Sierra Valley Barns

If you’ve known me for any length of time, you’ll know one of my favorite places to be is up in Sierra Valley, California. It was a beautiful Saturday (3 March 2012) so we packed the cribbage board and horseshoes and off we went to Portola, Loyalton, Sierraville, Vinton, and Chilcoot.

Here are a few of the barns out in the valley ~ and one house ~ all photographs were taken on March 3rd. I ran them through my Pixlr-o-matic photo editing app (mainly “old”, “metal”, “sand” and “scrap”).

Old Christmas ornaments and Pixlr-o-Matic Photo Editing

Playing again with the Pixlr-o-Matic photo editing app…sorry, just can’t stop.

This angel bell is my very first Christmas ornament, 45 years ago, at five months of age.

The next two are old ornaments I’ve collected…one is glass and the other is one of 12 wooden candles covered in colored tin sleeves.

My Christmas Tree ~ playing with Panasonic FZ150 settings and Photo Editing

I put my wee 4′ fake Christmas tree up last night (next year it’ll be a USFS cutting permit for a fir!)…and decided to play around with my new Panasonic Lumix FZ150’s settings.

The following photos were taken with the lights in the living room turned off and the Christmas tree’s lights on…no camera flash.


Creative Control Mode – Sepia

Creative Control Mode – Pin Hole

Creative Control Mode – Miniature Effect

Scene Mode – Candlelight


Now for the playing around in photo shop and the NEATEST photo editing app (I have it on my iPad…and just downloaded it onto my iMac at work) Pixlr-O-Matic.

Link for Pixlr-O-Matic.


Miniature in pixlr-o-matic ~


Sepia in Photoshop’s Artistic Dry Brush ~


Candlelight in pixlr-o-matic ~


Sepia in pixlr-o-matic ~


The Candlelight through Photoshop’s Artistic Dry Brush ~


Some of the ornaments…

The old German glass mushrooms were run through pixlr-o-matic (Peter, Bocea, and Trashy) ~

This one through pixlr-o-matic bubble and rounded ~


The Glass Bulb had bubble, I think it’s Joshua, and dirt ~


The beaded bell…I really can’t remember! LOL!