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Cades Cove Barn #WW

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! This old barn is in the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains.  If you look through the first barn you’ll see another barn behind and a buggy. I shared a close up of this shot in Forgot Past several years ago if you’d care to take a peek. Meanwhile, I used the above image to create more magic through these photo-artworks.

 

Distressed FX with layer options, Cole and Earthstone with a minor saturation adjustment

 

Brushstroke Simple (S6) and Papers=Blue. I made a happy discovery with the app signature option which I can move it around. I don’t know why I didn’t try this before now! Oh, silly me, right? lol

Last time I mentioned Waterlogue keeps tracks of options applied, but I didn’t realize that it tracks ALL changes even when you revert them, so to keep things straight I won’t show those again and just hit the prominent ones of choice yielding my final image. Preset Style = Rainy, Format = 10″ Giant, and Paint = Lighter.

 



 

This week, Joyce is taking a fall break from Wednesday Hodgepodge. 

 

 

I’m not sure why I’m drawn to  barns but I love the things of the past and how it makes me feel. Do I long to walk through the by-gone days? I don’t think so but it’s certainly nice to imagine what it was like to live in those days.

 

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#SWF Mountain Stream #GreatSmokyNPS + CTST & Vol. 8

Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! About this time last year, we spent the day in Upper Tremont area in the Smoky Mountains which I shared with you.  I thought I’d share today’s image of a lovely mountain stream that no doubt feeds the Middle Prong Little River with the sun peeking through the trees.

I invite you to visit the global photo enthusiast community Skywatch Friday for more spectacular sky views!

 

Today, I Celebrate The Small Things!

I’m celebrating…the nice weather. The spring-like conditions we’re having is a double blessing. It’s great to have a break from the cold and it lowers our electric bill. I’m celebrating long weekends. Last weekend, we had a 4-day weekend. DH’s scheduled Friday off and then President’s Day this past Monday. It was nice to just relax, especially since we’re both a bit under the weather with allergies.  It’s an ongoing thing. I’m celebrating photography creativity.

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It’s wonderful to experiment with textures and colors to express something new with my photos. How are your creative energies today?  I’m celebrating DH’s spontaneity bringing home take-out from a Mexican restaurant we hadn’t eaten at in years.  What fun! And the best news of all, I’m celebrating the marvelous mews that DH’s employer moved him to “permanent employment status”. This gives a bit more job security and all the employee perks – insurance, paid vacation, sick leave, … Thanks to everyone who’s kept him in prayer and thank you, Jesus, for answering our prayers. Yippee!

What are you celebrating?

See what others are celebrating this week and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa for details!

 

I invite you to stick around for your weekly dose of laughter with Friday Sillies & Friendly Fill-ins.

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Now on Thursdays – Skywatch Friday & CTST Vol. 1

Hello, Kittens and Dawgs! New years mean new beginnings.  I felt for a while that my Friday posts are too long to enjoy and I decided to make some temporary changes. If these changes work then I’ll make them permanent. For now, it’s experimental, so please hang with me while I make adjustments.

The first thing I’m doing is presenting Skywatch Friday on Thursday and here are today’s photo contributions.  At the end of November wildfires in the Smoky Mountains did 500 million dollars worth of damage killing more than a dozen people and injuring hundreds more. These photos cannot tell the horror of this disaster but you most certainly can see the scares in its aftermath.

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The above view, I’m facing the Sugarlands Valley and the below picture is to my backside. The hillsides from south of Gatlinburg going across 441 toward Cherokee you can see evidence of the wildfires.  What is surprising is you can still smell the burnt wood!

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I’m not an expert and know nothing about how firefighters battle a blaze but it seems they did a great job at containing the fire given the horrific conditions they were up against – drought and gusty winds.

Along with weekly sky view photographs, I’m including my Celebrate The Small Things segment.

I’m celebrating…the countless volunteers who fought the wildfires and to those serving the community.  I celebrate the kindhearted people who donated time, resources, and money in help with the rebuilding process. I’m thankful to not know of such things and far away from this terror.  I am more so grateful there are a lot of compassionate folks who want to help my fellow East Tennessee neighbors. I celebrate the good news that the authorities arrested two teenagers suspected of setting fire to the Smoky’s and honestly I hope the law doesn’t go easy on them.  Dolly Parton held a telethon last month and raised $9M for Her People and if you’d like to contribute funds, then you can do so through her site, here.

