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Monday, October 1, 2012

due to the large volume of ads....comeonguys!
I have decided not renew my magazine subscriptions

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Giant Leaves Jungle View Plant Photograph

A photograph of a Florida nursery's overgrown back lot, looking like a hot humid jungle.Easily add custom text or designs for a custom plant design!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Falling Trees Green River Banks Posterized

A view of falling old trees draped in greenery and vines over a slowly flowing shallow creek. Great for any outdoorsy type need! Add your own text for a custom jungle like design!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Small boat ladder tires in ocean by tug

A photograph of a small boat with tire hanging off of it, and a ladder in the background that lead to the big dredge barge it was next to. It was being used as a ship to shore boat in the inlet where the beach was being renourished.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Double Rainbow Photo with sky and trees

A beautiful rainbow against a dark stormy sky above a line of green trees........doubled! This is a natural double rainbow, picture taken in South Florida as a storm was moving through. Pretty as is, or add your own custom text for a real rainbow design!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Flamingo photograph on a great postcard

Pink flamingo head photograph green background
A pink flamingoe stands against a green background in this great flamingo picture. Add text for a custom pink bird design or use as is, great for flamingo fans , zoos, or anyone!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Floating Barge with crane green and purple toned

A floating barge and crane in the south inlet of Ft. Pierce, Florida. This version has been purple and green toned for an unique pop look. Great image for any crane or barge fans!

Red yellow and blue abstract rock picture.

Red yellow and blue abstract rock picture.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Sleeping White Tiger head and paws Pencil Drawing Postcard

Sleeping White Tiger head and paws Pencil Drawing
An original pencil sketch by Susan L. Marsh of a white tiger sleeping. Shows the head and front paws of this majestic creature. Great for any white tiger fan! Add your own text for a custom tiger product!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cart horse in colored crayon pastel, pony sulky postcard

Cart horse in colored crayon pastel, pony sulky
A sulky cart being pulled by a pony. Drawn in colored pastel crayons, this cart pulling image has plenty of room for custom text. Colorful design for any horse fan!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Tissue paper collage with red rose leaves n petals

Rose leaves design in red tissue paper postcard
An original tissue paper collage print with rose petals in the layers. This version is the original red design with green leaves. Makes a neat background for your custom text!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Rainbow gradient with purple flowers postacrd

Rainbow gradient with purple flower fleur di lies
A gorgeous rainbow gradient images full of colours! A purple flower scroll type design is around the frame. Add your own image or text for a custom design!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Salmon tinted ground orchid postcard

Flowers Salmon Tinted Text Ground Orchid
The gorgeous ground orchid plant has unique blooms. Shown here tinted salmon, these are a great flower design for any floral needs! This design features marching salmon text reading orchid underneath in a pretty script.
I wonder if it would freak out the home depot people if I get them to mix a paint the same color as a spray paint can..... guess ill find out!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Black and white frog picture on a windowsill

Black and white photo of a frog on a concrete sill
Taken in Florida, this black and white photograph of a frog resting comfortably on a concrete window sill is a great design for any toad fans too! Add you own text for a custom design!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Fair ride glider photograph

Fair Ride Flying Glider Green and Red Image
A neat photograph of a midway fair ride in motion. Standing out in red and green against a cloudy sky, this glider ride was a huge hit among fairgoers! Makes a great design for fair participants, parties, or anytime a midway carnival atttraction is useable! Add your own text for a custom ride design or leave as is!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The sun has been really red and bright lately! Pretty to look at but murder on the eyeballs.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The weather is great so Ive been spending more time outside ....More regular posts coming soon!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Florida swamp photograph on a postcard

River through marshland savannah swamp picture
A gorgeous picture taken in a Florida savanna swamp, featuring a river of water through the marsh grass with trees and a gorgous blue sky in the background. Great poster image for any native florida scenery fans!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Fairgrounds Swings Stopped Against Grey sky

Fairgrounds Swings Stopped Against Grey sky
The swings ride at a county fair festival sit against a grey sky. Great image of a midway ride!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Making a reflection

A mirror isn't the only surface that can make a reflection. This quick photograph of a Florida box turtle was taken using a car hood as a reflective surface. Mr. turtle had gotten himself behind a pile of rocks and needed a hand, so we exchanged rescue services for a snapshot :).

