Nature Notes

November 28, 2017

Peony Design

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

Peony Design

Playing with an image of a Peony. Add a layer, find edges and reduce opacity by 50%. Merge layers and increase contrast in curves.

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November 25, 2017

Harebell, Campanula rotunifolia

Filed under: Flowers,Ontario — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Harebell, Campanula rotunifolia

Harebell, Campanula rotunifolia

Here in Ontario the harebell is found in a wide variety of habitats- open woodlands, tallgrass prairie, dunes and open rocky areas. It can be seen all the way to the our northern borders. One of my favorite wildflowers.

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September 25, 2017

Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja coccinea

Filed under: Flowers,Long Point — Tags: — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja coccinea

Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja coccinea

One of my favorite wildflowers is Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja coccinea, sometimes known as Painted Cup. The beautiful red portion is actually a bract, while the flower is a smaller yellow green portion at the top. The best spreads I’ve seen are in sandy soil like there is in Long Point, Ontario.

Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja coccinea

Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja coccinea

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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

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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

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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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