Sunday, January 15, 2012
Sara in the South
I started thinking about the theme "South" in terms of my personal experience. In 1969 my father decided he hated NYC and my parents packed up the car with me and my younger siblings and headed SOUTH. He remembered liking Miami in the 1940's so our destination was Florida. When the reservations they made in Miami were not real, we initially settled in an efficiency in Hollywood. This started my family's long stay in Broward County Florida. I thought of that trip and that once south of Maryland, my dad ordered grits every chance he got. When we crossed the Georgia/Florida border there were Palms trees that surrounded a welcome to Florida sign. The only thing I remember about them is that they were rather sad looking since they probably would have been happier in South Florida, not on the border with Georgia.
For this challenge I wanted to use photoprinting with Kalideoscope Creator. I've owned the software for a while (I have version 1.0 and 2.0 but the current version is 3) but I have never used it. There are no coconut or royal palms around me in Houston but we do have Sago Palms. I do realize that Sago's are not really in the same family as the Palm but they do have the same frond leaves. I used a great picture I took in New Braunfels of a Sago Palm and printed a 12 inch image in tiled format. I discovered the results were not stable 6 inch squares so I think I will experiment with this more before I make anything bigger with it. Of course, now that I have used the software once, I have an excuse to upgrade to the newest version to see if that works better.