One last thing I’m celebrating is what I call the perfect Christmas gift, not for me or DH but DD#2 and her husband.  We knew exactly what we what to get them soon after they got home from their Maine vacation after a disappointing upset of not finding a Maine-themed, Maine-made mug. That’s when I began by asking Google and to my happy surprise found the perfect mugs from Peasley Pottery.

DD#2 and her husband went bonkers over the mugs.  She photographed her mug filled with homemade hazelnut hot chocolate with whipped topping for me to use on my blog. Looks delicious, eh? Yum!  The owner and potter, Nancy Peasley, was wonderful to work with.  There was a hiccup with our order. She did an outstanding job in making sure things got straightened out and because she did such a fantastic job, I decided to add a clickable button in my side menu for others to find Peasley Pottery. I like helping people out who deserve it, don’t you? I will tell you this, we plan to buy some of these moose mugs for ourselves. That’s how much we like them! 😉

What are you celebrating?

See what others are celebrating this week and if you want to join the linky, then visit Lexa for details!

Tomorrow, I invite you to join me for some social media fun and your weekly dose of laughter with Friday Sillies.

 

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Newfound Gap Picture photo-edits #WW

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs last summer this time we were in the Smoky’s when I snapped this shot over looking the North Carolina valley from Newfound Gap.

The first picture there are not edits done other than adding my copyright.

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In the second one, I dabbled with Stylize feature in Pixelmator called Pointillize.

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Here, I applied a blue glitter background as an overlay. It reminded me of snow falling, but the landscape still said summer. So, on the background image I inverted the colors giving the over-all effect of a stormy night or at least this is the feeling I get when I look at it. Do you feel any cooler? Are you ready for winter to arrive?

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What views are in the eye of your camera? Do you like to create photo-art of using your images through photo-editing?

In case you missed the mews I’m working on my site, repairing broken links and videos while summer blog traffic is slow. What this means is I’m minimizing my content by combining posts that are very similar such as (Not-so) Wordless Wednesday and Skywatch Friday.

You can find more photo hops listed under Daily Hops at the top of this page.

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Be sure to join me for Friday Sillies and more Friday fun! Have a fototastic day!

Photo-editing with flowers and mountains

Good-morning, Kittens & Dawgs! Today I’m using some of my least favorite photos in Pixelmator to see what new things I come up with. I hope you enjoy my creations on not-so Wordless Wednesday!

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I love Black Eyed Susans! These are some of my favorite wildflowers. I snapped this picture in Highlands, North Carolina last summer.

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Using the original photo above I added a freebie watercolor background from the DGS AllSeason Bonus collection from Creative Market. It sorta gives an over-all dreamy sense to the picture.

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On our ascension to Clingmans Dome tower, I captured a bee lighting on the flower. It’s not really an outstanding shot, but I kept it anyway.

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I opened the original to work on, this is something I knew I wanted to do from the start, and applied the fog filter giving the viewer a sense of mystery and perhaps terror. Maybe, an angry, hungry bear awaits its prey in the shroud of fogginess. Do you feel it?

 

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This is a shot from Clingmans Dome parking lot. It’s just an ordinary image, but one with potential to photo-edit.

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In Pixelmator I applied the newspaper effect adjusting the intensity and ratios.

 

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This  is the Twilight effect. Again, I varied the intensity to suit my taste.

I’m just a regular ole gal who likes to goof off with photo-editing on occasion to create something new. Who knows maybe it’ll inspire someone else to do great things. Let me know!

In case you missed the mews I’m working on my site, repairing broken links and videos while summer blog traffic is slow. What this means is I’m minimizing my content by combining posts that are very similar such as (Not-so) Wordless Wednesday and Skywatch Friday.

You can find more WW link ups at the top of my page under Daily Photo Hops. Now, be a sweet and tweet my hop to your friends! ?

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Be sure to join me for Friday Sillies and more Friday fun! Have a fototastic day!

SWF: Sunset view from Water Rock Knob

Good-morning, kittens and dawgs! A week ago this past Monday, we took a spontaneous trip to the mountains with the hopes of seeing Mars at its closer than usual position above the earth. Not nearly as close as it was a few years ago, but apparently it was worthy enough for the news to run a piece on it. Unfortunately, my night photos did not turn out well, but I did a fantastic sunset shot.

