Today’s Photography Challenge Is Something Smooth

Today’s photography challenge is to photograph something smooth. In my  jewellery box I found this brooch, given to me by a patient at the dental office where I worked before retiring. I’m sorry to say I can’t remember his name, but I do remember his face clearly. he had the firmest handshake of anyone I’d ever met. I know he’d once been in the navy, because he’d shared a photo of himself, in his naval uniform with me and my co-workers. He was a much older man by that time, and was learning lapidary, the art of cutting, polishing, and engraving stones. I’m taking part in this photography challenge to improve my photo taking skills, but today I was reminded of someone I haven’t thought about in years.

 

Editing a Photograph


I’m packed and ready to return to California, so I am trying out some of the edit choices in the Aviary app I have on my i-phone.  I’d taken this photo of  some lovely carnations my daughter received, and did some editing on it, as you can see. The background is black and white, and I chose to emphasize the color of the flower.

A Blue Hydrangea in a New Zealand Garden

This beautiful blue hydrangea is growing next to my daughter’s driveway. The Auckland, New Zealand area has had more than its share of rainfall this year. It appears that the local gardens loved it. I was curious to know why I see so many blue hydrangea flowers here. Apparently it’s  because of the acidity of the soil in  this area. When soil is more alkaline, pink flowers are produced. In our area of Southern California there is an abundance of pink blossoms, so I am really enjoying the blue.