Category Archives: Wordless Wednesday

(not-so) #WW Middle Prong Little River & #BoTB results

Good morning, kittens and dawgs! This is another WW and #BoTB double feature post. Last week, I asked y’all to cast your vote in the Santana Battles Toto covering While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

This was a very tight showdown. The tightest battle I’ve had in a long time.  In the beginning, I thought I knew which artist would get my vote. I flipped back and forth between these covers both stirring me differently. I gave both songs one more listen yesterday and I decided Toto’s vocals were a closer match to the Beatles’ original touching on my emotions the same and earning my vote. The winner is….

The finally tally, Santana  9; Toto  8!

 

Thanks for y’all votes. It truly adds to the fun of each showdown. Please join me on the March 1st for another battle! 😉

Ok, moving along to my regularly scheduled post. Last year about this time, we spent the day in the Great Smoky Mountains in the Upper Tremont area.  By the time we stopped beside the Middle Prong Little River, the sun was slipping farther west creating shadows in the already heavily shaded area I stood to the picture.

It was a gorgeous February day spent in the mountains as you can tell how the sunlight hits the water, especially in the first photo. I did a little photo play with my image. First I converted it to B&W format which is nice and I thought I’d love to draw this but I’m not that talented yet. *hee-hee*

So, in Pixelmator, I applied the sketch effect.  Now, if only I could doodle as good as this photo-art creation!

*all images captured with my big girl camera, Nikon D7000 18-105mm Nikkor lens.*


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I’m gonna leave you with another this song selection by India Arie and invite you to come back for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Skywatch Friday & CTST!

 

 
 

 

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Not-so #WW shares space with #BoTB

Good morning! I’m presenting a double post and I hope you don’t mind, kittens and dawgs. In the first part of my post I’m sharing my mid-week photo (not-so) Wordless Wednesday and hope if you’re in this crowd that you’ll help me in the second half of my post. 😉

The winter before last, we were in the western North Carolina mountains passing through Maggie Valley when we came on a snow tube run beside the road.  It was chilly and the winds didn’t make it feel any better but I braved the cold to snap a few shots.  The one element needed that night was falling snow. (click on picture to view in another window and use zoom feature to magnify image)

I know what you’re saying but what’s that white stuff falling?  It’s all fake, baby! I loaded my image in my photo editing software program, Pixelmator, and used a freebie background from Insight Designs to add some snow. Pretty cool, eh? 😉

What views through the lens are you sharing this week? I’m eager to see!

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DH surprised me on Valentine’s Day with a single red rose, Harry London assorted chocolates, a sweet little Teddy bear who I named Val. DH is the sweetest Valentine ever!

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Okay you not-so WW crowd, you’re here and there’s no need to rush off just yet. I invite you to stick around for the second half and help pick the next winner in the second round of Battle of the Bands.

I decided to go with The Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps (the original is not part of the battle and is for reference only) in this showdown.  George Harrison penned the words to this soft, beautiful ballad. This is what Wackipedia says…

I wrote “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at my mother’s house in Warrington. I was thinking about the Chinese I Ching, ‘The Book of Changes”. The Eastern concept is that whatever happens is all meant to be, and that there’s no such thing as coincidence – every little item that’s going down has a purpose.

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was a simple study based on that theory. I decided to write a song based on the first thing I saw upon opening any book – as it would be relative to that moment, at that time. I picked up a book at random, opened it, saw “gently weeps”, then laid the book down again and started the song.

Today, I’m playing Santana against Toto. Who will win? It’s up to you! Listen and decide who does it better.

 

 

Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional).

Which artist gets your vote, Santana ft. India Arie & Yo-Yo Ma or TOTO?

 

The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players.  Check back, next week same place and time to see if your pick gets named the winner! 😉

Come back tomorrow for another peek through the lens with my early edition of Skywatch Friday & Celebrate the Small Things.

Have a songtastic day!

