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!

It’s been a dark, dreary day…

…here in Chicago.

I spent quite a few hours digging out old caulk above my bathroom sink and around the tub.

And yes, I am tired…but not too tired to show you the beauties captured the other day in the parkway in front of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach House!

A white Hyacinth, almost fully open

A white Hyacinth, almost fully open

Purple Hyacinth, also ready to burst open

Purple Hyacinth, also ready to burst open

Tulips, color unknown, but looking very elegant...even if they have no buds yet

Tulips, color unknown, but looking very elegant…even if they have no buds yet

Lastly, these were quite a surprise:

Peony sprouts, also color unknown (but I believe they are whitish, with a few deep red flecks), reaching for the sun

Peony sprouts, also color unknown (but I believe they are whitish, with a few deep red flecks), reaching for the sun

As we are in the last week of April, and its flower-bringing showers, I hope all you gardeners out there are also seeing some marvelous Flora…at last!

Searching and searching…

…on my mile and a half walk in the cold today, all I could find were these Crocus, at two different places.

Cheerful Yellows!

Cheerful Yellows!

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Brilliant Whites and a few Deep Purples!

Brilliant Whites and a few Deep Purples!

And, at a different place, tiny, hardy Snowdrops!

Seven Pure White Snowdrops!

Seven Pure White Snowdrops!

The flowers are trying, really trying to grow…but the Canadian air sweeping down is So.  Very.  Cold!

On the Magnificent Mile: IV

Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, looking toward the north from Ontario Street

Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, looking toward the north from Ontario Street

At XXI Forever: “Let the Deals Glow”

The Black Window

The Black Window

The White Window

The White Window

Apparently, black and white are the new black and white!

Drinking lots of coffee…

…so I can stay awake to watch election returns tonight, and feeling a bit patriotic, as I already voted a week ago Friday.  Just thought I’d present a few flags of the United States of America…to get in the mood.  You may hum “America the Beautiful” as you see fit!

Flag in a flower pot, outside my building

Flag at Lake Shore Nursing and Rehab facility, across the street and also the local polling place

The lake winds have left this flag in tatters…it is only two years old!

Flag in the lobby of the Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago’s Loop

From an older garden…

…near the Lake Michigan shore.  The only building at this location which may have had a garden was a small lighthouse, which was demolished many decades ago.

Closed Morning Glory, Sweet Alyssum and Fallen Leaves

The Sweet Alyssum is a bit old-fashioned, as the same plant contains both purple and white flowers.

Sweet Alyssum