End of Month Potpourri-March 2015

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Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.

~Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

 

 

 

In my neck of the woods, here in the northeast, spring takes her sweet time.  She slowly walks into my garden, and in March she is just beginning to yawn.  Consequently as others are showcasing their lovely spring blooms, I am still watching the snow melt.

 

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t beauty in my garden.  And for this End of Month Potpourri, I thought I would show you some of the beauty of late winter.

 

 

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The sun comes streaming through the trees and bathes the garden in early morning light as spring comes closer.

 

 

DSCN0403The trees glow first as the sun splits through the bare branches, even those covered in chilly ice crystals.

 

 

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It creates a rainbow on the snow as it sparkles.

 

 

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Early shadows cast a blue glow over the snow-covered garden.  You can see the melting snow is creating creases in the landscape almost like a creek running underground.

 

 

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The sun at high noon is shifting its shadow, and glaring off the surface of the melting snow.

 

 

DSCN0757A couple hours later, and the shadows have moved farther along the fence playing on the snow.

 

 

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As we get closer, it appears as if we can see right through the melting snow to the water beneath.

 

 

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Those bubbles mean the snow is melting, melting, melting…..soon to be gone.  And all that wonderful water, in the snow, is nourishing my garden and the spring blooms that lie underneath waiting for spring to step into the present.

 

 

 

 

Note:   The branches at the beginning and end of this post are of my dwarf willow trees.  As spring has sprung, and rain takes the place of snow, they are covered in the jewels of spring raindrops.  Soon they will burst forth in pussy willow flowers.

 

 

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I leave you with another thought about the change of the seasons and weather.  Feel free to download this photo and share.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

Poetry Sunday-Sky Painting



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Sky Painting

 

 Splashes of paint on a cloudy morn

Carried like fire, the sky adorned.

 

Deep purple hues, bright orange splashes

Undulating hints of gray dots and dashes.

 

Then spread across the deep bright blue

Pictures forming, ever shifting anew.

 

Now marshmallow fluff, mountains in the sky

Clouds collide painting pictures, rolling by.

 

The sun creates the palette, the wind is the painter

Seeking new canvas as soon or later,

 

A new scene emerges with each breath I’m taking

Behold nature’s finest; look the sky is painting.

 

© Donna Donabella 2014

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This poem was created as we were SOARing through the sky at 35,000 feet.  I am always mesmerized by the clouds from high in the sky as well as when the sunrises.  Actually I find the sky paints the clouds best during sunrise.

 

And given that my new word for the year is SOAR, this poem is the perfect complement. You can read about my word of the year as it will be my guiding force this new year!

 

I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

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I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  

 

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If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others.  I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs.  I hope to more overtly spread some blog love through both my blogs in the future. 

 

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Special Note:  The pictures here are from recent sunrises where I watched the sun paint the clouds and sky.

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I leave you with a little bit of sentiment about clouds and light.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

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All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

Creativity In Winter

 

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The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?  

~J. B. Priestley

 

 

With the solstice behind us and we head into more daylight hours, I thought I would share with you some of my winter, and the beauty it brings me inspiring my creativity.  The first photo is my meadow in winter as the snow makes dollops of cream on the goldenrod seedheads.

 

 

 

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The trees are another wonderful place for winter creativity and inspiration.  The snow clothes the trees leaving me to wonder how beautiful a tree can truly be in winter.  This is my beloved silver maple covered in lichen and snow.

 

 

 

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We have many types of snowfall, and I love the gentle slow falling flakes shown here against the backdrop of the gazebo slightly off center.

 

 

 

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Here’s another tree shot of the same silver maple, but this time it is the red flower buds that stand out in winter waiting for the warm spring.

 

 

 

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Then there is the beauty of snowfall in black and white.  Here is it falling a bit steadier with no wind again against the backdrop of the gazebo.

 

 

 

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And here is a part of the garden that was recently covered in snow.  The snow washes the landscape clean and there are few colors left making black and white photos of it very intriguing and creative in my opinion.

 

 

 

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One other spot that is magical in the garden in winter is the big birdhouse.

 

 

 

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And finally I leave you with a mosaic for the season that shows you more of the bokeh effect (out-of-focus areas of the photo) of snow.  You can see this same effect in many of my photos of snow in this post.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed these winter scenes created by nature.  I am linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.  And I am linking in with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  

 

 

 

I leave you with a bit of a sentiment about the magic of the first snow.   Feel free to download the photo and share.

