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!

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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!