Monday, June 10, 2013

Lupines...

When my son was four years old, I took him on a month long road trip to explore the maritime provinces.  We camped in our van and enjoyed discovering so many exciting and beautiful places.  Some of my friends thought I was crazy to take the trip, on my own with such a young child, but we had an incredible time!  One of the things that has stuck with me, were the incredible lupines that covered all of the roadsides in P.E.I.  Since then, when ever I see lupines I am reminded of that time.


This photo was taken down the street from our home.  The woman that lives there has an incredible green thumb and her entire front 'lawn' has been transformed into the most beautiful garden.

I've added Kim Klassens 'Autumn burst' texture and while I was experimenting with different blend modes and filters, I came up with this colourful version.  I'm sorry to say I don't remember how I got to this point, but I sure love the effect.

A little more tweaking resulted in this slightly different version. I really love the colours in this one!

Linking up with Our World TuesdayTexture Tuesday, and Sweet Shot Tuesday.

38 comments:

  1. What a wonderful trip!! I was just reminiscing about the many day trips I took my kids on. Lupines always remind me of trips to N Minn, CA and sweden. I have one that is blooming now but it pales in comparison to what I have seen elsewhere.
    Ann

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    1. Thanks Ann. They are such beautiful flowers, especially when in large clusters. I wish I had succes growing them.

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  2. When I read the title of your post I thought it was going to be about a wolf! Learn something new every day :). I could see you using the photos as a starting point for a fibre art piece.
    Stay inspired!

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    1. Thanks Michelle. I was thinking it would be great for an art quilt too.

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  3. Actually, I did something like that into New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It's a great way to travel. We have lupines in the forests here. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    1. Thanks Gary. Our trip took us through New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and P.E.I. It was wonderful!

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  4. Beautiful bright lupines. The textures you have applied are very creative.

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    1. Thanks MIck. It was a happy accident!

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  5. Lupins are such a riot of colour in the garden Love tht first photo.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, they are such beautiful flowers!

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  6. Gorgeous colors and such beautiful flowers!! Sounds as though you both had a great trip! Hope you have a good week!

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    1. Thank you Silvia. It was many years ago, but I remember that trip with fond memories! I wish you a wonderful week too!

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  7. Wow! That must have been a great trip with your young son? Lovely lupines!

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    1. Thanks. Yes, it was wonderful. It's hard to believe it was 19 years ago! Have a great week Kusum.

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  8. Lupines remind me of my childhood. There were so many where I grew up; I miss them.

    Lovely photos! I hope you have a beautiful Tuesday. ☺

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    1. Thank you Dana. I hope you're having a great week too!

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  9. Wow...really beautiful. I used to have Lupines in my garden & I've planted seeds at the property but nothing miraculous has happened yet.
    These are painted journal pages? I'd love to see them up close at the meeting on Wednesday. please...please.

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    1. Thanks Leah. I can't seem to grow lupines, but my neighbour's garden is stunning! And no, they aren't journal pages, just Photoshopped images using various filters and blend modes.

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  10. Lupin is awsome!
    I think that the trip to explore the maritime provinces was fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Kliaksa. Hope you're having a great week!

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  11. Beautiful... I love the colours of these flowers but they are terrible for being eaten by the slugs and snails

    Mollyxxx

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    1. Thanks Molly. I didn't know snails an slugs liked them so much. Maybe that's why I can't seem to grow them!

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  12. Howdy, popping over from the TT crowd...
    These are GORGEOUS, Linda, and that second one is a definite WOWZER! I can tell you had a lot of fun with these ... a good reminder of the importance of just playing.

    Christi

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    1. Yes Christie, you're so right that sometimes you've got to just play and see what comes of it.

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  13. isn't that so neat how a flower can remind you of special memories? and i happen to LOVE lupines. they don't grow well here in oklahoma, but man i sure love those amazing colors. beautifully shot and processed!

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    1. Thank you Kelly. They are beautiful flowers aren't they! Have a great week!

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    1. Absolutely. I think it's wonderful how many of our memories have little hooks (like these lupines) that trigger them, even years later.

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  15. I absolutely love lupine! It blooms mid-summer here in the Oregon mountains. You got a great shot. Beautiful colors.

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    1. Thanks LInda. I wish I had more success growing them!

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  16. Beautiful. What a wonderful front yard. Such a treat from the normal grass.

    Earl

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    1. Thanks Earl. It sure beats cutting the lawn!

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  17. Hi, Linda. I agree with all of the above. Knock-out piece and much better than the photo...
    best from Tunisia,
    nadia

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    1. Thanks Nadia. Maybe you'll see it in an art quilt down the road.

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