Sunday, June 6, 2010
Hummingbirds are my bliss. Growing up we visited Mt. Shasta, California for swimming meets and we always hung out with these really great people. They had a beautiful house in a wooded area. As time went on, I became good friends with their daughter and spent extra time in the "city" after the Mt. Shasta swim meet - always one of the hottest places we traveled to - hands down. They had a red hummingbird feeder similar to the one pictured here. I loved it. I love these little birds with their wings flapping at what seemed like light speed to my younger self. They were fabulous. Now that I'm "all grown up" - I still love hummingbirds. My breath catches each time I see one. They remind me of easier times when my whole life was in front of me. Before the pressure of adulthood and conformity took over - when I was still in touch with my creative self. This picture captures that feeling perfectly - the feeling of bliss, joy, magic and possibility.
It might come as a surprise - but this picture started out looking like this:
It's a beautiful picture as is - but still I wanted to try to see if I could give it vintage effects and a little texture using Photoshop Elements. I think I did a pretty good job for my first time out. I found the picture at Morgue File - a fabulous site I heard about on Paperclipping Roundtable. They have copyright free images and they're amazing. It works out well for a girl like me that doesn't take many pictures. I used a texture from flickr. I really wish I knew the user name for the person because it's amazing! So there you are - my first crack at vintage. I had big plans to post about something else entirely - but...[insert cute quote about plans here - for the love of God I can't think of one]. ;), I hope everyone is having a nice Sunday. I spent part of mine at my second home - Barnes & Noble which was heavenly. More on that another day. Until then...