Saturday, June 01, 2013

Cherry Tree : May Photo-Heart Connection

This is a picture of a cherry tree in Sarry, France.  We were there at just the tight time in April, visiting family a few years ago.  I loved the gray, textured bark with the fresh pink (and fragrant) blossoms.  The brick wall was an extra bonus.  I've had this picture for a few years now, always wanting to work it up ...  I recently came across the quote and it finally came together.  ;-)

I love this quote.  I think the speaker is from Japan, a culture that has a love affair with cherry blossoms.  It also speaks to the magic of Spring.  The blossoms come from living wood.   If you chop down the tree, try to dissect it, you won't find those flowers.  You'll never find those flowers.  What makes it tick, you ask?  The Spring Breeze ...

This spring, we remodeled our kitchen--a long overdue project.  We picked natural cherry wood cabinets.  No spring blossoms there, but the wood is warm.   And we do have a reverence for cherry--wood and blossoms.  Maybe I'll print this one out and frame it for the kitchen wall?

Layer-by-Layer Processing :
Layer 1 : Background image
Layer 2 : Copy Background image - Screen 20%
Layer 3 :  Artisan Collection 2(3) Texture by 2 Lil Owls - Soft Light 60%
Layer 4 : Text - Jane Austen and Fortunaschwein Fonts  at 70% ; Color chosen from tree
Layer 5 : Crop  (It really needed to be cropped down.  The Full frame made it difficult to focus on the words.)
Layer 6 : Add a color fill frame - Multiply 38%
I also did a final "I'm feeling lucky" tweak in Picasa that appears to have boosted the contrast a bit.
Don't worry.  I still have the layers--That was just the exported version.

Cheers!  Or should I say Cherry Blossoms!
Check out what everyone else has posted for the May Photo-Heart Connection.


Kathryn said...

Beautiful pick for this months PHC.

Paula said...

Love the contrast of the delicate blossoms against the bark!

sherrygaley said...

That would look lovely on your wall!

Sarah Huizenga said...

Definitely a photo worth printing for the wall.

Cathy H. said...

Beautiful and perfect for your new kitchen!

Cindy Swainson said...

I can see why you love this image. Maybe a small print for your new kitchen wall with its cherrywood cabinets?


seabluelee said...

I love the idea of framing this image with its quote for your new kitchen.

Prairie Jill said...

Beautiful piece! So perfect for spring - and a great match for your new kitchen!

Susan said...

Nicely processed. The early blossoms of the cherry tree, so vibrant bring hope. I had a dog who would pause below a cherry tree and eat the fallen fruit-didn't seem to bother her any so I didn't stop her. When I see a cherry tree I think of my sweet girl who I still miss 4 years later.

Kat Sloma said...

This would be a perfect companion to the cherry cabinets in your kitchen. I love the symmetry of that idea. Thank you for sharing this wonderful image in the Photo-Heart Connection. I'm glad you waited for the perfect quote to go with it!

Becs said...

Such a gorgeous image - definitely print it out for your kitchen, it'll look amazing! Love the quote too.
Also, thank you for the old reader recommendation - it looks like a great solution to my reader angst! Happy weekend. :)