This, That and the Other #4 Red Poppies

How does the colour red make you feel?
Do you wear red clothes?
Do you decorate with red?
Do you drive a red car?
Do birds poop more on red cars than other colour cars?
Do you have red hair? (Apparently only about 2% of people are redheaded).
How many red flowers are in your garden? (I don’t have that many at the Red House. Tulips and poppies, mostly. At the Bland Beige House, I have Valentine’s bushes, bottlebrushes and fairy dusters.)

Topaz Studio filters
Topaz Studio Impasto Filter
Topaz Studio filter
Topaz Studio Pen Ink Filter
Red Poppies original photo

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

Right Place, Right Time

Every now and then (but not if I’m in a line-up at the store) I’m in the Right Place at the Right Time! Here are three photos to illustrate what I mean.

In 2011, I wrote a post titled Lady’s Slipper Orchids – Surprise in the Ditch. At that time, the orchids were growing in a ditch – about a 5 minute walk from us. Not a great distance, but they were easy to overlook in the tall weeds and their blooming season was short. I only saw them once again after that.

A few days ago, I was very surprised to find the pretty yellow orchids again growing in the ditch –  but this time right at the end of our driveway!

It would have been easy to miss their yellow flowers, surrounded as they were by clumps of yellow dandelions. But, they must have whispered to me… “It’s your lucky day – we’re your  neighbours now!”

I’m a Canadian ‘Snowbird’ who spends part of the winter in the USA. Last winter I went to an Estate Sale at the house next to our Arizona home. One of the items for sale was an old sewing machine in a cabinet. I ignored it – I already had a sewing machine.

The next morning, after the sale had ended, the sewing machine had been moved out to the garage, en route to who knows where. The sales agent appealed to my thriftiness by pointing out that the machine, the cabinet and a box of sewing supplies could be mine for a mere $10. Sold!

Later, when I opened the box of supplies, I found this small Canadian Flag lapel pin nestled in with the bobbins and thread. I’ll never know why the elderly American woman who owned the machine had this lapel pin, but I do know that the pin whispered to me – “This sewing machine was meant for you!”

Here is the link to my story about the Great Horned Owl Family  that has been living in a tree near the front of our house. Though we have often seen the adult owls on our property and last year I briefly glimpsed a pair of owlets, it has been a once in a lifetime event to watch three owlets ‘branch’ and eventually fledge. The owl parents really did pick the right place and the right time for us!

Do you have a ‘Right Place – Right Time’ story to share?