Outside My Window ~ 4.06.2014

outside my window spring 2014 for web

Outside my window…is a cool late afternoon in southeast Virginia.  Plenty of sunshine, blue skies but not quite as warm as it was for the past couple of days.  We have been see-sawing this spring….it rains or snows one day and then it warms up only to cool down to an unseasonable cool temperature.  The cycle has been running that course for several weeks now.  I think it is safe to say we have experienced our last frost, but I’m still not putting the plants out nor planting any seedlings yet.  It was 45°F when I woke up this morning and I don’t believe it has broken the low 50′s all day.  Tomorrow mid 60′s and rain…chance of rain for both Tuesday and Wednesday as well.  I don’t mind the rain so much now….it is a good thing to have with everything blooming.  It helps keep the pollen down to a breathable level. I noticed today that a lot of the trees are bursting forth…the flowering trees have already bloomed and will soon be turning over to green leaves. I always enjoy seeing spring come to this area, it really does come alive.

I am thinking…I may be a bit addicted to photography composites lately.  You may have noticed the new photo at the top of the post.  I actually just started out to change the window from a winter to spring scene and it morphed into what you see now.  I have been wanting to add curtains to my otherwise dull window and then I thought I would put in on a wall, and have floors and add stuff…..and well, there you have it.  Credits for the stock used in this image can be found here.  My plan is to change the image outside my window (which will always be my images) and the interior at different times of the year.  This is just the base if you will….I may even actually get myself in the photograph at some point.  :)  I love the photo I used for outside my window today.  These are azalea bushes in my mother’s backyard, underneath the walnut trees lining a gravel road.  They are huge, with huge, vibrant flowers that almost form a wall.  The suitcase is out because during the spring and summer is when I typically take a trip to see my parents in South Carolina.

I am glad…I got the blog set up on the photography web site.  You can find the link for the free desktop calendars here this month and moving forward.  My goal is to keep this more friends and family, everything separate.  I am sad The Walking Dead is over until October of this year.  But oh what a year they gave us for Season 4!!  It did not disappoint me at all.  I know some have complained that the story line was too slow…my read is that these people tune in for the action and zombie hunts, they aren’t so much into the story or haven’t seen it from the beginning.  Then there are those of us who have been dying for some back story on these people we have been struggling along with, and this season we got it. The last part of the season was mind-blowing.  My head was exploding every Sunday night!  :)   Can’t wait to see what they do in October when Season 5 begins.

From my kitchen…has been not much.  I have evolved on wrap preparations, and I may share that one day.  Ha!  I know you are all holding your breath for that one right?  :)   Otherwise it has been a fairly quiet kitchen of late.  I have been cooking but nothing I haven’t shared on here before.  I think I may owe you a few…another time though.

I am hearing…the ticking of my many clocks….the dog snoring on the couch….an otherwise quiet house.  I may catch up on watching episodes of Grimm on demand when I finish this.  Most of the time I don’t make it on the nights they originally broadcast.  The only show I ever watch the night of original broadcast is The Walking Dead.  Once upon a time that show was Sex and The City….I was always ready when it came on HBO on Sunday nights.  Those are probably the only two shows that I have ever watched religiously.  I did get interested in Helix on the Syfy channel when it premiered.  Of course I had to catch up with it on demand, but it was a pretty good show.  Will be interesting to see where it goes in season 2, but that isn’t until 2015 sometime.  I hope they have a marathon before it begins so I can refresh my memory on what happened.  :)

From my camera…is not all from my camera, but the couple is ~ and I put it all together.  Those of you that are friends with me on Facebook have probably seen these, but I’m posting for those of you that are not.  These are a couple of the composites I have worked on for them….the first one I created because he is in the Navy, second one is because they are huge Dallas Cowboy fans.  Like I said, a bit of an addiction I believe.  :)

boat composite

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New For Outside My Window

outside my window spring 2014 for web

A new composite photo I created for Outside My Window series….I believe I’m a bit addicted to composites.  Wonder if there is a support group?  :)

Credits for stock used

Books

Curtains

Suitcase

Chest

Chair

Window

Room

And my own resources.

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Free March 2014 Desktop Calendars

Yes, it can be done ~ calendars on the first of the month!  :)

march spring flowers blog

To download a zip file of this calendar, click here.  There are six high-resolution images available so you can select the one that best fits your screen.

march sunset calendar blog

To download a zip file of this calendar, click here.  There are six high-resolution images available so you can select the one that best fits your screen.

