Monthly Archives: October 2010
I thought this was the cutest bike – especially the saddle bag with brown leather piping! I imagine a pretty, happy girl in a flowered dress, riding along a shady tree lined path, carefree and day dreaming…..
For a change of pace, I wanted to share with you a photo I’ve textured using just a few of the many incredible textures created and offered by Jerry of Shadowhouse Creations. If you can’t find what you are looking for from Jerrys’ plethora, then I honestly do not think it can be found.
So, I used from top to bottom:
Abstract @ Multiply 100% and a reveal all layer mask
Antique Aging @ Overlay 100%
Buttermilk @ Soft Light 100%
Welcome to another Monday: a pivotal day for you to recall all you did or did not do last week. And likewise, a day to look forward and plan, so that when next Monday rolls around (and hopefully it will), you can look back….
I look back to a beautiful Autumn-day drive, when the Chateau de Losse stood in all its’ glory over the river banks.
I look forward to embracing each day for what it will offer and for what I am capable, or ready to take.
Je vous souhaite tous une tres bon voyage!
A few days ago I posted a photo of the morning fog over the valley, and wondered where I’ll be a year from now….well since I don’t have the gift of seeing into the future, all I can do is review my past…where I was, how I was, what projects I had planned and if they came to fruition.
Last year in the middle of October I was walking my dogs amongst the golden vines of Burgundy, enjoying the crisp air and stunning scenery.
Two years ago, funnily enough we were passing thru the Dordogne and had stopped in St Amand de Coly, whose church tower is quite impressive. This funny little dog basking in the sun had made me smile that afternoon.
Doesn’t this just look too cute? And it’s only 12km from Sarlat. And it’s all alone (no neighbors). There is a hectare of land around it, and a nice enough view. What wrong with it? There is no toilet. No electrics. Basically you have the gut the place and start from scratch. And the price to boot. The owner would not even consider discussing the faintest possibility of lowering the price…so we left him with the house and the keys. Au revoir!
I’m not getting tired of this view, but I think you can understand why… The light, ever changing, transforms the valley and hills opposite from “home”. Many times during the day I can run out to the same spot and shoot; in fact It would make a great location to set up a camera on a tripod, which you’d never move, and shoot the same image everyday for a year. Hmmmm….wonder where I’ll be in a year from now?
A short while ago I discovered a wonderful blog called Mortal Muses, it’s a group of nine who muse on various themes with photography and some text. They created a fun group on Flickr called “Everyday Beauty“, where we post images which “Capture and celebrate the beauty of our everyday lives”.
I found Miss Itsy Bitsy hanging out at the church entrance in the hamlet of Archignac, and thought she quite fit an “everyday beauty” moment: look how delicate she is with her long lovely legs, sitting on the gold weather-worn stone and not on a puff!
Please don’t get too excited by the chateau photo! It already has an owner and someone to mop all those floors, chase the dust-bunnies in the numerous stairwells and to clean the many, many windows! However, you can visit it, it’s the Chateau de Fenelon. By the way, that gorgeous barn in the middle right can be rented for parties. I just need to find a band. And a couple of guests – wanna come?
It was the little farm house shown in the top two images and the middle one left that we visited. It dates back to the time of the chateau, and in fact the owner who died last year (she was 99), was one of the cooks in the chateau, while her husband worked as a gardener. The house requires total renovation, but it can be yours for 180K euros! Make an offer – we passed.
Thumbs down. Next?
We have another visit this afternoon…will keep you posted!
Indian Summer has been leaving its footprint on the region, I just pulled out a pair of shorts I was convinced was not going to to see light of day until either next summer or an African adventure!
Anyway, driving back from Jayac where we picked up our favorite fresh chickens (raised just for us), we passed by this water mill. We’ve passed it a hundred times and on each occasion we slow down, there is something very attractive and inviting about it.
This is not just any water mill, it has something special: an underground cave in the “source”. Water spelunkers come here to practice their underwater cave crawls (just the idea of such an activity makes me feel claustrophobic).
For todays textured effect I turned again to Flypaper Textures and it ended up to be quite simple (from top to bottom):
Dangerous Liaisons – Multiply 87% and “reveal all” Layer Mask
Dangerous Liaisons – Overlay 100% and “reveal all” Layer Mask
Background: original photo
I stopped the processing at this stage because the effect I got with the sky looks just like the water in real life – it’s amazing really.
Hope you like it!