Mandarin Orange Monday 77


Tree Bark Up Close.. A Fantasy

Another walk through Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens…still as beautiful as it always has been. I remember visiting there with my mother, grandmother, aunt and cousins often on school holidays. We used to love feeding the ducks too…not so good for the ducks, but we kids thought it was great fun. Also playing hide and seek amongst the many exotic bushes and palms. Still as beautiful as it has always been…for now…but I hear change may be coming….restaurants, more areas for hire for parties etc…. maybe in 20 years it will become a theme park! Let’s hope people like  ex Prime Ministers, Paul Keating ( who celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday), has some influence in stopping this from ever happening. And guess who has a birthday today?:))

These pics show some of the treasures up close…almost a little fantasy world.

The first series is almost straight from camera…with some adjustments to Curves in Photoshop








This second series includes some editing using Photoshop. The only filter I used was PS Photo Filter – Warming 85. The processes were – sharpening, cropping, increased Vibrance, and adjustments to Curves. Also changes to in Saturation and Selective colour. The last four have areas selected with magic wand and almost desaturated.





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These are playtime – using Nik Color Efex and Topaz filters as well as combining layers.




Thank you to everyone  who visited, shared art and left  those lovely comments last week. Castro will indeed be proud to hear them:)

Now it is time to see what you have been working on this week – or maybe rediscovered from your archives  – I know it is still a busy time of year.

Here in Australia, it is still summer holiday time and actually quite hot. Some parts of Australia are experiencing a heat wave.  I hope those of you who are enduring bleak winter conditions in other parts of the world are keeping warm and safe. Perhaps you have some spectacular pics of ice and snow to cool us down!

29 thoughts on “Mandarin Orange Monday 77

  1. I liek this kidn of palmtrees. So many features on them to use in artwork as can be seen in your work here. As art I favor the last one, I like the colors and lines in it. I also liek to see the details of the palm in your shots.

  2. I wonder if Mother Nature would give you a wink if she were to see how you enhance her flawless artwork. Macro’s are always stupendous as is all of the natural world. I love what you did with pictures that were already beautiful. Hope you are finding ways to keep cool or fun ways to be hot, like going to the Botanicl Gardens 🙂 I think I like the middle set the best … just enough touch up …

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  3. I’m assuming it’s your birthday from your comment, so have a good one. Botanical gardens are definitely a place to find treasures like the one you photographed, so I hope yours is preserved. Blessings!

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  6. Happy Birthday!! Seems like a beautiful place to spend it. I love palms, and you have some great photos of the overlapping patterns and the golden brown textures of the branches and trunks.

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  8. What interesting photos. At first, the photos at the top reminded me of fish. What beautiful texture, lines and colour! Happy birthday!

    It sounds like you have wonderful memories with your family.

    Change is so hard to imagine in places that are special to us. I know how you feel. All around my acreage people are subdividing the land and wanting to build more acreages. It is really hard to photograph the prairie sky and landscape without capturing the human landscape and change. I am hoping not much more change will occur, and the natural prairie landscape will be preserved for many years for future generations to enjoy. The starry night skies are being dimmed due to light pollution and the once night darkness is being filled with yard lights. When we first moved to the acreage, the darkness at night created a very restful night. Now, yard lights constantly shed light into my window and darknening curtains are needed. I hope you all ban together and stand up for preserving the Austrailian beauty!

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  10. Lori i love the memories you have of all the times you ventured through here with family!! OH and love your portrayal;s especially one shot, it looks a bit phallic to me …hehe

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