Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Muscadines (Vitis rotundifolia) are a grape vine species native to the present-day southeastern United States that has been extensively cultivated since the 16th Century. We have vines of muscadines and scuppernongs growing at the family lake house.  They are so big and delicious!  I always look forward to eating my fill when they come ripe in late August to early September.  So YUMMY!!!!!  This is the original image I took of a bowl full of muscadines sitting on a dresser with a white wall as background.  This is SOOC, handheld, and natural light.

This is my edited version of the original shot with Isabelle Lafrance's Soulful Textures and Action applied to the photo.

I used.....

Soothing texture - Multiply 100%
Retro texture - Overlay 100%  and.....
Soulful soothe action

I think the use of textures gives this shot a real vintage and old-timey feel.

On a personal note......this last long Labor Day weekend was very relaxing.  We sat around and did a whole lot of nothing. Saturday I stayed at the lake house with Camryn, who is having a difficult time with her asthma right now, while most everyone else went to the Clemson v. Middle Tennessee State game.  Our Tigers won!!!!  YAY!  Camryn and I watched Journey to the Center of the Earth.  I love Brenden Frasier!!!!!!!!!

Sunday we spent most of the day preparing for my in-laws 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration.  They had about 40 of their family and closes friends there to celebrate with them.   I think they had a wonderful time.  Here they are cutting their anniversary cake.....

This is my niece, Elyse, wearing my mother-in-laws wedding dress.  This was a surprise for everyone and it made us all quite emotional.  I was taking photos and crying like a baby.  She looked beautiful!!!

Here are Nana and Papa with all their grandchildren......

From left to right is Riley Stansell, 7, M.J. Stansell, Abbey LeRoy 11, Connor Stansell 4, Philip LeRoy 15, Martha Stansell, Elyse LeRoy 18, Emily Stansell 8, and Camryn Stansell 10.

Most of Monday was spent out on the boat watching everyone tube and swim.  We also ate lunch at the Tiki Hut at the Keowee marina.  This was the final HOORAH of the summer........or what I always feel is the very FINAL day of summer.  It passed so quickly!!!!  BOO HOO!!!!  I look forward to autumn, though.  My favorite season of the year!

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Have a wonderful and blessed day!


  1. Wonderful post, Angela! What a wonderful way to usher out summer. It sounds like you all had such a fantastic time. Loved the photo of your niece wearing your mother-in-law's wedding dress, what a darling idea. So glad to here your girls are feeling better.

    Such a beautiful photo of the muscadines! I have to say I had never heard of them before, they look and sound delicious! Thanks for sharing your process!

  2. I loved that story, with the wedding gown, so touching! I too think that Labor Day is the final weekend of summer... Even though I do love autumn, summer is so good!

  3. Hi...I didn't know you had a blog. I just added it to my list of daily checks :D