View Nature Images with some Photo Editing Fun!

Isn't he a cutie!

Cute anole lizard in our backyard
Cute anole lizard in our backyard | Source

Anole lizard on the brick of our home.

The photo manipulated image above started out like this!
The photo manipulated image above started out like this! | Source

Photo Art

Amazing photo art can be created from nature photos taken in your local surroundings and in this particular case original art was composed from photos taken in our very own backyard.

Many pictures that I have taken of our garden were already loaded into the computer so I decided to start with what was already there and easily accessed.

We have a new computer and I decided to start playing around with the Windows Live Photo Gallery to see what effects could be attained.

Please respect the copyrights on these photos!

Interior view of Easter Lily

Interior view of Easter Lily
Interior view of Easter Lily | Source

Cropping Photos

Photos were cropped to just show interesting details of a portion of the original full photo.

The little guy above in the first photo was a lizard that was eyeing me from the side of our brick home. I really like the effects achieved with this photo manipulation!

The photo to the right shows the inside of an Easter Lily flipped bottom to top and adjusted to get these vibrant colors.

After some photo color editing and some cropping would you have ever guessed that this was the interior of an Easter lily had I not told you what it was?

Adjusting Details

Details were adjusted to sharpen the image sometimes getting a totally different perspective.

The photo to the right started out as a wide open red rose with yellow interior.

Photo manipulation effects

Would you know that after some photo manipulation this is a portion of a deceased beetle carcass?
Would you know that after some photo manipulation this is a portion of a deceased beetle carcass? | Source

Exposure Setting

The exposure setting let me adjust the photos for brightness, contrast, shadows and highlights.

Would you believe that the photo on the right shows a portion of the underside of a colorful deceased beetle that I found in our backyard one day?

It looks like an abstract painting of modern art! What does it look like to you?

Ghost Plant

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Photo manipulated Ghost Plant commonly called Hen and Chicks PlantOriginal photo of hen and chicks plant
Photo manipulated Ghost Plant commonly called Hen and Chicks Plant
Photo manipulated Ghost Plant commonly called Hen and Chicks Plant | Source
Original photo of hen and chicks plant
Original photo of hen and chicks plant | Source

Color Enhancement


Colors were adjusted for temperature, tint and saturation.

This hen and chicks plant shown to the right is normally a grayish color.

The official name of this succulent plant is ghost plant but we have always known it as the hen and chicks plant.

Adjusting the temperature, tint and saturation certainly changed the appearance of this photo!

Scratched shell of beetle

Scratched shell of beetle
Scratched shell of beetle | Source

Nature Prints

Often I went back and forth between exposure and color to keep tweaking the photo for different effects.

It is fun doing this and one can play around with the different exposures and colors almost endlessly and get amazingly different results!

Beetle underside

Beetle underside
Beetle underside | Source

The photo above on the right is a portion of the beetle's top side.

It was found wedged in between a brick and rock walkway and the hard shell was scratched and cracked.

All of those details make for an interesting nature print when manipulated with colors and exposure settings.

Effective...don't you agree?

The colorful abstracted piece to the right is that same dead beetle's underside...a different portion of it than the green toned one shown in the 5th photo earlier in this post.

Aloe Vera blossom

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Photo manipulated portion of aloe vera blossomAloe Vera blossom
Photo manipulated portion of aloe vera blossom
Photo manipulated portion of aloe vera blossom | Source
Aloe Vera blossom
Aloe Vera blossom | Source

Photography Fine Art

What is actually determined to be photography fine art?

Much of it is in the eye of the beholder!

Obviously there are some parameters which can be studied and learned...but it still boils down to what is appreciated and wished to be possibly purchased or simply enjoyed by normal everyday people.

If you have a camera and computer...start playing around with this medium to see what you can create.

You might be amazed!

Parasol shaped mushroom amidst rocks

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Enhanced image of parasol shaped mushroom amidst rocksOriginal photo of this mushroom
Enhanced image of parasol shaped mushroom amidst rocks
Enhanced image of parasol shaped mushroom amidst rocks | Source
Original photo of this mushroom
Original photo of this mushroom | Source

Photo Art Prints

You can create your own photo art prints!