Click the link and “save as” your file.  Make sure you take note where the file is saved.  After the download is complete, go to your saved zip file, extract the files by right clicking the downloaded file and selecting “extract all”….choose a location or accept the location the computer suggests {make sure you take note where the file was extracted}.  Now you are ready to get your calendar….find the extracted file, open and select the size that will best suit your monitor….right click on image and select “set as desktop background”.

These are free for personal use…and as always, if you have any problems ~ please let me know.

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….and another one….

I saw a video on this composite and decided to give it a go today….

Kissing couple

Credits:

Tutorial

Couple/Background

Background

Bike

Wall Ivy

Columns

Column Ivy

Column Flowers

Sun Gradient

Lamps

 

 

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In the spirit of the day….

the stone heart

Credits:

Heart Balloons

Model

Chimney/Window Bars

Fog

Pine Trees

Background

Background

Birds

Light Beams

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Outside My Window ~ 2.02.14

outside my window winter 2014

Outside my window…is blue skies and sunshine as well as moderate temperatures.  We are currently sitting at 55°F with an expected high of 60°F today.  Loving it! In the span of a week we had two snow storms with a total accumulation of approximately 9 inches.  The first snow came the evening of January 21st with a total accumulation of around 3 1/2 inches.  The temperature stayed cold enough for that snow to hang around until last Monday until we finally warmed up enough for all the snow to melt.  Last Tuesday another front and coastal storm moved in and this time we received a total accumulation of 5 1/2 inches.  There is still quite a bit of snow laying about even though we were 50 degrees or better yesterday and had quite a rain storm last night.  I think today and the 60°F will probably finish off much of what is left however it has nowhere to go.  The ground is heavily saturated.  I haven’t uttered these words out loud yet but it is official, I’m growing weary of winter.  We have had more than I would like to have 12°F but feels like 4°F mornings.   I won’t go as far as to say I want summer back because I’m not ready for the heat and humidity yet, but I wouldn’t mind it a bit warmer for a while.

I am thinking…I am going to have the change the theme I’m using for my photography web site before I can get the sell feature to work.  I’m not real happy about it and definitely not looking forward to the task.  That in itself could be the reason I’m putting it off.  Sigh.

I am glad…that it is only one more week ~ one more ~ before The Walking Dead is back!!     I’m not a fan of long mid-season breaks or even the short ones.  I must have missed the memo but I don’t understand the logic behind it unless it is to drive the viewers nuts with anticipation.  I did enjoy the season for AHS Coven.  I watched the finale this past Wednesday ~ I still feel bad for Misty Day.  I’m sad to see that one go but definitely interested in what is to come for season 4.

From my kitchen…a fairly tasty recipe I came across not too long ago ~ Rice Broccoli Chicken Cheese.  When you add the rice, adjust the amount to suit your preference.  Some people may like a lot, some not so much, you decide.  :)

brocolliricechickencheese

I am hearing…the ticking of my many clocks ~ the Zombie Bowl on television otherwise known as the early episodes of The Walking Dead ~ the dog letting a squirrel know he is not welcome in our backyard.

A recap of last week…well, not so much last week.  Recent posts included a winter composite and the free February desktop calendar.

Plans for the week include…working from home on Tuesday ~ hanging the new living room curtains ~ working on a Valentine’s Day composite.

One of life’s little pleasures…taking time for yourself once in a while.

From my camera…snow photos I thought you might like….

snow day 1

sunrise

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Free February 2014 Desktop Calendar

Got around to creating new desktop calendars for February…..

DOCK 900 X 600

To download a zip file of this calendar, click here.  There are six high-resolution images available so you can select the one that best fits your screen.

GLOBE 900 X 600

To download a zip file of this calendar, click here.  There are six high-resolution images available so you can select the one that best fits your screen.

MOON 900 X 600

To download a zip file of this calendar, click here.  There are six high-resolution images available so you can select the one that best fits your screen.

Click the link and “save as” your file.  Make sure you take note where the file is saved.  After the download is complete, go to your saved zip file, extract the files by right clicking the downloaded file and selecting “extract all”….choose a location or accept the location the computer suggests {make sure you take note where the file was extracted}.  Now you are ready to get your calendar….find the extracted file, open and select the size that will best suit your monitor….right click on image and select “set as desktop background”.

These are free for personal use…and as always, if you have any problems ~ please let me know.

 

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Meanwhile….

