Sunday, April 29, 2012

More Songs Rising

More chart climbers that I liked:

Too Close, by Alex Clare (#63 billboard)
Give Your Heart a Break, Demi Lovato (#74)
Little Talks, Of Monsters and Men (#82)

See Billboard Hot 100 videos at:

Song Rising

Some Nights, by fun.

I predict this song is going to rise to number 1 on the charts.
Has a good drum beat thing goin' on. Makes me crank up the sound.
Their song, We Are Young, is currently more popular (because of Glee Fox TV series, evidently).

Clean Version w Lyrics

An American indie pop band based in New York City.
Formed by Nate Ruess (b. 26 Feb 1982).
With Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff.
This is their 2nd album.
(They need better publicity photos. ha)

Eared Grebe

Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)

Not that interesting of a photo, but a new one to add to my bird collection.


Marshbirds and Shorebirds of North Dakota

Other grebes I have:
western grebe
pied-billed grebe

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Mylo Xyloto

Listening to Coldplay:

Major Minus

Charlie Brown

Good workout songs.

Some Data Points:
Mylo Xyloto
5th studio album.
Released worldwide on 24 Oct 2011.
Preceded by Singles:
"Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" (3 Jun 2011).
"Paradise" (Sep 2011).
"Charlie Brown" (3 Feb 2012).

Mylo Xyloto is a concept album, and its content follows a story throughout. According to Chris Martin, the album is "based on a love story with a happy ending," in which two protagonists living in an oppressive, dystopian, urban environment, meet one another through a gang and fall in love.

The Making Of 'Mylo Xyloto' (YouTube)

Chris Martin
Christopher Anthony John Martin (b. 2 Mar 1977).
Lead vocalist, pianist and rhythm guitarist.
Married to Gwyneth Paltrow (b. 27 Sep 1972).
Met 2002 backstage.
Married 5 Dec 2003.
Apple Blythe Alison Martin (b. 14 May 2004).
Moses Bruce Anthony Martin (b. 8 Apr 2006).

Image Creation Notes:
VM Instant Art - Colorfield Generator, VM Distortion - Brightness By Brightness, Brushstrokes for texture, Bauhaus 93 font


Saturday, April 14, 2012

What Is That?

Powered Parachute on the prairie. Now that's unusual. lol He landed in a field and his pickup was nearby. I liked catching the windmill in the scene.

"A powered parachute (motorized parachute, PPC, paraplane) is a parachute with motor and wheels.
In the United States, most single place PPCs are flown under part 103 of the Federal Aviation Regulations and, therefore, may be flown without a license or flight instruction. Flight instruction is, however, highly recommended, and an average student can learn to fly a PPC safely with 5 to 10 hours of flight instruction.
Many pilots fly from back yard strips, small airports, and mown hay fields."


Tuesday, April 03, 2012


Very pretty blazing mustard yellow that really pops in the landscape.
I took photos and tried to identify.
I think it's some kind of forsynthia.

Shrub view looks more mustardy toned yellow:

Than the closeups:

Possibilities for Zones 3&4:
Meadowlark forsythia, 8-10 feet height
Northern gold forsythia, 6-8 feet height
New Hampshire gold and sunrise varieties, 4 to 5 feet height
Gold tide or citrus swizzle, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 feet height, 4 feet wide


Digital Spring Flowers

A happy accident.
A fluke.

Image creation notes:
#bdd890 green
Harry's filters, Artistic Atmospherizer
Filter Factory Gallery A Pool Shadow
VM Extravaganza Biohazard
Tweak: Clone, Burn brushes

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Moonlit Shadows

This was tall morning shadows on the lawn photo.

Paint Shop Pro Post-Processing note:
Black and White Points Moonlit preset to make it blue.
Screen 80, Brightness 20 Contrast 30
Pool Shadow