Of the Beaten Path: The Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California

If you are in Santa Ana, the Bowers Museum is well worth a visit. It’s original collection from the early 20th century focused on the early history of Southern California. Additional space has allowed for a broader scope.

The Gemstone Carvings: The Masterworks of Harold van Pelt exhibit was fascinating. Twenty carved gemstones spill out of a carved faceted quartz egg.

Izok is a hollow, life-sized human skull. The original quartz crystal weighed 250 pounds. The finished piece, which is in two parts with a hinged jaw, weighs 6.5 pounds.

Amethyst cup with 24 flutes.

Van Pelt and his wife are also well known mineral photographers.

K’Lee & Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Simply Surrealistic

Grow Lights

Grow Lights

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Rounded

Ghost Train

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Mundane Monday #128

Turkish Textures

Fabric Squares, Istanbul, Turkey

 

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CFFC: Letter F – Fun or Flowers

Fun With Flowers

Pink Poppy

I recently purchased Topaz Studio (by Topaz Labs) and several of the preset collections. I have been having fun with the conceptual presets on some flower pictures I took this summer. I love the effects created.

 

Black-Eyed Susans

Begonias

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Thursday’s Special: Imitation

Imitating Owls

One of my sisters transforms Alaskan rocks into birds and wildlife. Owls are her favorite imitation of  reality.

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