Monday, August 16, 2010

tree bling

Sitting outside drinking my morning coffee recently, my gaze centered on the billowing clouds resting over the mountain.  As I turned to pick up my book my eyes finally saw what had been right in front of me all the time - a beautifully draped heart-shaped necklace of leaves.  The wind had coaxed the two trailing ends of hanging ivy to hold hands and the result was another of nature's sweet surprises.  I have edited the photograph in PSE 8 to help light up the heart shape to make it distinct from the rest of the green foliage. 

(Wanda of Moments of Mine lives on a big piece of beautiful land in Ohio.  During her frequent walks over hill and dale she takes pictures of all the heart shapes she finds - on stones, in branches, tree trunks, flowers, etc.  So Wanda - here's another heart for you!)



I could not let this heart find go to waste, so spent a little time seeing how I could play with it in PSE 8.  Below is one of the results I came up with.  I added a texture to filter out some of the foliage behind the heart shape, and changed the colors.






15 comments:

  1. This is so wonderful, I liked what you did with this picture,the colours are so well chosen.

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  2. both pictures are very lovely, but I prefer nature's own artifice.

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  3. Bonnie, that is most beautiful, the scene and the peaceful discovery of it...I so appreciate that it brought me to mind. Thank you for the lovely mention, Bonnie.
    ♥...Wanda

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  4. OHHH Bonnie that is SO gorgeous! Very Victorian and I expect there are fairies nearby!

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  5. HI BONNIE

    Oh my, breathtaking. :-)

    Love Gail
    peace and hope.....

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  6. ha. great capture...and full play with the colors...perhaps a little reminder that you are loved...smiles.

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  7. I love finding things like this. They are truly all around us... sometimes we are too busy/tired/distracted to notice. Sometimes it is the little things like this that bring a highlight to my day. I follow Wanda's blog, too... she is so great at noticing these things!
    :)

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  8. bonnie such a lovely image!!! i love what you do when you play. steven

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  9. Hi Bonnie

    your leafy heart is so alive and vibrant...full of love...

    Happy days

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  10. Ohhh... hidden hearts are such wonderful surprises! This one is delightful, as is your blog (recently discovered and already loved).

    Thanks for being there and for sharing your life with us.
    xoxo

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  11. I instantly thought of Wanda when I saw your image. I have often wondered how many of these I miss because I am not looking for them. What a great capture. I enjoy also the way you tweaked it... looks very fall to me.

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  12. Oh, oh, oh I love it so! It's as if the secret doorway was waiting for you to discover it. Serendipity at its best!

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  13. Funny - I've been collecting heart-shaped rocks, and I seem to find them everywhere now! I see heart-shaped clouds, too! I love these pictures, but I think the heart stands out more in the natural one.

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  14. These are lovely observations and creations, Bonnie. Glad to see that you have been living creatively every moment that I have been away.

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