…a new composite…..

winter composite

Credits:

Background/Foreground: Burtn and Burtn

Orb: eddyhaze

Wings: Moonglowlilly

Fairie: Lisa-jen-stock

Sparkles: http://www.obsidiandawn.com/

Snow Texture: emilyemilybeth.deviantart.com

 

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Outside My Window ~ 11.10.2013

Autumn 2013

Outside my window…is a chilly but beautiful morning.  When I took Turbo out for his walk it was 45°F with plenty of sunshine and clear, blue skies.  We were actually a little warmer than yesterday when we experienced what I would say was our first hard frost.  The temperature when I went out for a walk at 6:30 am was 35°F.  The cars, rooftops and grass were covered in frost.  The mornings have been chilly while the days have been generally mild with temperatures ranging from the low 50′s to mid 60′s.  We did have a few days since I last posted in the low to mid 70′s which were not too bad….70 degree temperatures in the fall and winter are not quite as warm as the spring and summer when the sun is higher.  I love the lower sun angle during this time of year….it creates such a beautiful light.  We have had some incredibly colorful sunsets as well but with the time change I’m pushing it to even see a glimpse of them much less take a photograph.  I seriously do not like flipping back and forth on time changes….pick one and let’s stay there!

I am thinking…I need to gather up myself and quit being so scattered brained lately.  I have a gazillion things rolling around in my head and the noise is deafening.  I’m finding it is easier to veg out in front of the television with the dog than it is to deal with what I need to do…whether it is cleaning out a closet or organizing some files on my computer.  I’m over whelmed with projects I want to do but I’m not starting any.  I need to clear my thoughts so I can sit down and finally get the blasted sell feature working on my website.  I’m tired of the blinds in the house and each and every time I have to raise them in the morning I’m cursing myself for not sitting down and doing what I need to do to get the curtains up.  I think I’m going to put myself on restriction until I get out of this mess I have created for myself.

I am glad…Part 1…that I decided to check out the television series American Horror Story: Coven.  This is yet another program that is not for the faint of heart…most definitely!  I’m really enjoying Jessica Lange’s portrayal of Fiona.  Part 2…that the only thing I needed to do for my laptop was replace the power cord.  I had some issues with it coming on recently and had to unplug, drop the battery out, replace battery, plug back in and it would start.  Then I noticed sometimes it was running solely on battery. I ran a check up on the laptop and the battery was reported to be in good shape.  Late last week even my drop/replace/unplug dance wasn’t working so I took a chance and hoped that by ordering a new power cord the problem would be solved.  It seems to work fine now….the cords for this laptop have surge protectors built-in to them ~ I’m thinking I must have had a surge that burned it out enough that it wouldn’t operate properly.

I am hearing…the ticking of my many clocks….the hum of my computer fan….the dog barking at something while he is outside in his backyard….my wind chimes singing to me since the wind seems to have picked up since our walk this morning….an otherwise quiet house.

Plans for the week include…working from home on Tuesday….laying the ground work for a few more composites I have in my head ~ of course sometimes when I begin to lay the ground work I don’t get up from the computer until it is done. :)  For those of you that don’t visit often, a reminder that the free November desktop calendars are available.  They were a little later than normal due to some computer issues I was having.

One of life’s little pleasures…doing something you truly enjoy.  I have created two new composites in the past three weeks…one for Samhain 2013 and one I finished yesterday, ….and she danced….  I really enjoy taking many photos and creating one with it….this is something I hope to incorporate in my photography.  Of course this would limit the number of commissions I can take but this is what it has always been evolving to….I know this now.  :)

iPhoneography…a few photos from the iPhone….sunrise one morning before work…from left ~ the view from my front porch….waiting for the light to change….the sun in my rearview mirror….on the way to work ~ notice the sun dog?10 november 2013 2

….and the second one….an early morning walk with my buddy Turbo….frosty red leaves….scene from a beautiful morning…the trees I see when leaving my house.

10 november 2013

From my camera…a few images I have taken with my point and shoot and my larger camera….colorful carpets for me and Turbo….my front porch….a frosty leaf….and mums I bought last year ~ not the best photograph but I can’t get over how much they changed colors….last year they were orange and not so much red.  :)  Have a good one folks!

colorful carpet 1 colorful carpet 2 front porch frosty leaf Hazel's mums

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….and she danced….

and she danced

My newest photo manip.

Source Files:

Rocks – Burtn    Burtn     Leina1

Wagon – Wintersmagic Stock

Gypsy – Faestock

Fire – Shaedsofgrey

Tree – AT-Stock

Grass – gd08

Path – Celticstrm

Iron Kettle – SalsolsaStock

Background – Chulii Stock

….as well as my own resources.



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