Sunday, December 13, 2015


The poinsettia plant strikes me as a mid-century icon of Christmas - I see lots of vintage table clothes and paper goods (and aprons!) from 1950's and even earlier. So it's fun to see how plant breeders are recreating this iconic Christmas plant.
Poinsettia variety Ice Punch
"Ice Punch" Poinsettia
This year, the Milwaukee Domes featured new twists on the classic poinsettia in it's latest Christmas show.
(The Domes, also known as the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory is Milwaukee's unique version of a glass conservatory.  This description doesn't do it justice, but my post is on poinsettias, not the Domes.)

Poinsettia Ice Punch by Jeanne Selep
"Ice Punch" Poinsettia
The Christmas show had hundreds (or thousands?) of poinsettia plants... 
Poinsettia Ice Punch by Jeanne Selep
"Monet" Poinsettia

...glowing with jewel-like beauty in the sun.

Poinsettia variety Monet
"Monet" Poinsettia in sunlight

I was told that what we consider petals are actually just colored leaf foliage, the true "flower" of a poinsettia is in the center.

Poinsettia center by Jeanne Selep
Poinsettia flower, the big red things are really just leaves
I'll show you one image from the Domes 2015 Christmas show dome, where all the poinsettias are.  It's just a fraction of the many views I could show you, but I want to publish this post.

Milwaukee Domes Christmas Show Dome 2015
2015 Christmas Display in the Show Dome
Milwaukee Mitchell Park Conservatory
Poinsettias line the pond and multiple walkways...
Merry Christmas to everyone one in blogland!  May you have Happy Holidays filled with Peace and Love.

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I am linking to these parties:
IShould: Inspiration Mon (Entry 421)
Create with Joy: Inspire Me Mon 206 (Entry 87)
Dwellings: Amaze me Monday 141 (Entry 55)
BNOTP: Metamorphis Monday (Entry x63 ) *
Karensuponthehill: Something to talk about (Entry 279)
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tues 292 (Entry 1)
* Stroll Life: Inspire Me Tues 296 (Entry 47)
Macro: Macro Monday (Entry 25) 
Uncommon Slice: Inspire Me Monday 90 (Entry 89) 
Its Overflowing: Count your Blessings (Entry 12)
Cozy House: Tweak It Tuesday 171 (Entry 108)
Our World: Our World (Entry 58)
Cupcakes: Project inspired 149 (Entry 119) 
Rambling Woods: Nature Notes (Entry 8)
Thoughts from Alice: Sun At Home 29 (Entry 146)
Love of Home: Sun at Home 87 (Entry 146)
Dedicted House: Christmas Around the World (Entry 61)
Snap: Show and Tell Wed 133 (Entry 392) 
Carolyn: The Inspiration Board (Entry 242)
Ivy and Elephants: Whats it Wed 196 (Entry 94) 
Savvy Style: Wow Us Wed 252 (Entry 263)
Gingersnapcrafts: Wow me Wednesday 236 (Entry x2)
DIY dreamer: Let's Share 197 (Entry 321)
Creative Princess: Party 241 (Entry 44)
Jan Olson: Share your Cup of Tea Thur 177 (Entry 50)
A Delight: Home and Garden Thur 127 (Entry 10) 
From my Porch: Treasure Hunt Thur 233 (Entry 35) 
Katherines corner: Thurs favorite things 219 (Entry 87)

Bloomdesignsonline: Lovely Link Party 56 (Entry 11) 
Northern Nesting: Share your Style 44 (Entry 303)
Charm of Home: Home Sweet Home 251 (Entry 14) *
French Country: Feather Nest Fri (Entry 82) *

A Glimpse Inside: Handmade Hangout (Entry 87 of 321)
Craftberry Bush: Inspiration Gallery (Entry 341 of 495) *

Romantic Home: Show and Tell (Entry ) * t6
Chic: Flaunt it Friday 225 (Entry )  t11
Shabby Nest: Frugal Friday (Entry ) t10

Tatertots: Weekend Wrap Up (Entry )

Southern Hospitality: Christmas Trees

Casual Christmas Home Tours
Cool Christmas Home Tours


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Grayscale and Color Screen Test

Getting your photos to glow with the colors you want isn't always easy, especially when different screens, monitors, TV's and phones can display the exact same image with different color casts.  

Color Strip and Gray Scale by Jeanne Selep

The image above has three horizontal stripes.  The top two stripes have 15 different shades of gray between pure black and pure white, one running left to right, the other running right to left.  The bottom stripe has Pure Black, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green and White. 

If your monitor doesn't distinguish between the shades of gray, or has a color cast to the colors, you may want to try and adjust your screen's setting to achieve better color. In either case, you have an image you can compare on multiple screens, which is the reason I created this post.

I have found many screen display the dark grays as black.  If too many of the dark grays are displaying black, you are loosing details in the shadows.  

Just for fun, compare your phone to your PC monitor!