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Summer is such an amazing season of different varieties of flowers that gush into bloom during those sunny, hot months. Interspersed with rainy days, it becomes a JUNGLE out there in the garden! Coneflowers have always been a favorite of mine, and I am just discovering that there are many varieties of echinacea to bring excitement to the garden and food for the butterflies and birds. This is a macro photo I took in our garden one afternoon. I was very pleased with it, but wanted to add just that little bit more of interest to it. To make it more timeless and more appealing as an art piece.

I happened to catch a little chickadee at our bird feeder and was surprisingly in the perfect spot for the shot! Does not happen to me often…being in the right spot at the right time, but this day I was! I thought that the chickadee shot along with this coneflower shot might create a summer memory. I love watching the birds in our gardens. The bright goldfinches flitting all around so quickly with their little calls to each other. The huge bluejays, who seem to rule the aviary out there. And recently the cardinal family that has nested in our paperbark maple tree at the corner of our deck, which on a summer’s evening provides so much entertainment as they fly from tree to tree, communicating with one another. My little cavapoo pup, Izzi, and I really enjoy them a lot. The cicadas seem to be providing the main musical theme, with the cardinals adding the different “instrument” popping in and out.

Soooo…the above photo turned into the image that follows…

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 3.42.26 PMVery light, moody, misty, with the hint of the bird feeder by the lace-curtained window. I went searching online for just the right quote for what I wanted to communicate. Then searching through the fonts for something classic and flowing, and Cezanne seemed to be the best one. A little more texture, and voila!!

Here it is, ‘life is a song’. I hope you like it!! : )

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midsummer dream {e.b.b.

A photo of beautiful foxgloves in our gardens. I really like how the flowers cascade down the stalk and decided I would like to add some text on top of the photo that mimicked that same effect. This Elizabeth Barrett Browning quote seemed totally appropriate with a wonderful life-lesson message. The text was warped/skewed in Photoshop, which was a bit of a feat, since I know that Illustrator would have been the software to use. Unfortunately I am not familiar with the ins and outs of Illustrator! And of course texture layers were added! Hope you like it!

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Summer magic — lightning bugs and daisies

A photo from my garden…which did not look like this at the time. The lightning bugs were, amazingly, added to a lighter exposed photo of this section of the garden. Many different layers of textures were also added, and center fill lighting provided that moonlit glow to the daisies. I often stay outside in the gardens past dusk, and this is exactly how I want to remember this magical time between day and night.

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