I spent the last couple of days in Sydney. Here are some of my favourite moments in and around Newtown. The photos have had some effects applied.
Ten days ago we were heading back from Stradbroke Island with the knowledge that I was more than likely going to receive a diagnosis of breast cancer on the following day. I don’t imagine that the topic of my health is going to feature highly on this blog over coming months. However, the occasional poem may emerge midst all of the ‘usual’ fare.
Here’s my attempt to make sense of the last fortnight. With gratitude to Patti Digh for the last line.
a soak in the bath
that’s what we’ll call it for now
a rescheduled appointment
the anomaly has a new label
two days on the island
nature offers welcome distractions
wind, rain, birds, sea, sand
the GP visit
sleeping tablets suggested
red wine substitutes
liquid sleeping draft
the alcohol free zone can start tomorrow
gratitude for insurance
the family rallying
afternoon tea cakes
shopping for sleepwear
fresh vegetables and fruit for juicing
a photo walk to the point on dusk
gift packs, flowers
a cushion for afterwards
information pack overload
making blue people from surgical gloves
the glare of theatre lights
an anaesthetist with a Scottish accent
clock on the wall
rating the pain
sandwiches and rice pudding for dinner
normal sleep position unattainable
late night television
black and white reruns
a hungry plea before the breakfast run
honey toast and coffee delivered
surveying the battle ground scattered with blue dye
more of a skirmish really
two incision scars, new shapes to learn
social groups on offer
introvert wants to run for the hills at the very suggestion
new phrases join the soon-to-be common lexicon
well wishes from all quarters
temporary restrictions dawning
new routines necessary
the vegetable garden is getting an extension
as loved ones focus on the ordinary
maintain a piece of the normal
in between the surgery and tomorrow’s conversation
and now, just today
hello moment, I’m here
Lynn Buckler Walsh
On the hunt for some more photo effect applications, I stumbled upon Grungetastic.
It’s amazing what visual joy can be created via the wonder of technology from your very own photographs. In the examples below, the photos were all taken with an iPhone 5.
Now to set my mind on a way to reproduce favourite visuals into tangible objects.
Back yard poinciana
original photo using fisheye lens on iPhone -> Waterlogue effect -> Grungetastic
Cottage garden in Bothwell, Tasmania.
Original iPhone photos -> Grungetastic (Pop Grunge effect with variations)
As if I’m not already the most easily distracted person on the planet, “Squirrel!”, along comes an app that does this! It’s called Waterlogue and works on the iPhone and iPad. HT to Betsy Edwards for sharing.
So I had to have a play with it. So far, the best results I’ve had have been on photos of flowers. I’ve included some of the original pics for comparison.