Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Helter skelter week








My life felt a little bit helter skelterish last week. 

After visiting lovely warm Scottsdale, I met up with The Professor in cloudy cold Snowbird, Utah.  He had some ~man~ time for several days skiing with our son.  Apparently, the weather wasn't great and by the time of my arrival, he had had enough.   So much for ME capturing any ski shots!


But fortunately they sent me an iPhoto shot ... I guess proof that they were actually skiing ....  in between beers!  Ha! 



The only photos I got on this trip were riding in the car.  Gah!  And all of them were taken through the car windshield coming DOWN the mountain, since I drove myself UP the mountain to meet the boys.  And I wasn't about to take my hands off the steering wheel on that winding, guard rail-less road!


So this is where Topaz comes in handy.  
Turning those blurry useless pics into something a bit more pretty.


So I guess not all was lost.

: : :

I'm looking forward to hanging around home for a little while.
Maybe the cardinals and my other feathered friends will soon forgive 
my absence.


Hope you are having a great week!

I plan to begin watching Downton Abbey's first season.
Everyone says it's awesome.
So, am I the only one among you who has not seen it yet?
~ sigh~

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52 comments:

Dodie said...

What is Downtown Abbey? Never heard of it, so you are one up.

TexWisGirl said...

glad you're home again - but if i know you, not for long! :)

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I haven't seen it either. Gosh, you are quite a traveller.

Sylvia K said...

Glad you had a good trip and I agree with Tex, I bet you'll be on the road again soon! Terrific shots and isn't it great to have a good editing tool!! I love the cardinal! Don't know about Downtown Abbey, but I rarely watch TV beyond the evening news. Have a great evening, Reena!

Sylvia

Ginny said...

I would either throw up or pee my pants on this road. We live at the foot of Skyline Drive, and I can't go on it anymore, high, windy, no guard rails. WHY are there no guard rails on roads like this? My favorite picture here is your son and husband,what a couple of cutie pies!!

Brian Miller said...

i seriously could get lost in your pics...that first one of the mountains is just amazing....and the trees look like they are on fire....i keep hearing about downtown abbey...i am going to have to check it out..

bon bon said...

you managed to get some arty images from your car shots! way to go! (eyes on the road though, ok?)

Gillian Olson said...

Some great shots through the windshield, I love what Topaz does to them. You are not serious about staying home are you? Oh and Downton Abbey is awesome.

Saun said...

You do get around is this what retirement is like? :)Love that Cardnial

S. Etole said...

Wondrous shots! Hope you enjoy Downton Abbey ... I certainly have and I rarely watch TV.

photo by ansku said...

Great editing... I always come here to look at your beautiful images, and never am I disappointed :-)

Ross said...

Great pictures! This is creative at it's best! The cardinal is great to.

eileeninmd said...

Sounds like a great trip, sorry you didn't have more time on the mountains. Love your photos and the treatment you used is cool. I have not heard of Downtown Abbey, what is it a tv series?

Catherine said...

It always feels so good to get home doesn't it?

I don't think we get that show. But I hope you enjoy it!

xo Catherine

Madi and Mom said...

Morning Reena!!
What an interesting picture of the Prof and son. Love that affect.

Birds have selective memory so I'm sure once you fill your feeders and put out some suet you'll be their new BFF! If they give you any 'beak', give me a call I know some cats in your 'hood!!

Oh yes Downtown Abbey is fantastic. Mom says she highly suggest you buy on DVR to catch up!!
Hugs Madi and Mom

Claudia said...

Hi Reena,

I must admit, we have not seen one episode of Downton Abbey. I keep hearing how wonderful it is and both of us have spoken about watching it. Someday!

xo
Claudia

Ivanhoe said...

Love that Topaz processing you used! Very fairy-tale like :)
Get some rest at home!

Country Girl said...

Downton Abbey is excellent. But then, I love period pieces.

And that cardinal shot is lovely.

AudreyO said...

I've actually never heard of Downton Abbey so you are certainly not the only one who hasn't seen it.

Mental P Mama said...