If you have a camera...start taking pictures of everyday things no matter the subject matter and start having fun with the adjustments that can be made with the photo programs and capabilities that are built in to most computers.

The photo on the right was a parasol shaped mushroom that appeared between some of the rocks in our backyard one day.

Would you have recognized it as such in the enhanced image?

Azalea blossom fun!

Azalea blossom fun!
Azalea blossom fun! | Source

Viewing things differently...

Would you believe that the photo to the right is a closeup picture of the interior of an azalea blossom in our backyard?

Believe-it-or-not...it is true!

You can readily see what playing with colors and exposures as well as details can do to totally alter a normal picture.

Abalone shell

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Enhanced abalone shell interiorAbalone shell in our gardenCropped portion of abalone shell
Enhanced abalone shell interior
Enhanced abalone shell interior | Source
Abalone shell in our garden
Abalone shell in our garden | Source
Cropped portion of abalone shell
Cropped portion of abalone shell | Source

Enhancing an Abalone Shell


Abalone shells are beautiful all in their own right and my hubby and I have three of them in our garden mixed in with our rocks and other plantings.

Their amazing colors when catching rays of the sun or even on dreary rainy days add to the other hues of flowers, plants and shrubs in our garden and help enhance the overall effect.

Here with some photo manipulation effects is a portion of the interior of one such abalone shell viewed on the right.

What do you think of the colors?

Nature Photography

Nature photography can be grand and glorious scenery of mountains, streams, forests and such or closeups of naturally occurring smaller less obvious items.

What do you think this image to the right represents?

#1 Obviously a visitor from outer space!

#2 A nightmare from one of my dreams!

#3 Looks like something my cat might like to play with.

#4 This is probably a monster from a sci-fi movie.

#5 Yikes! I do not think I wish to know the answer!

You can let me know your answer to this question in the comment section below.

Tour of editing photos with Windows Live Photo Gallery

Hope you had as much fun looking at these nature photos and art from our backyard as I had in creating this post. Will be looking forward to your comments.


Photo editing

Have you ever played with your photos to create fun images or even pieces of art using photo manipulation effects on your computer?

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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Frank,

So glad you like the variety of subject matter on my hubs. :)


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Frank Atanacio 6 months ago from Shelton

Peggy W your hubs are just fun to read.. I get so much from them..:) bless you for sharing the photos and the hard work you put into them...


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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi BlossomSB,

Take any photo you have in the computer and have some fun with it. You will be surprised at all the different effects you can get. Glad you liked this.


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BlossomSB 6 months ago from Victoria, Australia

Wow! These are so artistic. It might be fun to try.


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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi tobusiness,

It is fun playing with photo editing. Can certainly eat up some time! Ha! That last image is the underside head portion of that same dead beetle. Turned out looking rather scary! Ha!


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tobusiness 6 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Hi Peggy, I also enjoy playing around with photo editing, it's good fun, and there is so much one can do. I love what you did with the lizard, but I haven't a clue what the last image represents. The mind boggles. :-)


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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi FlourishAnyway,

I really like that anole lizard photo also. Takes on an entirely different perspective. :)


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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi peachpurple,

Anyone could do this. I just played around with the photo editing and had fun doing it but thanks for the compliment.


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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Jackie,

As far as it being digital art...I cannot think of a reason that it would not be considered as such. Nice that you enjoy creating your fantasy art.


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FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

I like what you did with that lizard. Very funky and it bears only remote resemblance to the original. Warhol-like.


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peachpurple 6 months ago from Home Sweet Home

wow you sure are good at photo editing skill


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Jackie Lynnley 6 months ago from The Beautiful South

I do this too Peggy and put it in a folder called FanArt for fantasy art. Sometimes I just regret I didn't quite capture what I wanted to and that is when it goes to editing! Sometimes I just know it would make a great fantasy piece. Just anything works, doesn't it?

I have always wondered, is this the same thing as digital art?

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