Thursday, 21 February 2013

Climb a Tree

This week's theme for Photo Art Friday is "Connected, Connecting, Connections".
This set of photos illustrates a number of sweet connections in my life.
My 2nd granddaughter is the little girl in the photos, so of course I have a strong emotional connection to her.  We are both 2nd born daughters and I loved to climb trees as a kid as well.

I also feel a deep connection to our Creator in the great outdoors and feel energized, inspired, renewed and rebalanced after even a short nature break.

"Climb a tree  . . . it gets you closer to heaven."
~Author Unkown

I am still learning a lot about my photo editing software and enjoy exploring all the possibilities. The photo above also makes use of Bonnie's "DreamWonder Texture".

 I sure miss the days when I could do this myself but I am known to unashamedly hug a tree and listen to its silent song.

"The trees are whispering to me, reminding me of my roots, and my reach . . . sshhhh . . . can you hear them?  Selflessly sharing their subtle song."
~ Jeb Dickerson


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22 comments:

  1. Love all of these as they so capture the spirit of childhood and its freedom. Last time i climbed a tree I fell out and broke my arm. Your grandaughter looks so cute

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  2. These are all such great photos - art, really. I used to love climbing trees. There's something private about being up in a tree. Your granddaughter looks like she's having a wonderful time up there.

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  3. I really like the processing of these photographs especially the first one.....Isn't it fun playing around with the editing...I think I am becoming obsessed....

    Grand daughters are so special and so much fun.....I enjoy mine so much as I am sure you do.....

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  4. A beautiful collection of photos for the prompt. I love the texture on the second one. Have a great weekend.

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  5. Oh I just love these Andrea, that second one is so dreamy like a beautiful spring day, and love the composition the next with her legs dangling down...such great edits!

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  6. A fabulous series of photos!! Great textures! And the capture is excellent!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  7. Love the earthy tone of the first and third photos. With the beautiful processing choices you made, you can practically smell the maple and feel the warm breeze.

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  8. nice work. The third is my favourite. :)

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  9. Stunning. I can't decide which I like the most. Maybe the last one of the gal in the tree...

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  10. Love it! The quote and those pictures!

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  11. These are great. Your granddaughter appears to be truly enjoying her tree time. I have climbed a tree in years but do recall the memories of how fun it was. Love the different ways you captured her. My favorite was the 3rd one.

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  12. each of these is as exquisite and precious as a snowflake. I love the story they tell, YOU've told, and the way the entire piece sings. it is so heartening to meet a fellow tree-climbing tree-loving spirit!!
    xoxo

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  13. This is simply exquisite in the pictures you share and the story you tell. I will forever think of you when I hug a tree as we share in our love of nature ... we are all connected through nature and our Creator and your words portray it perfectly.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  14. I am awe -- these are so GOOD - Like to know how you did number three - I'd like to do that for a image??
    All great works of art..
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you for your kind words . . . my software is PhotoPlus X4 from Serif in the UK. I used a comic book filter and then adjusted the levels, brightness and contrast until I was satisfied. I don't know if there is something similar in PhotoShop but I have heard that they are quite similar programs. How you are able to figure it out.

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  15. Wonderful images - I, too, love trees and the sense of connectedness that they provide! I initially fell straight for the first image; its starkness really appealing to me, but I must admit that in the long run I think it's the final shot that's going to stay with me. It's got such a wonderful angle and perspective, and feels rock steady and full of explosive motion at the same time; connecting opposites... I love it!

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  16. Well! Beautiful edits and words Andrea. Loved them all - probably the one with the summer brown legs dangling from the branch is my favourite. These bring back many memories or tree climbing as a kid...a huge evergreen in Kenya that I had forgotten all about; a pear tree in southern Ontario popped to mind; and a faded impression of lying on a giant branch above a green lawn with the leaves rustling in the breeze all around me.

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  17. I agree, love this post and the images with the processing are wonderful :)

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  18. wonderful edits - I think it's great you have a tight connection with your second!

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  19. Love these edits - #2 is my fave!

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