I admit it. In the days since the election, I’ve barely functioned. Getting a manuscript to edit helped; it forced me to concentrate and pay no attention to the news from that camp, which we know is despicable and scary.
I spent a lot of time reading in bed. I’d picked up the first book in a series for free, and I just kept reading, buying the next book as I finished the one before. It got a little weird in #6, but I managed to finish it and am now reading #7.
I streamed a lot of stuff on Netflix and Prime. I’m almost finished with Cheers. I started Anthony Boudain’s Parts Unknown. I’m rewatching Burn Notice, believe it or not. Hey, good TV is good!
The point is I felt like shit, and not only because I’m still dealing with health issues. Distraction was the name of the game, and I became an expert in no time flat.
Today, I downloaded stuff from the camera and took a look. Most of it was crap, but I did get this picture of the anhinga sitting on what remains of our favorite dead tree. Do yourself a favor and click to see full-sized.
I started with the original photo, processing as usual. Then I added a second layer, which I ran through a Topaz filter that made it look like a painting. I added a layer mask to the painting layer and brought back some detail from the original, ending up with a photo that looked like a cross between the original and the painting.
The poor heron had no eye after I ran him through the filter. It was brought back, along with nearly all other detail, while the rest was left more “painterly.”
I was lying in bed one morning, reading, when I glanced out the north window and spotted a red-bellied woodpecker bouncing around on the palm tree. I fetched the camera and took pictures through the window. In the first one, it has a bug in its beak. In the second, you can see its red tongue.
Have a great week!