Poetry Sunday-Trees


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


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.


autumn trees


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




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.




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




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


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.  



stickley chair

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.





A favorite shelf of some books I love.





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.





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.





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.





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.

flower creative

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Creativity in Monochrome


“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.



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





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….





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.





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.





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





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.





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.





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.





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.

creative sunflower

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.