Photo Friday: Is It Real or PhotoShop?

Have you ever seen the Pink Swallowtail butterfly?—No?

Well, I suppose that’s because there is no such thing.

Swallow Tail in Sunlight, Pink photoshop

[Pink Swallowtail. Photoshop.] 

This photo of a yellow Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail is my one and only experiment with Photoshop ever. You’ll notice by comparing it with the original below that I also de-colorized the ground and sharpened the image a bit. I like how this emphasized the natural circle of light around the butterfly which was filtering down through the leaves above me.

You never know what your creative side will think of next. I wonder what creative possibilities went through the infinite mind of God when He said,

Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.—Genesis 1:24, ESV

Swallow Tail in Sunlight

[Appalachian Tiger Swallowtail. Nikon D40. Smoky Mountains, NC. June, 2009.] 


Photo Friday: Welcome Back September

It’s Friday! 

It’s the first Friday in September. In the north autumn is underway. Here in Atlanta, I can feel it on the horizon. Now our thoughts turn to football, sweaters, and hot chocolate, and my personal favorites: camping, colors, and mountain air.

Here’s a few reasons I’ve enjoyed autumns past, and why I look forward to September-November every year.


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Smokey Mountain Elk Herd

Elk in River

[Smoky Mountain elk herd crossing the Oconaluftee River. October, 2013. full-size]

We found this herd of rogue elk deliberately ignoring the partial government shutdown! We caught them grazing in the Mountain Farm exhibit at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, and resting in the Oconaluftee River. These elk shenanigans and the shutdown of Great Smoky Mountain National Park during our annual camping trip was enough to make me feel like a Grumpy Cat.

Grumpy Lon