Palm Trees and Sunrises

The originals of these photos are at Fueled by Chocolate.

Sunrise with contrails – a Radiance filter
Sunrise with a filter called Cave Dweller
Sunrise with a Cartoon filter
Sunrise with HDR, Contrast and Dehaze filters
Palm fronds – an impasto filter

All filters are available in a program called Topaz Studio.

This post was for the old WordPress.com photo Challenge Lines.

Springtime Blooms – Arizona and Alberta

My Place in the World is in the Garden, with my camera, then at my computer – turning photographs into digital art.

Olneya tesota – Ironwood tree – Impasto filter
Carnegiea gigantea – Saguaro Cactus – Cartoon filter
Opuntia – Prickly Pear Cactus – Pointilism filter
Trichocereus candicans – Argentine Giant – ‘Fine Wine’ filter
Puschkinia libanotica – Striped Squill – Color Grunge filter
Scilla siberica – Siberian Squill – Radiance filter
Forsythia Northern Gold – Texture Impression filter

All photo filters were applied in the program Topaz Studio.

This post was for the old WordPress Photo Challenge Place in the World.

Red Roses in a White Vase

This simple bouquet of two roses and some baby’s breath will last forever (or until it gets so dusty the roses don’t look red any longer) because I dried the roses by hanging them upside down in a cool spot for several months.

After I took the photo, I tried a few filters in the Topaz Studio program which is a free download.

Roses are angiosperms,
Violets are, too.
Sugar is C12H22O11
We know this from peer review.
– Author Unknown –

Impasto filter

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
Some poems rhyme,
Some don’t.
– Author Unknown –

Pointillism filter

Roses are red and violets are purple
Sugar is sweet and so is maple surple.
– Roger Miller –

Textured impressionist filter

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Please flush the toilet
after you’re through.
– Author Unknown –

‘Fine Wine’ filter

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Please don’t kiss me,
‘cuz I have the flu.
– Author Unknown –

Original photo

Unexpected Entertainment in Nelson, British Columbia

We arrived in Nelson on motorcycles, hot and dusty after a long day of riding. We could almost see our hotel, but couldn’t get to it because it was on a parade route. A police officer asked us to pull over and park. That is how we came to be spectators at  the Annual Gay Pride Parade.

That evening, after we had wined and dined at a local eatery, we realized that this was a perfect opportunity for people watching. There was a wedding reception in the hall near our hotel (downtown on Baker Street). Guests in fancy dress came and went from the venue, frequently upstaged by the eclectic garb of cross-dressers, marchers from the parade and bikers. The booze evidently flowed. It was an extremely entertaining evening.

Nelson has many heritage buildings, but the finest, and most photographed, is the Court House. It was designed by a British architect, Francis Mawson Rattenbury. It was completed in 1909 at a cost of $109,145.88. Francis was also the architect of the province’s Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel in Victoria. Though he was a popular designer of the day, his personal life was in disarray. It abruptly ended when he was murdered by his second wife’s 18 year old lover, who was also their chauffeur. The lover was convicted and sentenced to hang. Four days later, the  wife committed suicide. The British public then decided that justice had been served and the Home Secretary agreed. The young lover’s death sentence was changed to a life sentence – and he was out in seven years.

This is a photo of the Court House – as it appears to most people.

I used Topaz Studio filters to alter the photos that follow:

Cartoon Filter
Black and White filter
Light HDR filter
Textured Impressionist Filter

Which photo best captures the architect’s life, now that you know the rest of his story?