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iPhone Art – Inviting at Joaquin Miller Park


Amazing all the apps that are available to edit your prized iPhone photos!  I have to admit I enjoy it.  Here’s an image I created from a hike in Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland, California.  I used to practice here when I was on the cross country team in high school and grew up down the street a bit.  It’s a beautiful oasis of rustic woodland trails that lead you through redwood groves and oak woodlands across lush creeksides and wet meadows.  Hikers, equestrians, bicyclists, joggers and picnickers from all over the Bay Area regularly frequent the 500-acre park.

The park is named for one of the more colorful figures of the 19th century. Cincinnatus Hiner (“Joaquin”) Miller.  He was born in Indiana in 1841 and during his life he was a pony-express rider, lawyer, judge, teacher, gold prospector, nomad and author.

During a trip to the Bay Area in 1870, he met California’s first Poet laureat and Oakland’s first librarian, Ina Coolbirth.  Coolbirth convinced him to take the colorful pen name of Joaquin Miller. He became well known as the “Poet of the Sierras.”

When he returned to Oakland in 1886, he settled on 70 acres of grassy hillside, which he had purchased parcel-by-parcel in the hills about the “City of the Oaks.” In an effort to create an inspirational artists’ retreat, he erected monuments, built structures for his mother and daughter, and coordinated the planting of 75,000 trees — monterey cypress, olive and eucalyptus. He died in his home in 1913.

Inviting - Joaquin Miller Park

Inviting – Joaquin Miller Park


Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

50 thoughts on “iPhone Art – Inviting at Joaquin Miller Park

  1. Oh I love this image, Laura!!! ❤️😍

  2. What apps are you using? Seems fun

  3. Lovely photo. Larger than life character!

  4. Laura, I so admire your amazing talents and always love to see what you have created. This image is no exception. And thanks for the history behind it is well. Lovely!

  5. The highlights make it. Lovely.

  6. looks like a nice place to practice – thx for the history – and I am rooting for Oakland in the NBA playoffs – 🙂

    • Go Warriorrrrrssssss!!!! Whew they won last night! Now for the uphill climb. I hope they win. it would be a shame to have such an amazing season with all those records and not to with the finals. Oh yeah and thanks about the post lol. 😉

      • Ha – you sound like my hubs – cos he said the same thing and that it reminded him of patriots one year in nfl when they were denied – and he does not want this to happen – but while I agree with the two of you – with all due respect I want Oklahoma / ha!

        So we shall see…….
        Game on!

  7. I used to use that app a lot but it’s the camera artist behind the image that makes this so striking Laura

  8. I really like this. Unfortunately I don’t have an iPhone.

  9. Inviting indeed. I would love to be standing there and walking.

  10. Since I upgraded my OS on my main computer Photoshop will not work on it but based on what your iPhone did with your photograph maybe I should get one.

  11. This looks like a place a poet would love. Laura, your pictures are always a treat.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  12. Love the richness and detail in this photo, Laura. Well done. You may have mentioned which app this is, but I’m curious.
    Thanks for the history of the park, too. Go DUBS! 😀👏🏼

    • OMG can you believe those DUBS??????? What a game! I think I lost 5 pounds in stress watching it. 😉 Thank you about the detail. Sometimes it’s easier for me to create it on these phone apps! I’ve thought about sending over my camera photos to the phone on occasion. For this app I used Leonardo and iColorama (the latter is for iPhone only but is the best app out there imho). Let me know how it goes if you use them.

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