Red Tailed Hawk

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Venturing on to Photoshop and landscapes

I’ve started researching and teaching myself how to use Photoshop and make some fancy landscape photo edits. The results run the gamut from just adding a bit more color to sweeping, artistic renderings that almost resemble paintings. I don’t quite know what I’ll end up enjoying the most, but I can’t wait to learn!

Red Tailed Hawk

I took another trip with my Cousin to Quail Hollow in Ohio. We first tried to park in the Mansion parking lot, but it was full. We turned around, and just started out when I saw a lady walking down a gravel road, but noticed something on her arm. Upon closer look I realized it was a big bird.

My Cousin immediately put the car in park and the lady knew what to expect when two people were approaching her with cameras at the ready.

She was very nice and let us snap a number of photos.

I actually didn’t know this, but Quail Hollow houses a number of birds of prey and during certain times one can actually go view them. I will really enjoy doing that in the future, but I think the better photos will always be had oustide without wiring and pen walls showing up in the photos.

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Licensed Birdhouse

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Here’s a bit of “Americana” on display. I’m not sure when this got started, but for many years people have been “Upcycling” or repurposing vehicle license plates into birdhouses.

I seem to remember watching a documentary on using American Prison Labor for different purposes – one was a program that made handbags and purses out of old license plates.

Perhaps the License Birdhouse also came from the Prison sector? In any case it is a popular piece of American crafts and artwork.

I wonder what unique story and history this particular birdhouse has?

In any case, this was taken in Magadore, Ohio. It’s actually untouched – I did not edit it at all. This one has a Florida license plate attached to the roof. Many upcyclers may only use license plate for the entire roof, but it’s become as much an artistic piece now as it is a product to save on material.

I’m happy with how this turned out and, to me, conveys: America, Rustic, country – a kind of American charm that appeals to many.