Happy first day of meterological Autumn!

And for those of you south of the Equator, happy first day of meteorological Spring!

PinkishWhite Rose-Diffuse Glow

Photographed in a neighbor’s garden, this smallish white rose has just the slightest blush of pink…hopefully it will brighten your Sunday, no matter where you live!

Fit for a…

DOCTOR!

During my last appointment, I mentioned to my doctor that I was again baking bread, and made a ‘mean Challah‘.

He is Jewish, and quickly retorted, “I LOVE Challah!!!”

Well, yesterday was a warm, dry day–perfect bread-baking weather, and as his birthday was two weeks ago, I decided to give him a belated birthday gift!

And, I did–with these!

I took the pix quickly, as I wanted to get them delivered while the Challah was still warm, so they're not the greatest!

I took the pix quickly, as I wanted to get them delivered while the Challah was still warm, so they’re not the greatest!  But he was impressed, and thanked me twice!

 

The loaf at top left is the one I presented to the doctor. The smaller loaves were baked in little oval pie pans--I gave each of the nurses one, and also gave one to the wonderful phlebotomist who draws my blood every month! She dove right in, proclaiming the Challah excellent, and asked for the recipe, which I will print out for her!

The loaf at top left is the one I presented to the doctor.
The smaller loaves were baked in little oval pie pans–I gave each of the nurses one, and also gave one to the wonderful phlebotomist who draws my blood every month!
She dove right into the loaf, proclaiming the Challah excellent, and asked for the recipe, which I will print out for her!

Of course, I had my camera, and took advantage of the lovely small Hibiscus in the center planting of the circular drive of the building, which I processed today and turned into Watercolors!

Small Red Hibiscus-1 Watercolor

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Small Red Hibiscus-2 Watercolor

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Small Red Hibiscus-3 Watercolor

N.B.:  I am so behind in viewing blogs I follow, so I ask you to please excuse my tardiness.

The breads were kneaded by hand, and required three risings, so a lot of time was spent on that, which is very hard on the fingers.

I found that by 7:00 last night, I had no energy left to do much of anything, and typing became very painful…so I’ll get to your blogs ‘little by little, bit by bit’–thanks!!!

After last evening’s glorious sunset…

...the temperature, which had been around 88 degrees F., had suddenly dropped over thirty degrees!

…the temperature, which had been around 88 degrees F., had suddenly dropped over thirty degrees!

 

This morning, it was 55 degrees F. at hal past 5:00 AM, when I awoke to rain, fog, and a chilling north wind!

This morning, it was 55 degrees F. at half past 5:00 AM, when I awoke to rain, fog, and a chilling north wind!

 

Breakfast time, and what better way to ward off the chill than a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal, with fresh blueberries and a good-sized dollop of Greek yogurt!

Breakfast time, and what better way to ward off the chill than a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal, with fresh blueberries and a good-sized dollop of Greek yogurt!

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I hope your weather is greater than this, a typical June day here in Chicago!

‘Playing’ with ‘Baby Grapes’

It’s nice to know the grapes are coming along beautifully this season, possi-/probably due to the rainy Spring!

After a lot of distorting and cropping, I finally got the images sorted out quite well, and wanted to show a different filter on each.

Baby Grapes, the first...

Baby Grapes, the first…

 

...and with the Ocean Ripple filter

…and with the Ocean Ripple filter

 

Baby Grapes, the second...

Baby Grapes, the second…

 

...and with the Poster Edges filter

…and with the Poster Edges filter

 

Baby Grapes, the third...

Baby Grapes, the third…

 

...and with Vertical and Horizontal Grain filters plus the Crosshatch filter

…and with Vertical and Horizontal Grain filters plus the Crosshatch filter

 

Baby Grapes, the fourth...

Baby Grapes, the fourth…

 

...and with the Accented Edges filter

…and with the Accented Edges filter

 

Baby Grapes, the fifth...

Baby Grapes, the fifth…

 

...and with the Angled Strokes filter and a .25 pixel Gaussian Blur

…and with the Angled Strokes filter and a .25 pixel Gaussian Blur

The filters in Photoshop (TM) can be overused very easily…I prefer lower, more subtle settings to add just that little touch for a more dramatic effect.

(Also, I get bored rather quickly with ‘run of the mill’ images!)

