Ice and wildflowers
Ice and more wildflowers were the subjects of
our June 2005 meeting. As we had a full program last month, we held
off part two of the wildflowers assignment until this meeting, to
give photographers a chance to find more of those late-blooming
beauties. And as for ice ... wow, that was a challenge, but as
expected, our members rose to it and outdid themselves in the
creativity department! Check out our results:
Thirteen people, including two new folks were at the June 21st
DIGICAM Showing of the monthly assignment came in two flavors: carry
over meeting. WILDFLOWERS and ICE pictures.
Wildflower pictures were mostly taken in ones backyard. Pictures by
Bill Draper (Widows Tears) , John Hoffmann (Mimosas) , Pam Bomar ,
and Patty Beasley (big sunflowers) were shown. Patty had some "not
so wild" flowers taken at the Botanical Gardens. Some very nice
roses, orchids, and plumerias. Ken Parsons flowers were from the
Black Hills in South Dakota - crab apple tree, and numerous other
blossoms. ICE pictures were the real challenge for this showing. A
number of pictures were from recent travels. Joan Stephens has
pictures of glaciers and icebergs taken at the Antarctic. Chuck
Guion's pictures were taken at an Ice Festival in China. Pictures
showed were some very large ice sculptures. Some pictures were taken
from the Great Wall. Then there was the ice wall climbing contest.
Now for us stay at home guys. John Hoffmann used food coloring to
form various colored ice cubes which were displayed in different
ways. Patty showed crushed ice in a Petri dish. Pam photographed an
icemaker. Brian and Drew Jacobs shared with us their photos from our
Corpus Christi Xmas Eve "blizzard". A tough assignment for all was
done rather well I thought.
In the teaching mode, Patty Beasley gave us a demonstration on the
free software from IrfanView. The program is fairly easy to use and
can cover a lot of activities such as slide shows, bulk handling of
picture transfers, general viewing, and some minor but important
picture editing. The program can be down loaded from
www.irfanview.com - Click on
download and click other download sites at the bottom of the page.
Try PC World and click on download. Have at it - should be helpful.
We had a discussion of what the next few months' assignment might
be. John Hoffmann more or less arbitrarily selected PETS from the
short list of interests. We will use the short list for assignments
later this year if no other special assignments appear. The other
assignments of interest include PEOPLE AT WORK, BLACK AND WHITE. A
great meeting. Thank you all for your contributions. Next meeting is
the third Tuesday in July (July 19) at the Parkdale library - 7PM.
For the Scribe