Strawberry Fields Trip

Strawberry Fields Trip

As promised, today was Field Trip day to the Strawberry Fields, where everything was, in fact, real. Real animals, real corn, real bees, a real farmer, and for once in this mother’s experience, real nice weather.

I edited the above and below pics in Snapseed. They came out okay. That is, I think they’re not too bad.

This one of the horses was troublesome because of the extreme contrast in light – I wanted some of the interior of the barn to be evident, without lightening the field too much. An HDR shot didn’t quite cut it. Fortunately, Snapseed has this menu option, “Selective Adjust,” wherein I could adjust contrast, saturation and brightness of different areas of the photo.

The sky still looks a little freaky, and the grass is way too yellow, but in my opinion it’s nothing to get hung about.


Workin’ Out

Workin’ Out

The evenings are a great time for exercise now that temperature and daylight are amenable. While big sister swims 6000+ yards, siblings play tennis, kickball, hide and seek at a playground, and have their own swim practice. Mom takes and edits pictures, exhausting her phone battery. It all works out. The first 2 were edited in Snapseed. The last one is unedited.

Low Flyby


Pretty amazing shot by an iPhone, eh? I was not born an aviation enthusiast, but I’ve learned a few things along the way. And now even I could probably get this right…can you? What’s wrong with this picture?

a) That plane is way too low.

b) Its landing gear is down.

c) It’s a decommissioned aircraft.

d) The kids aren’t running in terror.

e) All of the above.

As any aviation enthusiast, or wife thereof, could tell you, the answer is e).

Last week I went to the base to get summer passes to our local waterpark. I stopped at the Naval Aviation Park and took some pictures of the static displays of planes. This is a favorite, the mighty F-14 Tomcat. But sadly, it is no longer flown in the U.S. Navy. You may see it in skies over some other countries though. I think. Or maybe that’s tippy top secret.


I used Juxtaposer to pretend that it still commands the skies here though. I painstakingly erased around it to create a stamp of the jet, even removing the lowered tail hook – I mean really, what a dead giveaway that would be.

Then I stamped it on top of a picture I had in my library with similar lighting (or at least containing no shadows to reveal otherwise).


I had to do something to peel me away from Snapseed. It took the powers of the U.S. Navy to do it, but mission accomplished.

Long Term Parking

Long Term Parking

We went strawberry picking yesterday with some friends. Next to the field was a house with a backyard full of large items donated to nature. This truck was one of several, joined by a boat and miscellaneous farming equipment. This is the original, which I edited in Snapseed.


We came home with 5 lbs. of strawberries. Some we dipped in chocolate to take to a Kentucky Derby party last night, some we froze, the rest we’ll try to eat. James’ class goes to another farm to pick berries on Tuesday. I’m going to have to start making jam or something. If you don’t hear from me Wednesday, you’ll know that I, too, was overcome by nature.



Guest Post – Overedited Flower

My nephew Jack has another post for today about a picture from his iTouch. He was right about getting a picture of those flowers: azaleas don’t last long, and then they get ugly quick. He’s figured out it’s all in the timing.

Overedited Flower

This photo was actually a good one to start off with, but I wanted to bring out all of the vibrant colors, so I turned to Camera Awesome for help.

As you can see, it allowed me to adjust a few things and even “awesomize” the picture. When I took this picture, the flowers were actually out front and I kept looking at them, saying “oh my gosh! I need to take a picture of that soon!”

Then, I used a preset called More Cowbell, and when I applied it to the picture, it was way over the top. These flowers are actually on a bush and almost as vibrant as you see in the picture.

Beach Ball

Beach Ball

Our beaches aren’t the best for beach combing. For one thing, large tractors spend early mornings raking the beaches at the strip. We also don’t get many whole shells for some reason. Last summer we got potato sponges though, which looked like large grey potatoes. They stank like bodily waste, and many speculated that a large ship had dumped its sewage tanks offshore. But no, it was nature. Apparently, in turbulent water conditions the sponges can become uprooted from the sea floor and wash ashore. Then they die and immediately begin to decompose, hence the stench.

I don’t know if this ball washed up or was left. I wondered where it may have come from if it had washed up. I began to analyze tides and currents, but in the process of researching, I came upon this. Better than stinky potato sponges, potato CHIPS – in airtight packaging no less! Actually they’re corn, but why be technical about it. That made me hungry, so I gave up researching to get some lunch. I’m easily distracted. I didn’t edit the top photo, but the bottom one I played with in Colorsplash.


iPhone snapshots of the day

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