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North of Cherokee, North Carolina about 45-minutes along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sunset from Water Rock Knob overlook.

I’m not going to lie to you folks, I tweaked this picture a bit. Here, I’ll let you see the original.

DSC_6552originalThis isn’t a bad photo. The exposure is off just a bit. Thankfully, photo-editing makes it easy peasy to fix your image to your liking. In the first image, I used Pixelmator to apply the healing brush to remove the hot white spot in the sunset and increased the color saturation.

It surprised us to see a gathering of folks at Water Rock Knob on a week night, but with a few small nearby towns then no doubt this an excellent afternoon R&R destination spot.

Just before getting on the parkway in Cherokee, we got dinner to-go from Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and it was great fun to sit in the car enjoying our meal with such a magnificent view stretched before our eyes. You just can’t get this kind of atmosphere in a restaurant.  After we ate, we began snapping pictures. Me with my big girl camera and DH with his iPhone. I love that we like photographing together! This has been a shared hobby of ours for 20+ years.

About 10pm, we decided to head across the Smoky’s. The peak for Mars closeness to earth was shortly after midnight, so we figured we could get another glimpse of the Red Planet one more time from there before going home.

At first I thought I didn’t want to share any of my Mars pictures with you and then I thought why not? So, I found one that is passable. In the below picture, you’ll see that I labeled Mars, as well as Saturn in the night sky. I only know this because I used my iPhone app Sky Safari to see what else I might want to know what I’m looking at.

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Captured at Newfound Gap in the Smoky Mountains with my 55mm-300mm lens.

The evening was well spent in our favorite, most beautiful place! What more could a gal ask for? Ah, a million dollars? Nah, not that I’d turn it down or anything, but I’d settle for a nice job for DH in town. 😀

I’m sharing my photos with the International Shutterbug Association (Yep, I just came up with that one. I wonder, if anyone else has thought of this before?) and if you want to see what the sky view is like elsewhere, then I  hop over to Skywatch Friday!

~All images captured with my big girl camera ~ Nikon D7000 & preferred lens Nikkor 18-105mm zoom, unless otherwise noted.~

Now, I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate the small things.

I’m celebrating…

  • the adventures behind my photo shots.
  • sharing the same hobby with my best friend and husband.
  • cool mountain temperatures and a beautiful evening.
  • the amazing mysterious universe. Are we alone? Probably. But, it’s fun to think we aren’t.

What are you celebrating?

Join the party below!

Let’s begin celebrating with Friendship Friday and Friday Features linky parties where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration!

That’s a wrap for now, but if you like music then I invite you to come back on Monday for Mewsic Moves Me. Until next time, have a fototastic weekend!

In the valley #photo

Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! It’s so nice to see you today. I am participating in the April A-Z Blog Challenge. In order to get ready, then I am rolling all of my photo contributions into this one post and I’m temporarily suspending my featured photographer nomination from here until April 30.

Now, I invite you to link your direct URL to your photo posts below regardless if it’s Wordless Wednesday or another photo hop.



Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains

In the valley of the Smoky Mountains lays the Cades Cove community. It was a gorgeous late winter day, but the temperatures reminded me of spring.

Deer in the woods at Cades Cove

Nearing the end of the 11-mile one-way loop road into the Cades Cove community this little doe bid us goodbye or so I like to think.

I’m sharing today’s post….

Lexa is the hostess of  Celebrate the Small Things. This week I’m celebrating the return of spring. It’s been rather windy, but the temperatures nice. We’ll see more stable conditions after the calendar flips over again. Another thing I’m celebrating is preparing for the #AprilA2Z challenge. This meme takes a lot of time but it’s quite fun and I love researching the daily alphabet prompt for my theme. This year I’m going with All Things Vintage and ask that you join me on the first. Feel free to subscribe to my blog via email (see sidebar for sign-up) so that you don’t miss a single post! What are you celebrating?

Have a fototastic day!

Brushstrokes app creation of doe bids goodbye

Using the previous photo, I created this oil-like painting in Brushstrokes and am sharing it with the s-A(R)T-urday group

I highly recommend and use these photo-editing programs: Pixelmator,  Adobe Photoshop Elements, Affinity, Brushstroke, and Waterlogue. You can learn more about these using the above affiliate search app widget.

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