Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #890 – Magenta Daisy

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“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.” ~Henry Beecher, Life Thoughts, 1858

A lovely store-bought magenta daisy. I try to buy my wife a bouquet of flowers every Monday. It warms her heart, makes me feel like a man and it gives me a photo subject that always poses nicely in the cool of our home.

I applied an oil paint effect to this image. It is such fun to play in PS and pretend I can draw or paint. I can’t even draw a straight line, but who in the hell would want to anyway!

monos en theos †††† james L

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #889 – Trying to find ways to work in the Heat

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The East Texas heat has been, well it has been oppressive to say the least. Nonetheless, it can drive one to feeling a lesser man when I pass road construction crews on the way to starbucks for an iced coffee, and I try not to complain of the repetious hammering of roofing crews disrupting the beat in my earphones. So I really busted my arse to do some photo work with some fresh flowers (in a vase, in the air conditioned house) to produce (play) with an image in photoshop. It was fun but my pleather recliner did make me sweat a tad, but at least I found a way to work in the heat. Maybe I should wear a tool belt for all my photoshop tools, they are so hard to find and carry about. Can a hard hat be far behind. One needs to be cautious of those stray falling petals. Life can be so hard…….monos en theos †† james

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #882 – Forget the leash!

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Yes you do! As scary and unlawful as it may be!

And yes my dog Grace’s eyes are that blue. She is also gifted with total deafness. So unlike my wife, she doesn’t even have to pretend she can’t hear me. But they both have me wrapped around their pinkees!

Do dogs have pinkees? Or you can just roll with the urban dictionary of pinkee: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=pinkee

monos en theos †† jim/james/jas/jimbo/jimmy jam/gymbo/jimber or kozmic kowboy…….a guy of many handles and still searching for who I am!

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #877 – Ah, Two steps forward three back

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And so it goes. I thought I was back to producing images. I was mentally ready, but the physical body, not so much. I was having a lot of pain just lifting a camera to my eye. So a trip to the rheumatologist for a cortisone injection. I have had them before and they always gave immediate relief, but this time, not a bit of relief. So off to an orthopaedic surgeon who found a large tear in my rotator cuff. Long story short, I now go in for surgery this Friday and will not be lifting my camera for six to eight weeks.

So, a time for reflection, reading and watching the grass grow. We will see ya when I am back in the saddle.

en theos ††† jim

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #876 – Worthy of a West TX Plant

150418jwthistle©_6071 copy     I found this hardy looking weed growing all by it’s lonesome. There was not an inch of the six foot fellow that did not have a thorn warning off all intruders. I felt it was a plant that very much reminded me of my old home in Southwest Texas. It could hold it’s own with the Cholla and Prickly Pear.

Despite the thorny first impression, I was moved by the blooms gentle Sunflower type movement  that slowly followed the East to the West arch of the sun.

It’s monochrome pale green lended itself to a black and white conversion  worked via NIK Photo Efex Silver 2 software in post production.

Watch out for the thorns today! †††en theos.    jim

 

 

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #875 – Iris in Bloom

 

150418jwflower©_6032Well I am back, at least partially. I finally got my Nikon back out. With all the rain, there is a bounty of blooms about.

The rain is a mixed blessing. I really did not totally think of the effects of moving to a damp area. It has reaped havoc on my arthritic joints.  I am still sore from crawling around after this bloom. Then I also had a little back surgery to remove a tennis ball and golf ball size growths (yes, benign)  from my spine. I don’t know why we alway use a sports ball as a comparison for growths and hailstones, but we do. Maybe it sounds more manly.

May not be posting new every day, just have to see what develops …..en theos…jim