Sunday, September 25, 2011

Camera Ready

Life Is Good

Lately my son and I have a standing Friday night dinner date. I had to stand him up this week in the interest of dinner with friends and related photo-opportunities, so we had lunch yesterday instead. Yes, my nearly 24 year old college student son actually wants to go out with his mom on Friday night. How cool is that?

He has an apartment very close to campus and as far as habitats primarily populated by college students go, it is a pretty nice place. It can get a bit junky looking outside the doors with coolers and trash bags full of what I suspect are beer cans, and there isn't much in the way of landscaping around it save some long ago planted shrubbery.

As I walked up to his apartment I noticed a tree stump with a single wilted sunflower sticking out of it at the bottom of the stairwell of the building across from his.   My camera was in my purse and I thought I might take a picture of it as I left.

We had our lunch and I forgot about the sunflower.  As we said our goodbyes I noticed that there were two fresh new sunflowers added to the tree stump. I was disturbingly giddy at this serendipitous find - a still life set up for me by a stranger who just wanted to add a little beauty to their environment.  Today's image is the result.  It pays to have your camera ready.

After all that prop shopping, setup, cooking and arranging for yesterdays image, it is ironic how easy this one came together and I like it even more.   After just  few quick clicks so I wouldn't freak out the neighbors, I headed home with the eagerness of a child on Christmas morning to check out what I had.

I've been wanting find a use for Bonnie's (Pixel Dust Photo Art)  "Life is Good" texture, and this was the perfect image for it.  I added one layer of Kim Klassen's "Canvas Magic" to tone it down a bit.

Hope everyone has a lovely Sunday.  Mine promises to be a busy one and I'm sure some photos will result. 


  1. just as lovely as all of your posts. Great capture of the sunflower, and i love your texturing. LeAnne, I think you should quit your day job....

  2. Thank you Jeanne! That means a lot coming from someone of your talent.

  3. Sounds just like my son, and there is never a day that goes by when I don't think about how thankful I am that he still like to hang out with his mom!
    Your work here is beautiful.

  4. Wonderful sunflowers and you know I love sunflowers. So very nice you get to spend time with your son.

  5. Oh and I meant also to say that I am very happy that my 37 year old daughter is still excited to get together with me for a girls day out. It does mean alot!


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