Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sky Watch Friday: Cherries in the Sky



I love picking cherries. Actually I love picking strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and pretty much anything else as well :) Last weekend we went up to Door County, Wisconsin for the Cherry Festival. I had high hopes of picking loads of cherries to freeze for later use in pies and other yummy treats.

Unfortunately, the cherry crop this year was bad. When I say bad I mean really bad. Bad as in, there are at east half as many cherries this year than last year. This meant no cherry pickin' for us this year, you-pick was canceled for the season. It did leave plenty of time to take lots of pictures of cherries, though.

The low crop for the year was caused by a three year drought followed by a harsh winter, late spring, and a warm day in February. The good news is, the rain is back so next years crop should be booming. Looks like I can have red fingers from picking cherries next summer.

**I thought I should mention my post processing when I post, in case anyone is curious. If you have any more questions please ask. I did a soft light layer, then flattened, a light effect (I can talk about this in more detail in a separate post if anyone is interested), then I ran an aging action on it (I can also talk about actions later), and finally ended with an unsharp mask.**

For more Sky Watch fun, or to add your own, head over to the new Skywatch site.
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23 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

Sorry for this copy and paste comment but I need to check all the links work , I also wanted you to know I've been here and seen your post... thank you for joining in with us this week I hope you enjoy the fun of it all. I will try to get back over the next day or two and see how your Sky Watch went on

Tom :O)

love your tips.. have you checked out my paintbox picture blog...

Michelle of Rambling Woods said...

I love the red of the cherries against the sky. Good luck with your PhD..my daughter defended this winter. (psychology)

Jump Back! said...

Wonderfully red cherries! And of course a great sky behind.

Max-e said...

Those cherries look like they want to be eaten :)

Michelle of Rambling Woods said...

Your in-laws got the same storms we did.I'm sorry that they caused a fish die-off...You give some great pointers, so I have new camera and photoshop and they both scare me...

JennWasHere said...

For sure, if cherries grow here, too, I would love to pick some ripe fruits, too! Very great shot. Nice perspective!

Hope you can hop by my post HERE. Happy weekends!

Snap Catch said...

I love cherries too!!!!Perfect one for SWF! We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon.... Mine's up too hope you can drop by...

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Nice Sky Watch! I don't know much about what all you did to the photo, but it turned out just great!

SandyCarlson said...

Now that's red! How beautiful!

Rachel* said...

this is really cute. i love it!!

babooshka said...

Cherries and ice cream. Ooh you've you made me want that now. Gorgeous image.

Kay said...

Very lovely cherries. I used to have a cherry tree in our backyard in Illinois and I miss it. Your cherries made me smile. Thank you. Have a great weekend.

Sherry said...

What a neat and colorful shot.

Jeanne said...

What shiny red cherries those are. Sorry no crop this year that's sad. Enjoy what you can. I'm a newbie to SWF and enjoying all the pictures.

Whitney said...

Those cherries look yummy! This a beautiful picture! the blue and red are so vibrant..and I feel like the cherries are about to jump of the page! I love this pic!

Pietro said...

I like the composition and the colours. Nice shot!

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Tash said...

Terrific outcome. Excellent angle and the colors are superb. I also love picking any fruit & eating it - sometimes it just tastes good because I picked it myself.

auringonkukka said...

looks really delicious =O)
have a nice weekend!

AphotoAday said...

I have tasty blackberries and plums in my yard this time of year -- I think I'll go visit them and have some breakfast... Nice shot of your cherries...

Andy said...

Hi Kim,

It seems our blogs aren't too far apart in respect of their goals. Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your kind comments.

Regards,

Andy.

chanpheng said...

Lovely cherries against the sky. Hmmm, love cherries but they are so expensive here, I usually just look at them and imagine the taste.

My Skywatch this week is here - the skies over Bangkok and Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.

Raven said...

Cherries are just one of the best things life has to offer. Sorry there's a shortage. Nature seems to be pretty cranky these days - between droughts and floods. Cool photo.

kRiZ cPEc said...

A bit late, but just to say this is quite interesting.:D