Creating Something New


“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.



hibiscus This is one of my hardy hibiscus greeting the soft morning light.





Joe Pye weed glowing….





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





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





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





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.





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





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.





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.

wh admiral

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24 Replies to “Creating Something New”

  1. What a terrific quote from Sophia Loren, a woman who appears ageless. (I’ve heard she slathers olive oil all over her skin to keep it nice! That might be a little too much for me-:)) I’ve noticed that people who retain a sense of curiosity about Life remain young and engaged—my stepmom is just like that and I admire her so much.

  2. What a glorious infusion of color to this day, my first time to see this on September 1st. I especially adore the Helianthus image. OMG. You have outdone yourself once again, Ms. Donna. Congratulations.

  3. The sunlit flowers are stunning Donna, and I love the quote you put with the new visiting white admiral butterfly. My 94 year old friend is not much different than when I met her 17 years ago. She too is curious about life and constantly striving to learn new things about people, places technology.
    Thank you again for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    1. Judith, I enjoy making mosaics with photos and especially on my new blog. And I am glad you enjoyed the morning lit photos and my white admiral. I think your friend has indeed found the fountain of youth!!

  4. Morning light is soft and special, it turns the capture different altogether. I love those flowers in your photos, Donna, well done.

  5. Hey Donna,

    Some lovely pictures there. You’ve inspired me to pop to the park today as it’s such a lovely day and capture some lovely moments! 🙂

    All the best,


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