Wednesday, July 31, 2013

iPiccy and Cyberspace Impressionists: What Would Monet Say?

The pink and yellow purslane blooms on my balcony
beam brightly in the early morning sky.
Cuddled by fluffy clouds, they stir gently in the soft breeze.

Just minutes before, there wasn't a cloud in sight,
 nor could 'poppy view' be found in mid-flight!
What's going on?!

Thought I'd be 'Artist' for a day,
so, got my e-easel and started to play!

Enhancing the hilltops, 
illuminating the landscapes,

tweaking the textures, 
as if painting on canvas.

Starting with surfaces smooth

and ending with hard.
Pebbly, grainy,
like a mini hooked rug.

Other times, subtle, soft and slight.
Dabbing with brush strokes
to blur or highlight.

Petals of purslane, patiently posed, 
as the camera clicked 
to produce and compose
e-paintings of photos -
visual prose.

Thanks for visiting!


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  1. Wow, those are interesting features. I'd never seen any of them before. My purselane doesn't flower! It just takes over the whole garden or pot that it roots itself in and I have to rip it out. If it flowered like yours I might leave it because those are really pretty!

  2. You had wonderful photos and colors to begin with.

    I need to play more with photo editing.

  3. Oh what fun you had with those flowers! I think Monet would love your photos.

  4. Oh, Poppy! You are an artist indeed! I play around with it and never get anything like you have. Thank you for the lesson though. I'll try again. I still think it's Poppy Magic.

  5. Hi Poppy, your flowers are so pretty and I love all the colors of them & the sky! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Such cool photos, Poppy! Really fun and a bit surreal. I really like the pebbly photo. Reminds me of the paintings from Georges Seurat.
    x Loi

  7. Hi Poppy,

    These flowers are so pretty. Glad that I have stumble into your blog and enjoy these pretty views!

    Greeting from the wintery Australia! Happy that we are getting a little sunnier each day now and hope to see flowers like yours at our coming Spring.

    Nice to know you via blogging. I like to be your latest follower for more of your beautiful country views :D


  8. Είναι εκπληκτικό το πως μια απλή φωτογραφία μπορεί να φαίνεται σαν πίνακας ζωγραφικής...Έκανες πολύ καλή δουλειά!! Μπράβο! Το απόλαυσα!! Καλημέρα και καλό μήνα!!!

  9. Hi Poppy, whatever it is that you post you always make it interesting and artistically enhanced! What talent you've got my friend. That purslane plant, is that the same as kalenchoe or portulaca? Such prolific perennial they are.

    Enjoy some nice warm weather.

    1. Hi Aida,

      Thanks so much for the very sweet words! To respond to your question...Yes, and no. Portulaca umbraticola and Portulaca grandiflora are the ornamental purslanes you see hanging in baskets at the nurseries. There are dozens of varieties with their bright colorful blooms and the benefit of being a drought friendly plant. Ornamental purslane produces flowers all summer and into fall in warmer climates.

  10. Great editing. Love how colorful your photos are. How could you go wrong with such pretty flowers.

  11. Isn't purslane a most glorious plant! I planted a few at the beginning of summer and I just love how you can have so many colors on one plant! Lovely photos!

  12. I don't know what Monet would say, but I do think your works of art are very pretty. The computer has become a great new form of art medium. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  13. At first I thought you really painted these! lol

  14. So cool! These are gorgeous photos!

    Ashley @

  15. The purslane is beautiful. So many pretty colors. Lovely images, wonderful editing. Have a happy week ahead!

  16. Wonderfully artsy! Makes me want to play, too.

  17. Oh, I think he'd settle right in with his paints and declare himself 'outdone by Mother Nature'.

  18. Purslane is mostly a weed in my garden, but I've heard it's edible. It never flowers here. Your photos are beautiful. What fun to play with photo editing -such interesting results!

  19. Lovely flowers beautifully photographed!

  20. I love it! They have the coolest photo editing programs...your pics are beautiful!

  21. Gorgeous flowers and beautiful photos - I haven't played with online photo editing in a while - loved reading your post! Fun,
    I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  22. Poppy - hello! So impressed with your post this week - the flowers are so beautiful and the photos samples are perfect.

    Just wanted to send you a big Thank You for sharing at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT.

    Sharon and Denise ♥
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  23. These are gorgeous, Poppy - frame worthy! I need to take time to take and play with pictures! I am delighted you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  24. Absolutely beautiful! Interesting how many ways there are to enhance your beautiful blooms. So nice having you share at Amaze Me Monday!

  25. Love it, so pretty. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  26. Hi Poppy,

    Gorgeous flowers and love the way you have edited your photos.
    Happy weekend

  27. These blooms are just stunning! They look amazing against the blue of the sky. Thanks for linking up with floral Friday x

  28. love the effects! they look amazing.

  29. Hello Poppy! I remember this post! I am so glad you thought of it for the floral fridays theme this month. It's perfect! I've always had a huge admiration for your photography as well as the amazing colors in your garden. I hope your day is well, friend!!


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