I may be addicted to Waterlogue

A few days ago I came across a mention of an app that transforms your photos into watercolors. The writer was pretty enthusiastic, the price was minimal, and here I am, hours later trying it out on all the photos on my iPad while I’m supposed to be getting some shut-eye.

What’s fun about Waterlogue is the way it “paints” your image, starting with the preliminary pencil or ink sketch and then layering in the color, just as you would doing the real deal.

Some images work better than others; people in particular can turn out fairly scary, but when it succeeds it’s quite impressive. It’s a toss-up whether I like the “It’s technical” or bold setting best; the experimentation is half the fun.

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Solo Flyer

Solo Flyer by Robin Nystrom
Solo Flyer, a photo by Robin Nystrom on Flickr.

The Sandhill cranes are on the move today. Hundreds of them are flying overhead; waves and waves of cranes in swirling, fluid formations call out on their migration south.

Autumn in Chicago, After the Storm

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Just moments earlier the powerful storms that raked central Illinois up through the southern edges of the Chicago area raced through the city. In the aftermath pedestrians were dodging puddles, the clouds raced by as if in a time-lapse movie, and the trees were stripped of all but the most tenacious of the fall foliage.

Impromptu: Farnsworth House, Plano Illinois

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After a morning of errands I came home to find the spouse watching one of the regular rotation of public television pledge programs, this one on the communities of the Fox River valley. As someone who spent most of her youth growing up in one of the small towns along the Fox, I got sucked right in with him and watched the rest of the show revisiting the histories of some familiar places and learning new things along the way. The show wrapped up near Plano and the architectural gem, Farnsworth House.

We’d talked about visiting previously but had never got around to it but resolved to do so soon. I picked up the laptop to check out tour information and discovered that there was an open tour this very day at 3:00. After a fast few moments of “Can we get there in time?” dithering, the verdict was yes, the tickets bought, the house locked up, and off we went!

The day was lovely and as we were the last group of the day it was a leisurely tour. Impromptu and perfect!

For more information: http://www.farnsworthhouse.org