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30/04/2015

Goodbye, April!


In our part of the country, April was coldish, rather cloudy, very windy... Spring didn't spring. 
Here are some highlights of my April. 


you can find her April Collage 
and links to many others.





Above is the original version of the collage. This is how I see the world, with much colour.

In some programs the colours looked even too bright and I toned them down a bit for another version. Do you notice any difference? Which one do you like more?




And this is the artistic version... :D





Have a beautiful May!




PS If you are interested to see how it looks here now, here's a photo taken about one hour ago. :)




45 comments:

  1. Kauniit kuvat! Lunta ei nyt enää tarvitsisi tulla. Hauskaa vappua!

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    1. Kiitos, Gunilla!
      Yritettiin eilen illalla keksiä ruokintapaikkoja pikkulinnuille, jotka eivät osaa käydä lintulaudalla. Lunta on kymmenisen senttiä, mutta nyt aamupäivällä näkyy jo lupaus kirkkaammasta säästä. Toivottavasti lumi sulaa pian!
      Iloista vappua!

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  2. Ihanan värikäs tuo ensimmäinen kollaasi, lempparini :)

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  3. Ihania kaikki, eka ja toka ehkä eniten mieleeni. :)

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  4. A lovely April collage and I´m of the bright colours too, first picture is my favorite. But that snow........does it ever stop snowing in Finland?

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    1. Thank you, Janneke!
      The snow in April is part of our normal, very variable spring weather. It's just that seeing others having wonderful flowers and greenery many weeks, or months, earlier makes us feel impatient sometimes. :)
      Have a lovely weekend!

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  5. Beautiful photos, which remind of the spring. The last photo is today's reality. We have the same view in North Karelia. Anyway, hyvää vappua!

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    1. Thank you, Anneli!
      We hope this snow melts very, very soon.
      Wishing a beautiful May Day to you as well!

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  6. Oh my goodness, all that snow!!! Oh it seems so unfair that we are nearly in May and you still have all that white stuff to look at! I really do hope that it clears soon. The mosaics are lovely! xx

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    1. Thank you, Amy! I know, life is so unfair sometimes! :D
      Clouds are getting thinner already, with little patches of clear sky, and I'm soon coming over to admire your daffodils! xx

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  7. The collage is lovely - I really like the last version - it is sweetly vintage. I hope your snow melts fast and stays away! xo Karen

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    1. Thank you very much, Karen!
      I used my favourite (Picasa) effect for the last version.
      Have a lovely weekend! xx

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  8. I love your pretty April collage..The squirrel is cute! Oh wow, I hope the snow end soon.. Have a happy day!

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    1. Thank you, Eileen!
      Your photos of lovely, blue Florida skies are really needed today. See you soon!

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  9. I like lots of colour and your April had this despite the weather. After viewing all three collages, I like the artistic version best because it takes your wonderful photography and turns it into painted art.
    Oh dear, with a winter landscape like that you must be wondering if you'll ever see the green of grass.
    Here's hoping May brings better weather and spring flowers!

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    1. Thank you very much, Judith!
      We are really looking forward to spring. Well, at least today the world is full of light, when the fresh snow reflects the bright sunlight and the water drops on branches sparkle...
      Here's to a beautiful May full of flowers!

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  10. Dear Sara,
    A nice month view!
    Nice color.
    I think the second picture is made softer.
    And the last photo: no, it's not spring! Brrr, snow! It's nice to see, but it's spring, we will better weather, sun.

    Love, Gerry

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    1. Thank you so much, Gerry!
      I hope we will see your month mosaic too! That would be full of flowers and beauty!
      Have a lovely May!
      Love, Sara

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  11. Ensimmäisestä kollaasista minäkin tykkään eniten. Kauniita ovat kaikki! Mukavaa ja rentouttavaa vappua! :)

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    1. Kiitos, Uraäiti! :)
      Yritän aina kerätä kollaasiin iloisimmat kuvat.
      Hauskaa ja toivottavasti aurinkoista vappua!

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  12. Ensimmäinen kollaasi on suosikkini :)
    Voi - tuo lumikuva ei ole kiva tähän aikaan - vaikka rakastankin lunta ja talvea ;)

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    1. Kiitos, Pia! :)
      Aurinkoista ja ihanaa toukokuuta!

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  13. Sara, I love the most the first photo and about snow... we were luckier:)) we had hail and then thunderstorm, that is very unusual in April.
    Happy May day!

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    1. Thank you, Nadezda!
      Have a beautiful May!

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  14. Hope the month of may brings you the springtime. Lovely post the picture of the snow is very pretty. Have a blessed day. Madeline

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    1. Thank you, Madeline!
      Have a beautiful May full of flowers!

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  15. Gorgeous collages! I like them both but I'm as colour starved as you are. I can't believe you have that much snow there today. I hope it melts soon and will be warming up. I think our weather is on the up-swing on the weekend. We welcome May!

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    1. Thank you, Pamela!
      We are, indeed, very much looking forward to spring.
      Have a lovely May!

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  16. Voi kammo! Lunta! Hieno kollaasi. Mukavaa vappua!

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    1. Kiitos, Satu!
      Niinpä! Onneksi lumi on nyt melkein kokonaan sulanut pois.
      Kaunista toukokuuta!

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  17. Beautiful colors of spring in your first photos, then THUD - reality hits with the snow. It can't last forever! Wishing you warmer May days! Happy First of May.

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    1. Thank you, Lorrie!
      It's lovely to admire the flowers you already have... :)
      Have a beautiful May!

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  18. Tykkään eniten tuosta ylimmäisestä, tosi kaunis!
    Lumesta tähän aikaan keväästä en sen sijaan tykkää ollenkaan.

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    1. Kiitos, Kristiina!
      Vuosi sitten kevät tuli tännekin aikaisin, tänä vuonna tuntuu ettei se etene ollenkaan...
      Aurinkoista ja lämmintä toukokuuta!

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  19. I would love to know how you did that artistic version. I have a pictures for my new granddaughter I would love to try it on...your photos are beautiful. As to your question, I looked at the two photos closely. I'd go for the full color too!

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    1. Thank you, Anita!
      I used Picasa's Pencil sketch tool... nothing is simpler than that. :)
      Have a beautiful May!

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  20. Vieläkinkö tuota lunta, voi ei. Ekasta versiosta minä tykkäsin eniten, mutta taiteilijanversio on myös ihana. Toivottavasti toukokuu tuo sinne kevään! Täälläkin sataa ja on kylmä.

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    1. Kiitos, Sametti Hortensia!
      Niin, jotkut odottavat jo kesää, täällä vasta odotellaan kevättä! :)
      Aurinkoista ja lämmintä toukokuuta!

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  21. Kauniita kuvia :) Vaikka siellä nyt näyttää talviselta niin kyllä se kevät/kesä sieltä tohinalla loppujen lopuksi kuitenkin aina tulee :)

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    1. Kiitos, Miina! :)
      Aurinkoista ja lämmintä toukokuuta!

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  22. Eikä! Kai nuo lumet on jo sulaneet?! Uuh...Tykkään eniten ekasta versiosta, ja suosikkini on tuo kurkisteleva orava.:) Näyttäisi olevan vaatteenvaihto kesken.;D

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    1. Kiitos, Taina! :)
      Lumet ovat jo melkein sulaneet... ja jäätkin lähteneet!
      Kaunista toukokuuta!

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  23. Gosh Snow again!!! Your spring flowers are lovely. I hope the snow does not damage themtoo much.

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