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Poetry Sunday-Christmas Scenes

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Christmas Scenes

 

I look upon the Christmas tree

And fade to childhood memories;

 

Of snowflakes, boots and mittens warm

Donned on frosty, biting morns.

 

Sleds dragged down snow-covered streets

To find fresh powder on hills replete.

 

Later home with frozen fingers and toes

Warmed before the fire with hot cocoa.

 

Smells of cookies permeate the house

As I stealthily sneak one as quiet as a mouse.

 

And all about tinsel and lights galore

Are sparkling hung from roofs and doors.

 

While I await, anticipating the scene

Of Santa and spectacular Christmas dreams,

 

I sing songs of joy and choruses of mirth

that herald in the day of His spectacular birth.

 

 

© Donna Donabella 2014

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I am participating in The Personal Photo Challenge hosted by Donna@Cottage Days and Journeys.  This month’s challenge is called Christmas Scenes.   I wrote this poem on my way to see family for Thanksgiving.  I had not seen much of my family for a few years.  And on the plane ride, some lovely thoughts of Christmas were running through my brain.  So I hope you enjoy the poem that is filled with many of my childhood memories.

 

I am also joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

 

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I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  

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Special Note:  These Christmas scenes were taken upon our return home once we did a bit of Christmas decorating.

 

All photos were taken on auto mode and first processed in iPhoto (so nothing fancy).  The collage was made in Fotor.com.  The tree images were further processed in PicMonkey.com to add some brilliance, snow, frost and stars.

 

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I leave you with a bit of a sentiment about Christmas.  Feel free to download the photo and share.

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All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.

Poetry Sunday-Trees

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I Am The Tree

 

Erect I stand, strong of will.

Defying the wind, and all nature can swill.

 

I cast my eyes to take in the scene,

While all around is washed white and serene.

 

The strength of my roots and courage in my stance,

Will serve me well in life’s new dance.

© Donna Donabella 2014

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I am participating in The Personal Photo Challenge hosted by Donna@Cottage Days and Journeys.  This month’s challenge is called Trees.   I wrote this poem on the first day of my retirement, March 3rd 2014, after over 30 years in public education.  It is a testament to my perseverance and what awaits me now in my new life beginning again.  I hope you enjoy the poem.

 

I am also joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

 

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And I am linking in with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  

 

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Special Note:  These trees are from my garden and surrounding my garden.  The views I see every fall when trees are at their finest.

 

All photos were taken on auto mode and processed in iPhoto (so nothing fancy).  The collage was made in Fotor.com.  The last image was taken in black and white on a foggy autumn morning and processed in PicMonkey.com to add the text and frame.

 

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I leave you with a bit of a sentiment about trees and planting dreams.  Feel free to download the photo and share.

 

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Poetry Sunday-Late October Evenin’

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Late October Evenin’

 

Darkness descends upon me a little earlier every day,

As colors seem to leap from the trees to paint the sky.

The cold winds howl through scraping branches,

While my bones ache a bit more now.

And as the last slip of light hastens me home-

Soon I will feel the hearth warm my soul and bring gentle rest.

 

© Donna Donabella 2013

 

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I first wrote this poem last fall as I observed the fall sky and the colder evenings.  It was originally published on my garden blog, Gardens Eye View, on November 4, 2013.

 

I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

 

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I am also linking in with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  

 

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Special Note:  The sky here is what I see in autumn outside my door as the sun sets in all its splendor and the blue hour descends.

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I leave you with a bit of a sentiment about the lure of the evening as the light fades.  Feel free to download the photo and share.

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All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.

Poetry Sunday-Still Life

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Still Life

 

The heat of my days is gone,

now a tinge of coolness on the wind lingers.

 

Soft colors faded from the garish summer sun,

as light shines at an angle, my perceptions skewed.

 

Gone is the black and white, the absolute.

Born is the gray, the in-between that stays.

 

Locked in my periphery, soon movements far afield will dim,

all will stretch out before me barren, a new canvas.

 

Awaiting the first brush strokes of fresh color,

a novel design-now the whisper of a dream awaits.

 

© Donna Donabella 2014

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I am participating in The Personal Photo Challenge hosted by Donna@Cottage Days and Journeys.  This month’s challenge is called Still Life.  So I decided to create a poem about how my garden has become a still life as it fades and withers to winter, and that it still has life as do I as I age being reborn again.  There are multiple meanings in this poem but you can also take it at face value.  I hope you enjoy the poem.