Car hoods are just one reflection. Puddles of water, polished wood, hard plastic, a picture frame laid flat (using the glass), or any hard shiny surface makes a great reflection! Keep in mind that the color of the surface will reflect on the object (which can be used to a great effect!).

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Impulse action shot-always bring the camera

Sometimes taking the camera along, even when you're just going to dinner with the family, gives you the chance to grab a great action shot.

We were out to dinner at a place on the beach and the kids wanted to run down the beach. Leaving the camera on full auto, I snapped several shots of them playing. This is one example of the action shots I managed to capture! A bit of erasing the edges makes this into a graphic for any beach fan. The stormy day ended up being a bonus as the grey skies make the pink shirt really stand out!

So always bring the never know when a photo occasion arises!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

My favorite bonsai subject

About 5 years ago a friend of mine got me started in bonsai, using a plant called Portulacaria afra. You may have seen it under the name Elephant Food, or Elephant Bush, since elephants LOVE them!

Fastforward to now and I have a bunch of bonsai and future bonsai Portulacaria in my yard. It's a great outdoor bonsai, easy to care for and the only things that kill it are overwatering and freezing! Oh, and if an elephant or an errant goat get to them. Some of my plants have survived errant goats, but I doubt they'd survive an elephant :).

Here's a great resource, more information that you can scroll through in five minutes, all about the P. Afra! There's even information that I've sent the author, and I was glad to see he incorporated it into the giant website monograph.

Here's the link:

Portulacaria Afra Monograph

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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A bonsai digital painting, Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea (or bougie for short) is either a favorite bonsai subject or a ignored bonsai subject down here in South Florida, depending on who you ask. When in full bloom, the bracts (which most people think are the flowers) come in dozens of shades of reds, pinks, orange, white, and I've even seen green and multi colored.

Personally I don't have much luck with them, I usually let them dry too much and then end up drowning them. I think after the few I have are make into "finished" bonsai, I'll leave them to others!

Here's a digital painting I did of a real bougie bonsai, the photograph didn't do it justice due to a distracting background:

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Turning a blah picture into something more unusual

Sometimes a picture that looked great in your head doesn't come out as brilliant as you wanted. I thought the bright sun and blue sky would make a great background for these boats at the dockside of a local waterfront hotel. When I had a change to look at the picture, it was..........a picture of boats against a normal sky.


So I tried changing it to black and white.

So now I had a black and white.......picture of boats under a flat grey sky.

Out of desperation, I tried adding a gradient filter.....After messing around with the hue controls, I came up with this yellow and pink gradient and NOW I had a fun picture of a Florida scene!

So don't be afraid to mess with the hue and add filters to a picture that just doesn't have the "pop" you were looking for!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Photography-On replacing cameras


One question people ask me a lot is "What camera do you use?".

Well, I currently use a Canon Rebel XTi, which is about 5 years old.
I actually have two of them, and I have a telephoto 70-200mm lens on the second
(the first has the stock lens). That's an easy question!

Some people will then ask "Don't you want one of the new cameras? Yours is OLD!".

I have to laugh at that. Yes, it is one of the older models, and I have thought about
replacing it. Then I remember a college black and white photography class I was taking
and I had no camera. A friend gave me a 25 year old Sears camera they had gotten at
a garage sale. Nothing fancy, but it did have a light meter and that was the only
requirement of the course. This was back in the film days and the days of carrying
10 lenses around. I took just as good pictures with that old camera and lens than the people who
had gone out and spent $500 on a new camera. Of course, all of those are "outdated" now
due to digital......

So old doesn't mean "needs replacing". It's not always the camera, as long as it has enough
MP to allow you to crop/enlarge as far as you need. Mine have 10mp and so far that's been
plenty of leeway for me! If you're thinking of replacing your "old" camera, consider if perhaps
a new lens would be a better way to spend money. Unless your camera's memory card is not longer used,
keep it!