Travel Theme: Faces

Tuesday afternoon, I’m home sick with a bad cold. Took the morning to sleep and was planning to blog on the afternoon. But we have stormy weather today and lights are down. The no breakers are beeping like crazy, which does not help.

Yet, I committed to post everyday this month, so doing what I can with the resources I have (pretty much, my phone).

Those are some of the faces I see at the house when I’m the only living creature on it.

The watermark had to have a different font because my android phone does not have Gabriola font. Used Roboto Thin instead.

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This post was written in response to Travel Theme: Faces

Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Patterns

In the pre-Columbian era, Marajó island, at the mouth of the Amazon River, in Brazil was inhabited by a society named Marajoara. The pre-Columbian society may have ended, but the tradition on how to ornate artifacts still remains on the culture of the region, where natives continue to create artifact from pottery or other materials with the same type of patterns.

I own a few artifacts, from our current era that were brought to me by my brother, who often used to go on business travels to the North region of the country.

For more information about the Marajoara culture, check the Wikipedia article about it.

Marajoara-style artifacts:

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Vase
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Bowl made from a gourd

This post was written in response to Cee’s Back and While Challenge: Patterns.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Small Subjects

Here are my little entries this week.
I’ve also recently fell in love with the color splash effects, so trying to add a little splash of reds and oranges here, on a PC app (have been doing it in the phone, where it’s hard to get the precision I’d like…)
Hope that’s ok for this challenge.

 

A ladybug

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Chokeberries

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And the biggest of them all, mushrooms

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This post was written in response to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Small Subjects.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

I could be here talking eternally about changes that happened in my life. How I moved to a different country, how my life changed when I had my first kid. Then how it changed when I had my second kid! All the changes in jobs, including the many that happen on my current one (a new one, seemingly HUGE is about to happen again next month…).

But instead, I’ll show a change on something that’s external to me. One I have no say or control about. One that all I have to do about it is to observe.

I live in Washington state, USA, which is one of the states in the region we call the Pacific Northwest. Well… the PNW runs right along part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, meaning we have several active volcanos in the area. In our little piece of the world, most of the volcanos are quiet.

Except one!

Mt. St. Helens is the one that had the most recent eruption, in May 18th, 1980.

After the 1980 eruption, part of the area around the crater was preserved so scientists could study how nature recover itself from such a blast on its own.

Then, in 2005 and 2006, some increased activity was observed, releasing some pressure and creating a new dome at the crater.

The 2 pictures below were taken on visits I did to the mountain, in 2002 and then again in 2015, both in June, so same season.

In 2002 you could see some green showing up, but the dome was still pretty small.

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13 years later, the scenery is still mostly brown and gray, but you can see much more greens and a much bigger dome.

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In other areas of the National Park, we could see the difference in greenery even better, but unfortunately I didn’t have similar pictures from those areas to show.

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

One-Four Challenge: September Week 4

This is the last week for the September One-four challenge.

The images I’ll be using this month were actually created back in July, when I learned about the challenge and went crazy about creating 2 sets of images, the one I used then, and the one I’ll be using this month.

Having been so long since the editing of the pictures, I need also admit I don’t remember how exactly I edited them, except of course by the obvious. I’ll try to remember at least those obvious. All edits were made on my Android phone, using the Photo Editor app.

So here’s this week’s version:

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In this one I decided to use the weird effects of the app. So I use a invert color to get my magenta roses to become blue, and also a mirroring (both vertical and horizontal) effect for the caleidoscope look and feel.

So bellow you’ll fint a compilation of all 4 versions as well as the original, and a poll. Please vote on your favorite one.

One-Four Challenge: September Week 3

This is the third week for the September One-four challenge.

The images I’ll be using this month were actually created back in July, when I learned about the challenge and went crazy about creating 2 sets of images, the one I used then, and the one I’ll be using this month.

Having been so long since the editing of the pictures, I need also admit I don’t remember how exactly I edited them, except of course by the obvious. I’ll try to remember at least those obvious. All edits were made on my Android phone, using the Photo Editor app.

So here’s this week’s version:

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This is the closest to the original picture. On this one, if I remember well, I increased saturation, added some little blur and changed the perspective, so the fence that seemed to be leaning a tiny bit to the right, changes to lean a bit to the left.

Hope you’ll like it.

One-Four Challenge: September Week 2

This is the second week for the September One-four challenge.

As I mentioned last week, the images I’ll be using this month were actually created back in July, when I learned about the challenge and went crazy about creating 2 sets of images, the one I used then, and the one I’ll be using this month.

Having been so long since the editing of the pictures, I need also admit I don’t remember how exactly I edited them, except of course by the obvious. I’ll try to remember at least those obvious. All edits were made on my Android phone, using the Photo Editor app.

So here’s this week’s version:

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In picture was build on top of the previous one, keeping the vignette, which i learned some people do not like much. ;o). In this one, it doesn’t make the picture too dark, but on the other hand we can clearly see the curve, which I guess make it a little forced.
For the colors, in this one I made it monochrome, then changed the hue to a red-ish sepia-like effect.

Hope you’ll like it.

One-Four Challenge: September Week 1

The One-four challenge is back this month after a month of review.

I’ll be honest and admit I haven’t reviewed much at all in August, and the images I’ll be using this month were actually created back in July, when I learned about the challenge and went crazy about creating 2 sets of images, the one I used then, and the one I’ll be using this month.

Having been so long since the editing of the pictures, I need also admit I don’t remember how exactly I edited them, except of course by the obvious. I’ll try to remember at least those obvious. All edits were made on my Android phone, using the Photo Editor app.

So here’s the first version:

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In this one, the obvious edit was the color splash, where I kept the reds only. Then I made it darker, added a vignette of dark corners and made the reds even more red (original was magenta).

Hope you’ll like it.

Half connected to the earth, half hanging loose.

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.”

This picture was taken on the way to Sunrise, at the Mount Rainier National Park, in Washington

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: (Things with) Engines or Motors

At a certain point on one of my favourite trails, we find scattered into the vegetation the remaining parts of an old Ford truck, that was left behind when that land was  sold, and the old mill that used to run there moved somewhere else.

The truck is not reallly recognizable anymore and the most pictured part of it are the weels and axis, that got a tree growing through them. I have already posted a picture of the weels here, so today I’ll focus on the engine parts.

I’m not sure if this really applies to today’s theme, though, since the ‘thing with’ doesn’t really exist anymore as such.
But we still get parts of the engine that had been….

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This post was written in response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things with Engines or Motors