From my window: A Father’s Day gift of colors

Within a bit over nine hours time
the changes in the skies
from evening to morning
continue to amaze

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Last evening, 7:54 PM (CDT)

Last evening, 7:54 PM (CDT)

 

Again last evening, 8:38 PM (CDT)

Again last evening, 8:38 PM (CDT)

 

Father's Day morning, 5:02 AM (CDT)

Father’s Day morning, 5:02 AM (CDT)

Delicate Pink Surprises

Pretty, isn't it?

Pretty, isn’t it?

And so is this one!

And so is this one!

But, of course, I had to ‘play’ with them by adding a bit of the Horizontal Grain Option from the Textures Filter, which gave a more dramatic look!

The first...

The first…

...and the second.

…and the second.

I had some time on my hands (the place was clean and the laundry folded away!), so I dabbled with other Artistic Filters, finding something very nice happening when I applied Neon Glow.

The first...

The first…

...and the second.

…and the second.

On this very dreary, gray Saturday morning, I felt I needed to ‘play’ more, just because!

Here’s what these two look like after applying a bit of Glass Filter, utilizing the Glass Blocks option:

The first...

The first…

...and the second.

…and the second.

Two ‘ordinary macros’ quickly became just a tiny bit surreal and much more ‘painterly’, with a tendency to look as is they had been ‘touched’ by Georgia O’Keeffe!

Having never tried the Glass Block option in all my years of using Photoshop (TM), I found it worked very , very nicely for these delicate pinks, and the two white roses I also worked at this morning!

Shy White Rose, the first

Shy White Rose, the first…

...and with the Glass Blocks option.

…and with the Glass Blocks option.

Shy White Rose, the second...

Shy White Rose, the second…

...and again, with the Glass Blocks option.

…and again, with the Glass Blocks option.

Pretty amazing that all it took to chase away the blah, gray morning was a bit of pink, some white, and a funny little filter called Glass Blocks!

Flag Day

Replica of the original flag of the United States of America

Replica of the original flag of the United States of America

From Wiki:

Flag Day (United States)

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

 The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. Title 36 of the United States Code, Subtitle I, Part A, CHAPTER 1, § 110 is the official statute on Flag Day; however, it is at the President’s discretion to officially proclaim the observance. On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday, beginning in the town of Rennerdale.  New York Statutes designate the second Sunday in June as Flag Day, a state holiday.

Perhaps the oldest continuing Flag Day parade is at Fairfield, Washington.  Beginning in 1909 or 1910, Fairfield has held a parade every year since, with the possible exception of 1918, and celebrated the “Centennial” parade in 2010, along with some other commemorative events.

One of the longest-running Flag Day parades is held annually in Quincy, Massachusetts, which began in 1952, celebrating its 59th year in 2010.  The 59th Annual Appleton Wisconsin 2009 Flag Day Parade featured the U.S. Navy. The largest Flag Day parade is held annually in Troy, New York, which bases its parade on the Quincy parade and typically draws 50,000 spectators.  A Flag Day parade is also held annually in Hudson, New York, where ten to twelve thousand people gather to participate in this annual extravaganza.

A variety of pinks…

…to cheer you, whether it’s morning or evening where you are!

Here in Chicago this evening, a storm is on its way…it is getting very dark with lots of ‘rumbling’ from the northwest, so I figured I’d post quickly while the pizza is in the oven!

(I’ll show you that tomorrow!)

The 'pink house' veranda and its curious vinery design

The ‘pink house’ veranda and its curious vinery design

 

Cheery pink flowers among others of yellow orange and, of course, pink

Cheery pink flowers among others of yellow orange and, of course, pink–with a Canvas texture effect

 

A lovely pink bloom with the Vertical Grain effect

A lovely pink bloom with the Vertical Grain effect

 

The original image of another pink bloom, with the areas I had to rebuild

The original image of another pink bloom, with the areas I had to rebuild

 

The final image of the above, retouched and softened to a lighter pink

The final image of the above, retouched and softened to a lighter pink

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Now, pink is not my favorite color, but I feel we all need some cheer…and these pinks certainly make me stop…and smile!

Whites…

…in the parkway garden of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House.

White Peony Buds with Yarrow Blossom

White Peony Buds with Yarrow Blossom

 

White Peony in Full Bloom

White Peony in Full Bloom