I haven't seen DA yet, either. Sigh.

My Journey With Candida said...

You are one brave woman driving up the mountain in all that snow and ice to meet up with your men. Kudos to you!

islandwonder said...

Hands on the steering wheel is always best. Topaz is great!

Laurie said...

No clue what the original images looked like but I love how the partnership with Topaz made them look like works of art. Makes me want to go make some blurry pics and try it out myself.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a wonderful day.

Sandra said...

i don't even know what downtown abbey is, i assume it is a TV series, now will have to find out for my couriosty bumps sake

Jennifer Richardson said...

You make me dream in Topaz!
I love what you do with it.
Gorgeous ride,
even if hair-raising:)
Hope your birds are celebrating
your return,
Jennifer
(haven't seen it either)

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I'm in clueless category on downtown abbey too. I love the western mountains!!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Don't know about the Abbey show -- I don't watch much TV --- enjoy your brief stay at the homestead. :)

Suldog said...

I haven't seen it, nor am I likely to make the effort. However, I'm probably not the type of person you were asking, right? :-)

zooperson said...

Lucky you to watch Downton Abbey for the first time, and then there is Season II and Season III in the wings! You are in for a real treat much like your little critters at home must be anticipating. You will probably have to settle some squabbles over who behaved and who did not--shades of the dog food commercial..."to a point I was good, tried to do stuff that I should..."

Daryl Edelstein said...

Handsome mountain men ... ga'bless Topaz .. and spend any time with Kate and you're gonna want to watch Downton .. I havent yet but I do have season 1 on my instant queue on NetFlix .. but first I have to finish Dance with Dragons (book) ..

Tracey from ⓽ said...

Nope. Not the only one. It is on my to do list if I could just find a half hour to sit!

Margie said...

Love what you did with the topaz!

EG Wow said...

Glad you came away with some photos! You certainly travel a lot!

Pat said...

Your through-the-windshield shots are beautiful. I've not used Topaz - strictly PS - but you do wonderful things with it.
Downton Abbey is probably the best series I've ever seen. Maggie Smith gets the greatest lines.

lynnekovan.com said...

What a lovely effect on your photos. I haven't seen Downton Abbey either. Just didn't get round to it!

Ann said...

Well those shots look pretty cool. Which version of Topaz are you using? I've looked at that and have thought about trying it but don't know which one I want

Michaele said...

That is such a delightful photo of them skiing/drinking. Love it!!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful photos.

Sharkbytes said...

I particularly like the third picture with trees

Evelyn S. said...

When the snow-covered mountain thumbnail popped up in my sidebar, I thought, "Where is Reena now?" As soon as I started reading your post, I remembered Utah. Wow...that's stark contrast to Scottsdale!

Love your Topaz-adjusted images, though.

rainfield61 said...

Those pictures are edited to perfection.

beth said...

i took some amazing photos from the car window with my iPhone that were all saved with a few camera apps. how did we ever live without "fixers"......LOL

xo

Kerri said...

Love your processing in these!
I love Downton!

Linda R said...

I just love the B&W shot from there phone.. Great shots my friend so where are you off to next! Hee Hee!

Hugs, Linda

edgar said...

Wonderful watercolor like photos.

I love the red bird.

LadyFi said...

I haven't seen Downtown Abbey yet either!

Love the red cardinal.

Sivinden said...

Wonderful shots, love your processing.

dona said...

How different Utah mountains are from our Alps! Are that trees birches? We have a lot of coniferous instead... Beautiful!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

OH NO!!! You too? Now I'm the last blogger in America who isn't watching Downton Abbey!
I've been meaning to join the throngs for months now. Can you get it through netflix?

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

i too love to travel a lot, but it always feels good to get home,doesn't it?

lovely shots btw.

CherryPie said...

You have been busy again.

Marbles in My Pocket said...

Reena: I wrote another poem using one of your beautiful photos, and plan to include the poem and photo in a blog post tomorrow. It is the one at the top of this post--mountains--and I will give you credit as the owner. Please let me know if you object, and I will not use it.