One Four Challenge – Jan Week 4

Here is the original photo for this challenge:


Week 1:

Week 2.1

For this image, I have used PicMonkey to boost the colours. I then sharpened the  exposure slightly, but did not crop this photo. Next I used the HDR to change the Radius to 32 and the intensity to 274%!

Week 2

Week 2.2

Here I changed the brightness and contrast, the colour saturation to 31% and the white areas to blue.

Week 3

new week3

I cropped this image and decided to give it more abstract look, by adding a bit more red, some brushstrokes and made the edges darker.

Week 4

maybe 4

I have rotated the photo to the left and changed the  colour saturation to 73% to make it lighter.  I then used Cross process Red for more contrast and changed the brightness to 29%. With the black and white option I changed the white areas to turquoise and made the blue darker and changed the red to purple!

What do you think?


Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2015 Week #4

This Golf Club is a Links-style course with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s odd to see some Springbok lazing on the fairways!

The springbok is a medium-sized brown and white antelope-gazelle of southwestern Africa. It is extremely fast and can reach speeds of 100 km/h and can leap 4 m through the air. Wikipedia


India is believed to be the oldest center of indigo dyeing in the Old World. It was a primary supplier of indigo dye, derived from the plant Indigofera tinctoria, to Europe as early as the Greco-Roman era. The association of India with indigo is reflected in the Greek word for the ‘dye’, which was indikon (ινδικόν). The Romans used the term indicum, which passed into Italian dialect and eventually into English as the word indigo. El Salvador has lately been the biggest producer of indigo.

The same indigo dye is contained in the woad plant, Isatis tinctoria, for a long time the main source of blue dye in Europe. Woad was replaced by true indigo as trade routes opened up, and both are now largely replaced by synthetic dyes.IMG_3020

Though the word indigo has existed in English since the 13th century, it may never have been a common part of the basic color-naming system.IMG_3137



Floral friday : Ansellia africana

Ansellia is considered a monotypic genus of orchid, with only one species, Ansellia africana, commonly known as African ansellia or leopard orchid, however, it is in fact a complex group of species which share common floral structure and growth habit.IMG_4056

The plants are found throughout neotropical and subtropical Africa. It was named after John Ansell, an English assistant botanist. who found the first specimens in 1841 on the Fernando Po Island in West Africa. This genus is abbreviated as Aslla in horticultural trade.IMG_4057

It is referred to along with Grammatophyllum as a “trash basket” orchid due to its odd habit of creating a makeshift container of aerial roots to catch falling leaf litter for nutrients.


This orchid is native to tropical and southern Africa, found alongside coasts and rivers in the canopy of trees, usually at elevations lower than 700 m (occasionally up to 2,200 m).


This is a large, perennial, and epiphyte, or at times a terrestrial plant, growing in sometimes spectacular clumps, attached to the branches of tall trees. The white, needle-like, aerial roots are characteristic for this orchid. They point upwards, taking the form of a trash basket around the tall, many-noded, fusiform, canelike, yellow pseudobulbs, catching the decaying leaves and detritus upon which the plant feeds. These pseudobulbs can develop a gigantic size, up to 60 cm long. This robust orchid can grow very large, sometimes with an estimated weight over a tonne. Even eagle owls (Bubo bubo) have been seen to make their nest in such a clump.

The roots which penetrate the substrate can become very thick and cord-like to support the weight of the plants, and are typically very different in form than the roots which comprise the trash basket as the aerial roots are non-absorbing. Breakdown and absorption of nutrients by the plant from the trash basket is performed by its fungal symbionts and the active absorbing roots.[1]

These pseudobulbs carry on their top 6 to 7, narrowly ligulate-lanceolate, acute, plicate, leathery leaves. They give rise to a paniculateinflorescence, up to 85 cm long, with many (10 to 100), delicately scented flowers, 6 cm across.

The three-lobed lip grows into three yellow projections. The tepals are yellow or greenish yellow, lightly or heavily marked with brown spots. The flowers are short-lived, seldom lasting longer than 10 days, but are produced in abundance provided the plants have received high light levels throughout the year.