May Flowers

May almost swept passed me in a blur of rain, rain and more rain; budding green leaves bursting in translucent glazes of green; azaleas and hydrangeas dressed in lavender blue, hot pink to coral; birds flocking to seed filled feeders eager to quench their youngs' budding appetites; stagnant winter lawns overnight sprouting to the height of pasture grass  and lazy-day porches decked with freshly painted white wicker rockers, colorful cushions and green ferns swinging from hooks. 

Isn't it the musical Camelot that sings an ode to May?

May really is one of the most beautiful months of the year here in the South. 
And now we hopscotch into June...that is "bustin' out all over."  

It is Texture Tuesday at Kim's creative space, and I couldn't let the month pass without sharing a touch of May color.

But first, may I publicly express my sincere hope and prayers
for Kim's husband, John, who became seriously ill a few weeks ago.  Together they will be on a long journey.   
I know that there are legions of fans and followers of Kims that wish them both the very best....spiritually, mentally and physically. 

These beautiful blooms aren't the vibrant colors that I originally photographed.  Through digital magic they are presented with a beautiful "old world" sensibility: like a piece of faded ecru tatting; a cherished letter fading into tints of  sepia; a long ago forgotten flower, almost colorless, with a story to tell. 

For the first time I used Florabelle Black and White actions. Once I loved what I randomly came up with, I washed over them with Kim's Grunged Up texture.

Blessings to you Kim, John and your family.


  1. I'm sure these fine photos will warm Kim and John's hearts!

  2. These are lovely, Sharon. In the first one, I like the way the curves of the petals echo the curved edges of the vase. And in the second, how the the blossoms in the vase match those on the tablecloth.

  3. These are beautiful photos and your edits do indeed add that faded, vintage look perfectly. I'm sure Kim will appreciate your creativity and warm thoughts!

  4. These are beautiful - your processing is wonderful!

  5. Love the old-world, washed out tones of your floral images. Beautiful!

  6. Beautiful images! My favourite is the first one - I really like the colours and the crisp feel to the edges.

  7. Such beautiful texture-effect...and a wonderful wish to the Klassen family!

  8. Beautiful. It looks all silver and gold.



Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you take to say hello. Warmly, Sharon