Nature Images - Digital Fun Photos of Art in our Back Yard

Nature photos using photo manipulation effects

Isn't he a cutie!
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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!

Photo manipulated Easter lily

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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.

When playing around with different color combinations, it is amazing just how different an image can become!

Enhanced rose photo using Windows Live Photo Gallery

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Adjusting details

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

The photo above started out as a wide open red rose with yellow interior.

Photo manipulation effects

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Exposure setting

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

Would you believe that the photo above 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?

Photo manipulation effects of hen and chicks plant

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Color


Colors were adjusted for temperature, tint and saturation.

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

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

Photo manipulation effects of nature pictures taken in our backyard.

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Photo manipulation effects

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Nature prints


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


The photo above 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 earlier in this hub.

Nature pictures - photo manipulation effects

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The vibrant hued photo above reminds me of an umbrella repelling raindrops. In actuality it is a close-up and altered state of a dianthus flower photo taken in our garden.

Photo manipulated aloe vera blossom

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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 created 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!

What is pictured here to the right is an aloe vera bloom on one of my plants.

Photo manipulation can create some great images!

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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 above was a parasol shaped mushroom that appeared between some of the rocks in our backyard one day.

Photo manipulated azalea flower

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Would you believe that the photo to the right is a close-up picture 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.





Altered butterfly photo close-up

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Butterfly photo


The photo to the right is probably the most recognizable.


It is a closeup shot of a butterfly resting on a banana leaf in our backyard.


Do you see it now?

What is this???

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What is the image above?

  • Obviously a visitor from outer space!
  • A nightmare from one of my dreams!
  • Looks like something my cat might wish to play with...
  • Please tell me so that I no longer have to worry about it!
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Photography Nature


Nature photography can be grand and glorious scenery of mountains, streams, forests and such or close-ups of naturally occurring smaller less obvious items which capture some people's interest such as the photo above.

What do you think this image above represents?

Part of Houston in which these nature pictures were taken.

A markerHouston, Texas 77084 -
Houston, TX 77084, USA
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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...


Tour of editing photos with Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011

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Peggy W 21 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi poetryman6969,

Glad you liked the effects of what I accomplished with images taken from our backyard.


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poetryman6969 21 months ago

Some beautiful effects. I enjoyed the photos.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello jainismus,

It is fun to play around with photo editing tools and create images such as shown here. Thanks for your comment.


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jainismus 3 years ago from Pune, India

This is a great idea. We can do more using photo editing tools. It is a fun as well as creativity.

Thank you for sharing this.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Au fait,

So happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub and thanks for the pin and share.


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