Thursday, June 28, 2012
You see, Isabella is in the terrible predicament of being a poor dog with a rich dog's taste. So what she needs from you is $1,000,000 in American cash. Don't worry though, it's for very unselfish reasons. She wants to have a golden dog house built for her. And she wants to eat the finest steaks money can buy.
Up until now poor old Isabella has had to live in just a normal dog hose and a nicely cushioned cage. She likes the cage the most because it's inside the house. But that golden dog house sure would come in handy, especially since she isn't allowed up on the furniture.
She has promised to stop chasing every bird, cat, car, and squirrel she sees if she gets what she wants. I think that won't last very long though. She has also promised to stop breaking every collar that is bought for her if she finally gets that super deluxe model that she's been waiting for.
And besides, who am I to tell her no? I also have to admit that I wouldn't be all that upset if a million bucks found its way to this household. It might be fun, really. And I guess everyone has to have a dream, even dogs.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
You've already seen some of my work in many of my other posts. I can't say that I'm great at it yet, but I'm improving. Maybe one day my stuff will be beautiful. For now I'm trying out many different little techniques.
For instance, with the picture above I tried to get a bit of a fantasy feel. I always liked the original picture, but I always imagined the scene closer to what I did with it now. Now I see it with magical creatures hiding behind every tree and bush. click on it to make it larger if you like.
Have you ever had a dream of being in a far off place or maybe a fantasy land? I think of things like that all the time. That's why I like to edit these pictures. Some of you may like to travel. A few of you may even pick up and move to your ideal place in the world. There are Apartments for sale In Turkey if that's your kind of thing.
Honestly, after looking at the picture after resizing it for the blog, I think I like this upper one every bit as much as I like it after I did my edit. The full size picture I edited showed a more noticeable improvement. I guess that's the price I gotta pay when I'm trying to save space for this blog.
That's about it for my talk of editing pictures this time. I haven't given up any of my other passions for this. And who knows? Maybe I'll get bored with doing a lot of this as time goes on. But maybe I'll get much better. It's just something fun to do while I'm home.
I'll be back next time with something of which I have no idea yet. How's that for an ending?
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The benches in the picture above are just a short way past an entranceway through the fence that keeps the buffalo in here. The rest of the fence is electrified. The buffalo aren't really confined because it's almost as big inside as it is outside. This place stretches out for miles. That's why I never saw any buffaloes.
I must admit that I altered these pictures in my new favorite photo editor though. But really all I did was fix the light levels so that you could see the sign better. You can see by the shadow that I was pointed in the wrong direction for the Sun.
I'm sure there are similar places for those of you in other parts of the world though. I've seen pictures of Ireland that look very similar. I often wonder if that's why my family settled here. I've recently seen pictures from Turkey that look similar to this. If you're interested, I know where you can get prices on Altinkum Property there. It's worth a quick look.
Me? I'm happy right here in Iowa. I've found my paradise. Yours may look similar or it may look different. I do have to say though that I prefer a few more trees than you see here. There are a lot more trees up the road where I live. I love being in a forest.
It turned out to be a tick! Altogether, I found three of the nasty little parasites crawling on me. I had to do a thorough check of myself and the dog. The dog didn't get any this time, luckily for her. And they didn't get to sink their chops into me, so we were both lucky. I must have just stepped in the wrong spot. It's the kind of thing that happens when you are outside in a wild place.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The pictures aren't very impressive, but you should see what they looked like before I used a few editing tricks on them. Wait, I'll show you one of them toward the end today.
This Danger sign tells of the bison (buffalo) that live beyond the fence. The fence is electrified so I didn't get too close. There is a way in, which I took, but I only went to the viewing area. You can't usually see any bison because this place is huge and the bison run free here. The bison could be miles away at any time. There was evidence that they've visited though.
I had extra pictures to share this time. I hope it wasn't too many. Next time I'll share some of the scenery from here. And I'll share something not so fun that happened to me while I was at this place.
Monday, June 11, 2012
The scene above shows the entranceway at Five Ridge Prairie Preserve. I took the picture from the inside while I was leaving. The original picture is nothing special. You can see it below. I take some pictures just to mark my place. But I learned a little technique to turn my ordinary picture into a dreamy fantasy scene.
I won't bore you with the details. I just thought it was a nice little effect. I was doing similar things before, but I have more control over things with this new way. It's kind of fun playing around with my photos like this. It gives the computer nerd in me some needed excitement.
Oh, by the way, the photo editor I used is called Gimp. It's free, and a simple Google search will find it for you. I won't say too much more because I think Rob was planning on writing a whole article about it one of these times. I just thought I'd share a bit of fun.
Friday, June 8, 2012
I took the pictures of this horse through my truck window while I was on an old dirt road. I wanted to share this horse with everyone from the start, but there isn't much more to the story than that. So I floundered around wasting about a week while my blog sat still. That was never the plan.
You see, awhile ago I decided to stop sharing my little health updates because they have really mostly become irrelevant to me. And they also began to sound like whining to me. But I have been doing it for so long that the subject had become a habit. And it was a habit I wanted to break.
And I'm going to try to begin to remember that from now on. Maybe that will push me to begin writing more again. My number one rule has always been to write whatever strange thing that comes to my mind first, such as quackodiles!
What is a quackodile? I have no idea. Maybe you know. But wouldn't it be fun to try to describe one? Who knows? maybe one day I'll write a story about them.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
You can see these pictures much better if you click on them. Everything was in a shadow for some reason. I had to fix the pictures up a bit in a photo editor to get them this good. They starte4d out okay, but the foreground was always in a shadow.
The first thing I noticed after looking at the pictures was that this red-winged blackbird kept popping up in all of my shots. He seemed to like being in the pictures so I decided to feature him this time.
I didn't know the legend of Spirit Mound until a few days after I visited the place. After hearing the legend of Spirit Mound, would you visit the place? Would you take the hike to the top of the mound?
I left directions in the post footer for anyone who would like to know where to find this place.