I love this picture. I took this a year ago when the flowers in the rose garden were in full bloom and the day was sunny. Beyond the fountain and square patch of grass is a pond where at least 50 turtles live. The boys and I often go here and sit on a blanket where we can see the turtles poke their heads up and have a picnic. We went there today. It’s one of the few free places left to go downtown. I am a novice at photoshop, but tried my hand at watercoloring this picture and messing with the lighting. I was so pleased with the final result that I had it printed up on canvas and stretched. It now sits above our piano and when the kids notice it, they ask where the turtle pond is.
I got this postcard off of Ebay. It was a picture of the same park taken over 70 years ago. I love this kind of stuff. The note on the back reads, “Dear Don, Well are you helping to take care of that baby you have there? I suppose you are doing the washing by now. You haven’t seen anything yet until you have seen Fort Worth and Dallas… Love, J Henry” I’ve got a little square frame for this card to hang next to the canvas.
What strikes me about this (besides the fact that they made a postcard out of a picture with no actual roses in bloom – very blah) is that the baby they are talking about is now over 70 years old! Amazing. And are those some of the same trees in the background? I am not generally much of a history buff, but as I get older, I find I have a real appreciation for the past – for what happened years before in the place that I’m now standing, or how things might have been different for me had I been born 50 years earlier.
Photoshop is fun, fun, fun. I wish I were better at it, but to get good it would seriously cut into my sewing and knitting time.