This is from the wonderful Japanese Garden in Portland. (Thanks for the recommendation, Jill! You were right, it is an amazing place.) It's all very green and peaceful and full of beautiful unexpected arrangements and tableau. Among other things, I used one of the Cartoon filters from Camera360.
Another shot of that smokecloud. I like the way it curves in contrast to the road. The original of this photo taken by Alice Jackson, then I played a bit with it quite a lot, mostly with Camera360, and a bit of photoshop.
This amazing cloud is a giant cloud of smoke from a forest fire near Park City, Utah. It was catching the late afternoon sun, rising in fluffy tiers . There was a fleet of planes dropping retardant on the flames, but they just looked tiny and ineffectual. We stopped and watched, along with many other people. This must be a year for fires.
Nancy Freeman is a native of California who lives now in Washington, DC. A lifelong artist, she paints portraits and other commissions for a living, which keeps her traditional skills tuned and supports her decades-old obsession with computer art, and pastel painting.
She is currently using her 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th computers, but remembers when Dick Tracy had to make do with a two-way wrist radio.