Saturday, October 20, 2012

Your Sunday Best #40 ~

The 2012 competitions for the New Mexico Cutting Horse Championships concluded in October.

The Carson family who have gotten me so involved did exceptionally well;
Joel II, Joel III and Karen all took FIRST in their categories.

But the big bonus in October was 8 year old JC, riding in his FIRST cutting competition!


Friday, October 19, 2012

5 fact friday ~ October 19

I believe in angles ...

I have three best friends, my sisters ...

I have become a butler (bulteress?) to my 15 year old pup ...

I always wanted to "grow up", live on a ranch with lots of horses, cows and goats ...

I was given the opportunity to meet a young woman and assist her in reliving memories by opening up my home.  Jodie, who now lives in Virginia, contacted me to ask if she could see the 'house where she grew up'; the house where I now live.  It was a pleasant hour, while Jodie retold stories of growing up; stories of her mother, sister and fatherHer father had a heart attack and died while they lived here.  She was 17 years old, and the family moved within three months of his death, 20 years ago.  The hour spent with Jodie warmed my heart.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Photo Art Friday ~ Leafy Landscape

While I used Bonnie's "Leafy Landscape Texture" last week in her challenge "liquid",
it is also using "Leafy Landscape Texture" that is our challenge this week.

Guess I can never get enough of a good thing!

Photo Art Friday

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Edit Me ~ October 17

The photo for Branson and Stephanie's Edit Me Challenge this weeks was taken by Julie H.

Original photo by Julie H.
Julie's photo rendered
Editing Steps:
Adjusted color
Adjusted Vertical perspective and angle
Recolored grass, color dodge @ 54%
Copied twice
Applied a cut-out filter on a copy and layered, color burn @39%
Applied Topaz filter (Detail) on a copy and layered, color dodge @ 13%
RGB Levels adjustment
Blue Levels adjustment
Applied light vignette

Thank you Julie for sharing your spectacular photography!

Edit Me

Leaves for Leontien

 In honor of Leontien and all the courageous women
who are being treated for and are healing from
their battle with cancer.

 October is National Breast Cancer Month

52 Photos Project ~ Golden

Bella's challenge, Golden.
"It's a color, it's a feeling.
Golden gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling.
Capture Golden, however you interpret it."

My interpretation? In perfect harmony. 

Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity. Plato

52 Photos Project

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Texture Tuesday {look-up edition}

The prompt for Kim's Texture Tuesday this week is "look-up" and I had the perfect photo.

I participated in the 'International Photo Walk" on Saturday in Santa Fe,
and believe it or not, the successor to Woolworth's on the Plaza is the "FIVE & DIME"
and it is quite the local tourist attraction!

Rendered with Kim's textures:  Organic & Dear Dreamer

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Mandarin Orange Monday #14 ~ St. Francis Cathedral

Yesterday, my sister, brother (in-law) and I joined the International Photo Walk in Santa Fe, NM.

As native Santa Fean's, the sites listed for the 'walk' were all familiar to us,
but I had never taken photo's inside the Cathedral.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is Santa Fe's most photographed building
with the ornate Romanesque architecture standing in startling contrast
to the city's traditional Pueblo architecture.

The  Romanesque Revival style structure was commissioned in 1869
by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Lamy, founder of the Franciscan order.

For those who may have an interest, Archbishop Lamy was immortalized
in Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop.