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Summer’s End

Dying sunflower seed bed.

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Almost Summer

Look what I found in the driveway yesterday! Not one—TWO—pink blooms. I never see the buds, so when they show up like this, it’s such a wonderful surprise! I went out again, later in the day, to take pictures in longer, softer light and they had closed up.

There’s a bug enjoying the bottom bloom, too.

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A New Adventure

I begin a new adventure on Monday when I report for work at a new job. I was awarded a part-time internship at a local accounting firm. This is what I have trained for and will finally have the opportunity to use that training. The dichotomy of the job search is that if you don’t have experience, you can’t get a job. If you can’t get a job, then you can’t get the experience. So, I’m excited (and a little nervous) to start and to learn. I know I will learn a lot.

I didn’t do it alone, either. There were so many people pulling for me, helping me, and teaching me. I owe so much to the people in my life—not just for this instance—but for all they’ve been and done in my life that brought me to this place.

Today, between other tasks, I took my camera out and put in the last lens I bought a year ago or so. It’s different. It’s a fixed lens and I wasn’t really sure what to do with it. I think it will take nice closeups, like the images below. Today I took pictures of cactus blooms, a pine cone, and a huge, open dandelion seed pod. (Is that what it’s called?)

Pine Cone on Ground

Make a Big Wish

Cactus Bloom

Claret Cup Cactus Bloom

I think they turned out really well and I can’t wait to take more.

Oh, This Was FUN!

 

I’ve been playing with this daisy. Today I wanted to find a frame and matting technique I had used years before. (Apparently it was in 2007.) I haven’t been able to find the tutorial or the PDF with the instructions, but I did finally find the source PSD file, so if nothing else, I can use that. However, in trying to find what I lost, I asked my Twitter friends what they knew. @MacTxn responded with an address to a site with a tutorial for matting. That is what I used to construct the matting in this picture.

The address is http://vickiholdwick.blogspot.com/2009/10/digital-matting-photoshop-tutorial.html. It’s a very-easy-to-follow tutorial, and I think the results are nice. The point of these exercises is to have creative fun, and this tutorial helped me do just that.

Last night and today I’ve gone through seven years of photos so that I can archive them. I thought I’d have to go through innumerable backup drives and computers, but apparently I have done a much better job of backing up these images than I thought. Thank goodness for FileBuddy, or this task would have been too daunting. But, in a relatively short time, the job is done. The sorting part is done.

Now I can back up my files, free up some space on my working computer, and start taking and collecting more pictures and know I’ve got a handle on the organization. And, I’m not-so-secretly pleased and relieved that I didn’t totally abandon organization for the last seven years!

Daisy

I’ve played with this flower for years and I’ll play with it again. Tonight I gave it a painterly treatment in Photoshop.

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