I saw this marble picture the idea in a book and thought it was interesting.Â I wanted to try it to see if I liked it on one of my pictures.Â It is different, and I can see possibilities.Â I even had fun playing with other pictures. But, I don’t think I will use it very often.
We noticed this creek at Potato Creek and Allan stopped to let me try to get a few pictures. I really liked how the sun was shining through the trees and hitting the water. If you click on the pictures, you can see them full size.
Allan took us to Potato Creek Tuesday afternoon.Â It was humid, but a beautiful day to be outside. We took a walk on one of Allan and my favorite trails.Â We used to walk there a lot because I really like the boardwalks and scenery.
We decided to try a family picture there.Â It was the funniest attempt at a picture in a long time.Â To get the picture, Allan set the camera timer and then maneuvered around a 90 degree angle, down the boardwalk, around a 45 degree angle and then raced to us.Â To make it more fun, there was a huge spiny caterpillar around the railing by the camera, so he needed to be careful not to touch it as he rushed around the corner. Most of the time,Â he made just before the camera flashed.
For our 17th anniversary, Allan and I wanted to get a good picture of just us.Â We have very few, and the last one was taken over a year ago.Â Before that?Â I can’t remember. We tried, but they just were not right.Â We did not want a formal picture, we wanted a fun one!
Then, Allan discovered a contest at a blog he reads.Â To enter, we needed to send in a creative picture of the two of us and the number of years married.Â If you head on over to the link, you can send your own picture. Or you can see when the voting is and see what other people came up with and vote for your favorite.
Well, our vacation this summer was mostly backyard stuff and a few day trips.Â But Allan and I have been spending LOTS of evenings outside. So we decided to get our picture in the backyard.
Allan set up the camera and I did the writing with a flashlight.Â After figuring out how it would all work, and what we wanted, we had fun playing!
Allan has been helping me learn how to use The Gimp better.Â I had a few minutes to “play” today, so I thought I would see what different filters do to a picture.Â If you click on one of the thumbnails, you can see a slide show of some of the different things I did.
The kids are so excited to be starting school up again this year.Â We took it slow last week and this week we are really getting into it. You would not believe how excited the kids were to see all their new books!
This evening we had a mini vacation in our back yard. We grilled steaks, corn on the cob and had Roosterkoek (braai bread). We opened up some pickles we canned and a bag of chips. We then enjoyed a lazy dinner.
The kids enjoyed playing outside. Adrian helped Allan with the fire. Megan sat and watched. The older kids got everything ready, and then practiced hitting a target with their “throwing knives”.
We would have made some s’mores, but the mosquitoes decided that we made a good dinner too. So we ended up in the house, eating ice cream sandwiches. Everyone enjoyed Daddy reading the last chapter of The Magician’s Nephew.