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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Autumn Photo Challenge, Day 6 "Fall Reflections in Water"

After several months of almost no rainfall the little creek in the park where Willie and I stroll each day was almost dry. Now, with the beginning of fall, the water is running again. I was able to capture a few reflections in the water that give hints of the season.

Here blue skies are mirrored in the water, along with the first fallen leaves:

Here I used the watercolor application in photoshop to give the same photo the look of a watercolor painting:
This a quieter part of the creek where fall leaves and branches float in the water:

And then here's the watercolor version:

If you'd like to participate in the Two Weeks in Autumn Photo Challenge--and I hope you do--it's simple. Just grab your camera and take a photo of your interpretation of the day's subject. Post on your blog and then leave me a comment so I can visit you and include your link on the player's list below. Also, since some of the photo subjects may take a bit of planning thought I'd give you a few of them ahead of time.

September 29, Day 7 Subject - "Harvest Moon"

September 30, Day 8 Subject - "Fall Fun"

October 1, Day 9 Subject - "Early Fall Landscapes"

October 2, Day 10 Subject - "Nature Closeups"

October 3, Day 11 Subject - "Autumn Sunlight"

Here are today's possible players:

Pamela @ The Dust Will Wait
Janis @ As Jan Sees It
Joangee @ Musings n Waffle


Thought I'd make this post do double duty as a Watery Wednesday entry.

Want to see some more dramatic "watery" photography? Click here for the players.


Jan n Jer said...

Nice reflection shots Faye...I like the edits you did...PS is fun to play with!

Sayre said...

Pretty! I love the first watercolor application but the second, I think, was too dark. I liked the photograph much better on that one because of the light.

We have a pond behind the engineering school that has been dry for so long it's growing trees. Finally a little bit of rain, but not enough to top the grasses and baby trees in there.

Pamela said...

I haven't started playing with photoshop. I took a class several years ago and came away impressed but doubtful of my skills.

My post was supposed to go off automatically this morning and it hadn't. but is u now. (First time I've set one to go on scheduled time and it didn't)

Faye said...

janis-photoshop is a lot of fun, but I need to be careful and not get carried away with all the bells and whistles. Sometimes--often, in fact--less is more. :-)

sayre-editing photos is somewhat of a crap shoot. I too liked the first edit better. The one thing that I liked about the second was that it reminded me of the painter Andrew Wyeth's colors--I have several of his works and they're all rather dark monotones.

pamela-I use the "timed release" for posts so can write them when I'm in the mood. Last night I almost had your same problem. Had this post timed for 5 PM instead of AM!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Fallen leaves give character to little streams and ponds.


Water in a drop of rain,
Water swirling down the drain;
Water clinging to the trees,
Water filling up the seas;
Water frozen, water free,
Water is the stuff for me!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Fountain of a Famous Man

momgen said...

Cool shots...Happy WW!

Mine is here

jeannette said...

Love the leaves floating in the water. Happy WW:)

Living Life said...

Hello Faye! I love your idea for the Autumn photo challenge. It is this time of year that I especially enjoy taking photos. I do plan to participate soon. Just been busy here. You are really getting alot of practice with your camera and it shows!