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Nature's Photo Art by Kathy McGraw
Nature is Like a Canvas
Nature Art and Photography is a way to see and appreciate what we might not see, as well as what we do. It is a way to show appreciation and to share it with others.
Nature is like a canvas with photographers, artists and writers filling it with the color of their subjects. To me there is beauty in even the most common things, many of which we never take the time to appreciate. Photography is a way to capture and share what we ourselves appreciate or love about nature.
The photos I have included here are a small sample of some of Nature's Art, Nature's beauty that is often overlooked. There are even a few links to photo editing sites as I have learned that even photos that don't turn out the way we want can still be used for Digital Art Projects.
Yea, I See You Too!
I took the Palm Springs Tram up the mountain to go hiking. Once off the tram, I saw this guy over by a tree. I stood and watched him for a bit, then decided to take his picture.
Are You Taking My Picture or the Shell?
In Neah Bay, Washington we were up very early walking on the beach looking for Bald Eagles when I noticed what looked like worms, very big worms, in the sand. I had never seen anything like this....so of course had to get his picture.
Yea Go Ahead and Wiggle Your Toes in the Sand!
This one was apparently shy and tried to hide when I got closer. Look closely and you can see the trail he left before hiding under the sand.
I'm Getting There!
All things great and small, that is what the snail is. He was on this beautiful rock in a garden where I was taking pictures of some beautiful summer flowers. I love the different textures in this shot of his skin and his shell against the rock.
It's not often that city people see fields of artichokes growing, nor ones in bloom. These are in Central California, and I spent hours going to the different fields. Some of the fields the artichokes were in bloom, while the larger picture shows them as they are before harvesting.
Look and you will see. This little guy is absolutely beautiful with his orange spikes and black and white body crawling along the asphalt of a parking lot at the lagoon in Carlsbad, California. If we only concentrate on our destination, the lagoon in this case, then we miss out on what is around us. I saw him crawling along the parking lot, and that alone fascinated me, but when I got the shot and blew it up to a larger size it is absolutely stunning!
We were planting a Fairy Garden when I saw this guy. I love his colors so took his picture before he went back underground.
Making a Nature Calendar from Your Photos - Easy to Make Wallpaper Calendar from Your Photos
This Caterpillar Photo of mine was used in a tutorial on how to make Calendars and Wallpaper
Photo Editing Sites Online - Sites I use for my Photos
There are so many Photo Editing Sites online, but I mostly just use one for basic editing. Often a picture might just need to be re-sized, a drop shadow added to give it a little dimension like the ones here, or maybe add a little contrast. Picnik is my favorite site for this, and it's free. I do have the paid version as it offers some tools that the free one doesn't. But for $25 a year, you can't beat it if you take a lot of photos.
Update: June 2012 Picnik is no longer available, Google bought them. But if you have Google+ and put pictures on there, you will have a lot of the tools that were on the paid version of Picnic. Also the original designers have started a new site called PicMonkey . They are adding new tools all the time.
- PicMonkey - Photo Editing Made of Win
PicMonkey is a feature-rich, free online photo editor that works right in your browser; no downloads necessary. Touch-up tools like Teeth Whiten, Blemish Fix, Weight Loss. Effects like Orton, Cross Process, Color Boost, with drag and drop ease. All t
- Free Layering Online Site
A little more versatility than Picnik
- GIMP - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com
The volunteer developers of The GIMP have been working hard to develop a polished, user-friendly, and freely distributed image editor.
- Pixlr Photo Editing Online
Quick fix or cool one-click effects-no need to download.
Somethings we don't want to see even when we do...but they still make for good Photo Op's
OK, this kitten isn't really something we might ignore, just wanted to leave you with something cute :)
Do you take pictures of things most people might not see?