Monday Discovery: A Photoshop Lesson

I ran across Leanne Cole’s tutorial, “Making the World Go Round, which involves turning a photograph into a sphere using Photoshop. I followed Leanne’s step-by-step instructions and turned this . . .

Beach, near and far
Beach, near and far

into this!

Beach sphere
Beach sphere

Thanks, Leanne, for a fine distraction from my writing work!

Go to Leanne’s website if you want to try this transformation. Great fun. I can’t wait to try another . . .

Let me (and Leanne) know if you try it, too.

Monday Discovery: “Mellow Yellow Monday”

I visited Misk Cooks this morning where Misky shares recipes and some of the most beautiful photographs of food you’ll see anywhere. Today there’s a gorgeous photo of rape fields in Sussex and a link to Mellow Yellow Monday, where you’ll find lots of other photos, weekly prompts, and the rules for participating.

So if your Monday is blue, you might give MYM a try.

Here’s my “yellow” offering for today’s Monday Discovery.

Sunflowers, roadside stand near the Everglades

Monday Poetry Discoveries: Dunn, PLUME

A couple of Monday Discoveries for my poet friends: first, a poem by Stephen Dunn. Maybe I’m drawn to this poem because there’s a story inherent in it.  To read all of “Sea Level,” go to Poetry Daily:

Scrub pines, Everglades, May 2010

Sea Level

Down from the mountains of Appalachia
and the highs of new love
I’ve come across the extended monotonies
of interstates, back to where
scrub pines stand small at sea level.
There’s the house I left for good
(if forever can ever be good), . . .

And here’s a link to a new-to-me online poetry journal, Plume. Go exploring . . . Some outstanding writers (and good poems) here, among them Sharon Olds, Billy Collins, Linda Pastan, and many, many others. Enjoy!

Call to action: What inspires you and gets your creative juices flowing? Share a favorite source or link (or a newly discovered one) in a comment.