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Let It Snow Photo-edit Fun With Free Falling Snow Overlay + #BoTB results

Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs!  Let me begin with announcing the results of last week’s BoTB.  I did another Sunny cover song between three Johns, which I thought was sorta clever.   I liked the three styles that were different enough but maintaining a resemblance to Hebb’s original.  I picked Johnny Mathis mostly because I love his smooth style but a little because his version is more unique. Here’s how the voting went. Mathis – 2,  Rivers – 1, and Walker – 5. Walker is the John winning this battle!

 

Please don’t be mad at me. It’s not snowing here but when nature doesn’t dish it out then I decided to make some winter magic.  You might recall a few weeks ago, I turned spring photo of a church into a snowy winter scene.  In part that’s  what inspired me for this little photo-edit fun session.  I took a few photos of my Christmas Village. Hey, don’t judge! I still have it up but in my defense, it’s winter and it totally works! Anywho, I thought why not get creative by making my scenes look fabulous wintry and snowy. Oh baby, let it snow, Let It Snow!

 

Both originals looked okay but since I took them during the day the mood just didn’t work for me. I’ll share those in a bit.

 

In Pixelmator, I applied a Falling Snowing overlay (freebie photo-edit resource) on both images. The top photo I used two different overlays from the same download bundle, which came with a total of four overlays.  I had loads of fun making these! Doesn’t it look like it’s snowing?

Now, here are the originals.

Don’t they just scream, DO SOMETHING NEAT WITH ME?

 

Usually, I like sharing another mewsic vid of the BoTB winner but the best I can do this time is to give you John as part of The Walker Brothers band.

 

 

Next showdown is February 15th. I hope you mark your calendasmiley-icon-w_camerar to come to cast your vote! Don’t forget to join me tomorrow  for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Skywatch Friday and CTST now on Thursdays!

 

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Tour the home of Alvin and Grace York in Pall Mall, TN

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! I’m going through my archived photos.  In 2011, I shared with you that we visited the home of An American hero Sgt. Alvin C. York but I didn’t post any photos.   Perhaps I had intended to but then maybe not. Looking through my not-so-good pictures I figured that was the reason I never publicly displayed them but my thinking has changed. With that in mind, please walk through the home of Alvin and Grace York.


 

Alvin and Grace York were laid to rest not far from their home.

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park is in Pall Mall, Tennessee. The fees are very reasonable – free for kids under 12 and $3 for everyone else to enter. You can tour the grounds for free. According to the site, the house is closed due to restoration.

In this photo series, I used my first digital camera – Canon SD880 point n’ shoot. I modified some of the images with Pixelmator photo editing software applying either a “Sepia” or “B&W” effect to match the mood of the picture.

 

Come back for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Skywatch Friday and get in on the Friday social media action. Have a fototastic day.

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Photo-art: Historic Rugby Church

Welcome, Kittens & Dawgs! I mentioned last week I’m not a big fan of winter and unless the sun is shining to make the day feel more comfortable you won’t find me outdoors.  Naturally, the holidays and DH’s work schedule prevented us from enjoying some day trips which means missed photo-ops.  That’s okay because I have plenty of archived photos that didn’t make the cut to fool with in one of my photo-editing programs.

In 2011 we ventured to historic Rugby, Tennessee.  It’s a living Victorian community originally founded by the British in the late 1800s.  I thought I shared photos from our trip but I can’t seem to find them on my site.  I think I understand why.  This picture didn’t turn out very well.  It was blurry but I kept it as memory shot (below).

This is a pretty little church.  With it being the dead of winter, I thought why not attempt to transform the original spring scene to a snowy one.  The first thing I did was crop and convert the image to B&W. The final step was I added a layer using the above free texture grab borrowed from Insight Designs, here.  These changes really gave my image a wintry sense.  I went a step further with this second creation.

I adjusted the blues and reds in the photo.  It gives the image an overall colder effect. It’s a bit surreal but then again it’s meant to be a fantasy creation.  What do you think? If you’d like here’s a real snowy photo shot of the church.

 

Come back for another peek through my lens with my newest edition of Skywatch Friday and get in on the Friday social media action. Have a fototastic day.

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