Cherry Creek in Spring, Colorado

I enjoy playing with filters in Photoshop or Affinity Photo to make photos look like paintings. Most of my efforts are pathetic failures, though every now and then, I come up with a “painting” I rather like.

Cherry Creek flows through Denver, giving its name to an upmarket urban neighborhood as it passes by. The creek is a tributary of the South Platte River, which eventually flows into the Missouri.

Warmth of the Sun, Amherst

I shot this picture as the sun broke through the clouds to bath the field and trees in weak late afternoon sunlight. The horse and pasture in yesterday’s post are just to the left of this scene. Both shots were taken from the backyard of my friend Kate’s home in Amherst. Kate chose the quiet beauty of this locale to settle in after her years in China. The welcome contrast between the tranquility of this Pioneer Valley landscape and the stress, congestion, noise and politics not of the good kind we both experienced living in Beijing could not be more stark.

This photo was taken in mid-September just as the trees in central Massachusetts were beginning to turn color. I was not able to organize my trip to arrive when the autumn colors were peaking. No complaint, just an observation. The fact is I love visiting this part of New England at any time of the year.