Here I like the composition but not the blue tone.
Removing all saturation and then adding back a little warm temperature gave me a more pleasing effect.
Somehow, though, the electric line bothered me even more
in the doctored image.
That's where the spot healing brush tool came to the rescue.
This is the Indian Mission Church on M-22 between Leland and Northport.
12/27 - Coming back with one more image, just for Karen Casebeer. Here is the scene without the curve sign, Karen:
Doesn't it look as if something's missing? (It is.) Doesn't it make you, the driver, a little nervous as you approach the curve? Or does it just look more peaceful and less cluttered?
For the record, taking the sign out was a bit more complicated than removing the overhead wire with the spot healing tool. To remove the sign, I had to use (1) the eraser tool, then (2) the eyedropper to change the (3) foreground color, and finally (4) the paint bucket to spill the color of the surrounding snow into the blank space where the sign had been.
That's what these frost-covered catalpa branches, glistening in the morning sun, brought to my mind. Sunshine and frost, though, make everything lovely. A clear, blue sky after a warm holiday at home -- what could be better?
The sumac and maple have had their day by the first of November, and it's time for a quieter autumn palette. As days grow shorter and colder, the warmth of toasty, golden browns on branches and on the ground below is welcome, gladdening the eye in all kinds of weather. Soon only occasional pale and tattered leaves will cling to stripling beech, and clusters of darker brown oak leaves will be much fewer, as well, as we enter the black-and-white season of Up North winter.
Here is the orchard kitty-corner SE from St. Wenceslaus Church. My neighborhood is beautiful all year, but it is especially lovely right now. Below is the view on the old Lee Mann Road, looking west, where the dark green of the pines between a yellow mass of maples and the more complex yellow of the orchard caught my eye.
Finally, here are two shots of the same orchard on Eagle Highway, taken on the same day, just moments apart, first viewed through a rainy windshield and then with no filtering medium between camera and trees.