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Thunbergia mysorensis

Friday Flower Fiesta (11-15-13)

Friday Flower Fiesta

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For Spring Break 1966, my wise old grandmother helped me set up my very first company. It was a typing company and would begin operations as soon as the spring semester concluded. In other words, instead of mowing lawns and washing cars for the summer like my friends would be doing, I would be typing papers, mostly for students at Texas A&I University, which was just two blocks away from where I lived with my wise old grandmother.

I named my company “Just Your Type” to play on the raging hormones of college-age adults. The company was such a success that I expanded its mission to include research and writing. Thus, a college student could pay me to research, write, and type his (or her) term paper, and many did. My services were in such demand that it became more than just a summer job. It operated in Kingsville, Texas, through the end of high school in 1973; College Station, Texas, from 1973-1977 while I was at Texas A&M University; 1977-1983 in Houston; and 1983-1993 back in College Station.

By the time I was back in College Station in 1983, personal computers had stormed the world. Typing was now “word processing” and “desktop publishing.” Desktop publishing meant the use of pictures, graphics, and charts. My first business computer was an Everex running at 8 HZ. I installed every software I could find that would make word processing and desktop publishing easy and fun: WordStar, WordPerfect, Word, Lotus 1-2-3, Aldus PageMaker, Photoshop, Corel Draw, Corel Photo-Paint, and several others whose names are forever lost in the past because they didn’t survive.

I still use Photoshop, Photo-Paint, Draw, and Word. Lotus 1-2-3 has been replaced by Excel, and PageMaker fell by the wayside when Adobe bought Aldus and then declined to maintain, upgrade, and support PageMaker in favor of their own product, InDesign. One of the great facets of capitalistic competition is that if you can’t create a better product, buy the better product and then destroy it.

My goal right now is to use only three products for what I need to do each day: Word, Excel, Photoshop. I know that Photoshop can do everything that I currently do in Draw, Photo-Paint, and PaintShop Pro. One area that PaintShop Pro really has Photoshop beat is in its presets for picture frames. One of my favorites is this one:

Hibiscus

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Now that I’m really getting a grip on myself, er, I mean a grip on layers and masks in Photoshop, I found it pretty easy to create that frame. I explored a little more since I didn’t want to create exactly what PaintShop Pro had, and came up with this:

Hibiscus

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Once I decided that I really liked that, especially the black & white outer section of the photograph, I practiced on some more pictures and then created a Photoshop Action to do everything for me automatically. Using the Action, framing the following eleven pictures took all of 33 seconds. It took me another couple of minutes to name them….

Picture 1 – HibiscusHibiscus

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Picture 2 – HisbiscusHibiscus

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Picture 3 – ChrysanthemumChrysanthemum

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Picture 4 – Unknown wildflowerUnknown flower

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Picture 5 – OrchidOrchid

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Picture 6 – OrchidOrchid

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Picture 7 – OrchidOrchid

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Picture 8 – OrchidOrchid

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Picture 9 – OrchidOrchid

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Picture 10 – Unknown flowerUnknown flower

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Picture 11 – Thunbergia mysorensisThunbergia mysorensis

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Once you learn how to do something and think that you might like to continue to do that same thing in the future, create an Action for it. See my post, “Action (or, Recording macros in Photoshop).”

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Bird of Paradise

Friday Flower Fiesta (10-11-13) — What you make others see

Friday Flower Fiesta

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My wise old grandmother died in 2003.

The last time I saw her, we sat down and looked through her many scrapbooks and photo albums.

I remember her putting them together all those years ago to portray her life as she saw it, a joy that words can’t describe.

Unfortunately I did not inherit any scrapbooks or photo albums when she died—just a couple thousand dollars.

However, I will never forget growing up in her house and seeing her sitting at the dining room table with scrapbooks and photo albums, scissors, glue, photo corners, and extra pages, putting things together, composing every bit as much as a writer or a musician.

And I’ll never forget the few words she had for anyone walking by who would criticize her for cutting apart the pictures: “What comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with.”

Today I feature pictures of flowers that were just the basics to start. In every case they could be considered throwaway pictures because each of them had serious problems that made them unworthy of simply being a great picture of a flower. In some cases, they were simply cropped severely to get rid of something annoying in the background. In other cases, I resorted to Photoshop’s Filter Gallery and a Photoshop plugin called Topaz Adjust while keeping in mind something Edgar Degas said over a hundred years ago about his paintings: “Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” Now simply replace the word art with the word photography.

