Friday, May 17, 2013

My First Butterfly of 2013

I went to my butterfly books to identify this one. It looks to me to be a Morning Cloak. While reading about it, I learned in the 1800's it was thought to be venomous and capable of inflicting dangerous wounds. It may look ferocious, but it is benign and is covered with spines and hairs.

This post is linked with NF Winged, Macro Monday, and Camera Critters.


"I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls
 will look at them and say 'yes, women can'." 
~Dilma Rousseff

This post is linked with Weekend in Black and White.

Gotta Feed Those Babies Part II

 It takes two to feed four! 

This look says emphatically...
"Scat! Leave us alone! Get away from the window ASAP!"

Double click and the click again to really blow up to see the babies. I was focusing on the babies so they are so sharp when the picture is enlarged.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Views from our Neighborhood Track

Views Taken Walking Track at Former Highland Belle Middle School
Now COW ~ Central Office West for Rockbridge County Schools


This post is linked with Skywatch Friday and Scenic Weekends.

Signage from "Sommersby"

Some scenes from the movie, "Sommersby," were filmed here in Lexington in 1993. It starred Richard Gere and Jodi Foster, and at that time I was teaching with a girl who adored Richard Gere. She was having such a fit we actually left  school early to go into town so she might see him.That night he went with some of the crew to The White Column Inn and played his guitar for all of us. What a thrill! My nephew took a picture of him, but I cannot find it or the ones my friend and I took that afternoon :-(. So typical!  A number of other friends were extras in the picture. Wish I could have found some pictures online of Main Street covered with tons of dirt because it was one huge mess! They brought it in one night by dump truck loads for shooting the horse and buggy coming down the street, and by the next morning it was all gone. Other scenes were filmed out in Bath County. 

These pictures were found online ~ Main Street ~ Lexington, VA

Here is a link to some pictures taken of Main Street and this particular sign.

                                  This post is linked with Signs 2. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Always Stand for What You Believe

Prompt Choice 
~Post a black and white picture or...
~Post a black and white with just a wee bit of color
~Use one layer of one of Kim Klassen's textures

"Don't  be afraid to stand for what you believe in, 
even if it means standing alone."
~Author Unknown

This was the picture before I took out the color and added back just a tad.

This post is linked with:
 Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday
Tuesday Muse
NF Blo-Ma
Today's FLowers

Sunday, May 12, 2013

In Memory of My Mother ~Mattie Lou Crenshaw Hornot

Mother in Her Sailor Blouse

Mother's Long Hair before She Lost It to Malaria

Mother and Her Sister - Vinings, GA
Aunt Palmer (l) Mattie Lou (R)

College Portrait

Mother's Engagement Picture - Atlanta, GA

My Daddy's Favorite Picture of Mother

Mother and Daddy

Mother and Genie in Palm Beach, Florida - c1939-1940

Mother in Pink

 Mother in Blue
 Mother and Daddy in Our Backyard in Palm Beach, Florida

Our Family c1952.

Genie's Wedding Picture ~ June 1961 ~ Old Hickory, Tennessee
Left to Right
Eugene Marseilles Hornot (Daddy), Marguerite Jett Robinson (Ridgley's Mother), Ridgley King Robinson, Jr., Eugenia Crenshaw Hornot Robinson, Mattie Lou Crenshaw Hornot (Mother), Patricia Crenshaw Hornot Turnage (sister), Herbert Jett (Marguerite's Brother)

I am the only one living from this picture.

The last picture I have of my mother before she died. She was at Noreen McKeen, a Catholic extended care facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. Because she would try to leave to go home every time she saw a chance, she had to be tied to her chair. She was spunky with a mind of her own until the end!

This post is linked with Our World Tuesday.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Apples by the Creek

If you are wondering why I am posting so many pictures of apples this week, this is why. I am taking an online eCourse with Kim Klassen - BB2. Each week we get a new assignment. This week we were to get some apples, imagine all the different possibilities, and then take photos of them for the week. 

Kim Klassen's BB2 Class 16
My Steps:
Background Copy
Levels Adjustment Layer
KK_Cherish - Color Burn 79%
KK_Iam - Hard LIght 84%
Layer Mask
B/C Adjustment Layer
H/S Adjustment Layer
Type - Jenna Sue 160pt

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"I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience,  compassion. These three are our greatest treasures."
~Lao Tzu

All Vintage Was Once New

This was my mother's old kitchen scale. It has suffered water damage but still weighs perfectly, and I use it all the time. It is one of my treasures.

Kim Klassen's BB Class 16 ~ Apples
My Steps:
background copy
kk_zanthe_scripted at soft light 100%
kk_maybe at multipy 100%
levels adjustment layer
kk_iAm at multiply 100%
curves adjustment layer
h/s adjustment layer
type - Jenna Sue 190pt

Friday, May 10, 2013

An Apple a Day

Kim Klassen's BB2 Class 16 ~ Apples

Two Apples in a Bowl

Kim Klassen's BB2 Class 16 ~ Apples
~kk0101 copy multiply 100 %
~kk0101 soft light 100%
~b/c adjustment layer
~kk_lisa multiply 100~%
~kk_lisa multiply 100%
~b/c adjustment layer
~kk_holly lighten 44%
~Several adjustment layers:
     h/s, b/c, and levels

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Signs, Fences, and Shadows

These are some more pictures from the walk I took with Eloise a few weeks ago in Richmond. The little mini fences between the homes as well as the large corner ones are to be found all over the area where my son and his family live.The home owners really do take pride in their fences and keep them up beautifully.

"If you strive for the moon, maybe you'll get over the fence."
~James Wood

This post is linked with Sign Signs2, Friday Fences, and Shadow Shot Sunday.

Opening of the Skies

These were taken in the Walmart parking lot at 7:00 AM Tuesday morning 
after torrential downpours all night long.

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
Franklin D. Roosevelt

This post is linked with Skywatch Friday and Weekend Reflections.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Babies Gotta Be Fed


"There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man 
than the way in which they can build and yet leave 
a landscape as it was before."
~Robert Wilson Lynd

This post is linked with:
Wild Bird Wednesday