One Four Challenge Week 4

This week is week 4 of Robyn G’s, with,Captivate Me, One Four Challenge.  Below are my edits for the month.  This week, the edits I performed on my photo are:

1.  I put the photo through Aviary and toned down the saturation from last week.

2.  In Aviary, I gave it High Definition.

3.  Next, I cropped the  image.

4.  I toned down some Contrast

5. Then I put it in the editor, IColorama and gave it the Effect/Flow. Which gave it a bit of blurry effect.

Which image is your favorite?

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Five Photos – Five Stories – Day 4

I was given this Cactus for Christmas 2013. I had no idea that you need to put it in darkness, or semi-darkness for 12 weeks prior to Christmas in order for it to bloom for the holiday.

When I found this out in December, I immediately put it in the back bedroom and didn't give it water for about 8-9 weeks. Then, I gave it a little water. Almost immediately it began to bud. After a few more weeks, it has fully bloomed, and it was approximately 12 weeks from the time I put it in the semi-dark.

I'm kind of proud of this pretty little cactus. However, Christmas for this little cactus came in February.

I was kindly nominated to participate in the Five Days Challenge by snowsfissuresandfractures and was asked to post five photos, one per day for five days, and write five stories, one for each day. Today is day 4.

Next, I am to select one person (each day), to carry on this challenge.

Today, I choose Yinglan, author of the blog, Hidden Stars Fiction. I am asking you to post a photo every day for five days and write a story to go along with each photo. This story can be fiction or non-fiction and can be from a short paragraph to a page. And, please select one person each day to carry on this challenge. This challenge is not mandatory and can be refused. (I hope you won't refuse and will agree to join the fun).


One-Four Challenge January

Robyn G, author and photographer of the blog, “Captivate Me,” hosts a photography/photo editing challenge each month called, “One-Four Challenge.” This week is the first week of four weeks of the same image edited four different ways.

If you would like more information about this challenge or would like to join in, please click on this url:

This is the image I will be working with this month.

First, I edited it through Pixelmater to give the water a blue tint. Next, I edited in Aviary where I used the Enhance>Scenery and the High Definition and increased the brightness.



Thirteen years ago yesterday, January 1, my neighbor brought me this adorable little 6-7 week old puppy. She told me she found her running down the street and asked me if I would take her. I agreed and immediately began looking for her owners. (I also immediately took her to the vet and got her puppy shots). I went to each neighbor and she belonged to none of them. I even put an add in the paper and no one came forward to claim her. I came to the conclusion she had been “dumped.”

About 2 weeks after she came to my house, she came down with Parvo (a highly fatal canine illness). I took her to the vet and with proper medicine he was able save her – because she had gotten her shots.

Two years ago in November, my brother’s dog bit her in the eye and she ended up losing that eye.

This is my baby, Bria. She adopted me 13 years ago, yesterday.

Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge by HopetheHappyHugger. If you would like to participate click on this url:



Nurturing Thursday

Becca Givens sponsor's a Nurturing Thursday Photo Challenge on her blog,

On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea.

If you are interested in participating, click on her link below for more information:

My contribution for today:



One Word Photo Challenge: Taupe

This week for our One Word Photo Challenge, Jennifer Nichole Wells' has given us the word challenge, “Taupe.”

We are to post an image (or images) that reflects this word.

If you are interested in participating in this challege, go to Jennifer's url for more information:

The photos below are my interpretation of the word, Taupe.

This is one handsome boy!

I met this beautiful dog and his owner at the dog park recently. I asked the owner if I could photograph him and he generously accepted. The owner was posing the dog as I was taking the pictures. The dog wouldn't take his eyes off of his master.

Isn't he gorgeous!





One Four Challenge Dec Week 2

This is week 2 for the One Four Challenge for December by Robyn G's, “Captivate Me” blog. If you would like to join in on this challenge please go to this blog:

My second week image has been edited in the following way (I use an iPad and my editing tools are limited):

First I used Aviary and blurred the background. Next, I edited with Splash using the Smart Color. After that, I gave it the Arizona Effect.

Next, I used PS (Photo Shop) Express and used the Dappled Effect.

My image is from a location not far from my home.

Week 2 – Arizona Southwest

Week 1 – Dreamy Southwest