Red rose

Red rose

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Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum

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Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum

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Canna

Canna

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Hydrangea

Hydrangea

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Coneflower

Coneflower

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Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

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Ginger

Ginger

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Hibiscus

Hibiscus

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Hibiscus

Hibiscus

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Poinsettia

Poinsettia

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African tulip tree

African tulip tree

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Passionflower

Passionflower

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Flower and rain drops

Friday Flower Fiesta (2/8/13)—Snow in San Diego

Friday Flower Fiesta

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With a big blizzard heading to the Northeast, I thought I’d let you see what snow in San Diego looks like:

Snow in San Diego

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Snow in San Diego

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Snow in San Diego

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Actually, since it’s raining hard here in San Diego right now, I thought I’d share some of my rain pictures. Heck, since I have so few rain pictures—this IS San Diego, after all—I might share ALL of them!

CyclamenFlower and rain drops

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FuchsiaFlower and rain drops

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GeraniumFlower and rain drops

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Bearded IrisFlower and rain drops

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Wild IrisFlower and rain drops

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Bearded IrisFlower and rain drops

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OrchidFlower and rain drops

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RoseFlower and rain drops

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RoseFlower and rain drops

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BegoniaFlower and rain drops

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Flower and rain drops

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PansyFlower and rain drops

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Giant HibiscusFlower and rain drops

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HibiscusFlower and rain drops

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RoseFlower and rain drops

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HibiscusFlower and rain drops

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Flower and rain drops

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Flower and rain drops

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Wild IrisFlower and rain drops

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DaturaFlower and rain drops

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Flower and rain drops

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Flower and rain drops

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Day LilyFlower and rain drops

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AloeFlower and rain drops

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Mother of ThousandsFlower and rain drops

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PassionflowerFlower and rain drops

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AloeFlower and rain drops

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Friday Flower Fiesta (12-27-12)

Friday Flower Fiesta

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As much as I love flowers and creating my Friday Flower Fiesta posts, it’s hard to believe we’ve gone three weeks without one. My apologies to all my Friday Flower Fiesta fans.

Thunbergia mysorensis

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Canna 'Yellow King Humbert'

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Canna

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Unknown flower

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Unknown flower

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Zinnia

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Unknown flower

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Tuberous begonia

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Hibiscus

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Unknown flower

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Special Visitor

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Stapelia

Friday Flower Fiesta — San Diego winter colors

Friday Flower Fiesta

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I know some other parts of the country are covered in white right now, but here in San Diego it’s dry and sunny with lots of color.

Hemlock

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Honeysuckle

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Spider flower

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Unknown lily-type flower

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Hydrangea

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Hibiscus

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Opuntia

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Brugmansia 'Feingold'

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African Tulip Tree

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Rose

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Stapelia

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Hibiscus blooming in November at the San Diego Zoo

Friday Flower Fiesta — It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature, but it sure is fun!

Friday Flower Fiesta

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San Diego gets only about 10½ inches of rain a year. I’ve been in afternoon thunderstorms in my home state of Texas had dropped 10½ inches of rain in a few hours, not to mention hurricanes, of course. San Diego’s Mediterranean climate in terms of temperature means that anything will grow here as long as you meet its watering needs. Consequently, its not unusual for some plants that normally bloom once a year to have two or three blooming periods here. Other plants that normally bloom for three or four months, such as hibiscus, will bloom year round.

Right now is a great time to visit the cooler coastal areas because roses are acting like it’s April instead of November:

Rose blooming in November in San Diego, California

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Rose blooming in November in San Diego, California

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Rose blooming in November in San Diego, California

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Rose blooming in November in San Diego, California

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Another excellent place to visit right now is the San Diego Zoo. They have both regular hibiscus and giant hibiscus blooming profusely right now.

Hibiscus blooming in November at the San Diego Zoo

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Hibiscus blooming in November at the San Diego Zoo

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Hibiscus blooming in November at the San Diego Zoo

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This next hibiscus picture is one of my favorites, so I was playing around with it in Photoshop. Which one do you think is the original? Which one do you like best?

Hibiscus blooming in November at the San Diego Zoo

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Hibiscus blooming in November at the San Diego Zoo

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Hibiscus blooming in November at the San Diego Zoo

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And from my own garden, my Stapelia just keeps putting out these star-shaped flowers, probably in honor of me!

Stapelia from the garden of Russel Ray

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