Rose Garden 6

Today from the Rose Garden:


While so beautiful to look at, red is so difficult to photograph.

Why? you ask? (you’re so smart!)

Because red is such a hard color for cameras to decipher.

Red is at the top of the scale of wavelengths of visible light. Not only is it hard to photograph, it is one of the hardest colors to see. It borders on the line next to “Near-Infrared” and is almost beyond the range of human vision.

Our eyes “auto hdr” everything without us even knowing. They see color and tonal variation and dynamic range variation that a single sensor single shot cannot do.

Good thing all of that doesn’t keep me from taking the photograph!

…I do love a challenge!

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Rose Garden 4

Today from the Rose Garden:



Fun with Photography and Photo Editing!

If I didn’t tell you I was in a rose garden, would you know that these are floral?


this one’s full of love:


this one meows:


and these seem out of this world… or from the ocean floor:


And not a single rose in this bunch!

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Rose Garden 3

Today from the Rose Garden:

They call me Mellow Yellow (yeah, I know some of you will have that song in your head for a day or so now – well, hahahaha! so do I since I started editing the yellows!):


…and another kind (there were several kinds of each color):


…and then a nod to the last post with this one with some orange tips:


I may have to switch it up a bit next time with “not-so-much-roses” in the rose garden. Stay Tuned!

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Rose Garden 2

Today from the Rose Garden – Oranges:


Orange, like ‘true’ reds (which I’ll share later), is a difficult color to capture…


especially in an ombre rose…



Orange you glad I went to the rose garden?!?!

yeah I did! bwahahahaha!!!

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From the Rose Garden

Took a bunch of photos from the local rose garden. It was so beautiful and fragrant!

I’ll be sharing my favorites over the next several posts.

That will serve me in at least three ways (that I know of!):

1. It will get me back into the swing of writing and posting again (I’ve obviously been pretty lax about that as of late!)

2. While I have been pretty good about getting out and shooting photos, I’m coming up with more self-assigned ‘homework’ ideas – not only for photography but also ideas to convert into paintings (which, interestingly enough, was why I originally began photography in the first place. True story.)


3. It also gets me back into sorting and editing – which will keep me learning and growing.

Here’s the first choice:


This also happens to be the Iowa State Flower (according to the sign that was next to it and I assume it’s right since they’re horticulture pro’s!)

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And Summer becomes Fall

The best reason to live in a 4-season climate and my favorite season of the year!


I don’t know what it is about this season, really.

…the crispness of the air?

…the colors of the trees?

…football season?

…the ease away from hot temps?

…anticipation of snow?

I guess the reason(s) don’t matter ~ I just know I’m happy it’s Fall!

Corn Moon

Can you tell it’s (almost) a full moon?

Yes. I. Can.

Not just on how I am being affected, but that big-ol-moon is pulling on everyone ~ it only makes sense considering the human body is made up of about 65-70% water!

(ok, I’ve also read the range is from 65-90% water, depending on the body make-up of an individual… but we’re doing full moon, not physiology and human anatomy today! gee, ya smarties!!)

This particular full moon is called the Corn Moon, many refer to it as the Harvest Moon (next month is the Harvest/Hunter’s Moon, which can be really cool around Halloween! Since the lunar month is only 29 days, the moon names and dates can shift from year to year…)

Want to know what else I learned from the Farmers Almanac today?

“Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names.”

Interesting, right?! I think so!

My homage to the corn moon, in photographs:

Corn (ready to harvest!)

Corn (ready to harvest!)

The Corn Moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was supposed to be harvested.

Full Moon (over the Atlantic)

Full Moon (over the Atlantic)

At the peak of harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this moon.

It’s the time to harvest what you can now to put aside for later use.

Also, it’s a great time harness some of the Corn Moon’s “fiery energy” for your spiritual and physical health heading into Autumn (which starts in a few days!)

Then… the colors burst! Can’t wait!

Un Segno

After almost 200 posts and several examples, I’m going to assume you all get that I’m a bit of a movie fan (if you didn’t, you do now! haha!)

Did you also know that I can (and will) use movie references randomly throughout my day.

Why am I telling you this? Well…

Because when I was out riding my bike (yes, in this 100 degree heat!) a bird flying over me, um, shall we say ‘assumed my head was a target and hit the bullseye’ (it pooped on me… geez… I was trying not to have to say it! lol)

watercolor painting of birds I did for my Mom a handfull of years ago (I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before that in addition to photography, I paint)

watercolor painting of birds I did for my Mom a handful of years ago (I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned before that in addition to photography, I paint)

It’s a matter of perspective. I could say it’s a ‘typical Monday’ kind of thing and look at it as gross and get upset.


Much like Frances in “Under the Tuscan Sun” (here’s the movie reference! hehe!) I take it as a sign ~ and a good one at that! Remember, she got everything she wanted and wished for:  including the really cool Italian villa, a baby, a wedding, and a cute boy at the end! (it’s also why I titled today’s post as “un segno” which means ‘a sign’ in Italian and is a direct reference to the movie)

Yep. This is definitely a good sign.

And in case you were wondering, I came directly home and hopped in the shower. Getting a good sign from the universe is great and all, but it’s not something I want to wear all day! lol!

Yep, it’s Summer!

Let me say first that, while I may comment on the weather, I don’t complain about the weather.


Complaining won’t change the weather.

(psst, complaining doesn’t change anything, except maybe the complainers blood pressure! just sayin’! haha!)

Plus, I live in a 4-season climate by choice. Call me crazy (hey, Crazy! haha!) but I like that change of seasons, which is why I moved back to this kind of climate.

Give me the winter cold (and snow ~ snow makes everything so pretty!) AND the summer heat! YEAH!

Having said that, the heat index is about 109°F here today.

But, instead of complaining, I’ll just be very, very, very grateful for air conditioning… and for that slight breeze for those moments I choose to venture outside and breathe in some fresh air.

I’m not sure my feline companion ~ who is a Floridian by birth, by the way ~ supports or agrees with me on this. He is not a fan of this weather at all

However, he insists on going outside, where he is clearly not comfortable:


On most days, it takes some coaxing and carrying to get him to come back inside. Not on days like this. He’s more than ready and willing to walk back inside on his own!

I think it’s because he knows they’re called the “dog days” of summer! (lol!)

Then again, I suppose I’d be panting if I wore an Angora sweater 24/7/365! haha!

Of course, you don’t have to ask ~ he’s taking it all in stride…


…or in snooze!

Louden’s life is so rough, isn’t it!?


(A letter to the neighbor’s tree)

Dear Tree Across the Street:

What’s up? Whatcha doin’?

Is there something going on we don’t know about?

…Or understand?

I mean, I get that change is good ~ and inevitable ~ but why are you in such a big hurry?

It is now just the end of August, it’s simply too soon.

This all seems to be moving so fast!

And I personally see no need for such drastic measures.



Relax. Take your time.

We just got Summer back.

There’s plenty of time for you to show off all of your colors… and we all really, really look forward to it when it happens!

But you should wait until the time is right.

Like, October.