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Peeling Bark

Peeling Bark

I see what I see, even if I can’t show it very well on a blog.  Here, the peeling bark of a Manzanita (Arctostaphylos densiflora) has been transformed into elegant orange, rust, and mahogany brush strokes with the Topaz Simplify3 filter.  It looks great in the print but it is hard to convey the effect in a small blog post. Of course the filter itself is not the point.  The image stands on its own.  In fact the ... Read More »

Tupelo Impressions, After the Fall

Tupelo Impressions, After the Fall

I have missed two entire months.  For the record, I fell off a ladder onto my studio floor on Aug. 30.  Six broken ribs, separated shoulder, fractured skull, and concussion.  Life can change in an instant. Much recovered by now except a residual paralyzed facial nerve that keeps my left eye from blinking.  It is taped shut and my vision is compromised.  This is the same eye that had the detached retina surgeries 2 ye... Read More »

Interpretations – Magnolia Glow

Interpretations – Magnolia Glow

A recent assignment took me to a very special magnolia in a very special, private garden.  The resulting photo was to be a surprise gift, and I was only allowed access during one afternoon when the owner was away. I previously wrote about this adventure on Gardening Gone Wild blog but did not go into much detail on how I decided to interpret what I found.  I will do this here, in Mental Seeds, where I allow myself to... Read More »

M'Eyes, Weeping Tapestry

M'Eyes, Weeping Tapestry

I promised myself I would complete a portfolio of images documenting my perceptions after the detached retina.  There were a good number attempts to do this with my G11 camera in the first months after the surgery.  I never got around to working on very many of them. These photos are the weeping crabapple tree, ‘Molten Lava’ just outside my office door.  (Click on the photo to see a larger view.)  As I wa... Read More »

Seeing Slices

Seeing Slices

I am sometimes baffled by what I see. I will slap my face looking at a scene and wonder why am I not seeing what I expect to see.  The Tupelo tree (Nyssa sylvatica) in my front yard commands attention when it comes into fall color, and I expect to be amazed every year.  I expect to see a blaze of color, a shimmering collection of leaves. I didn’t see it that way this year because my eyes do not work together as... Read More »