Funny Thing about PHOTOX

I love words…I love reading them…I love writing them. I even get pleasure out of making them up.  I made up the word PHOTOX, although it didn’t catch on that well.  It is a combo of Photoshop and Botox, implying  a photographic face lift of sorts.  So when I posted a highly photoshopped IPhone pic, I liked it in the small version useful for profile pic, but not the big version.  Facebook always posts your new profile pic and I tried to hide it from my wall.  Now I cant figure out why it got so many likes and I cant even see it.  So HOW does everyone else see it.  I removed some shadows and then had to do some work on my chin and lower lip.  Looks like I’m wearing lipstick in the big version, and I NEVER wear lipstick.

Photox
Photox

Meanwhile…I thought the following was very cool and no one liked it.  After seeing two of my  images, I used them together to achieve a more pleasing look.

Standing in front of the magnolia with a short lens I was able to get an ok view.

Nice View
Nice View

The view is so much better when you can actually see the River and if you really look hard you can see Washington Crossing Bridge.

Delaware River View
Delaware River View

Put them together and you get yesterdays post!

 

 

 

 

Get High at Balpate

There are some great views from up high around here and climbing Balpate Mountain on the Jersey Side reveals one of the  better ones.

From the long road in
From the long road in

We like to enter from Fiddlers Creek Road and ride up toward the house and start our hike there.  We park just below, although during this visit we noticed that an old dilapidated barn had been cleared out for an upper parking lot.   Progress has no boundaries.  The main buildings have been spruced up and the collapsing greenhouse that was here at my last visit has been cleared out.  I just love the windows of the main building.

Lodge
Lodge

Since Mercer County Park has acquired this property great efforts have been made cleaning it up, maintaining the buildings, meadow, trees, and trails.

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View toward Washington Crossing through Magnolias

We took a long walk through the woods.

High Key Furman on the trail
High Key Furman on the trail

Find Your Crop

I am amazed to be able to say, I have  friends who I have gotten to know via the internet.  Its a crazy thing when you think about it from a 60 year old perspective.  Ok for those of you who know me best almost 59.  I didn’t start life out with a computer and the internet of things, but I did start life out with a camera.   And it is through the camera that I have made most of my internet friends.   Some of us have journeyed together, figuratively and literally.

I found my crop in this daffodil for you, Sherrie Steele, so I could send you some YELLOW, and thank you for inviting me to the #dogwood52weekchallenge.

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Triumph Lunch

For the second time in a row we arrived at Taste of the World in New Hope only to find the place was not open so we went to Triumph.  We arrived at the same time as a large party and waited for them to be seated.  We were then seated right next to them despite our 1130 arrival and the rest of the place nearly empty.  We moved.
My companion ordered the triumph burger with onions cheese and bacon, for an additional dollar each and parmesan fries, for an additional five dollars.  I ordered a modified panini no pickled cauliflower or fraises, with fries.  My fries were totally deflated, ew, while nephew had delicious firm cheese encrusted wedges of potato, with his burger.   He ate everything on his plate and said, YUM!  My panini was made as ordered and had a delicious pepper relish, quite tasty.  For dessert Nephew  ordered the chocolate chip giant cookie thing with ice cream, and coffee. Irish potatoes were still available even as the decorations were coming down, so I went with that and a Kahlua café.  The cookie thing disappeared quickly and I had enough irish potatoes to enjoy, share and even bring some  home.  Premium tip to our excellent server, Scott, brought our total to $70 for 2.   Can’t imagine what the bill mighta been if we were drinkers.

Dessert
His Dessert

Vecchia Osteria Yum

Vecchia Osteria
Vecchia Osteria
Delicious
Delicious

It has been a pleasure sharing  Saturday chat and dine with Aaron.  We have gone to some pretty neat places.  Last Saturday was one of the better lunches at Vecchia Osteria maybe even better than La Stala.  Vecchia Osteria is BYOB.  Ya, I’m gonna have to go back there.

 

MaraBella on a Hike

I had to ask myself how long has MaraBella been with us today.     Then I remembered,  we picked her up on a freezing cold February day in 2014.  She was crazy.  Still is.  Bossy, self determined girl, who,  will just now  stay still long enough, once in a while, for me to snap a nice sharp image with a long lense.

Marabella on a Hike
MaraBella goes Hiking
Seriously? Light at the End of the Tunnel
Seriously? Light at the End of the Tunnel

And so much better when Furman joins and I don’t have her pulling me along. HEHEHEH HAHAHAHAH

Or jumping mid creek just out of my reach to chow down and chew on some critter’s skull.   EW…..

Bad MaraBella and Bad me for letting her off leash.
Bad MaraBella and Bad me for letting her off leash.

 

 

I love where I live

I am so happy to live along the Delaware River and have the luxury of the local art communities up and down stream.  For the first time ever I was prepared to submit to the Jury for the Phillips Mill Photography Exhibit.  I read about it on the deadline date for digital submission but two days before drop off of framed work just last Saturday.  Brunch was already planned in New Hope, so after enjoying French Toast at the Blue Moose, we made it to the Mill  with  two images.  While Furm and I were cruising to Belmar on the Motorcyle, the Jury was posting selected images.  I am so excited to announce that one of mine will be on exhibit this June!

Peace Geese
Peace Geese

So Happy

Belmar is about an hour east straight down 95.  When we ride the bike it takes a lot longer and we avoid the highway.  What a lovely early March day we choose to take the motorcycle out together.  It was almost 70 when we left home in the morning.   By noon it was closer to 80.  We were almost in Belmar then, but not quite….by the time we had the Shark River in our sites, the temps dropped almost 10 degrees and by the time we parked by the water the thermostat on the bike was in the 60s again.   DJ’s was closed so we went up the coast a bit to the Breakers.  Kinda fancy shmansy.

First Ride of the Season

 

Board Walk
Board Walk
The Breakers
The Breakers

Nice hotel across the street from ocean.

 

 

 

Gotta Get Better at This

Already a month has passed with no posting.  And still I want to say I’m on a roll.  I put the cigs down Feb 14…how poetic.  An ode to my heart and my dad’s.  Next quit has got to be WWF, stupid game.

This week was  Shadows for the 52 week Photo Challenge and I so wanted a person.  But things don’t always work out like you want it and I ran out of time so I would like to post two….

One shows the shadow of the Pussy Willow on the wall and the other shows the shadows on the Pussy Willow

Pussy Willow Shadow on the Wall
Pussy Willow Shadow on the Wall

 

Single Pussy Willow Bud
Shadow on Pussy Willow