Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sam wanted a new look.

So we got out some spray paint and...

You know how it is: A rainy day project. And we've had a lot of rainy days for projects!

Okay, yes, it's photoshopped. My rainy day project was to go through some online tutorials to sharpen up the skills and this was one of the results. Silly yes? On the other hand the technique has some useful applications for work that I look forward to implementing on a future project.
Blending with hue and saturation tutorial.

My last post showed our plum tree beaten down from the snow. Three or four limbs were split open and two were broken. Ron had other concerns about the tree as well. All and all she was a sad little tree. Well, due to Troubadour's recommendation we sought out an arborist for advice on how to proceed. Long story short, the plum will survive. Rides a bike, wears a kilt, and saves trees in one fell swoop - Thanks Troubadour!
Eric Wiggins from ATS Arborist Services checked over the tree, removed the broken limbs and trimmed back others. It was a severe pruning (about 35% of the tree). I thought it would make the tree pretty lopsided, but frankly he did a bang up job shaping what remained. It is a little thin on one side, but it should eventually fill in. Very happy that our tree will survive. She's already weathered another wind storm with no issues.

Nothing special to report over the weekend. Did some shopping, one short but wet ride by bicycle, and basically mucked about the house doing little chores. I'm hoping that this coming week will see me back on the motorcycle....the one that is still green. Cheers!