Stitched ‘soft’ and a challenge

Here I am again today with another view of this unusual flower.  I’ve also given it another treatment which has formulated an idea.. more about that further on in the post.

Here is this same ordinary flower, which is anything but ordinary at a closer glance.

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Somehow, once I’ve finished processing a photo I usually wish there was more – other times, I’m happy it’s done – and this got me to thinking.

I really like to experiment.. so I’ve decided to challenge myself.

My idea is to take 1 image and process it 4 ways – sharing it over 4 weeks – roughly one per week. We’ll see how I go.

If anyone wants to join me in this, let me know.   You’re most welcome!

I’m calling it the One Four Challenge.. at least for now… and I’m thinking that if anyone else does want to join me, we’ll use a linky tool (or something like that) and a tag of ‘One Four Challenge’.

Basically you post on your blog and link your post up to my One Four Challenge post for the week, with the linky tool.  More about this later on  if there are any takers.

I’ll probably start in November which gives me time to find an image I want to spend time on.

What I’m looking forward to is trying different things and even messing about if I want to – there is nothing to lose.  Hopefully it will be fun – spurring along creativity and learning lots more along the way.

I really like the addition of the softness and muted tones to this flower.  Wonder what else I can do with it :)

Well I’ve got plenty to fit into today – have a great day and a fabulous weekend, when yours comes around!


And Then The Butterfly Flapped Its Wings

Robyn G:

I was so taken with this beautiful story, written by Lora.. I asked if I could share it here.
Such a wonderful reminder that kindness is never wasted.

Originally posted on Snow's Fissures and Fractures:


♦♦♦ Part I – Peter ♦♦♦

It’s like the entire Universe is against me, he thought to himself. Last night Nina blew him off, ruining his perfect plans for their second date. And now he overslept. That stupid alarm clock his mom bought him let him down again.
Peter dragged his feet across the room and pulled the curtains from the window. “Great, it’s raining.” he murmured to himself and headed for the bathroom, stepping on his dog’s squeaky toy. “Barney, I swear one of these days…”
25 minutes later he was driving to work, zigzagging through heavy traffic, assuring himself the boss will be late, too. The car before him suddenly slowed down and forced him to change lanes, splashing pedestrians who were waiting to cross the street.
“Get out of my way! Peter, you are such a loser!” he waved in their general direction and pushed the…

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A couple of weeks ago I was given a mixed bunch of Australian native flowers… I knew they wouldn’t last a long time – some will tend to keep their shape and become dry – so I wanted to photograph them while they are fresh.  As you can see in this flower, the petals are showing signs of age already.


This flower – one I’m unfamiliar with – measures approximately 4 inches across.  At a glance, it is quite ordinary looking – in fact it doesn’t really look like a flower, but more like greenery.  With a closer look though, the texture is beautiful and I love the way the wrapped centre – which is very much like lemon skin – appears to be embellished with black cross stitches.

Nature rarely disappoints :)


Monochrome Madness Wk 34

Some images just make you (me) work hard.. and this is one of them!

I’ve been watching this ‘Spathiphyllum Petite’ bud and flower for many months now and I’ve been pondering how I would photograph it.  This was / is my first attempt and it’s my entry for this week’s MM – week 34!

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Whatever I did when I was photographing this image, I ended up with low-ish resolution and a noisy file… it was low light. Lots of work, so I’ll try it again :)

I ended up with posturising on this image – I suppose I did it in the post editing.. a bit of a mystery really and a learning curve – I like that – although I haven’t solved it yet… always much to learn – I love that!  I decided to go with it and enhanced the image with sepia tones, which showed up as pink marbling… so I called it ‘Marbled’ :D

Many thanks to Leanne for hosting and to Laura for cheering us on!  Pop on over to Leanne’s to check out this week’s wonderful gallery.

I’d also like to take the opportunity to say a BIG thank you to all of you who follow, comment and are generally interested in what I’m doing. It means a lot to me – thank you!!


Post for Brendan – Where’s the shovel?

Good morning Brendan and good morning everyone!

I’ve been playing with toys again ;)

Where's the shovel?

Perhaps I’ll let you make up your own stories about this one, this week :)  If a story does come to mind… and you care to share.. I’d love to hear. I know… crazy… but a bit of fun!

Ok.. I’ll tell you my crazy thoughts.  I keep hearing echoes of some voice over person saying, “Farming in Spaaaace” – said like ‘Pigs in Spaaaace‘ from the Muppets :D  There I said it… I either made you laugh or wince..lol

Wishing you a week filled with wonder… and not too many pigs in space!

You can read the original post on ‘Posting for Brendan’ here.


Difference a day makes…

Thought I’d share with you how yesterday – our Spring Snow day – finished up.  The contrast from morning to afternoon, I think, is simply amazing.  I never tire of nature’s beauty in all it’s forms.

In my previous post – Spring Snow – the day started out verrry unexpectedly snowy… and this image below,  is how the same day ended. The light was stunning…and it really is that green!

Snow Day Afternoon

As you can see, I’m making the most of a bit of power while it lasts!


Spring Snow…

I fell off the internet yesterday… No power, no internet – and this is the reason :)

Spring SnowFor this time of year, this is crazy weather.. but so beautiful.

I’m being really quick, as I’m on limited internet… still… and I want to say many thanks for all of the lovely comments I received yesterday… I will reply as soon as I’m able.

I’m able to charge my phone in the car (which is good), but reception is another factor ;)  Interesting times.  I don’t mind getting back to basics once in a while… but I do want my power back now… :D

Have a great day friends and I will check in and reply when I am able.