Monthly Archives: May 2016

A Purple Clematis with a Twist

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Well, twisted was probably a better word.  I was trying to focus on the center of the flower…it almost worked.  The flower itself was to be somewhat fuzzy – which it is.  But what happened, to my surprise, was that some of the veins in the leaves behind the flower are prominent, through no genius of mine. I was using my kit 18-55 lens and didn’t use the flower setting on my, “Canon T3.”  I believe  “My get up and go, Got up and went,” on this shot.  Must have been day dreaming?

Dan O. De Ment

Double Rainbow

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I’m trying this upload again.  Anyway, yesterday this this double rainbow appeared after a number lightning strikes and thunder, but very lite rain.

Sorry a few of you actually got the bad post…it had my right hand menu down the center of the image instead of where it belongs.

Dan O. De Ment


What happened to my Double Rainbow?

I tried to post a double rainbow a few moments ago and my wordpress theme goofed up.  Some of you probably even received the post.  Anyway, I’ll try again later when my, Old Man Frustration, passes.

Dan O.De Ment

Muffin nursing her older Kitten


On the morning of July 19, 2009 I looked out the backsliding door window of our house just as our Feral Cat, Muffin, plopped down so her only remaining Kitten could nurse.  As you can see the kitten was almost as big as her mother. Unfortunately it was the last time we saw the kitten.  It was a sad day for us.  Shortly thereafter, Muffin, was spade in a catch and release program that put the cats back in the same neighborhood where they were captured for the procedure.  Muffin has been with us ever since.  Sorry the image is a bit fuzzy.

Dan O. De Ment

Corporal Grey Squirrel -Chief Scout

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This little fella looks as if he’s been sent ahead on a mission.  Whatever,  he appears to be on to something.

Dan O.  De Ment

Large Bridal Falls Hosta

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This particular Hosta and others not visible in this image grow in a shaded area between our garage on the right and our neighbors privacy fence on the left.  The image does not really give the Hosta its due as it is very large to see in person.

Dan O. De Ment




Purple Iris with light Blue Tint

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This Purple Iris, due to the ambient light/time of day , acquired this light blue tint.

Dan O. De Ment

Chipping Sparrow

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We were pleased to see this, Chipping Sparrow , on our trellis yesterday and I was able to get a few shots before he flitted off about his business.

Dan O. De Ment


Sunrise through the Flowering Crab

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This morning at approximately 5:45 AM the sunrise backlit our Flowering Crab with an Orangy/Pink glow.  It was impossible to pass up.

Dan O. De Ment

Forest Park Nature Center’s Visitor’s Center


This the the Visitor’s Center at the entrance to the Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria Heights, Illinois.  I take many of my woodland images here and at Jubilee College State Park which is about 14 minutes outside Peoria.

Dan O. De Ment

Hikers just beyond the Timber


These two men were barely visible through the timber the morning I took this image – around 11Am @ our local Nature Center.

Dan O. De Ment

Added Watermark in Picasa…Finally

For those of you who have limited storage space for images, like my Nook HD’s, Gallery, which I use to upload my images to Elm Drive Images, I finally figured out how to Watermark  images in Picasa and export them to, My Pictures File, then I can move them to Google+Photos to make space available in my Gallery.  Where ever, YOU, store your images on your hard drive you can export the images there as well.  Here’s how:

  1.   Go to Picasa and load an image you want add a watermark to.
  2.  Go up to Picasa’s File and scroll down to Export…click on Export
  3.   A box will come up and toward the bottom of the box is a spot to add your watermark. I could not locate a copyright symbol so, in my case I simply typed in, Copyright Dan De Ment.
  4.  It will ask you to save it where you want it saved…in my case it’s a file named, My Pictures.  In the saved box at the top I saw this, Save to: My Pictures/20160415…that’s the day I took the image.
  5. I hit export and off it went precisely where I told it to save the image.  Now, I have storage files with different names as most of us do, so I’ll need to move the file to my, let’s say, Elm Drive Images 6, file, and then rename it however I decide I want the new name to appear.
  6. Now I can post the image to a new post on Elm Drive Images or move it to Google+Photos.

Now, you can actually name files as you wish on Picasa.  Somtimes I do but mostly  I do not.  The preference is yours.

Keep in mind that Google, in one of their genius moments, has decided to, basically, remove Picasa and use their new image platform called, Photos.  It’s a part of Google+ as far as I can figure.  I can still use Picasa…Google says you can use it in a limitedd fashion.  I don’t know what that means!

I know there are Watermark Apps and I do use one often.  (Actually, most of the images with Watermarks already posted on Elm Drive Images were Watermarked with an APP.  What I haven’t been able to figure out is how to add Watermarks to images already in Google+Photos.  That’s why I wrote the tutorial above. I can move Watermarked images from my Nook HD Gallery to Google+Photos and the Watermark will remain.

For you newbies out here this may be confusing and I regret writing this in the manner I did, as far as you’re concerned.  For those of you who’ve been around a while and have experienced this problem I hope this helps.  Feel free to ask me questions if there is something above you want to discuss or have clarified.  Just send me an email @

Dan De Ment

Dan O. De Ment