Friday, March 26, 2010

Angel of the morning

It was dark when I left the manor house on the hill this morning. I had an early appointment scheduled at the lab for a routine blood screen and was ready to go by 6:20. He was already outside with the dog, his hiking poles at the ready. “It’s gonna be a really good sunrise”, he said to me. And then he kissed me goodbye.

And when I came home from work today, I found these on the camera disk.

He was right about the sunrise.

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He stood here next to me tonight as I looked through them, choosing the ones I wanted to open in Photoshop. I love these photos he took.

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In PS, I removed those pesky dust specks and slightly sharpened. And for the two above, I ran Pioneer Woman’s Lovely & Ethereal, lowering the opacity considerably. I told him how I could make this one look better by cropping it. He agreed and was pleased with the result.

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I want to encourage the photography thing for him. I think it’s something at which he could excel.

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Sometimes I can’t believe how fortunate we are to have stumbled on this place.

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It’s a place that has room for our dog to run and room for us to walk.

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It’s a place we find beautiful, despite the proximity of the housing developments. And the highway. And the interstate.

This house has been standing since 1769. It was here during the Revolutionary War, when George Washington rode up this hill to take advantage of the then-spectacular view as he observed the British troops as they landed on the shore just 8 miles from here.

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And it is still here, surrounded by 20 acres of land and bordered on one side by a housing development.

Good morning, house.

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Thanks for all the positive feedback on my first Photoshop tutorial from yesterday’s post. I hope to do more of them. As I said before, I am not an expert. I just know how to get around when I want to make simple enhancements to my photographs.

Until tomorrow, then?

Attention Photoshop Elements Users: Free actions are available for Elements now on Pioneer Woman’s Photography site. Yay for you!

50 comments:

Ellen said...

Your husband's photos are almost as amazing as yours. It's good that he enjoys taking pictures - we all certainly enjoy them.

Cheryl said...

I agree with Ellen, love his pics. Good job Mr Country!

Hilary said...

I think he is already very good at it......and yes, the house was a find, for sure.
Enjoy it. You deserve it.

The Wife of a Dairyman ~ Nancy said...

Once again, beautiful photos.....I just LOVE looking at them! I hope, one day, to be as good.

Deb said...

he has beautiful photos...a great eye...I always enjoy your posts...

Betty said...

All I can say is----More please.
Each one has it's own beauty.
♫♫ Love Hugs and Good Thoughts ♫♫

beth said...

you know how i love your place.....

and yes, your tutorial was fantastic!

Jennie said...

Your photos make me miss Maryland so much! My entire family (and ancestors for the last 400 years!) are from the Eastern Shore. Thanks for sharing that little bit of home. I forget how lovely the sun rise is when your world is flat! Here the mountains block the true horizon so I don't really get to see the moment dawn arrives.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Opacity? Here's how I'd use that word.

Kate has the opacity to say she's not an expert in Photoshop, when in reality the Photoshop folks should be taking lessons from her.

Your husband really does have a great eye.

wv: prosses. The prosses of using Photoshop is so over my head it's not even funny, but Kate makes it look easy.

Marla said...

Your hubby does such a great job. I'm so very glad he's found such a rewarding hobby. It's a joy to look at his pictures. (And yours too.)

Marla @ www.asthefarmturns.wordpress.com

Kimberly said...

These photos are amazing!! & it definitely was a great sunrise!

Andi said...

You have a beautiful home! I love it. Your husband has a good eye!

Mary said...

He just gets better and better... those are truly beautiful! And what a wonderful spot you have, as you say -- perfect for you all!

JO said...

How beautiful and serene. Thanks for sharing. So glad I stumbled upon your blog.

JO

www.teensandtriplets.blogspot.com

tainterturtles said...

Your hubby has an artistic eye. I'm glad he is taking photos too.

I just love the photos.

JackDaddy said...

How did you find your house?

Caroline said...

Oh my gosh...all gorgeous photos! You are so very very lucky ;)

Cloudia said...

great collaboration you 3 (w/ George)





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Country Girl said...

Jackdaddy,
I know the owners. When my husband lost his job, things just sort of fell into place. The caretakers who were living here were in the process of moving out and it all worked out for the best.

Fodor Farm Gardeners said...

A good team of 3

Low Tide High Style said...

Everything is meant to be, and you living there and caring for such a beautiful historic home was clearly meant to be. And we get to benefit from the wonderful photos you and your husband take there! I love the photos of the sunrise and the beautiful sky in the last two. And of course I always love seeing handsome George!

Kat :)

Jon said...

so so so beautiful!!!

Chocolate Cat said...