 

I am also joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

 

And speaking of wonderful verse, my friend Susie@Life.Change.Compost has written a  beautiful poem she is featuring this week.  I encourage you to read it…you will be glad you did.  Susie is a gifted writer and I look forward to her posts.

 

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I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  

 

 

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Special Note:  These vases were some of my favorite still lifes from this past summer.  All were created by me with flowers and foliage from my garden.

 

All photos were taken on auto mode and processed in iPhoto (so nothing fancy).  The first collage was made in Fotor.com and the last image created in PicMonkey.com to add the text and frame.

 

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I leave you with a bit of a sentiment about dreaming.  Feel free to download the photo and share.

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Poetry Sundays-Saving A Life

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Saving A Life

 

In saving a life, you save a soul.

A heart is mended, a light is shone.

 

 

In saving my life, a path was cleared.

A breath was taken, there was no fear.

 

 

Giving back to life, now gratitude is expressed.

A kindness is returned, a celebration to commence.

 

© Donna Donabella 2014

 

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This poem came to me while I was relaxing during a healing session.  I had been to this practitioner for the last 6 years, and I was feeling as if I really was healing my life…all of my life-physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

 

I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up, Poetry Pantry, for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

 

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I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and  with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  

 

 

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Special Note:  Daffodils symbolizes rebirth, new beginnings and eternal life.  A bunch of daffodils indicates joy and happiness.  These daffodils are wonderful reminders of the spring that was and the spring that will come again.

 

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I leave you with a bit of a sentiment about finding your life.  Feel free to download the photo and share.

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All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.

Poetry Sunday-I Am

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I Am…

 

a kind heart, a ray of light,

a soul awake reaching new heights.

 

 

a word of truth, a harmonious sound,

a soft step protecting all that surrounds.

 

 

a searching eye across fields of gold,

young in mind, a body old.

 

 

a blissful life, a softening touch,

I am… and that is enough.

 

© Donna Donabella 2014

 

 

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I am adding a bit of poetry to my Creative Sundays.  I am combining photos, collages and verse.  I hope you enjoy these posts.  This one was inspired by a challenge to think of ourselves as we look outside ourselves and observe who we are.

 

I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some very lovely verse.

 

 

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I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and  with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  

 

 

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Special Note:  The monochrome photos are those of Hardy Hibiscus.  In the Language of Flowers, Hibiscus (Mallow) means delicate beauty or sweet disposition.

 

 

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I leave you with a bit of a sentiment about enthusiasm.   I hope you can capture your own enthusiasm in something creative.  Feel free to download the photo and share.

 

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All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.

Creativity Continued

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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.  ~Scott Adams

 

 

 

Well the photo challenge for August is over, but there are some more photos I want to share that I really love.  Love was the last word on the last day of August and a most appropriate word to convey how I feel about these pictures.  And I am featuring black and white photography again as I have really loved experimenting with it.  This first photo shows the dew in the garden as the first rays of morning illuminate it.

 

 

I hope you like these additional monochrome photos.  I am linking in with The Weekend of Black and White, and with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.  And I am linking in with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  

 

 

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This my favorite chair.  I love it, and it was a gift from my husband many years ago.  It is a Stickley Morris spindle back oak/leather chair that reclines like an antique recliner with pegs.  I used this chair a lot when I was recovering from surgery.

 

 

 

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A favorite shelf of some books I love.

 

 

 

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This intriguing picture is my cement porch which steps down to the front step and then to the brick sidewalk.  I love the lines and the progression of the patterns.

 

 

 

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The cattails in the pond are lit up by the morning sun, and are contrasted against the bright foliage.  These are a favorite sight from my window.

 

 

 

DSCN3638This is a favorite view from the French doors inside to the patio in the late afternoon.

 

 

 

DSCN3649And if you look closely at the wicker chair on the patio (from the picture above) you can see how the shadows of the plants play on it.  Here it is in closeup.  I love the contrast of the dark chair, the light and shadows.

 

 

 

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The gazebo is a favorite subject of mine to photograph.  I love how it looks in the late afternoon shade as you can see clearly through it to the fence and meadow behind it.  It is interesting how the gazebo slats line up with the fence behind it.

 

 

 

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And finally I really loved how the bee house looked in the late afternoon shadow of the ash tree it was hanging on.

