Just S.M.I.L.E.

LOL… made me smile!

Abstract Art by Sharon Cummings


It’s so simple.  Just smile.  Even if you have to look at cute videos on YouTub of babies laughing or puppies sleeping, it’s a great way to improve your health and it makes you feel good about yourself.  Below are some of the rewards of lifting those cheeks:

1.  It Lower Heart Rate – Smiling slows the heart and relaxes the body. People who smile and laugh often are less likely to develop heart disease. Smiling reduces blood pressure temporarily too.

2.  It Reduce Stress – Stress relief may be as simple as smiling a little more throughout the day. Smiling releases endorphins that counteract and diminish the stress hormones.

3.  It Increase Productivity – Smiling has been shown to increase productivity while performing tasks. There’s truth to the “whistle while we work” mentality. This also explains why silly internet memes and pictures of cute animals can actually get people motivated…

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Clematis and Ladybird Floral Art


Fables and Flora

The experimentation continues. Moved from one to multiple gradients and some selective blurring. Then just for fun I added a contrasting colour – in the form of a ladybird. Photoshop certainly is enjoyable now that I have gotten over my pre-conceived notions.

Photo 1: Clematis and Ladybird final image

Clematis blue V ladybird

Photo 2: Clematis after shading and blurring

Clematis blue V

Photo 3: Original Clematis photo

Blue Clematis low res

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Thunderstorm on the Plains

Striking Photography by Bo

Thunderstorm on the Boulder County Plains Panorama

Thunderstorm on the Boulder County Plains Panorama – Lightning thunderstorm with cloud to ground lightning striking out on the plains of North Boulder County, Colorado.  4 images stacked equal to 80 sec exposure. ISO 200 -20 sec – f5.6 – 33mm. Panorama crop.

Custom prints available of  Thunderstorm on the Plains Panorama 

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