Greenhouse Effect

I envy anybody that has their own personal greenhouse ~ especially on a cold winter day.  As much as I love photographing flowers, I’ve never really had the knack it takes go grow them.  Oh sure, I have some perennials outside and add some annuals every year, but they are always marked HARDY, need little care, and will grow under stressful conditions.   This year is the first year in a very, very long time that I’ve bought some potted flowers for inside the house (you may have seen my tie-dyed orchid).  We’ll just have to wait and see if it likes its new home.  The last time I tried growing plants indoors was when I was first married…  I remember when Ikea first opened in our area.  They had this mini arboretum/ greenhouse made of wood.  Like most items in Ikea, it was too cheap to pass up {fyi, was just there and they had the cutest & colorful bud vases in red, turquoise…  and only 99 cents!…  you are bound to see them show up in future photos :-)}  Anyway, we tried growing some plants from seeds in it (no not those kind :-P).  But silly us, we lived in a small cramped apartment on the third floor and nowhere to transplant the seedlings.  That little greenhouse traveled with us from new home to new home . . .  until it was finally put out at a garage sale.  Wooded lots and greenhouses I found are not very compatible.

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Yesterday I joined fellow members of the DPC on an outing to Parkside Orchid Nursery.  The varieties … spectacular!  It was very cold & blustery and even in the greenhouse the plants were swaying where they hung.  Still, inside it was warm and even slightly tropical, with moss hanging down, and oh … such a magnificent array of colors {sigh}.

Lavender-and-Lace

The perfect outing when everything outside around these parts of are some shade of brown or gray.

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On a photographic note…  Nope that’s not a textured background in the above photo, just the way the light was hitting the greenhouse wall (a mesh-like plastic) and I’m guessing the blue sky…   There is nothing more satisfying than when the images {almost like magic}come straight out of the camera …   No PP other than a bit of a crop and a little bit of the basics (sharpening, saturation, …).  Just all the photographic elements aligning at just the right moment… that and recently being reminded that the background is often as intricate a part of the overall composition as the subject (thank you, Henry 😉 ).

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Cosmic Cosmos

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL FALL WE ARE HAVING

 

 

Happy Fall

This weekend the family & I took a break from it all and headed to the mountains in Central, PA, to a little slice of heaven nestled somewhere in Rothrock State Park . . . a place we call Diamond Valley.   It’s not on a map and there is no cellphone or internet.  

And as much as we love this little get-a-way, it has also become known as the Dogs’ vacation.   It’s a place where our dogs can run, and run. . . and run . . . and swim, and roll, . . . and run .    

There is also no itinerary.  There are just  long walks in the woods,  canoeing around the pond, or searching for critters such as frogs, salamanders, and snakes (that parts not for me … although I am always nearby with my camera to document the find).. and I have heard there’s the occasional bear :-0   When the day is done and the body’s exhausted from all that fresh air and exercise, we all pull up a camp chair and keep warm by the bonfire, make smores, and look for shooting stars.  

It’s not glamorous and it’s quite frankly a lot of work and quite exhausting…but it is that weekend that, for this family, comes only once a year and we would not  trade for anything.

Truly a perfect first Fall weekend…

Diamond Valley

I have been working on a photography project with my sister-in-law, Kristin, to capture a place that is near and dear to her and her family, as well as my own.

For years we have spent Labor Day weekend with Kristin and her family at a place called Diamond Valley.   I have taken hundreds (maybe thousands) of photos over the years.  It has been a great place for me to learn, practice and implement my photography skills and, all in all, I have captured wonderful images.  But these were only the bits and pieces.  I was just never quite able to capture the “feeling” that Kristin and I have come to associate with this special place.  So this year, we took a different approach.  We brainstormed just what Diamond Valley means to us.  And with all the adjectives we came up stuck in my head, I set out and shot all those places she described, the dock, the meadow, the lodge, and those bits and pieces that  made them special to her (and me).  Then, when I got home, I went to work tweaking, blending, texturizing, in essence adding the adjectives.

  

I delivered the finished prints last Friday and they were hung before we left!

Post Processing

After a few hours of sorting through a few hundred photos that I took on my trip to Tucson and then another few hours spending on the post processing, I have finally published just over 100 photos to my website.  First up are the event photos.  Sorry to some of you who can’t check them out as they are password protected for family and friends, but here’s a tiny sample:

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