But don't tell my Squirrely friend — she'll beg me for an apron!
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
This is Lake McDonald in the western part of Glacier National Park. This is not MY picture. I saw it on the Earth Porn page of Facebook. I recognized it right away because this is basically my hang-out and where I spend a lot of time. It's a pretty picture, but I had to laugh at someone on the comments who was upset that the photograph had been PhotoShopped so much. She even went as far as to repost it on her Facebook page, telling people to stop PhotoShopping something that was naturally beautiful. Well ... I had to check this out for myself. Below is a picture of these same rocks, taken under the water. As you can see, they are quite colorful, although not nearly as bright as the picture above. It was overcast when I took mine.
Here are the same rocks below using a very slight Instagram filter called Mayfair. As you can see, they are a little more colorful. They certainly aren't as colorful as the top picture, but you get the idea. When I take the picture below and add another Mayfair filter to it, they get even brighter. So, it really doesn't take much to make these rocks super vibrant looking. I can do it right on my phone. It really isn't that hard. The rocks are colorful, and what people don't realize is that they are way more colorful in person.
It just struck me funny that this woman went out of her way to tell people not to edit a photograph that they took themselves, and then to go on her own page and make another point out of it. If she likes the rocks the way they are — and they are very pretty — she should post some of her own pictures rather than criticize someone else's work. Whether people like it or not, photo editing has been around forever and is here to stay. It's a skill in itself.
Some people only seem happy when they're complaining about what other people do. I noted that on Twitter yesterday after reading a bunch of tweets from people who said Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was a bad lyricist. Really? It cracks me up how people say stuff like that because it makes me wonder what THEY have written or contributed to this world to make it a better place. So, the rocks have a little filter to bring their color out more — so what.
Oh, and for what it's worth ... here is another shot of the same rocks using the contrast filter. As you can see, it doesn't take much. Since posting this, I've seen others post untouched pictures that show the true colors of the rocks. It's just funny how people get upset if it's not what they saw or even what they think they saw.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Actually, it's closer to my natural color, although I haven't seen that in years. I have to color it so often now that it gets darker and darker each time. Every now and then I'll strip it down and start all over. That's kind of scary itself because I never know what will happen.
Sunday, February 16, 2014
The weather turned in our favor yesterday, so Rick and I decided to head up into Glacier National Park for the day. Everything is covered in snow, but that didn't stop us from having a little picnic. We stopped at our favorite table by Lake McDonald, which is pictured below. It was a little snowy, but we got the table cleared off enough to use it. Rick also managed to start a fire on the top of the BBQ grill. I was really surprised it even started, but it worked really good. I took some photographs, most of which have already been posted on IG.
Lake McDonald is still really frozen. Last weekend people were ice skating on it. I guess it hasn't frozen like that in over a decade, so it was a big deal. Rick walked out on it a bit, but he didn't go too far because the weather hasn't been as cold as it was the week before. I was too chicken, and stayed pretty close to the shoreline, although I'm sure I was over the water a few times.
It was our 26th wedding anniversary on Valentine's Day, but we didn't do too much for that. We went out for a drink and appetizer at a favorite restaurant, and then did some shopping afterwards. Valentine's Day is a fun day to be married on, but most restaurants are insane at night, so we usually skip doing the dinner thing. Going out around lunch was really nice, as was this little trip to the park. Surprisingly, the weather was really nice. It was around 40 degrees, which might sound freezing to some, but I was actually too warm in my coat when we were snow shoeing along the lake. There wasn't any wind either, so that made it nice.
Friday, February 14, 2014
I hope you had a nice day, whether you celebrate Valentine's Day or not. Some people I know think the day is overrated; many loathe it with a passion. Personally, I like to focus on St. Valentine, rather than all the other stuff that goes with it. I don't care too much about presents, flowers, or going out to dinner, although I do usually get my kids a little something. It is also my wedding anniversary, so that makes the day special regardless.
This year Rick made me a Valentine. Yes ... he MADE one with his own two hands. If you knew Rick, you'd realize that this is a HUGE deal. Rick is not a crafty person. He can take apart a car and get it put back together, but when it comes to things like cutting paper, gluing, and being creative, that is so NOT Rick. He surprised me this year, with some help from his friend Rae at work. If you're reading this blog post, Rae — thank you for helping him with this. I love it!
The card has a Red Hot Chili Peppers theme to it. The "I'm With You" saying on the front is from their newest album. Then he carefully searched for a song lyric that he felt would be appropriate. That's kind of funny because if you know any of RHCP's songs, some of them are pretty crazy. He picked a really sweet lyric. Then he went online to do a search for "Red Hot Chili Peppers Plaid" to see if he could find a picture to put inside his card. Look at what showed up — ME! Hahaha! So, he went with it and printed that picture of me and stuck it in a window.
I think it turned out great. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I was digging around in my jewelry box today, and yes, I was looking for something for one of my IG photo challenges. You know me well. I saw my old class ring from high school in there. I decided to pull it out and try to clean it up. It was completely tarnished, as you can see from the blurry photo below. We had some Tarn-X, which did a pretty good job.
I never wore my ring much. Judging by the picture, that's no a surprise. I always regretted getting the larger band instead of the skinnier one that was more petite. At the time, I had to have one, so I begged my mom to buy it. I can't remember how much it cost, but class rings are expensive. Even the ones Walmart offers range from $100-$1000. Seriously ... $1000? I know mine wasn't that much. My mom never would have gotten it. As homeschoolers, we can get class rings also, but the girls never did. I'll keep it in mind when it's time for the boys.
It's hard to believe that was 31 years ago. Did you have a class ring?