flowers and trees, I decided to try and start to put a book together for my mother. Right now, I am playing with formats and have been running the images through one of my favorite apps that I have not used much lately, Polamatic.

This is one of my new favorites called Sea Holly. I love its color and sculptural qualities and it appears to do well as a dried flower too. According to one friend, these are also seen as invasive and are treated like weeds in some areas.

Image taken with iPhone 5s and processed with Snapseed, Stackables App and Pic-Tap-Go

For today: Sea Holly

Sea Holly

Sea Holly

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