Birdie, Birdie

I hope everyone had a fun holiday weekend!

I had a pleasant surprise this morning when I looked out my window. It happens every year, but it always gives me a thrill!

I grow morning glories over an archway every year and every year – in the morning, of course! – hummingbirds come to visit the flowers.

I wanted to share a few pictures – plus I did some experimenting with Picnik!

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I used the zoom and soften features to try to highlight the hummingbird. He is green just like the leaves so it is hard to find him when you can’t see the motion of his wings!

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I also used the vignette to create a soft border on each photo.

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I took the pictures from my window because I didn’t want to scare him off. He was in motion the whole time so I was surprised at how clear the pictures were. If you have never played around with Picnik – it is really fun and gives your photos that extra little something.

I think the hummingbird is so pretty and he made my day – hopefully he will bring some joy into yours also!

TQ Jo signature

Linking to Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer



Sunset Photos

A couple pictures of the sunset this evening. Straight from my digital camera taken out the back door. I have been following Tracy and was inspired to try my hand at some pictures so I could join her party! These are the 2 pictures that stood out the most to me.

A softer picture…

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Looking at this picture is really calming and soothing. Even a bit of “rest” for the soul if you know what I mean. It feels as if you could take a deep breath, relax and sleep peacefully.

And a more distinctly contrasted picture. It almost looks as if I over sharpened the image. Sort of looks like black veins running across the sky.  Maybe it is more of a sun flare image rather than a sunset, but it is definitely unique!

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Thanks for the challenge Tracy – I enjoyed my sunset this evening and will enjoy the pictures anytime I look at them!

Jo at the Creative Collage