 

 

 


I leave you with
 a bit of a sentiment that tells how I feel when I explore my world with a camera.  I hope you can capture your own enthusiasm in something creative.  Feel free to download the photo and share.

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Creating Something New

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“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
― Sophia Loren

 

 

This week’s photo challenge had us looking for something new along with themes such as little, lines, morning, soft and nature.   Again the themes this past week overlapped and I decided to go with an overarching theme…that of something new.  Every day is new for me, and when I pick up my camera I never know what is going to appear unusual, beautiful, intriguing and a must capture.

 

All but one picture was taken in my garden depicting nature.  And while taking pictures of my garden is nothing new, all of these pictures were taken at the start of a new day in the  soft morning light.  The first picture is of Obedient plant glowing as the first soft golden rays of the morning sun shines down on the garden.

 

I am linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.  And I am linking in with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.

 

 

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Joe Pye weed glowing….

 

 

 

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…along with perennial Helianthus a much smaller (little) native sunflower.

 

 

 

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And the lines of zebra grass make a great backdrop for Queen Anne’s lace.

 

 

 

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This fading Echinacea flower is almost transparent in the morning light.

 

 

 

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Last week I showed you this Great Burnet in black and white.  And while I loved its texture in monochrome, I do adore its wine color too.

 

 

 

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My native Tradescantia, still growing in late summer, becomes a golden purple casting a wonderful shadow in the morning light.

 

 

 

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This picture of the same Obedient plant, at one at the top of the post, was also taken in morning but the clouds rolled in.  That did not deter this little hummingbird.  Can you see her just approaching from the right….just peeking her head in.

 

 

 

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And finally my favorite little vase together with my special little Zuni bear fetish are also greeting the morning sun.

 

 

 

I leave you with another shot of creativity in nature…. a white admiral butterfly, which is a new critter in the garden this year.  Feel free to download the photo and share.

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Creativity in Monochrome

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“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”― Rumi

 

 

This week’s photo challenge had us using black and white photography one day.  I have played a bit with monochrome photos in winter, but not when there is so much color around me.  So even though the other words didn’t have to be shot in monochrome, I decided to go with it anyway.  Words like bookshelf, peaceful, shadow and treasures were on tap for this week.  And like other weeks the themes overlapped on many days for me.

 

 

I hope you like the monochrome photos for this week.  I am linking in with The Weekend of Black and White.  I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.

 

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This was the first picture I took as I sat in my favorite chair peacefully ready to take black and white photos.

 

 

 

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The morning sun was shining perfectly in the back garden and on the patio table.  The pattern was perfect in black and white.

 

 

 

DSCN2951These are the Northern Sea Oats that I used as photos in my last post.  Different in black and white.  This is with the sun at my back casting a few shadows….

 

 

 

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And this is the same plant with the sun streaming through it as I am facing the sun.  I love the difference especially in the light and shadows.

 

 

 

DSCN2943Morning dew lingering on the leaves that are tucked under each other in shadow as the sun starts to shine in the shade garden.  Very peaceful.

 

 

 

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I experimented with taking many  shots of plants in black and white.  This Great Burnet or Sanguisorba officinalis has a burgundy color usually.  I like the texture.  I plan to use more monochrome pictures of flowers for my vase post on my Garden blog tomorrow.

 

 

 

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Another grass that looks great in monochrome.  I love how grasses in morning light cast shadows on themselves.

 

 

 

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A very peaceful spot is our pond.  The frog is enjoying the early morning sun too.  He even has a cute short shadow as he faces the sun.

 

 

 

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This is a very special bookshelf that houses many of my treasures and favorite books.  I love the reflection of the windows and outside trees and gazebo in the bookcase glass.

 

 

 

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And here is the bookcase from a bit further away as it holds more treasures on top.  I love the look of the room better in black and white.  I am sitting in my favorite chair taking this picture.

 

 

 

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And saving my best for last.  This is a little hummingbird at the feeder.  I am only a few feet away.  These birds are quite a treasure in our garden much like the monarch in the first picture.  I love the look of this bird in black and white especially the texture of its feathers half in shadow.

 

 


I leave you with
 another shot of creativity…. sunflowers facing the morning sun in my garden casting shadows in black and white.  These sunflowers are a treasure as they volunteer themselves every year.  Feel free to download the photo and share.

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Using Creativity

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“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” 
― Maya Angelou

 

This was an interesting week with the photo challenge.  The words were different and difficult for this photographer who usually only takes pictures of gardens and critters in nature.

