Three Bees and a Grasshopper.

The title says it all except for noting how full the pollen sacks are in the second picture.
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Oscar and Felix

Two former university colleagues of mine live about a quarter of a mile. One was head of the religion department and the other (sometimes with his wife) teaches ecology, among other science courses. One has a chemically treated weedless, leafless, manicured ;awn and yard. The other yard is more organic with both wild and domestic flowers. One yard has more varieties of hosta plants than I can count. The other yard is more casual with lots of color. Both are friends. Here’s some pictures from their yards.

Hosta (less than one tenth of the garden)

Hosta (less than one tenth of the garden)

More hosta

More hosta

Sunflowers

Sunflowers

Bee and flower

Bee and flower

Sacred Ground

Near where I live is a sacred burial ground that was once used by the Pottawatomie native Americans. It was also the area where the settlers first inhabited the town that I live in. The transfer of land was peaceful unlike much of the settler land that was taken by violence. White people and Pottawatomie people actually lived together as neighbors. A dear friend bought this land many years ago and made an historical park that would commemorate both people groups. Here are some scenes from the park.

Corner of a small cabin

Corner of a small cabin


Kitchen

Kitchen


Adjacent field

Adjacent field


Tepee

Tepee


Remembrance stones on burial mound

Remembrance stones on burial mound


The only other visitor

The only other visitor

One More Time

Some of you may be getting tired of barnwood. Others, I know, love the grain and etched aging of this wood. I will try to not post about barnwood for awhile. Try. These shots are all from one barn. I started shooting what I could from the shoulder of the road when a woman came out to greet me. She asked what I was doing and after I told her gave me permission to move unto the property. She was renting the farm. The barn was still somewhat in use for storing hay. In a story we keep hearing, the woman said the landlord just couldn’t afford to restore or save the barn. This barn was on the same property as the cutting machine from the last post.

My First Look

My First Look


Still Doing Its Job

Still Doing Its Job


Outside Inside Outside

Outside Inside Outside


Nails and Knots

Nails and Knots


Love Barnwood Heart

Love Barnwood Heart

Lightroom

For my digital editing I use Lightroom 5. It is an Adobe product designed for photo editing (unlike the more expensive Photoshop which is designed more for graphic design). I rarely do more than very mild adjustments. Even in strong adjustments, I probably don’t use more than 50% of Lightroom’s capabilities. I thought you might be interested in seeing some of what can be done with digital photos.

Photo as shot

Photo as shot


The camera uses a 3 x 4 format which will not be best for every photo. I did not crop the final version of this photo, but infinite cropping can be done.
Cropped photo

Cropped photo


You can make your color photo a black and white picture with one click.
In black and white

In black and white


Easily adjust the black and white tones.
Adjusted black and white

Adjusted black and white


You can leave just some color in the picture.
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You can also do vignetting in all sizes (which I personally think is over-the-top for this picture).
With vignetting

With vignetting

Square

This past week I have been concentrating on making some of my shots work in a 1 by 1 or square ratio. I think this format works particularly well with flowers. Here are some of the results of this exercise.tiger lily
dragonflyrose
rose detai
grasshopper
straw
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The Blue Car

On the way home from my dentist’s office this brightly painted car – shining in the sun – caught my eye. It was in a vacant lot on one of Jackson’s busiest streets. I pulled into the lot and snapped a few photos of a very beautifully detailed car. If you know make, model, and/or year of this car, please post that information as a comment. If you are interested, it is for sale ($27K).

Profile

Profile


Grill

Grill


Hood Ornament

Hood Ornament


Headlight

Headlight


Trunk and Selfie

Trunk and Selfie

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