Project Alicia : It's Spring.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It's Spring.

For real. I woke up today... The sun was shining. The birds were chirping. The sky was the bluest blue I can recollect in the farthest reaches of my brain. And somehow overnight mother nature appeared to have waved her magic wand and the earth was completely transformed. Those same trees that were naked just two weeks ago are totally filled in. Spring is finally here. Guess they just needed a couple warm days and a little drink. Maybe it's just my hormonal self, but tears flowed as I took my run today (and it wasn't just the allergens getting to me, although there was plenty of that as well). My heart was overflowing with joy as I soaked up all the green lush around me. A long awaited day. And perhaps if you lived through a winter in the midwest you'd cry too. I couldn't help but think what a miracle it is. And how often do we let these miracles go unrecognized in our lives?

I snapped several pics. A little bird that seemed to have an injured wing. Beautiful lavender lilacs. An abundance of green covered branches against an azure sky. Sweet ducklings. But the thing that really caught my eye and drew me in wasn't the fragrant aromas or the beautiful new life, as amazing as it was. No. It was another dandelion clock. This one beat up by the wind and partly dilapidated. Her seeds exposed. I think I'm obsessed. (You can see more here.) But I couldn't help myself. She beckoned me. And what a beauty she is.

The best part of spring are all the treasures just waiting to be discovered. If you missed my water droplet yesterday, you must give her a looksie. It wasn't just any droplet, it was a one of a kind- a photographer's dream find.

(Hover over photo to see the before)


Formula:
Layer 1. Original Image (Background)
Layer 2. Florabella Jane Action
Layer 3: Kim Klassen pourvess texture, overlay at 30%
Layer 4: Use brush to remove some of the texture on the dandelion
Layer 5: Kim Klassen lifes good texture, soft light at 89%
Layer 6: Add wonder text
layer 7: Add watermark

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37 comments:

  1. Beautiful, I love the processing

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  2. Beautiful! Most dandelion pictures you see are of the full bloom (is it called a bloom? I don't know. full white fluff.) and I really like that you changed it up and went with a half one.

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  3. What a great header! I haven't clicked over in a bit. Crisp & welcoming - it's perfect!

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  4. I love this photo! So beautiful! Instantly made me smile! Thanks for the rundown too!

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  5. I love this macro shot. I must know what type of macro lens you have!! Just let me know on a comment on my post if you do. Great detail and awesome texture effect too!

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  6. how is the bird?

    I love that you're all excited about dandelions. My yard has tons of them, but if I took them away I'd just have dirt and a bit of grass. I have too many trees for the grass to grow plus it only gets watered in the winter. This year we got rain but we're always in a drought. Enjoy your late spring!

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  7. I love it, really this gorgeous. Is that wonder text some kind of ready layer or have you done it yourself...I like it.
    By the way I bought lightroom, I like it even I don't know how to use it yet;)

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  8. It is me again:) That droplet is amazing, how's that even possible, wow.
    I forget to say I like your new header, have you been shopping in designersdigital!?

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  9. Really, really beautiful. Happy Tuesday, Alicia!

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  10. Hallelujah for spring! What's not to love about dandelion clocks, there is something magical and fairy-like about the way they pop up in unexpected places. Great new header too :-)

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  11. Just AMAZING!!!! Love the texture...

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  12. hello! I am so glad I found your blog! Beautiful photos and I just love your header!
    Mira

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  13. Beautiful photo and the editing is very clever. Have a nice day.

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  14. Love this photo and the texture work you did!

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  15. Yay for Spring and I love that shot. The texture work is gorgeous!

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  16. I love it. Great texture. Love the hover over. :)

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  17. what an absolutely beautiful photo! I love this!! The texture just made it perfect!!

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  18. Very cool effect! And I love your new header!

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  19. Beautiful texture application!

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  20. What a beautiful photo. I also love dandelions!

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  21. wow, i almost teared up reading how you teared up on your run! because that TOTALLY has been happening to me too lately. there is so much to be thankful for & sometimes i just get overwhelmed with the good in life :)

    happy spring!

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  22. Your shot is gorgeous. I am glad I came over. I love dandelions as you saw on my blog. I also love Kim's textures and how you used them.

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  23. I have a love/hate relationship with dandelions. I love this photo and quote is wonderful.

    This is my first visit to your blog from my3boybarians and I find so many little things touching... the music, your comment before we comment is sweet. You have a great gift!

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  24. Beautiful shot Alicia! I have wanted a macro for a LONGG time and it's high time I get one with all the spring stuff around here. I love the dandelion shots I've seen lately! I hope you're having a wonderful week! And I'd cry too! I love the warmth/green!

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  25. How gorgeous is that! I can only dream of one day getting somwhat close to that (I have just bought my first dslr and am mighty confused still). Just beautiful!

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  26. absolutely STUN-ING Alicia! :) I would love to share your photo in my simple things roundup if you're ok with that? Thanks so much for linking up! Rebecca

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