I was going to write something today, on the basis of the one picture/one writing balance I set out to achieve. However, in the time I had set aside to do so, a friend rang up, then the internet died on me for a while, then I had a date with Tom, Molly, the sofa, a bag of popcorn and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which DVD arrived the other day. Scoff all you wish oh Arbiters of Good Taste, ( to say nothing of Healthy Eating and the Not on the Furniture School of Doggy Discipline...), so writing will have to wait until tomorrow.
Fortunately, I had a picture I'd prepared earlier. The parasol pine as seen from our window always makes me think of a Japanese woodcut at this time of year against the evening sky. I thought I would try to enhance this effect with a bit of mucking about. This is using Photoshop 'Threshold', or 'seuil' as it's known in my French version - took me a while to work that one out - then a double dose of Picasa's graduated tint, plus a squirt of extra saturation for good measure.
Never could resist guilding the lily.