A day with Mom

Enjoyed Mothers Day brunch at Primland today, then drove back to Roanoke along the Blue Ridge Parkway, taking pix of the just-emerging flame azaleas and pinksters. Also got a few cows, may apples and fern fronds unfurling, but they are on the other camera and need downloading and cropping. Fun day with Petie, and some photos here you are likely to see again as artworks, sometime soon. Maybe.

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Bicycle and Early Spring

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Took a bike ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway this morning. Overcast skies, but warm. The longest of our National Parks has taken a beating over the past few months, and the resurgence of spring growth has not yet covered the lost treasures, which the recently-melted snow disclosed.

Met a man and his dog along the way. As I rested and ate my breakfast bar at Round Meadow overlook, he emerged from the deep cut of Round Meadow Creek, which the bridge I sat near spans. As we talked I realized he was a great good friend of my late mother-in-law, and that we had actually met several times in the distant past. Billy Cruze and his dog, Sam, walk every day along Round Meadow Creek and hike up to the Parkway and along the road, making a circuit back to his house.

Stopping to take photos of curiosities along my way added significant time to the ride, but I just couldn’t keep pedaling past some of these astonishments. And once you begin taking pix, we’ll, it’s difficult to stop, even if you face starting to pedal again in the “granny-gear” headed up a steep hill.

So here is my photo essay of April Cycling Along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Variations on a Theme

Actually, I really hate musical variations on a theme.

But I took a pic today and played with it in Photoshop, and wanted to get some feedback on the different treatments, or variations on the same photo (theme).

So vote for your fave, even if the fave is the original. Let me know your thoughts in comments below or on my FB page. Just curious about opinions.

This is the original, taken with my iPhone. It is my red-tailed hawk's footprints in the snow, inside his weathering enclosure.
This is the original, taken with my iPhone. It is my red-tailed hawk’s footprints in the snow, inside his weathering enclosure.

Now the variations:

"Cutout" style with no color enhancement.
“Cutout” style with no color enhancement.
Super-Saturated "cutout."
Super-Saturated “cutout.”
Black and White "chalk & charcoal"
Black and White “chalk & charcoal”