Orange and yellow

I’m off to do some fun stuff this morning, and I’m proud of myself for already getting a walk in today. I took a couple more photos of winter trees but haven’t processed them yet. I took these shots over the last week. We get a lot of yellow and orange in the winter because it’s citrus season, the birds of paradise seem to bloom, and the euryops bloom in the winter. I love yellow and orange, especially set against deep green.


Have a great Saturday!


Portrait of a friend

Yesterday I talked about the phone not being as good outdoors, but being good indoors for portraits. I said I would show you a picture today, and here it is.


However, I did have to tweak the brightness and contrast, which I rarely have to do with the DSLR. I can say without a doubt that the phone is a lot better for candid unobtrusive shots. It’s not like one wants to have a huge camera around one’s neck when socializing!

On the above picture, I adjusted the brightness minus 29 and the contrast plus 10, but here is the shot with auto white balance. It’s not as subtle an adjustment, but possibly it is better.

Portrait 2

I’m using the camera that came with the phone. I’m going to try downloading a different camera. The specific problem I’m having is over-exposure.

That said, I really love this shot of my friend, and I wouldn’t have it were it not for my phone.

It occurred to me this would make a great painting.


I really love what the painting software did with the colors.

Shadows and light

The sunlight was gorgeous on this tree.


I was using my new Android phone. Not thrilled with the outcome as the shots took a lot of editing and still don’t look as good as the DSLR. That’s fine, though. I have noticed the phone camera is pretty good with indoor portraits. If my friend lets me, I’ll post the portrait tomorrow.


I do like the Snapseed possibilities, though.

Trees-in- shadow

Okay, I’m off to write! And Edit!

Have a great Tuesday.


#Giveaway Monday

Happy Giveaway Monday! To soften the blow of having to start a new week,  I am giving away a high resolution picture from the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam and telling you about a great free book.

I use this picture as  background on my phone. It looks really good as wallpaper.


Next up: This very popular book is free for a short time! I grabbed a copy for myself. It’s a romantic comedy, my favorite!


She’s Gotta Be Mine
Cottonmouth Book 1
Copyright 2011 Jennifer Skully

For the first time in e-book!

If you missed it previously, KOD Daphne Award winner “Sex and the Serial Killer” is back with a new title, “She’s Gotta Be Mine”, and a slight text revamp.  It’s still laugh-out-loud funny, peopled with hilarious characters in the small town of Cottonmouth, California.  Not to mention an alleged serial killer who’s too devilishly handsome to ignore.

4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick! “Skully’s novel is a triumph. It’s fabulously funny, with top-notch dialogue, terrific pacing and witty compelling characters.”
Romantic Times

“A witty novel that will keep you engrossed until the very end!”
Huntress Reviews

“An absolute delight.”
Road to Romance Reviews

Dumped? For her husband’s high school sweetheart he hasn’t seen in twenty years? Roberta Jones Spivey isn’t going to lay down for that, no way. Instead, she decides to reinvent herself. The new Bobbie Jones—new haircut, new name, new attitude—will follow her soon-to-be ex to the small Northern California town of Cottonmouth. And there she’ll show him—and his sweetheart—what a big mistake he made.

What better way to show him what he’s missing in the brand new Bobbie Jones than taking up with the town’s local bad boy—who’s also reputed to be a serial killer. Nick Angel is devilishly handsome and sexy as all get-out. In a word, perfect.

It’s all going exactly according to plan…until a real murder rocks the little town of Cottonmouth. Of course, Nick didn’t do it…did he?

~Previously published in 2005 as Sex and the Serial Killer~

Don’t miss the sequel, Fool’s Gold!


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Coffee Time Romance

Here are three free recipes for cookies, some that are even healthful for breakfast!