Friday, October 12, 2018
Saturday, October 6, 2018
All it takes to lose that is a heavy rainfall and lots of wind, and that happen so quickly here. The fall has been so much drearier than usual - overcast skies for weeks on end, colder than normal temperatures and just a general misery that after a couple of steady weeks of that, you begin to feel a malaise that makes you wish it were over.
What you need at that point is just one day - only a single day of wonderful, brilliant sunshine, a camera, a car, and a good healthy walk around the country roads. Here, doing that is pretty easy since we're less than 5 minutes from all that delicious countryside. One of my favourite things to do in the fall is visit the wildlife sanctuary - here, it is mostly varieties of birds and fowl (like ducks, and swans), but if you're really lucky you can catch a snake warming itself on a rock in the late season sun, or a turtle that's yet to dig into the mud for the winter sleep.
Sometimes you'll find a hare or jackrabbit (hard to chase those), and lots of chipmunks and squirrels still gathering their winter stock.
Friday, September 28, 2018
These I didn't make into tiles myself, so essentially they are just the photo. That allows the user to decide what to do with it's use, but if you do want to make a chunk of the image into a repeating tile (good for web backgrounds) and don't really know how, there are some software options available that you can use.
Pixplant is one I have used before; others are options like Patternizer's striped pattern generator, and PatternIco for doing it online. There are many small freeware products out there for doing this - at one point I had half a dozen installed and they all produced something slightly different, depending on the design in the original photo. If all you need is to make a basic tiled web background, any one of the free products would probably do the job just fine.
Personally, I just use Photoshop since I own that product. It does the job, but sometimes it takes a lot of fiddling to get it to tile seamlessly.
For using textures in 3D software you generally do need to have a seamless tile ... although I haven't used a 3D software in about 5 years, so some of the functions may have changed since then. Anyone who uses 3D imaging programs regularly will probably already know how to turn these into useful textures for the program's use. It only takes a small bit of an image (256 X 256) to make a texture that will work on 3D objects.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
We used to "do" Halloween to "the nines" when my children and grandchildren were small, but not so much anymore. We get all the goodies to hand out, but there's very little in the way of decorating. A jack-lantern here and there but that's about the extent of it.
The same for Thanksgiving. Sometimes I'll have a bunch of small fall gourds in a big wooden bowl, and there's usually a small outdoor wreath, and uncut pumpkins outside on the porch, and in the front entryway of the house two fall floral arrangements. That's pretty much it.
Since our kids married and started their own families (families who are now grown up - the grandbabies are all between 18 and 20!) the only holiday I really take time to decorate for is Christmas. For most of the other holidays our small family is somewhat split up and it's rare for all of them to be here for Thanksgiving.
That happens to be the big racing weekend in our area (usually in Peterborough - "Fall Colours") to end the official race season and sometimes one or both of our kids families are at the races, leaving us to do our own thing.