Saturday, March 17, 2007

Kiss Me, I'm Irish!

Are you dressed all in green today? You may have noticed that I changed the color around here to reflect my Irish roots!

The weather here is so gloomy, dreary and gray; it's been like this since November. I was flipping through some of my older photos and realized just how much I miss the sunshine! Darling asked me why I take the camera with me everywhere I go, and I told her just in case there was something to take a picture of; then I realized the only thing out there are clouds, clouds, and more clouds!

But since playing a bit in Photoshop, I've discovered I can manipulate those clouds, and I've begun looking at them in a whole different manner. I was on my way to bible study just the other night when I began looking at the clouds. They were thin in areas, puffy in others, and just opaque enough to allow a little light from the sun to glow through. Fortunately for me, I had the camera along and started taking pictures! Unfortunately for everyone else on the road, I had my camera along and didn't pull over before taking pictures!

I'm not sure why everyone was getting their undies in a bunch. Sure, I'd managed to dip down to 45 in a 55 zone. Why were they in such a hurry? Didn't they see how perfectly lovely those clouds were? Don't they know I'm shooting photos for my blog, so that all of you can enjoy them? Didn't that guy in the ambulance recognize just how perfect your timing needs to be in order to capture the light just right before you drive behind a tree and completely miss the photo opportunity? I mean, really...sheesh! Some folks are just all about me, me, me!

In any case, I managed to get this picture below.
I'm sure you can see why I had to hold up traffic; aren't those clouds just divine? Look at them out there in the distance, with just a hint of gold showing through...

And the tweaked rendition! More gold, less road... So totally worth holding up traffic, don't you think?

Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to go clad my body in green before the rest of the sleepy heads around here get up and realize they can pinch me!


Tammy said...

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to ye!!

Tammy said...

oh...btw...I changed my blog address, just click on the above link to my profile and you can be right back over in a flash!!

RoseMary said...

I love what you did with the gold! We have a pic dh took while standing down in a cave and looking up on the hill at the group of us. It looks almost b/w and he used the photo filter to put a lot of gold in it-especially looks good in the bare branches of the trees.

Princess Haiku said...

Thanks you for visiting my blog and Happy St Patrick's day to you.

I enjoyed the window into your world. The running horse photo is amazing and what struck me most was how happy everyone looked. Even that cute little dog with the long hair.

Lee said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!!
I love yours.. love the horses, makes me so homesick for life before I became a suburban Mom! How awesome for you. I love your pictures they are great!!!

Linds said...

Chuckle away! How great to meet you and have you pop over to visit my blog. I just love what you have done with the photos and in a way it is like finding that silver lining isn't it. I will be back!

Pattie said...

Thanks for the kind words over at my place. I just looked through your last 7 posts or so. I really enjoyed your writing and you take lovely photos!

Dawn said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting - it is always such fun to find a new friend. I am always curious as to how somebody comes by the first time (just like I am at church!). Let me know, if you wish.

Love the pictures - I am so technologically challenges that I can't imagine learning how to change my pictures. Love the horse one especially - good timing! I laughed at your description of trying to catch the clouds as you're driving. I've tried to catch moonsets and sunrises as I drive to work - pulled over, but felt like the other cars whooshing past were going to push me into the ditch with the force of the wind. They had to be speeding!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

You are so funny! LOL! thanks for the visit to my blog! Huggles!

smilnsigh said...

Oh I hope you will pop over and visit Mrs. Staggs in her Merryville. Pure escapism!!!! I love it!!!

The real me is so very far from Mrs. Staggs. But, I love the word pictures she can paint. Of a gentler time and all that jazzzz.

All the time I know, that all this pretty pic we have of older times, is viewed through rose colored glasses. Life was tough then, for all but the very rich. We know that. But we can choose to forget, for a bit. Like reading in "Mrs. Sharp's Traditions" is pure escapism. But I love it too. -grin-


Susie said...

Hi Tracey,
Thanks for stopping in to visit me! I always enjoy meeting new people and making new friends. Your cloud pictures are amazing. I have Photoshop too, but am hopelessly challenged at learning how all the little things work in it. I just need to practice I suppose!
Stop by and visit again anytime, and I've bookmarked you to return here!!