Nature Notes

August 18, 2017

The Niagara Escarpment above Hamilton

Filed under: Cityscape,Flowers,Landscape,Ontario — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
The Niagara Escarpment above Hamilton

The Niagara Escarpment above Hamilton

View of Hamilton, Canada from Sam Lawrence Park

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August 13, 2017

Showy Lady’s Slipper, Cypripedium acaule

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Showy Lady's Slipper

Showy Lady’s Slipper

Just a few miles from house, in a swampy area of open woods, I noted a stand of fist sized flowers. It was a the beautiful northern orchid called Showy Lady’s Slipper. I had never seen it before, it was more than ample reward for getting a bit damp in the rain.

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March 31, 2015

Photoshop Tutorial- Find Edges filter

Filed under: Flowers,Photoshop Tutorial,Processing Tips — Tags: , , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
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Put mouse over image

The Find Edges is one of my favorite Photoshop filters for playing with an image.Here’s what you can do with it.

I added a layer to the shot of the center of a Trillium and applied Filter >> Stylize .. Find Edges. It result in the image below:

Find Edges Layer

I then reduced the opacity of this layer to something I liked the look of (in this case 20%) and flattened the layers. The result was this:

Lowered Opacity to 20%

At this point I just had some fun with it. Raised the light levels, stomped on the contrast and juiced up the saturation. When I was happy with it, I had this:

Final Image

Following are a couple more examples:

Venice Scene Orkney Stone House

Index to Photoshop Tutorials.

This tutorial is a part of the Photoshop Workflow Series

 

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September 13, 2014

Bladder campion, Silene vulgaris

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Bladder campion, Silene vulgaris

Bladder campion, Silene vulgaris

Classified as a weed by many Government Agricultural Agencies, Bladder campion, Silene vulgaris, is an interesting plant, an introduced species from Europe.

The bladder refers to the inflated calyx at the base of the flower. The young shoots are edible although said to be somewhat bitter in taste.


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September 2, 2014

Alpine Meadows

Filed under: British Columbia,Flowers,Landscape — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Alpine Meadow

Alpine Meadow

Some of the chairlifts at Whistler, British Columbia, operate during the summer and give visitors an opportunity to reach areas high in the mountains. The clear clean air shows these flower covered meadows at their best.

Alpine Meadow


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July 2, 2013

September 29, 2012

Plants of the Sonora Desert

Filed under: Arizona,Flowers — Tags: , , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

California Torch Cactus

The Sonoran Desert is a North American desert which straddles part of the United States-Mexico border and covers large parts of the U.S. states of Arizona and California, and the Mexican state of Sonora.

It is one of the largest and hottest deserts in North America with an area of 120,000 square miles (311,000 sq. km.).

One of the best places to learn about the Sonora desert is the Arizona State Desert Museum which contains representative plants and animals. Most of these images were taken there.

Teddy Bear Cholla, Opuntia bigeloviiSaguaro Cactus at sunset, Cereus giganteusSaguaro Cactus at sunset, Cereus giganteusSonoran Old Man Cactus, Pilosocereus alensisSenita Cactus, Lophocereus schottiiSanta Rita Prickley PearPincushion Cactus, Mammilaria poselgeriPorcupine Prickly Pear, Opuntia erinaceaPincushion Cactus, Mammilaria tesocapcensisPincushion Cactus, Mammilaria standleyiPincushion Cactus, Mammilaria marksianaPincushion Cactus, Mammilaria hertrichianaPincushion Cactus, Mammilaria canelensisPincushion Cactus, Mammilaria ssp.Devil\'s Club Cholla, Grusonia invictaGolden HedgehogHuachuca Agave, Agave parryi huachinsisHybrid Torch CactusHecho Cactus, Pachycereus pectinaboriginumCalifornia Barrel Cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceusBeaver Tail Cactus, Opuntia basilarisArizona Claret Cup, Echinocereus coccineusBishop\'s Mitre Cactus, Astrophytum myrostigmaBarrel Cactus, Ferocactus sp.Totem Pole Cactus, Lophocereus monstrosusPincushion Cactus, Mammilaria setispina

 

If you are a gardener and arrived here, you may also find this useful 100 Easy-To-Grow Native Plants: For American Gardens in Temperate Zones

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March 31, 2012

Texas Swallowtail

Filed under: Flowers,Texas — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Texas Swallowtail

Texas Swallowtail

I’m not sure which Swallowtail this is. If any does, please let me know.

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