A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography


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Week 45 – #35. Starts With A “C”

What could be more appropriate for something which “starts with a ‘c” than a cactus?  The aloe plant is a member of the cactus family.  Your mom was onto something when she snipped off the tip of an aloe leaf and squeezed the gel onto your sunburn or cut. The plant has been shown in studies to help heal minor wounds eight days faster than standard dressing.35 Starts with a c _MNH7621

 


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Week 44 – #5. Artistic

I have never considered myself an “artistic” person so I have struggled trying to come up with something suitable to post for this week’s theme.  I went to a lily pond recently with some friends and when I looked at my photos on the computer, something struck me about this photo. Wondering if I could use some of the many filters stored on my computer, I began experimenting and the end result is this photo.  I hope you like my artistic effort.

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Week 43 – #20. Negative Space

Lately I have become interested in using different lenses and techniques with flower photography.  This type photography is referred to as “shooting through.”  I honestly did not take this photo with “negative space” in mind; however, when I loaded it to my computer, I definitely saw that it would fit this week’s theme. I loved the softness.

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Week 8 – #5. Butterflies And/Or Bees

Even though I am terrified of bees, I have been looking everywhere for butterflies and/or bees to photograph, but with little success. Quite honestly, even though it is only Week 8 of the challenge, I was fearful I would be a failure … until today when I spotted this gorgeous swallowtail. The first of two photos below was processed with a texture from Kim Klassen, giving it a dreamy appearance and softening the orchid. I like the look.
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The second photo below is of the same butterfly but I was surprised to see that its underneath side was reversed in pattern and color. Okay, now that I have your attention, I must confess; otherwise, Patricia Reed will hang me by my hair from the highest rafter! I found this butterfly toes up and dead as a doornail in my driveway! Since I was on my way out for a real estate appointment, I gently picked it up and placed it on the top shelf in my refrigerator (Mike was not at all amused) until I could get back home to photograph it. When I returned home, I grabbed my camera, removed it from the refrigerator and placed it on my flowers. Worked like a charm … err … for me, not the butterfly. RIP Pretty Butterfly.
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Week 39 – #22. In The Trees

On the little one-lane street where my Tennessee mountain home is located are many large pines and hardwoods. As I was strolling the street a few days ago, I noticed the Wisteria winding its way upward in the trees. Springtime in Tennessee is a beautiful time of year and it seemed to me that it was more beautiful this Spring than in years past. The large purple and white blossoms filled the air with their sweet fragrance and as I stood there, I looked around at the beautiful nature surrounding me and realized how blessed I am. Feeling more artistic than usual, I used a Topaz filter and a Faststone mask for the processing.
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