Category Archives: Digital photo editing

Friday Flower Fiesta (6-26-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

A selection of Photographic Art flower postage stamps that I’ve created this past week.

IMG_2245 pink hibiscus faa stamp

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flower (5)-500 iceland poppy stamp

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IMG_1023 faa amaryllis stamp

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IMG_1747 faa stamp

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_000 rose (7) faa yellow rose stamp

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yellow pincushion faa stamp

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yellow lily faa stamp

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Heavy industrial abstracts

Out & About

I love visiting “heavy industry” because there is so much available in a small space that makes great pictures.

Yesterday’s 2-hour tour of the Encina Wastewater Treatment Facility in Carlsbad is a great example, yielding 257 pictures, or an average of one picture every 28 seconds.

Although I haven’t cataloged all the pictures yet, here are five of my favorites so far:

img_2762 shadows encinas waste treatment carlsbad stamp

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img_2736 encinas waste treatment carlsbad stamp

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img_2688 pipes encinas waste treatment carlsbad stamp

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img_2678 electricity encinas waste treatment carlsbad stamp

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img_2761 ladder shadow encinas waste treatment carlsbad stamp

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Encina Wastewater Treatment Facility
6200 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, California


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Friday Flower Fiesta (6-19-15)

Friday Flower Fiesta

A selection of Photographic Art flower postage stamps that I’ve created this past week.

yellow lily faa stamp

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yellow flower faa stamp

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wild iris faa stamp

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wild iris stamp

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iris stamp

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wild iris stamp

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daisies faa stamp

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white and purple ice plant faa stamp

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IMG_1391 water lily faa stamp

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unknown flower stamp

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Friday Flower Fiesta (6-12-15)—Now Arriving

Friday Flower Fiesta

It’s been almost a month since I’ve published a Friday Flower Fiesta.

Zoey the Cool Cat all relaxedWell, even though I’m still unpacking boxes from the move, cleaning things, and organizing the new home (with Zoey the Cool Cat’s help, of course ►), I decided that I simply needed to take a time out and enjoy some flowers. I’m now at a stage where, for the first time in my life, I don’t have a garden. Ah, well. I have one of the world’s largest botanical gardens just eight miles down the road: The San Diego Zoo! Yes, it’s an internationally renowned botanical garden, too, so be sure to enjoy the plants along with the animals when you come to San Diego!

Meanwhile, here are ten Photographic Art stamps of flowers that I have found blooming since my last Friday Flower Fiesta on May 15:

Spanish Dagger (Yucca)img_0291 spanish daggar stamp

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Unknown Flower
(This was the only flower for miles around in a nature
preserve. I felt obligated to take its picture.)img_0318 unknown flower stamp

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Rose
(but you probably knew that)img_0556 rose stamp

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Coral Treeimg_0557 coral tree stamp

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Cliviaimg_0894 clivia stamp

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Zinniaimg_0915 zinnia stamp

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Giant Hibiscusimg_1086 giant hibiscus stamp

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Bougainvilleaimg_1676 bougainvillea stamp

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Unknown Flowerimg_1681 unknown flower stamp

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NOW ARRIVING
(Honeybee landing on a Datura flower)img_1691 datura bee stamp

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Gratuitous pictures of the Queen

I livew in my own little world

THE BIG MOVE is occurring today and tomorrow.

Beds, desks, computers, and all the small stuff is moving today.

Unfortunately, though, it appears that one cannot get appropriate Internet assistance from the company that provides Internet connection to the 24/7 Internet world.

That just doesn’t make sense to me…….smh.

Thus, as soon as I disconnect the computers I won’t have Internet access until sometime tomorrow, and you know how those windows work with companies in today’s world….

“You should be re-connected between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.”

Well that’s of great help…..smh…….again.

Fortunately, to help get us through this time off the grid, we have WordPress to let us schedule a post in the future, so this post is being scheduled for tonight at one minute past midnight.

Of course, we also have Zoey the Cool Cat to entertain us during this downtime when we’re not being entertained by the news stories about the Republicans….

So here are some gratuitous pictures of the Queen during her seven years here:

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Zoey the Cool Cat in her new sack

Zoey the Cool Cat stalking a mourning dove

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Zoey the Cool Cat stamp

Zoey the Cool Cat spiral bound book

Zoey the Cool Cat

Zoey the Cool Cat

Zoey the Cool Cat soccer ball

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Zoey the Cool Cat and her red ring

A wet Zoey the Cool Cat

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Zoey the Cool Cat on the desk

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Zoey the Cool Cat, Olympic boxing champion

Zoey the Cool Cat Rounder

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Zoey the Cool Cat exploring the books

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The beauty comes right after the ugly

Picture of the Moment

And on the eighth day, God created Photoshop.

I have never owned a fish-eye lens. There’s just something about the distorted pictures they produce that I don’t like. I do realize that they have their place in the world, such as when one can’t get far enough away from something to take a complete picture of that something.

Photoshop let me create this:

img_0237-0240 la jolla low tide panorama 2400

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That’s a panorama created using four individual pictures. Because of the slippery rocks and the ocean behind me, I couldn’t get far enough away to take one all-encompassing picture. So I took four pictures, each of a different area but overlapping some, and then had Photoshop stitch them together to create the monster panorama you see (click on the image to get a monsterer image). The panorama, I believe, better shows just how massive those sandstone bluffs are.

The pictures were taken during an ultra-low, low tide in La Jolla, California, about 20 miles north of San Diego, on March 2, 2015. Just 24 hours earlier we had overcast skies with heavy rain and hail! Hail in San Diego? Yeppers.

As I discovered while growing up in Kingsville, Texas, with my wise old grandmother, sometimes Mother & Fathers Nature are at their most beautiful right after being at their ugliest.

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