Hi everyone. MoM is taking a short break this week. I look forward to seeing you and your orange art again soon. Have a great week! Lori
Tree Bark Up Close.. A Fantasy
Another walk through Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens…still as beautiful as it always has been. I remember visiting there with my mother, grandmother, aunt and cousins often on school holidays. We used to love feeding the ducks too…not so good for the ducks, but we kids thought it was great fun. Also playing hide and seek amongst the many exotic bushes and palms. Still as beautiful as it has always been…for now…but I hear change may be coming….restaurants, more areas for hire for parties etc…. maybe in 20 years it will become a theme park! Let’s hope people like ex Prime Ministers, Paul Keating ( who celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday), has some influence in stopping this from ever happening. And guess who has a birthday today?:))
These pics show some of the treasures up close…almost a little fantasy world.
The first series is almost straight from camera…with some adjustments to Curves in Photoshop
This second series includes some editing using Photoshop. The only filter I used was PS Photo Filter – Warming 85. The processes were – sharpening, cropping, increased Vibrance, and adjustments to Curves. Also changes to in Saturation and Selective colour. The last four have areas selected with magic wand and almost desaturated.
These are playtime – using Nik Color Efex and Topaz filters as well as combining layers.
Thank you to everyone who visited, shared art and left those lovely comments last week. Castro will indeed be proud to hear them:)
Now it is time to see what you have been working on this week – or maybe rediscovered from your archives - I know it is still a busy time of year.
Here in Australia, it is still summer holiday time and actually quite hot. Some parts of Australia are experiencing a heat wave. I hope those of you who are enduring bleak winter conditions in other parts of the world are keeping warm and safe. Perhaps you have some spectacular pics of ice and snow to cool us down!
Inspiration Avenue’s Challenge for this week is “Around the World – if you would travel around the world which places would you like to visit.”
I travelled a lot when I was young but never reached the Nordic countries. This is now my dream…and maybe it will come true. My inspiration? Photography, music (Sigur Ros, Sibelius) crime fiction – both books,television series, films. I started with the Steig Larsson and then moved on to Henning Mankelll. Now just about everything I read is written and set in that part of the world. And who could not enjoy tv series like Borgen, The Bridge and Wallander.
And of course my fellow bloggers from the north and their art have been the greatest inspiration of all.
My Favourite Sigur Ros song
Usually when I am walking along the foreshore path at Manly Harbour…shopping in hand… I look out and across at the water and boats. Or perhaps at the many interesting people passing by – especially the backpackers. They remind me of my young backpacker days and I love seeing how happy are. This time I looked to the left, and down, lingering to take lots of pics. It was a good excuse to rest my weary arms too… I had quite a heavy load of shopping (pillows, sheets, doona cover from Aldi) to carry back to the apartment.
Castro the Cat
I have been lucky enough to spend the past couple of weeks in Manly – beautiful harbour views from every window, ferries and other boats passing by. I also had a new friend…well, became reacquainted with an old friend, His name is Castro – a pretty amazing cat.Castro can even use a proper human toilet (his very own of course).
Meanwhile our Melody Cat was being looked after by my son and his family together with regular visits to and fro by my husband and I. The regular visits, I might add, were part of the fun. A ferry ride across Sydney Harbour and short bus ride…all for $2.50 -since we are now “Seniors”. And the odd night alone to do what I wanted…skip meals or have ice-cream for dinner..or watch a television series which definitely is not my usual “cup of tea”. The only hint I will give here is that it is about zombies – I still can’t believe I got hooked . I also must add that for large parts of it I had my hands covering my eyes. My usual favourites are British and Nordic crime fiction – Spooks, Wallander, Borgen etc. This one was very different…
So now it is time to meet Castro.
Thank you all for your New Year wishes and comments last week. I am glad so many of you enjoyed seeing the collection of your work. I very much enjoyed doing it too. I really do love doing this challenge, I look at your work and read your comments with my first coffee of the day – although it is often the end of the week before I can return your comments and thank you.
I must tell you about the happy surprise I found in my letter box this week. A wonderful card and calendar in French- with an Australian theme pic! I put my schoolgirl French to good use – and also used it to teach my grandson some seasons in French. Thank you so much Nadine:) Even the envelope was beautiful and very creative.
And once again, thank you to all for making blogging so much fun. I have met so many lovely people here.
Looking forward to see what you have to share this week! If you are new and not sure what to do…visit About Mandarin Orange Monday.
Group Effort MoM 2013
This time I think I must have chosen hundreds! So instead of one Nature collage as I promised last week, I have grouped your work into various themes. It was so hard to choose – my criteria? A good cross section of your contributions during 2013.
As always, looking forward to seeing your art. Happy Holidays everyone:)
Imagine, these greats all singing this beautiful song together.