Xingfu means blessed.

Xingfu means happy and blessed in Chinese. Even though 2014, the year I started this blog, was a busy and, at times, difficult year that is the word I thought of for this space. Mama not because I have many children but because I seem to fall into a caregiving role. Sometimes I feel like Mama to the world.

The name XingfuMama means Happy Mama with undertones of being blessed.

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2021-Week 31

A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 31 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2021.

Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

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A nine-patch of Hadrian’s trees

In 2018 we walked Hadrian’s Wall from coast to coast. These are just a few of the trees we saw along the way. Often the trees were referred to as land marks in our guide book. I included two views of the “most photographed tree in England”. Who am I to buck tradition?

For Becky of Winchester’s Tree Squares-25.

Echos of light

Mirrors

A fancy old mirror seems like it just needs a story to go with it.
Mirror, mirror on the wall…
A broken mirror found in the desert.
Self portrait in a broken mirror.
Sunset in the rear view mirror.

Reflections

Sometimes nature provides the mirror.

Clouds reflected in the Columbia River at Cascade Locks, Oregon.
Dramatic sky reflected in Puget Sound.
Trees at Fern Cove on Vashon Island, reflected in the tide flats.
Sky and trees in the wet tide flats at Fern Cove on Vashon Island.
Reflection lakes at Mount Rainier.
The mountain.

For Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Reflections and Mirrors. To convert to black and white I used the GIMP for some and Nik Silver Effects Pro for others.

The originals:

Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2021-Week 30

A PHOTO CHALLENGE OF PLACES WE SIT…OR MIGHT SIT…OR ART ABOUT SITTING

Welcome to week 30 of the Pull up a Seat Challenge in 2021.

Take a load off and share a favorite perch by linking your post to this one, either with a comment or ping-back. For more detailed directions go to Pull Up a Seat page.

It is always fun to see the variety of ideas this theme evokes.

Continue reading Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge 2021-Week 30

Colorless love and peace

I experimented with black and white processing using the pictures I took of my love and peace rose yesterday for this week’s mid-week monochrome. The raindrops stand out more strongly in black and white.

Bud of the heirloom rose, love and peace, turned to black and white using the GIMP.
This bud’s for you.
The love and peace rose in full bloom. The black and white treatment is in the GIMP.
In full glory.

These were changed into black and white using the GIMP. A post describing the technique I used is: Mountain landscapes in black and white.

The color images are:

The photos were all taken with a Sony RX10iv camera, iso 100 and aperture ranging from 4 to 6.3, focal length of 8.8mm (24 in 35mm equivalent). I use Raw Therapee to convert the raw files to images and do the initial edits then switch to the GIMP to do final editing, including the conversion to black and white.

The other side of the mountain

 Naches River in Eastern Washington, Even though the river flows through the land is arid and there are few trees.
I always seem to pull over in this spot.
Scenery along the Naches is absolutely gorgeous, whether in color or black and white.
Naches River in Eastern Washington

We took the long way home from The Mountain last week, in order to get some apricots in Eastern Washington. The climate on the far side of the mountain is quite dry and the landscape is stark compared to the lush near rain forests on the western side, but it is beautiful none-the-less.

I think the landscapes have a classic, timeless look in black and white.

These were turned into black and white using the GIMP, open-source software. I used the same methods as I did for the post: Mountain landscapes in black and white.

For Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Fields and landscapes.

The color images:

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