Saturday, July 31, 2010


These are the berries of the European Spindle or Euonymus europaeus more commonly called the Spindleberry, or at least that's what I've always called it. The name comes from the fact that its dense pale wood is easily worked and was once used for making spindles and knitting needles. For most of the year it's just another green shrub, but in autumn it transforms -the leaves turn a russet shade and it's covered with these pink "fruit" which contain bright orange seeds. I remember the bush my mother had just down the path, it was where the tea pot was always emptied (real tea not the tea bag variety) as apparently spindles loved tea leaves, it always rewarded us with a brilliant display of autumn colour, and rewarded the birds with lots of berries.

I processed this as follows:
Brushed Rose (Summer Painterly) @ Overlay 100%
Pistachio (Summer Painterly) @ Overlay 100%
Copy of background @ Soft Light 12%
Ming (Tex Box 2) @ Soft Light 100 %
It looked okay like this but was a bit bright.
So I then merged all these layers, on PC press Ctrl -Alt -Shift -E
Duplicated the merged layer and set it at Screen 10%
Then tweaked the toning with Selective colour and Hue saturation blending modes, the settings are a matter of taste and involves a bit of "playing" with the various sliders.

See the photo a bit bigger on Flickr

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Divas and dreams photography blog said...

I love it!!!!!

paulgrand said...

very delicate!

Borealnz (Jill) said...

Thanks Paul and Christina :-)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful as always!

Borealnz (Jill) said...

Thanks Shannon!

Colleen Farrell said...

So simple yet so beautiful! I love plants that flower and also provide berries for the birds.

Sabinche said...

I love this one, Jill!

Borealnz (Jill) said...

Thanks Sabine and Colleen.

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