Juicy Love, Juicy 2014!

Today I decided to work with images of roses I’ve photographed here in North Cyprus: two of the Apothecary’s Rose in our garden which I think is the bees’ knees – including one showing the huge centre when the rose is in full blossom – and a pink and a red rose which are in the garden of a neighbouring apartment.  I earlier had managed to create a photo of the sun’s rays with one of the plug-ins I’ve installed for Photoshop. I used this as a base, then overlaid a photo I took of the last of the pomegranates this season – a couple lying on undergrowth in the neighbouring orchard. I then added the photos of the roses and finally a photo of one pomegranate.

The result is juicy love. And as this is my final image for 2014, I wish all those of you who have been kind enough to visit, read and/or comment on my blog a juicy 2014, flowing with love, laughter, a light heart and a joyful year as you dance through the days and live a life of wonder, adventures and, of course, heaps of glitter and bling!

Love & Pomegranates
Juicy Love

Apothecary's Rose - centre - Copy Sun rays Apothecary's Rose - bud - Copy

Last of the Pomegranates
Last of the Pomegranates

Pink Rose 1 Red Rose

Ballina Beach Boogies

I thought I’d stick to something simple today as I came across a photo of Ballina Beach in northern New South Wales and realised I’d forgotten how lovely the clouds look.

I touched up the original photo with PicMonkey and, I’ve got to say, I’ve found their quick fix tools for light and clarity sometimes better than Photoshop. But rather than fiddle with overlays and so on, I thought I’d stick with the photo and show how you can change a basic image with some of the tools on PicMonkey.

I’m thinking of getting a course going on using PIcMonkey if anyone’s interested – just to show how to use the website to digitally alter photos and also indulge in a bit of surreal work if that’s up your alley.

Ballina Beach Boogies
Ballina Beach Boogies
Beach at Ballina
Beach at Ballina

Apothecary’s Rose Revisited

Today I’ve done some simple work with a photo I took of a blossom on the Apothecary’s Rose in our garden. It’s an ancient rose and native to the Turkish region.

I love the idea of having a rose bush in our garden with long-standing ties to this region as it seems symbolic of the ancient history of Cyprus and its links with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. And red roses, of course, are redolent of love.  I’ve worked with images of the Apthecary’s Rose quite a bit and this is my latest bit of fiddling – just using the basic images and the playing with the gizmos on PicMonkey.

Apothecary's Rose Revisited
Apothecary’s Rose Revisited

Transformation

This digital art is quite a contrast to the previous one, but it just seemed to fall into place. The base photo was of a photo of South-West Rocks, close to Kempsey, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales, Australia.  I fiddled quite a bit with this image but wasn’t quite satisfied with it so left it for a few hours then went back and fiddled with PicMonkey’s gizmos until it seemed almost done. Then I superimposed a photo of a sunset which really fitted the overall idea of Transformation and finished off with a firework in the centre as all black looked a bit out of place.  I know when I’ve finished a piece of digital art because it just looks as if it’s all slotted into place.  This card reminds me of the Tarot card: The Tower, which is all about you and your world undergoing great transformation and upheaval, with Divinity giving you a  kick up the backside to get you into gear.

Transformation

South-West Rocks
South-West Rocks
Sunset in North Cyprus
Sunset in North Cyprus

Water, Nature, Emotional Healing

I was fishing through my photos yesterday and came across one I’d completely forgotten about – water flowing down the rocks either side of the road through the mountains to Dorrigo. We had arrived on the mid-north coast of New South Wales,were staying in a pet motel with our pooch Rosie and went to check out Dorrigo because we were house-hunting.

We rather unfortunately chose to visit Dorrigo when it was pouring with rain, a veritable deluge, and on the way back we stopped to get a photo of the waterfall pouring down the road, under the bridge and down the other side.  And Dorrigo? Well, we drove into the town, hated the feel of the place, drove around the roundabout and set off home. When we got down onto the Pacific Highway, we found the rain had been so torrential the road was starting to flood so we ended up creeping home through the floodwaters, still without a home in sight!

This digital art reminds me of the power of water in ensuring a balance in nature, and an emotional balance in ourselves. It has an overlay of leaves from an earlier photo I worked on of maroon leaves on a very sturdy plant in our garden.

Looking up at waterfall in Dorrigo National Park

Blue Leaves
Blue Leaves
Waterfall, Dorrigo National Park
Waterfall, Dorrigo National Park

Photos of Mt Lindesay, New South Wales

Mt Lindesay framed by trees
Mt Lindesay framed by trees
Mt Lindesay viewed from New South Wales
Mt Lindesay viewed from New South Wales
The peak of Mt Lindesay photographed on the Queensland side of the Mt Lindesay Highway
The peak of Mt Lindesay photographed on the Queensland side of the Mt Lindesay Highway
Mt Lindesay from New South Wales side
Mt Lindesay from New South Wales side
Mt Lindesay from distance - this shows how it dominates the landscape around it.
Mt Lindesay from distance – this shows how it dominates the landscape around it.
Mt LIndesay viewed from Queensland side
Mt LIndesay viewed from Queensland side
Mt Lindesay with storm coming behind mountain
Mt Lindesay with storm coming behind mountain

Since I’ve banged on quite a bit about Mt Lindesay, here’s a collection of photographs I took while we lived at Woodenbong on the caldera of an ancient, extinct volcano.  Mt Lindesay is right on the border of New South Wales and Queensland and so is visible from both States.  The mountain is sacred to the Bundjalong people.