Doctor’s Office, Weather, and Pikes Peak

So, an eye doctor’s appointment offered respite from our busy moving preparations. 

One of the things I will miss once we move is the sight of Pikes Peak, visible from many sites around Colorado Springs and vicinity. 


All of the photos on here are from my now-ancient Samsung Note II. The photos have been processed using a combination of the onOne Suite and Topaz Plugins Suite. 

I think the tree is a wild cherry tree, or possibly a dogwood. I think it’s too early for dogwoods, but, what do I know. Also, note that this flowering tree is at a location that is 1,300 feet lower than where I live. We do have daffodils flowering, but nothing as far as trees, weeds, or any other plantings. 

Here’s another version of the shot (somewhat diminished by the truck and house of fleecing showing up in the frame).


There were a lot of bees buzzing busily all over those flowers, but they don’t show up in these shots. Believe me, they were there. Probably still are. 

I played with this in Topaz’s Impression and Texture plugins. 



Really, neither of those are all that striking. Then again, I’m mentally frazzled and had not the fortitude to apply myself to transforming the shot into a work of art. 

That said, I like the onOne B&W conversion . . . 


The Peak, for them who be curious, will usually have visible snow on it well into July. If you are up there, you see that pockets of year-round snow survive in sheltered areas. 

The snow pack will get a boost this weekend . . . here are the current conditions (I’m going golfing in an hour or so):

Weather 1

Looks good, right? Well, except for that warning . . . here is the extended forecast:

Weather 2It’s gonna be a messy weekend.

So, while I’m photographing lots of things for eBay, Craigslist, and other selling sites, I’ve not done much by way of hobby photography. The eye doctor’s waiting room offered up a few opportunities.

Readers of this blog might recognize the piece on the right of this next photo.


The lighting is a bit weird but it offers the opportunity for enhancement. 


And, of course, for B&W conversion.


These two vases were right next to me . . . how could I not photograph them?


. . . or convert them to B&W?


By far, the most interesting — and new — offering was this one.


Understand, the lighting in the waiting area is atrocious. Hence, why this looks a tad better in B&W.


Of course, I can also dip my toes into the vast offerings of Topaz’s Restyle Plugin.

20160414_083231-Processed-Processed-2_DIGIWell, I need to get ready for my weekly dose of socializing . . . it also involves mingling with Colorado’s notoriously poor drivers. Please, say a few prayers to the FSM; may it keep me safe and help me hit them straight, get a few pars, and if it’s feeling exceptionally generous, get a birdie or two.

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