Spring is definitely getting here earlier this year than last. The rain late last week has woken up the grass, so we are beginning to see green everywhere. This is a bud on one of the 17 lilac bushes we have around our property, taken last night as the sun was getting ready to disappear behind the near side of our valley. I have been admiring the work that Mary and Kate, and many others have been doing with textures, and after only fooling with one for a few minutes, I can see why they like them so much. It’s like the crack of post processing. Not having time to go look for a texture anywhere, I just pulled a pattern out of the standard ones from Pant Shop Pro X2 and fiddled around with mask layers, curves, clarify, color layers and who knows what-all. This is the result, clumsy though it may be, compared to people who actually know what they are doing. A nice reminder of my walk last night, since it is now pouring rain, with only the change predicted to the present condition is that it may turn to sleet.Have a lovely day, no matter what the weather is where you are.