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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, August 8, 2011

Texture Tuesday ~ "It's the Little Things" eDition

Kim Klassen's challenge this week is "It's the Little Things" -- Kim left it up to us to determine what that means.  So, my entry is a photo I took in April 2008 while visiting one of Anchorage's public greenhouses. In this greenhouse/nursery, there is a section that is filled with thousands upon thousands of ladybugs roaming free over the plants and flowers and... unfortunately... the floor. Eeww.

But I digress.

This pretty little guy-or-gal was a small speck on a big flower, but it got my attention and I snapped this pic. When I later saw the image on my computer monitor and enlarged it, I was so pleased to see how sharp and clear this little bug stood out on the flower - not to mention how color-coordinated they were together!

The quote is my paraphrase of a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson (All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen).

My "formula" -- after cropping the original image from 12 x 9 to 10 x 8 and adjusting the levels, and contrast, I copied the image and used the Overlay blending mode (100%). Next layer up is Kim's "Water Stained Frame" set on Multiply blending mode (100%). Above that is another layer of "Water Stained Frame," this time using Soft Light blending mode (100%) and the top layer is Kim's "Scratched Magic July" using the Screen blending mode (85%)

The clipping mask was made using a brush from Anna Aspnes' "Hipster Plumes Korners & Edges No. 1" (designerdigitals.com) and an edge brush by "meth" and found at Brusheezy.com. Font is "Curlz MT"

Check out the other fab entries for this week's challenge HERE

TFL ~ klb

Straight out of camera


Cedar said...

Beautiful flower and little bug! I love the quote and the text you used!

Ana Eugenio said...

what an amazing photo! love the colors and the ladybug. truly a simple and divine little thing. very well chosen :)

Buckeroomama said...

Wow, this is lovely --both the subject and the colors and the texture you've applied. :)

Joy Burkhart said...

Hey Kim! Your photo was great right out of the camera! The close up is so cool - love the ladybug. Our great-niece's(grand-niece, whichever) name is Lilly, but her nickname is Lillybug. She gets a lot of ladybug toys/jewelry.
Thanks for stopping by with your sweet comments!
Take care.

Pat said...

Lady bug, lady bug, fly away home! Great job!

Geri Centonze said...

Love the photo and the quote - amazing texture work too!

erkarts said...

This is beautiful and I love the quote.

debsea said...

i LOVE the colours! beautiful!

elizabeth said...

I LOVE this shot and the text you added is PERFECT!

Marilyn said...

Wonderful. We both used ladybugs! The closeup is fabulous.

johanna said...

AWESOME! i love what you made with your photo!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Beautiful captures. Well done! :)

Evelyn said...

I love the bright colours ~ beautiful images!

Butterbean Row said...

I love your flower and lady bug and "Amen" to your quote!!

Ann said...

Beautiful subject and texture, i love ladybugs so much..Hello I'm Ann,just hopping by-Texture Tuesday Participant.

Kia said...

Lovely! Fantastic bright colors and tiny ladybug. :) Have a happy day!