When we have a few minutes from school, Audrey and I have been searching for unique flower pictures.Â I enjoy comparing the pictures to see how differently they turn out. It is amazing how we can see the same things differently.
The kids have been wanting to learn how to edit their pictures. We use The Gimp, and I really like it.Â It has been a challenge to learn the different functions, but as I practice, it gets easier.
For their first lesson, we attempted to change photographs to look more like a painting.Â They all know the basic idea and had fun playing with different settings to get the picture they wanted.
I experimented with using different techniques for mine. Of all the pictures that I tried, this is my favorite. I won’t use this effect often, but it was fun experimenting with it.
Today Audrey, Adrian and I went on flower hunts. We roamed the back yard looking for different spring flowers and took pictures of them. Adrian picked a bouquet for me. We were going to pull a flower apart and look at all the different parts, but we had so much fun hunting for the flowers, we never did dissect any. Maybe tomorrow.
I took these pictures with my “old” camera, a digital camera Allan bought when Adrian was a baby. It is falling apart and eats batteries very quickly. But it still takes wonderful pictures. I don’t have a macro lens for my new camera, but until the old one stops working, I do not need a new one.
Today while we were roaming the park, I noticed something strange in the bushes. It looked like someone has wrapped some belts around branches.Â I thought I knew what it was, so I went and looked.Â There were at least four Garter Snakes all snuggled together in the bush.
Since the kids were getting ready to start a science class we called their teacher over to look. She said that they probably climbed to get up off the wet ground.Â I mentioned that one of my “urban myths” has been destroyed. I always have told the kids that snakes around here do not climb, well, here is proof that they do!Â She also said that they may be a family or just friends who all shared a warm spot.
The purple crocus are up in our backyard!
It is the first really nice day in a long time that we had time to be outside. I spent most of my “free” time in the crocus garden. I don’t have a micro lens, but wanted to see how close up my camera could get. I came inside with black kneedÂ jeans and a filthy shirt. The kids had fun kneeling in the dirt with me, trying to help me get the perfect picture.Â It is the first time in a long time that I came in as dirty as they did 🙂