August Random Photos

This was a busy month with the kids starting school and all but I was able to capture a couple of exciting things.

The magnolia tree (bush) bloomed.  It normally blooms in the spring, but with the wild weather we’ve been having, I think the magnolia forgot what season it was.

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With the wildfires in the west and northwest, and the winds we’ve been having, the smoke from the fires were blown into our territory causing some eye irritations (yep, I had them) and some pretty cool sunsets.

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Watercolor Attempts

Daughter and I had a day of water coloring.  She was done after one piece but I decided to practice a little more.  When it comes to painting, I’m horrible at it.  I struggle so much with it but I try anyway because I really want to get the hang of it.  I find that I struggle painting in Photoshop too…so I need a lot of practice there as well.

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Just a random piece.  No pre-sketching.  I saw this beautiful sunset earlier this week and tried to duplicate it.  I’ve also been fascinated by air balloons.

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This piece isn’t done yet of the buildings.  I haven’t decided what color to make the sky.  It’s daughter’s favorite piece so maybe I’ll ask her for recommendations.

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Here she is painting along…

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Pudding Camera + A Hawk

This morning, while husband was drinking his coffee and looking out the kitchen window, he saw a hawk as it perched on the neighbor’s satellite dish.  He yelled for the family to come look so I grabbed the camera and ran toward the kitchen.

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The hawk stayed there for about 2 hours!  Instead of taking Teddy out back to potty, we took her to the front.  We didn’t want the hawk to take off with her, even on a leash.

Pudding Camera Review

Pudding Camera App for Android is my newest love.  I’ve always liked that dreamy glowy look and this app is amazing at creating it.  Below are some examples.  I haven’t used all the different cameras and filters.

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2013-02-22-17.53.08_640{Fantasy 50mm Vintage Blue}

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2013-02-23-17.33.43_640{Fantasy 50mm Dazzle} (Same for the next 2)

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Spring Sunset

Last evening husband was grilling some (tender and juicy) steak for dinner and when I stepped outside to hang with him, the first thing he said was, “Look at that sunset!”  I immediately went for the camera.  It’s not like I don’t see these every day.  It’s just that when I do see them, I never have the camera with me.  Luckily, that evening we were home and in the backyard just at the right time with nothing else to do or anywhere to go.

I find that when the sun sets, it goes by too quickly.  Before you know it, it’s already behind the horizon.  It’s almost like life.  If you don’t pay attention to it, you will find yourself with wrinkles and gray hair and wonder where the years went.