Saturday Art is back!!!
I have no idea when I will have time to do much photo editing, but I am still excited at the opportunity.

And let me tell you... I GOT photos to edit.
Well over 500 from our summer vacation.

I mean, tell me; how could you resist.


If you think photo editing is something that is way beyond your skills, you should definitely check out Claudia's blog and watch her very helpful video.    It's so fascinating to me being able to witness the artists' process.  How all the various elements eventually work together to create something new and exciting.

You can make a bad photo good; or a good photo better.

My original photo up there was pretty good to start.   What can be awful about a bursting sunset over a calm, blue lake?    Especially when no filter or other touch ups were applied to this shot, other than to revert from RAW to jpeg image so that I would not have to wait 200 hours for my blog to upload the image.

THAT is truly how the sunset glowed this particular night.   The colours are real.
But, that doesn't mean I can't have some fun, right?



Two fairly simple edits.   Add a border.  Add some bokah.  Add some grungy filter or light bursts.   Easy peasy.

Doesn't really seem to represent my home and native land completely though.
Then I remembered the Girl Guides song the girls and I were singing while I was snapping the photos.  While the bonfire burned bright behind us and the loons were calling.

Yeah, I want to return once more.





Boom.

Yes, I had to add a moose because despite almost a dozen trips to the great beauty of the North where they are supposedly in abundant supply:  I have yet to actually see one.

And that's why making Art is so important.   Sometimes you just gotta make your dreams come true in another way.  It may not be as good, but it keeps the dream alive.

Drop by Claudia's and link up some of your own Art. 
Saturday Art @ ImagesByCW
Welcome to the end of a busy week!
This is the one week I think I can still say as a stay at home mom -- thank God it's Friday!!!
Normally I am very much the STAY at home kind of mom, but once September hits:  I am outta the house every darn night it seems.   And this week was no exception. 

Which means: Girl Guides has started for another year!    Yeah!

But my own Sparks group will have to be closed due to low registration.   Boo!

However, the other Sparks group has many numbers registered and has asked for  my assistance.  Yeah!

It's been a week of ups and downs, backwards and forwards,  and will it work? and no it won'ts!

Yeah. 
TGIF.
 The Friendly Fill-Ins are four fun and easy statements to complete. Ellen of 15andmeowingprovides the first two statements and the final two are offered by myself.    Please come back, link up, and share your thoughts!   Here are this week's statements with the blanks:
Week 20: September 23, 2016

1. The last movie I saw at the theater was Independence Day: Resurgence.   I am not at all pleased about it.   Bill Pullman delivered one of the finest speeches in film history in the first one, but I felt this second one fell a little flat.    

 
And Jeff Goldblum is amazing, but I missed the chemistry with Will Smith.    I guess Smith made a good decision in not returning.   The movie was okay, but there were quite a few others I had wanted to see, but babysitters for 3 are hard to find y'all.

 
2. The title of my autobiography would be What A Long Strange Trip It's Been.  ??

I don't know really.  That just came off the top of my head.   I would hope I might be able to think of something a little better should I actually write those memoirs.   

But honestly, you're kinda reading them right now.  
 

3. I would love to learn to play an instrument. 

Technically, I would be RE learning, since I did play piano, guitar and flute when I was younger.   I also gave the trumpet and drums a whirl too.   Didn't care for the saxophone.   

Maybe I was a musical prodigy and missed my mark?   

4. I am glad that I learned  yoga, because  it has helped me remain balanced, focused, and most importantly CALM during this crazy busy week .



Did I mention I also caught the annual Back to School Cold?
Yeah. 
TGIF.

Bring on the medication.
  
I wasn't lying when I said we were so busy this summer, the kids were literally spinning!

To everything Turn, Turn, Turn!










And sometimes, they fly too.


Basically my camera setting remained at 1/1000 setting the entire summer.
Which was a real bummer when I quickly grabbed it to capture a shot of that elusive hummingbird moth.


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