Here in the South we have beautiful Southern Magnolia trees.
The blooms are huge and smell wonderful.
This tree is in our church's cemetery.
While I was waiting for my cohort in the youth room renovation project to show up
I walked around the cemetery trying to find the oldest head stone.
I actually smelled the tree before I saw it.
(Yes, I KNOW they're big trees but my head was down
looking at head stones not up in the air looking around!)
By the way, I did find some very old head stones from the 1800's.
One even had a photo embedded in it of the deceased gentlemen
in his younger years standing in his military uniform.
I really liked that one. Maybe because I've never seen anything like it before.
My cohort finally arrived so play time was over and it was time to get to work.
I recently downloaded a bunch of free textures from various artistic people
so I decided to see what I could with the following shot of the Magnolia bloom.
This is the latest texture, Victoria, from NClayes Textures
and our Your Sunday Best blog hop hostess, Nancy, at A Rural Journal.
I can't remember the exact formula but I tweaked the colors and sharpened the background layer.
Then, I duplicated the background layer and Multiplied it
decreasing the opacity to somewhere between 40-50%.
I added the Victoria texture and Lightened it leaving it at 100%.
I, then, erased the texture from the flower.
Next time, I'll have to pay more attention to what I do to the image!
Till next time,