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Welcome to CLIQUE!

I can trace my love of photography back three generations, to the early 1900s and my paternal great-grandfather, Henry Mattson. I have a really cool photo that he took of the old family homestead in Minnesota, sometime before 1910. According to family history, Grampa Mattson frequently took photos of his world - the people and places that he loved.

It warms my heart to know that this love of photography didn't skip any generations as it passed down to me! I am blessed to have such a legacy and I hope to pass it on to my own children and grandchildren some day.

I experience a physical and spiritual thrill whenever the Lord shows Himself in His marvelous creation around us and in the people I meet. My dream vacation would be to spend a year or two just traveling around the US, stopping at little out of the way places and photographing the interesting characters and the beauty of nature to be found along the way - those things that draw me closer to GOD and help point others to Him, too.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Texture Tuesday (a day early) ~ The Dream eDition

This week's challenge at Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday is "Dream." She made a lovely new texture to go with the theme and I've used it on my entry photo. I'm submitting it tonight, as we are heading back down to the Kenai Peninsula early tomorrow morning - like, 5:00 am - and I might not get a chance to submit in a timely manner once we're down there, so...

To explain my photo a bit, one of my "dreams" is to have a home overlooking the ocean.  In my mind's eye, I have fond memories of - and can clearly picture - a small, wooden cabin on the side of a mountain, overlooking the wonderous vista of the sea before me; listening to the trill of birdsong in the tall pines and aspens and cottonwood trees that border my home along the sides and back... I can feel the cool breeze and taste the salty air and see the gulls and eagles flying over the shoreline...  I am homesick for this place -- but in reality, I've never been there.  It exists only in my mind... in my heart...

This week's photo is a representation of that dream. It was taken at 11:33 pm along the Homer Spit in southcentral Alaska on July 14, 2011. The body of water is part of the Cook Inlet, called Kachemak Bay --  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kachemak_Bay -- This part of the state - the Kenai Peninsula - is my favorite part of all Alaska. Someday I hope to have a home there, but only as the Lord wills.

Hope you enjoy my photo this week -- thanks for looking!

~ klb

Straight out of camera

Two layers of the "Dream" texture -
Vivid Light @ 75%
Color Burn @ 50%
and one layer of Kim's "Stained Linen"
Soft light @ 100%
Clipping mask was made using brushes by -
"Kaffaleen" (corner brushes)
and "Meth" (border brushes) -
both found @ Brusheezy.com

16 comments:

teresa said...

Love what you've done with this. ( Seen over at TT )

A Box of Chocolates said...

Brilliant i love the texturing the photo looks so vintage and inviting windswept and interesting. love it

Pat said...

Love what you've done here!

erkarts said...

This is lovely!

decoava said...

Beautiful photo and processing, beautiful dream!

Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

Beautiful processing ~ happy TT!

Kim Klassen said...

really so beautiful...... and i adore the dreams you shared at the cafe....

thank you so much.... for linking up and for sharing....

here's to beautiful dreams... xxo, kim

Dyche Designs said...

I can definitely relate. My dream is to live near the ocean too.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Lovely photo. Your editing is wonderful. :)

Dymphie said...

this looks like a wonderful place to live. Love the processing you did on the photo, it's gorgeous.

hopping over from TT, #52 :)

Mama Zen said...

Lovely job!

Cathy Spivey Mendola said...

Gorgeous transformation!

Linda Makiej said...

Beautiful work here!!

NKM photos said...

I love the picture and how you applied the texture. Followed your link from TT.

traci said...

this is a gorgeous image. the texture is perfect for it. wow.

Evelyn said...

That's a lovely dream to have and beautiful images!