We’re finally getting some much-needed rain here.

I’ve taken the past three days off from power walking because I don’t tolerate the damp. Once I get chilled in damp weather, it takes me forever to warm back up again.

I’ve used these days to review my photos from the past few weeks, do some “pruningto decide what to keep and what to toss, and to play around a bit in some of my favourite editing apps. There’s always more to learn as one continues to explore the many features of these apps.

My feature photo was taken last week on the country drive hubs and I took.

The shot seemed flat to me, so I tried a few different things in Snapseed and Photo Toaster. I finally decided on just adding quite a heavy vignette to the original and leave it at that.

My goal was to feature the old house without losing its decorative veranda roof, the weather vane, and the lightning rod.

I also tried a black and white rendering. Which do you prefer?

“When Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning-rod, the clergy, both in England and America, with the enthusiastic support of George III, condemned it as an impious attempt to defeat the will of God. For, as all right-thinking people were aware, lightning is sent by God to punish impiety or some other grave sin—the virtuous are never struck by lightning.”

Bertrand Russell