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Playing with Dynamic HDR program...a wide angle view of "my" valley from our driveway...about a month and a half ago (middle of April); now everything is browning off, sadly...

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:iconrelativeequinox:
RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
See this right off your driveway huh? Darn, that must be something nice.
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Gwenmarch Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite a lovely place to live Heart 
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015
We do enjoy our view :D  Wish it stayed this green longer - everything is all dried brown now...
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Gwenmarch Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it in California ? I know places which look like that in southeastern France, fortunately they'll stay green a little longer :)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
Yes I am in California - most of my life was in the Santa Barbara area but am now up in Northern CA in the foothills leading up to Lake Tahoe, east of Sacramento.  I got to visit France way back in the mid 70's and found lots of it to look very similar to California - especially in the wine regions :D (both France's and California's wine regions) 
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exit-humanity Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
so sweeeeet xD
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exit-humanity Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
waaaa :D
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WNaturalism Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Very rousing stunning scenery!! So awesome :love:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
The summer brown has come again...won't see green like this until December - if we're lucky and our drought doesn't continue... I love my view :love:
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Pretty-Planet Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Which HDR program?  It looks GREAT!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Thanks!! I used Dynamic HDR; here's the free download link dynamic-photo-hdr.en.softonic.… The basic program is easy, pretty much just click around and move the sliders until you like the result :D
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Metal-Goddess Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
We have chosen this as our weekly Feature
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also featured in my journal here metal-goddess.deviantart.com/j…
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LiveInPix Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing landscape, so well captured... Clap 
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Thank you so much!  This is my 'back yard' :D  I'm standing on the edge of my driveway looking across the large cattle ranch we boarder up against :love:
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Metal-Goddess Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
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Metal-Goddess Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
We have chosen this as our weekly Feature
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DanielBrooksLaurent Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Professional Writer
The landscape of paradise!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
:iconlove: thank you so much!  I know I am very lucky to have this as my back yard :love:
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful. :D
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
it is indeed :heart:  thank you for the comments!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are most welcome. :D:rose::hug::santa::heart:
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Beautifull view dear Ruth:love:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
:iconlovenodplz: it really is!  but if we don't get some rain soon I don't know if we'll have any wildflowers next spring :(
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Here we also have got little water in dams. We will all migrate to Israel soon cos it snowed there=D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Yep...one of our local reservoir lakes is so low the towns that get their water from it have already been asked to cut their water use by 20%.  At this point we're lucky as we have a well...  Snow in Israel sounds wrong :laughing: but I know it does snow in the desert occasionally :D
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Just a little nice suprise maybe for israel but the friend said it snows on January and February there.
I hope it snow here a little but but just a little bit. I prefer couldy weather with sunshine:)
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chalutplease Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
This is the shot dreams are made of! Are these your garden flowers or do they grow wild?
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
these are wild :love: I only have a small garden area right near the house [link] between the house and garage over to the little shed on the right.
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chalutplease Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Thanks for the link. I'd forgotten that picture. Poppies are something that I'm only familiar with in planted garden beds so to think of them as wildflowers was odd but I guess they had to come from somewhere! :laughing:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
the wild ones, at least around our house, are much smaller than the ones that are now used for gardens - they've been bred larger and almost a different color!

here's a link to the site of a women in our local camera club's shot that I regretfully did not go to get :faint: [link] It was a great poppy year up here but it was horrible in southern CA at the poppy preserve [link]
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chalutplease Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Wow, I could get lost for days in Betty's website! That shot of the poppies is just one of her spectacular shots. Our Canadian fields of wildflowers weren't a single variety like that but they were just as covered in blooms. I bookmarked the other site to go back to because the data is really interesting. Funny how things can be so different.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
She is really wonderful - she taught for years at the local jr. college but now spends more time with the occasional workshop or trips...would love to have the cash to go on some...

There are areas where things do get mixed - I love it when the lupine and poppies blend...I think the time of year matters too as the poppies are one of the first to bloom - showing the best before the weather gets warmer and the grasses start getting too tall.
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chalutplease Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I think we all dream of having the cash to do these things. As crazy as it seems I would love to go with Art Wolfe on one of his trips. He seems to have such a way with people and it doesn't matter if they speak the same language or not. I don't know if you've ever watched a Creative Live broadcast (on the internet) but I watch/listen quite often and ended up in contact with one of the photographers they had. We're now planning his trip here to teach a workshop or two. I've been able to get the backing of the camera club and the local camera store so I'm sure it will be a good turn out but I'm wondering if I'll have enough spare cash (and time) to be able to attend.
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MaddLouise Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
:love: thanks :D
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MaddLouise Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome :D
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karliosi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! So lush and vibrant.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
sadly it doesn't last too long...the wildflowers are gone and the grasses are beginning to turn brown; but the view is still there :love:
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karliosi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I am all for the views year long, each spectacular in their own way. Enjoy mate :)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
LOL, indeed they are!!
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XanaduPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
:wow:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
lol! it really is :iconjawdropplz: at times :D
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MartinGollery Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
My kind of country! Great job, Ruth!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Thanks Marty! A bit different than your daily view :giggle:
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MartinGollery Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Yeah, but both are nice!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
:iconlovenodplz:
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djohn9 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice colors with the HDR.
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:iconkayaksailor:
kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Thank you! I knew I'd have to go with an hdr but I wasn't sure if I'd be able to catch that verdant feel :love:
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sylverface Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice shot !
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Thanks so much! We love it in all times of year, but this green is my favorite :love:
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