A Walk Through The Gardens

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Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University are right around the corner but I tend to stay away because 1) I’ve shot there a gazillion times and 2) so has everyone else. That said, when I do go it’s a pleasant reminder of the exceptional collection and variety of plants and flowers they have. It’s the one place I can find stunning water lilies and the only place I know of around where there are Lotus blossoms. I missed the Lotus blooming peak but there were still a few to be found. You can wander around for hours in any season and still not see it all. Every excursion offers something new and an afternoon retreat that’s really good for the soul.

So, flowers in abundance…
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Pink Lotus bloom & damsel fly

The Catch

I like doing sequence composites and I had previously done one of this Bald Eagle fishing with 4 frames:IMG_6761-Edit-1

After watching a Photoshop Week segment with Jason Hoppe on Creative Live about making animated gif files, I decided to try it out. It’s pretty simplistic and crude, I know, but a fun start!IMG_6761-2

I’ve never tried any animation before and found it was fairly simple. I imported the 5 frames into Photoshop (I use Cs5) as layers, opened the animation frames, set the sequence and display time then in the “save for web” dialogue chose .gif and the settings I wanted. Easy peasy!

An Architectural Color Explosion

A while ago I took a trip over to my Alma Mater, North Carolina State University to check out the James B. Hunt library. It’s an incredible environment of learning, research, and technology, and a lot of color thrown in. I love all the color and bold graphic shapes.

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Clean lines & color in the entry

 

front entry

 

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robotic book storage and retrieval system

 

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first floor lounge

lounge full of light and color

 

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Watch the stories, listen to designers

A view from above

Looking down from the upper balcony

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upper level study area

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Exterior, west side.

 

Dancing In The Light

This old cemetery is at Trinity Church, Scotland Neck, NC established in 1732. I love the light patch illuminating the markers. I imagine the spirits, dancing among the markers, reveling  in the beautiful light. A friend told me her father used to play hide & seek in this cemetery as a young boy…

Grave markers, Scotland Neck, NC