I heart faces photo challenge

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

This week's items are sunset, hanging around,sweet, funny face, and space



Sunset
                                                                        Hanging around
After invention camp, #1 just had to play on the playground.
                                                                          Funny Face
Chocolate mustaches from a sip and see I attended. He looks like one of the Mario brothers!
                                                                        Sweet
What could be sweeter than a three week old baby? That hair straight up, so sweet!
                                                                   Space
 These guys were at invention camp. I think one of them could grow up to be a space engineer (I know, I'm stretching)
Ramblings and Photos



Click It Up A Notch

My favorite shot from June is below, will remind me of how rainy this month has been, but how sweet the cherries are. Also, there is a natural heart bokeh in the background. It just happened. I didn't do any custom fitting on my lens





Friday, June 29, 2012

Flower art Friday

Almost the end of June and I can count the number of warm sunny days on one hand. Hoping that once the 4th of July comes and goes, we will feel the warmth of the sun.

Until then, a peek at a few things growing on the patio.

 This succulent is thriving despite the cooler weather.
One sweet pea, a volunteer is trying to bloom. wish I'd remembered to plant sweet peas, I love the fragrant bouquets in the house.

The begonia, that reminds me of my mother-in-law. She always surrounded herself with this color, right down to her lipstick.

Althought the flowers are sweet, I really like the deep purple foliage this plant has.
photosbyleanneJoining Leanne at flower art Friday again. Last week my red rose with the bokeh was in the top 3!

the long road

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Giddy up!

Took the little guy to the carousel yesterday. He started out all smiles, and even asked for "one more" It was the second time around that the smiles started to fade, and he wanted off of the thing! Not the best of pics, couldn't really step away from him to get what I wanted, but it's in the books. He's done it





Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Edit me, week 26

This week's photo is such a cutie! Water and babies, just about the best thing in the world!

Here is the original shot by Stephanie Clark



 Here is my edited version. This week I didn't use PSE, but went to pic monkey. Not my normal edit, but I'm kind of liking it!



* First I cropped the photo
* then I used the clone tool, removed what was left of the arm on the woman, the yellow beind the babies ear, and I added more sparkle water from the background. I also removed the shado from the babies chest.
* I did a quick air brush on the chest and arms
* I chose the daguerreotype frame, and chose Shiro and faded it to 35%

I like the way the process made his skin creamy, and timeless.

Let me know what you think, I don't mind constructive critiques. They help me to improve.


Edit Me

Wordy Wednesday, Olympic trials

I have been to the Olympic trials twice now. Both occassions were different, and both quite exciting. I've never watched track and field events. My children were on baseball and softball teams in the spring, and the buzzing about the track was something I sometimes gazed upon while pitchers were warming up.

My daughter in law was an incredible runner. She has many awards and accolades, and ran professionally for Nike for seven years before retiring. She was in the team village in Bejing during the Olympics, and knows what it takes to perform at a high level.

These are things I knew, but never really understood. That is until I attended the trials. My first impression when I got to her hotel, was that immediately I was faced with many, many beautiful bodies. Both male and female. People in incredible shape, and to top it off 80% of them were extremely good looking. This has given me insight into my D.I.L's need to look good always. As she told me, "this is what I'm accustomed to. Now I see it.

To perform at this level, takes tons of dedication, endurance, and the desire to push yourself to new limits, and the pain that is involved in getting there.




This was my first peek at the track. Don't let those blue skies and fluffy clouds deceive you. It rained cats and dogs this day.

This is Ashton Eaton, a home grown Oregon boy. He is preparing to do the pole vault in his quest for decathalete. He not only went on to win the decathalon, but he broke the world record. It was so exciting, and the electricity of the crowd was amazing. Being present during such a momentous occassion was really special. I will watch the Olympics with new eyes this year.

 This is the giant size sign that the athletes see as they walk to enter the track area. This was the daughter in law's idea. She didn't especially want all the branding on it, but it's the sponsors that pay the bills!


 Walking around, and there goes a woman practicing her pole vault. Totally normal. :-)

I got to go visit the athletes tent that is set up with water, juices, fruits, and tv's to watch the trials. Sofas, comfy chairs, and table and chairs are all set up to make their waiting comfortable.  Outside of those, are medical tents, massage tents, and here is the area where the athletes can meet with trainers and take an ice bath.



This angled area is the "Nike experience" You can run against a simulated world class runner and see how you measure up, or go see the latest gear that Nike has to offer.


Steve Prefontaine, a famous Oregon runner, who died at the young age of 24 is on display.
 Here is the view of the clouds that dumped rain for quite some time.


This is the area for kids. They can test their vertical jump, run hurdles, run sprints, and see how it feels to compete.


Since my reason for being at the trials was to babysit, and it was raining so hard, baby girl and I sat in a tent nibbling wonderful treats, and watching the races on the jumbo tron. The conditions were brutal. Wind, rain, and not very warm. The athletes that won, deserve a real boost of pride to overcome the elements, but then again, London won't be warm, so perhaps Oregon was a good training ground.



DIL, baby girl, and Mo Green, former world's fastest man He broke the world record for the 100mm.

 The crowd hung around long after the last race. Waiting in the festival area for their local hero Ashton, to come out on stage and say a few words. Such a humble man. I am so impressed with him. I don't think it had sunk in yet, that he had broken a world record, and during such incliment weather. They should put an astric by his name in the record books. He did it through wind, rain, and sleet. A true champion.
The view as we left. such an exciting day. One for the records. Although my heart belongs to baseball, I'm happy that I have a new appreciation and excitment for track. Just goes to show....it's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks!



Live and Love...Out Loud

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Rain, rain, go away!

The weatherman says the sunshine will be back...but not for today.

I used Kim Klassen's pourvous soft light, 72% opacity
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Also linking up with sommerfugl

Monday, June 25, 2012

Week in rewind.... mentor

Another week flying by, and I'm trying to catch the one I'm in!







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