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Summer’s Death Throes

Pentax K5ii 100mm f/2.8 1/100 ISO 400

The death throes of summer make for great art! Even though I don’t want summer to be over . . . I’m really not looking forward to our typical winter weather of -30-something Celcius . . . it is affording me more artistic opportunities.

I shot this in my studio, using hand-painted backgrounds (last winter’s project). In the background, there is a petal-less sunflower . . . those are it’s petals in the foreground. They fell off when I took it out of the vase. The clouds kept interfering with my diffuse natural light, so I used a $20 “trouble” light from Canadian Tire with a 60w daylight bulb. It does an awesome job of simulating sunshine, I think.

After a few adjustments in Lighroom, I ran it through Photoshop to add the texture – which is from 2 Lil Owls. And Presto! Fall Art.

Cropped version, cropping done in-camera

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Glad it’s not Snowing

Why would it be snowing, you ask? Well, because it’s almost the end of September, and it has been known to snow here (and stick) every month of the year, except July. Hunting season is in full swing, kids are back at school and Mother Nature never remembers to take her meds. There was one September – I don’t recall the year – but it snowed at the beginning of the month, when all the leaves were still green. It was wet, it was heavy and there was a LOT of snow. Trees were bending and breaking, the roof on a local farmer’s cow barn collasped – it was quite the event . . . somewhere I have photos of the trees, permanently bent, on the farm.

Since it’s not snowing – Hill Far Away Flower Farm still has some beautiful flowers, and I scored these Glads the other weekend . . . they are so much prettier than any I have grown! Clearly, Silvia’s thumbs are far greener than mine! I’m so glad I discovered her beautiful flowers, in time to have some wonderful photographic opportunities before the dreaded snow arrives. Can’t wait for next summer, when I can avail myself of these gorgeous specimens from the beginning of the season!!

Pentax K5ii 50mm f/2.8 1/25 ISO 80

Thanks for visiting! Until next time – don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers!

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Postively Perfect

For all those needing a little extra positivity in life, here’s a postively beautiful sunflower – not a traditional one, but then, these are not traditional or normal times. Hope this makes you smile! Thanks for visiting.

“We must try not to sink beneath our anguish . . . but battle on.” – Albus Dumbledore

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Solo Sunflower ~ FOTD

Our youngest daughter wanted to get in on the act – with a bouquet of flowers from Hill Far Away Flower Farm in her room. I wasn’t supposed to touch them, or take the bouquet apart to photograph the flowers . . . but as you can see, I couldn’t help myself. And, when she saw the results, the kid didn’t mind!

Phew!! Bullet dodged. No teenage angst over my invading her room and taking her “stuff”. Of course, it helped that she didn’t know I’d done this until 5 days later!

Anyhow, this is my entry for Cee’s Flower of the Day. Thanks for visiting!! Oh, and if you’re in Canada – GET OUT AND VOTE today!! If you haven’t already.

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Still Life Sunflowers

I cannot get enough of these sunflowers!! I’ve gone back to them several times . . . over 200 pictures of them now, because I love them so much!! Of course, there’s not 200 keepers, but they’re still gorgeous flowers.

Last weekend I got some Gladiolas from the Farmer’s Market . . . grown by Hill Far Away Flower Farm. They have the best flowers, but unfortunately since it’s getting into fall, I think they’re going to be done soon. So, there will be Glad photos coming, along with whatever I can get at the Farmer’s Market tomorrow.