Please continue to keep encouraging your husband, he has a real gift and I think he already excels! Is there any money to be made in photography??

Amy said...

Bravo...wonderful photos! It would be a shame if your husband didn't continue with photography, he has a real eye...and it's great you can share this passion with him and involve your fur baby in the process.
And yeah- your home is amazing, I love the history of it, I can so see Washington riding up to your front door and pulling out his telescope to look for the British...cool!

Gail said...

These pictures are wonderful. You guy has the eye!

Fodor Farm Gardeners said...

There is such a peacefulness in this wonderful place you live in. And you are so very deserving of that.

TSannie said...

OK, that last Fodor comment was moi. I'm doing a community garden blog and forgot I was signed in as that and not my personal one.

Mental P Mama said...

It is, indeed, a special place. For special folks and some special pets...

Flea said...

Y'all are truly blessed to be where you are. And to be George's people. ;)

BUSH BABE said...

I had wondered how you came to be in this amazing place... serendipidy?
:-)
BB

Ralphie23 said...

Beautiful photos! It was a great sunrise. Your house is amazing, really. I have one question, is it haunted?

altar ego said...

Lovely sunrises, and I always love seeing pictures of George. Yes, you are blessed indeed to live where you do. For so many reasons. I am grateful that you share your world, because I do a lot of vicarious living!

Yvonne said...

Awesome photos!

Daryl said...

He does excel at this .. you need a tab for his photos ... and Rose wants to know why you never mention Blackie ...

AND personally I think the proximity to the highway is a good thing ..

Alli said...

That second one made my jaw drop, he is very talented and I'm glad you are encouraging one another.

S. Etole said...

you are a great pair ...

Nurse Nancy said...

Your husband has such an eye. I also love that he manages to incorporate George into all his themes. Have a happy day!

tj said...

...Awesome home. Awesome people. Awesome dog. I would think God would look upon you all and say "my work here is done..." :o)

...Is your home protected under some sort of historic home laws or anything? It is so sad what urban sprawl is doing to our nation's historic structures these days...

...Fantastic photos too btw. Your hubby certainly has "the eye" for photography! Stunning! :o)

...Blessings...

The Japanese Redneck said...

Amazing photos. Good teamwork!

Pam I Am said...

*gushes* the colours in the first image are AMAZING!!! hurray for nature.
btw you dog is adorable, i hope to get a border-collie one day ^.^

Emom said...

Beautiful....no one is really an expert at PS...it's too big, and the creators may not love images as much as we do....smiles.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate - My name is Janice and I am Bella Della"s mom. I love your blog and so enjoy all of your beautiful pictures. I also think your hubby is an awesome photographer. I have to tell you that when I read your post and you speak of your husband, share his pictures, the putting up of the tent, etc. I can just sence the love and closeness that you two share. I think your beautiful home and the land that surrounds it is very lucky to have you and your husband be its loving caretakers. You both embrace each other with your love. You nurture and love it and the home and land in return shines and returns that love. Thank you so much for sharing it all with us.

Janice (jpt_let_plus2780@yahoo.com)

Kerri said...

Beautiful post! I want to encourage your hubby too! I think his pics ~AND yours of course~ are FAB!!

mydogumentary said...

I love, LOVE the pics of your pup with those brilliant colors behind it! Gorgeous!

Marilyn said...

And I think the house is lucky to have you living in it! You appreciate it's history and love the land it sits on. Both of you show your appreciation for all that is around you, in your photos and you Kate, in your words, even the cranky ones! I can't wait to see what you have seen as each day dawns and when there is a photo of that handsome fellow you live with, well that's just a bonus!!!

alphabet soup said...

I'll just jump on the very end of this long comment queue and say if this was a competition post I would be opting for Photo 6 from the top. Great composition, blue sky, clouds and below the trees in their winter undress. A cool crisp photo, lovely.

And I want to know why you never why you never mention Blackie too!!

Ms Soup

Snappy Di said...

We weren't near the water when we lived in Maryland, but I do remember awesome sunsets there peeking through the trees in our backyard.

Very nice pics!
Di

Anonymous said...

Your husband's sunrise photo is absolutely poetic!

I had never thought of that word before for photos but realize that many of the photos you and he shoot are truly poetic!

Linda (GillLink)

Genny said...

Your husband takes beautiful photographs, and I love your home. It's a little bit of heaven in the city. Black cats are my favorite and Blackie is no exception. The pictures of her are great.

Merisi said...

So wonderful being able to share!
Loved the tour around your home,
truly beautiful. I noticed the widow's walk: Can you actually walk up there?