Tea and Tunes

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John:

Some nice tunes this evening…

Originally posted on Muddled Mawkishness & Murky Musings:

Later than usual and we’re waiting again for the tea. It wasn’t a terrible day. I accomplished a lot at work, in school planning/work, even in my art! So I can’t say today was a bad day. And what could possibly end the day on an even happier note? Tunes and tea, of course! Please check out these tunes and give some love to the folks who brought them to your ears. :) There are only two this time but the second one is really long.

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What I’ve Seen

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John:

A couple of nice shots…

Originally posted on Unchained Emporium:

I’ve been so busy with work and school planning and theater. I haven’t stopped working on my art but I can hardly drag it around with me, though I did take a few elements along that I /could/ work with in the car. It’s slow going but the work is certainly continuing.

While we were in town today for theater practice and a grocery run, I managed to snag a couple of fun photos that I’d like to share with you today. I hope you’ll enjoy them. :)

I noticed this drain cover had a word on it so I snapped a photo with my phone. I edited it with the Pixlr-O-Matic app for Android.

I noticed this drain cover had a word on it so I snapped a photo with my phone. I edited it with the Pixlr-O-Matic app for Android.

I actually noticed this one first, even though it's a good bit smaller. I was so happy I got to use the blue bubble filter or lighting effect. I'm not sure what the technical terms for the icons on the bottom of the app screen stand for. But I do love how this came out! I actually noticed this one first, even though it’s a good bit smaller. I was so happy I got to use the blue bubble filter or lighting effect. I’m not sure what the technical terms…

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Day 239/970

365 Project, Art, Clouds, Local, Sunrise
Day 239 of my 365 Project

Day 239 of my 365 Project

I got up earlier than usual this morning. I looked outside and noticed some clouds to the north that looked promising from the window. I grabbed my camera and went outside to investigate. The clouds I saw weren’t as promising as I had hoped but I did see the above picture. I grabbed a few shots, went back inside and enjoyed some much needed coffee. This is the first sunrise I’ve gotten in a while. I didn’t get to storm chase again today. Oh well, maybe tomorrow (I hope). :)

Day 238/969

365 Project, Art, Astrophotography, Cloud smear effect, Clouds, La Skies, Local, Long exposure, Night photography, Star Trail, Stars
Day 238 of my 365 Project

Day 238 of my 365 Project

There weren’t any storms to chase today. The clouds looked pretty neat this afternoon but I was busy with getting things done so I didn’t get any shots. When I got home from play practice, I got a 30 minute star trail. There were clouds rolling in from the south and it made a nice addition to the star trail. The orange color is light pollution from town.

Day 237/968

365 Project, Art, Clouds, La Skies, Local, Storm, Storm Chasing
Day 237 of my 365 Project

Day 237 of my 365 Project

I didn’t have to go storm chasing today. The storms came to me. My wife and I went and picked up a family member when we noticed the weather getting very interesting. My wife pulled up the radar app on my phone and there was lots of nasty stuff all around us. She watched a particular storm system heading towards our house so I drove us home pretty quickly so we could see it as it was coming in. This is one of the shots I was able to catch before the heavy rains and wind forced us inside. This was quite impressive as it was coming in.

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What I’ve Seen

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John:

Some really cool shots…

Originally posted on Unchained Emporium:

I like to have fun with the camera on my cell phone. I’m not a pro, not by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s a nifty way to sort of journal things and perhaps record something that inspires me for use in a project later on down the road. Who knows? So I’d like to share some of my photos from this week with you.

I saw these tiny purple wildflowers with yellow centers while my husband and I were storm spotting. The plant they were growing on was rather large in comparison but it was so pretty! And the flowers were so very dainty. I doubt the farmer whose field they were growing beside even noticed but you never know.

I saw these tiny purple wildflowers with yellow centers while my husband and I were storm spotting. The plant they were growing on was rather large in comparison but it was so pretty! And the flowers were so very dainty. I doubt the farmer whose field they were growing beside even noticed but you never know.

The sun was setting when I walked out of the theater to defrost for a few minutes. I had to capture it, the best way I could. I sort of captured the pink in the clouds. The sun was setting when I walked out of the theater to defrost for a few minutes. I had to capture it, the best way I could. I…

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Day 236/967

365 Project, Art, Clouds, La Skies, Local, Storm
Day 236 of my 365 Project

Day 236 of my 365 Project

This afternoon, I decided to get sunset shots since it’s been a while since I last took sunset shots. My wife and I had to go next door and talk with her mom for a bit and check on our girls. They spent the night over there last night and we haven’t seen them since yesterday afternoon late. When we drove up, we noticed some storm clouds to the south. I got shots while she went in the house. After a few minutes, we drove to the powerplant to get sunset shots. It’s pretty open to get shots so we stayed for a few minutes. I kept noticing the storm to the south which was pretty impressive as the sun was going down. We drove to one of my spots where I check out storms to get some shots. This is one of the better shots I got. According to radar, the storm was a couple of hours south of me. We were impressed by the massiveness of the clouds.

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Gears In Place!

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John:

An update on the very cool mask of Mask Series #7…

Originally posted on Unchained Emporium:

I finally got the gears for the  mask in place. I think I’m going to stop with this for the mask decoration. I still have thing to do to finish the canvas before adding the mask to it but progress is progress, no matter how small, as Dr. Seuss says. I’m keeping it short tonight. I hope you enjoy this photo I took while we were out at the Eunice Farmer’s Market. After this post, I won’t post any more photos of #7 until it’s complete. But I will continue to blog if I see or do something I wish to share.

I finished sewing the gears onto the mask today! I'm so excited that it's all coming together and I can see the progress. I also like this edit that makes the robot eye look like it's glowing red.

I finished sewing the gears onto the mask today! I’m so excited that it’s all coming together and I can see the progress. I also like this edit that makes the robot eye look like it’s glowing red.

On a completely different note, can you see owls in…

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Day 235/966

365 Project, Art, La Skies, Local, Meteors, Star Trail, Stars
Day 235 of my 365 Project

Day 235 of my 365 Project

I got some shots earlier today of some mushrooms in my yard. They are in the shape of a crescent moon. They are pretty cool looking. When I got home for a dinner theater, I noticed the skies were crystal. I got a star trail of the Milky Way. This is 69 shots at 30 seconds per shot merged together in Photoshop. I did get a couple of meteors during shooting of this star trail.

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Eunice Farmer’s Market Day!

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John:

Please stop by and say “Hi” and check out our creative stuff…

Originally posted on Unchained Emporium:

We might be few but we are the determined. Every Saturday morning, from as early as 8:00 until around noon, there are several faithful souls bringing the work of their hands to you, the public. Fresh veggies, the like of which you will not find at Wal-Mart or Winn Dixie, and nifty gift items made here in the USA which would make nice stocking stuffers or small, thoughtful presents for any occasion. Here’s a rundown of what’s usually available from all the vendors: pickles (dill, sweet, bread and butter), honey (raw, straight from the hive), cucumbers, squash, okra, eggplant, peas, beans, peppers of all kinds, and so many different things as they become available in the growing season! There are also baked goods such as muffins, mini loaf breads, sweet dough pies, and sometimes cookies and more! Unchained Emporium will have painted glass marbles, survival bracelets, earrings, bookmarks, chain bracelets…

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