PICTURES WITHIN PICTURES

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It is simply amazing what a different world comes to light when you take a simple subject, in this case a simple watercolor painting, an put on your extention tubes and look closely through the lens at what pictures pop out at you from within a simple watercolor painting.

You will find a new world of colors, textures, and layering that the normal field of vision will not detect. Often, you will see it in near 3-D effect. I enjoy looking at these things and finding new worlds within simple subjects as a watercolor painting, petals of flowers, leaves. You just never know what you will find.

It is amazing what our world is actually mad up of, when you go closer and closer!

Perhaps as below, in a simple flower painting, you will discover that you have a roasting hot lava lake from an errupting volcano!

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Perhaps you find some leaves hanging from tree branches in summer and autumn colors. 

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Colorful abstract designs emerge from within a painting

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You can see the layered looking textures between what you laid down on the watercolor paper and the subltle textures of the underlying paper of the cold pressed surface

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Rocky and Mountainous scenes as with the second picture almost in antique sepia tones, moody mountains against a cloudy sepia orange sky. Imagination!

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The raging ocean beating and up upon the rocky shoals, billowing up over the rocks.

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WILDWOOD PARK–BRIDGEWATER, VIRGINIA

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Geese in the Park

Wildwood Park - Geese 2016 (1 of 16)The other day I was looking at all the pictures in my Lightroom catalog, and realized that I had forgotten about all the pictures I had taken from June 2016, a beautiful day in which I had spent several hours meandering around throughout the park. I had take over 200 pictures that day! Even if I pick and choose carefully there are too many to put into one post.

Wildwood Park - Geese 2016 (5 of 16)I was lucky that day, the Geese were visiting and they too were meandering around the park and seemed very accustomed to being photographed.

As parks go in the Harrisonburg, Dayton, Bridgewater, Virginia area, Wildwood in Bridgewater has the greatest diversity of scenic beauty to offer. It has the South fork of the North River flowing through it, as well as to me the greatest focal feature which is the dam. Beautiful walking paths, flowers and gardens, a swinging bridge, with water lillies underneath. The park is beautiful at any given time of the day!

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For myself it is well worth the 25 mile drive to get to, from my home in Elkton, VA. My only regret is that I was not into photography when I lived in Bridgewater, for 17 years, so that I could have went there during the golden hours, morning and evening. I only lived about 1 mile from the park.

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CONTAINER GARDENING TRANSFORMATIONS

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Container Gardening (9 of 11)Due to the recent rains, my transformation of the container garden, on my balcony is taking longer than I had wanted, however you cannot circumvent mother nature. I have been successful in changing out the old soil in 2/3rds of the containers. Now that nicer weather is here, I sould be able to get the rest done on Tuesday.

You could not ask for better weather to not stress out the plants, all of which look great.  The only one that does not will be the Gerbera Daisies. Which has a built in defense mechanism, which protects it from excessive moisture loss. If you have ever had these you will know despite how much water you give them (over watering can kill them). They will wilt in the sun, it looks like they are dying, they are NOT!, as soon as the sun moves away from them they will stand straight up.

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There are 3 different Geraniums in each contain, along with Crystal Palace Blue Lobelia, and Carpet of Snow White Sweet Alysum. The corner containter, which as the terra cotta Olla in th center of it, has a bright Red/Orange and a bright yellow Gerbera Daisy in it, along with a pink Lantana, and Black and Blue Salvia Gargantua, in front is Sweet Alysum and Blue Lobelia.

The Olla I cannot say enough for over the past 4 years. It has been amazing in the container, all plants are kept well and steadly watered even thought the hottest weater. When I went to remove the soil around the Olla, The root system was a solid mass from the past 2 years of growth, I had to remove ALL the dirt and roots from the container to the bottom. One day I would love to try an Olla in the open ground of a garden.

You can read more about the Olla in this blog post from April 2015

THE AMAZING OLLA WATERING SYTSTEM!

Learn even more from the site:

Dripping Spring Ollas

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Here is the soil & soiless mix I am using the containers this year. It looks like it will require a second bale of greenhouse mix. I mixed the soil mix.

2 parts greenhouse mix –to- 2 parts Miracle Gro & 1 part Organic Planting Soil, so far the plant seemed to love the mixture.

GLADIOLUS AN INNER BEAUTY

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Gladiolus-Sensuality (1 of 29)I have to thank Kieth Sprouse of Charlottesville, Virginia as well as many other photographers from around the world, for brow beating me until I fianally set my DSLR to RAW, it indeed changes your photography world! Doing so enables you to take some images that you want to toss in the delete pile and turn them into something wonderful, or atleast more useable than they otherwise would have been.

I have amazed myself, when I go to my Lightroom Catalog, and see just how many pictures I have taken, some I thought months back that I should mark them and just get rid of them, well that day has not come yet. It is a good thing, as today instead of working out in the beautiful sunshine like yesterday was, I did work on the balcony garden while getting rained on early this morning. Today is a dark and bleak rainy day. What to do, what to do, then I thought I would go through my Lightroom catalog and see what to pitch, well instead I started playing with images that I had forgotten all about and what flower could brighten up a dreary day more than Gladiolus can?

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Gladiolus-Sensuality (16 of 29)When we look at flowers along the roadside, in the field, or in formal gardens, we see flowers, bright and beautiful, they cheer you up if you are down, of course it means a little more if you were or are and avid gardener, botanist, or horticulturalist. Though when you are into photography it can open up a whole new world to you, through the use of Macro lenses, or extension tubes to be able to get closer than ever before. The inner working of the flower comes to life. I like close up and macro photography, it lets you into a world that the normal human eye cannot percieve. Colors, textures, veining, anthers, stamens, pistols, pollen (oh my even flowers have sex)!

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Gladiolus-Sensuality (22 of 29)When viewing flowers up close through the lense, at the time, you do not always percieve what you have just taken, it is not until you get it into Lightroom, on the computer, that you actually visually see the subtle nuances of the soft light back lighting petals, highlighting area you did not conceive at the time you clicked the shutter button. It depends on the flower and its texture, type of petal, as to what you get, with Gladiolus petals, the way the swirl out from the center and unfurl, often gives you an almost sensual feel, soft, yet some sharp in focus points acentuated by light and petals behind. You could refer to it as almost dreamy, etherial, sensual. Well a picture is truly worth a thousand words.

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Gladiolus-Sensuality (23 of 29)There are some pictures I have found that i did not like in color, delete! NOT so fast, you have the picture, try it in black and white, some photgraphs simply do not look like you remember the scene no matter what you do. Yet, some in black and white reveal an entirely new level of mystique and intrique to the imagination.

 

 

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