Only a few leaves cling tenaciously to this tree once brilliant with varying shades of red, brown and green, but one by one the wind and the rain will soon strip it bare. My house overlooks this natural park where the kids play, dogs romp, and summer neighborhood block parties are traditional. This year, the foliage was stunning, almost blindingly so, with the afternoon sun illuminating the leaves. I am grateful that I could gaze out on this beautiful sight.
More Gratitude Quotes:
I feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude. ~Benjamin Disraeli
All that we behold is full of blessings. ~William Wordsworth
Thou hast given so much to me, Give one thing more, - a grateful heart; Not thankful when it pleaseth me, As if Thy blessings had spare days, But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise. ~George Herbert
Praise the bridge that carried you over. ~George Colman
Image was processed using Rad Lab and two layers of "Phoebe" texture by Kim Klassen for Texture Tuesday.
Ft Pulaski continues to be one of my favorite historical sites to visit and photograph. I always see something there that I haven't seen before to capture with my camera. On a beautiful, but hot and humid summer afternoon, my family and I attended the musket and cannon firing program at the Fort. Ft. Pulaski is a National Monument located near Savannah, Georgia. Volunteers dressed in Civil War uniforms demonstrate historically correct firing drill copied from artillery manuals of that era. Shown is one of the digital infrared photos of the many I shot that day while watching the drill. This image was converted from the Raw digital infrared file using Silver Efex Pro 2.0 Two textures from Kim Klassen-
Aurora and Greydaymagic with some of the texture brushed away from the soldiers and the puffs of smoke from the guns. For Texture Tuesday.
A rose in full bloom from my neighbor's rose garden, antique rose cups and saucers, a vintage faux tortoise shell pen and my husband's grandmother's recipe for lime sherbet all make up this romantic image processed with two layers of Kim Klassen's texture "phoebe". The vintage look is similar to Kim's photoshop recipe on this week's Texture Tuesday entry, but the glamour glow filter was used on one of the phoebe layers.
Not much post processing except using Snap Art 2 to create a painterly effect. The leaves are Bradford pear leaves from my neighbor's yard, a fitting leaf to show off the pear and has a beautiful array of colors in the fall. Hope you like my image.
Pears, as well as figs, are also beautiful fruit to photograph. There are no two alike, it seems. Some stand perfectly tall while others lean just a bit. There are lumps, bumps and discolorations which make each one unique. Here are images of two pears, both using Kim Klassen's "Thursday" texture, however, the texture in the color photo of the pears was enhanced using Snap Art by Alien Skin Software, the Impasto filter . The black and white pear photo was converted from color to black and white using Topaz-B/W Effects filter. These two photos are being submitted to Texture Tuesday-the number-two eDition. Which one is your favorite?
Figs are perfect to photograph and make beautiful fine art images. Colors range from light-green to brown to a dark purple. The fruit inside the fig is studded with tiny seeds and the flesh is a purplish brown color. To achieve this look, I used two textures-'and then some' by Kim Klassen and 'beau linge paysage' from Flypaper Textures, then a Nik filter 'duplex' to alter the bright colors a bit.
Standing majestically overlooking the patchwork green hillside of Tintagel on the Cornish coast, this moss and lichen covered monument is located in the large graveyard at Tintagel Parish Church built between the late 11th century and the early 12th century. At the small car park by the church is a coastal path that leads to Tintagel Castle, said to be the birthplace of King Arthur, the lengendary king of the Britons. The coastal walk to Tintagel affords stunning views of the ruins which date back to the Romano-Briton era; however, there is no Roman structure to prove that. Later in the 13th century, the Earl of Cornwall built a castle which fell into ruin, the remains are what one sees today.