I'm looking forward to my husband having a garden this year. Last year, I planted marigolds all around the front of our little patch of earth, on either side of the arch he'd made years before. And this year, I'm looking forward to getting out there with him again, and just being near him when he works in the soil.
You see, he's all about the vegetables. And although I love them (don't even get me started about rutabagas), I'm more into the flowers. Besides, flowers make excellent subjects for my macro lens.
This is a photo I took in the garden last year. I added a texture to it and I'm sort of liking how it turned out. Here's the original photo below as well as the texture I used. I downloaded it from Deviant Art.
I use Photoshop. I'm not terribly skilled, but I am learning my way around. For those who have this program and would like to fool around using textures, there's a tutorial here. But please remember, if you use it, to experiment with all the blend modes in your layers palette. The tutorial doesn't tell you this. And I'm sorry, but I don't know if this works with Elements.
I've also had many questions from readers as to how I get my photos to appear this large on my blog. I've tried to answer some of you but don't have e-mails for all. I use Windows Live Writer (sorry Mac users) and got the instructions here. Basically, you have to choose the right blog template first, then go into your html code and change the sizes of some of your wrappers. It is not terribly difficult! If I can do it, you can. Just make sure to be careful. Then I downloaded Live Writer. When I'm working on a post, I can choose any size photo I want just by clicking on it and dragging the corner until it's the desired size. Love it.
It's quiet here tonight as I write this. George is playing with a new toy that came in the mail today. I'll tell you about later. He's even took a nap with it!
Until tomorrow, my friends . . .