There are not many things I miss about living up north, but one thing I do miss is the blooming of the pear trees in early Spring. My kids and neighbors hated it because of allergies, but God must have blessed me with immunity to Spring allergies when He gave me a love of flowers. There is nothing more beautiful than flowers blooming in Spring and early Summer. It is like a painting happening right before ones eyes, and is something of which I will never tire.
I recently discovered Topaz Labs, photography software that can plug into your photo editing program or act as a stand-alone program. It offers a variety of products that range from artistic filters to noise reduction and they give you 30 days to try out all their products for free. So, I downloaded the suite and am truly impressed.
One of the products is called Impression and it has the ability to take a photo and change it into a painting, sketch, etc., and even model the result after one of your favorite artists. In the layout above, I used Impression to change the flowers into a painting, then layered multiple copies of the photo, each with a different effect. I am still learning, but I must say I am pleased with the result.
Now, if I could only find some beautiful flowers here in Tampa …