 

Words and phrases like in my bag, drink, on the table, hands, blue and my guilty pleasure (organic very dark chocolate pictured above) were the creative thoughts for the week.  And as I am still not out and about much, I had to look inside the house for inspiration.

 

I am linking in with a few memes.  One is Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday Another is River@Drifting through life who hosts Sunday Selections where folks post photos they have not shown before.  And I am also joining in I Heart Macro with Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.

 

 

I love the look of this blue glass lit up.

 

 

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And this blue stained glass miniature lamp was interesting to capture as the light changed throughout the day.

 

 

 

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Of course the blue sky is always fun to capture especially when the sun is hiding behind the clouds making some rainbows.

 

 

 

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On my table are lots of seeds as I am planting crops for fall.  And my most recent vase and a birthday gift were also there so I posed them so you could get a great view.

 

 

 

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Drink was easy as every morning I have a cup of wonderful Italian coffee and fresh brewed green tea.  Both have health benefits and I love the taste of both.  The morning sun was lighting them up as they steamed hot.

 

 

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In my purse was a bit of challenge as I was not about to empty my big purse.  Instead I thought I would look in one of my fancy vintage clutches.  I love this ivory beaded bag.  Inside it held the tag and the lucky penny you put in a new purse.  This one had the penny when I bought it.

 

 

 

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I was not sure how I would take a picture of my hands until I remembered I had Photo Booth on my Mac.  So I choose a special effect… X-ray for this picture and pushed the camera button.  I love the way it shows the knuckles and wrinkles of this gardener’s hands.

 

 

I leave you with another shot of creativity…. from my garden, on my table with a drink of my favorite tea.  Feel free to download the photo and share.

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Creative Challenges

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“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
― Albert Einstein

 

This week’s photo challenge was indeed a creative endeavor with words like orange, three and reflection.  For the most part, I take photos of my garden and the critters that visit.  But for this challenge, I needed to branch out a bit and find some different subjects.

 

The words for this week could easily be found in the garden, and I did take many pictures there as you will see.  But I wanted to stretch my legs so I started looking for subjects inside too.  And I also wanted to use more of the features of iPhoto to enhance the photos with different adjustments and effects.

 

So I hope you enjoy the photos this week.  I am still learning about photography, but I am also channeling my creative side.  You will notice that many of the photos overlap in theme between the words.  This was not intentional and I only noticed it when I was picking photos for the post.

 

 

 

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I set up this photo just on the edge of the patio. I liked the effect of the orange candle.

 

 

 

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The orange cone of echinacea.

 

 

 

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My orange begonia on the front porch.

 

 

 

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I liked how the orange utensil stood out.

 

 

 

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This pitcher was to be for the word orange, but I found it had a great double reflection too.

 

 

 

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Three was a challenge but I looked for things inside that would be interesting together.  These objects are on the fireplace mantel.

 

 

 

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Pam@Pam’s English Garden told me about this book.  It just arrived in the mail, and I thought the three recently harvested heads of garlic would look great with it.

 

 

 

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I loved the look of the three viburnum berries…the birds are devouring them quickly.

 

 

 

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This crystal hangs in a northeast facing window and it captures the sunlight every morning.  I loved the reflection it made, and realized it also showed a three.

 

I hope you enjoyed some of these photos.  The photo at the beginning of the post shows three of the blue glass objects on our china cabinet, but if you look closely you will see some interesting reflections.  One is of me taking the picture!

 

 

I leave you with another shot of orange from my garden with some thoughts about creativity.  Feel free to download the photo and share….

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And Now For Something Creative…

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“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”   ~Eleanor Roosevelt

 

I recently took an online photography course from Tammy Strobel@Rowdy Kittens.  I wanted to dig in more and expand my horizons.  And at the end of the course, we found out about a month long photography challenge.

 

As this blog says, I am inspired by challenge and creativity so I decided to take part in the challenge…you take pictures daily that go along with the word of the day.  Yesterday’s word was patterns, and I knew if I went out into the garden I would find endless patterns to capture.

 

So here are some of the patterns I discovered…..the first is the tiger lily at the top of the page:

 

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Queen Anne’s Lace

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 Hosta leaf

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First sunflower facing east into the sun

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Joe Pye weed before it bursts into bloom

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I leave you with another shot of the sunflower and some thoughts about creativity.  Feel free to download the photo and share….

 

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