A California Christmas

Well, here are my feet in my favorite winter boots, standing in a very small portion of our fairly large yard, which is covered in yellow and brown leaves from the ‘giant’ Ginkgo tree. When I saw today’s word challenge, I just couldn’t resist—and it seemed like the perfect setting to experiment with Black &…

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Neighbors Part Two

It might be overkill, but I have been using the parrot shots to get in practice with more paint effects. I found some cool online tutorials, but they have no talking… just music. It’s fun to watch them but it can be hard to follow along and actually learn! Anyway, I zoom in on some…

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Stealing the Spotlight

You can’t put her in a cage and expect her song to be about you. – JM Storm This is the third time I’ve posted an image of our old, vacant birdhouse. The very first time was in black and white. I did the old “make it look like a painting” editing job again, and…

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A Good Start

Rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm! It’s already 11:45 a.m. here in California, so this quote is a wee bit tardy… but it’s a good one nonetheless. And I had an extended coffee time, so it’s still morning in my eyes. ūüėČ I did some wandering around the backyard earlier and shot this…

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Simple Pleasures

Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance. – Coco Chanel

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Queen of Hearts

I shot this image earlier and was prepared to post a blue leaf version, but I did another overlay and really liked the natural and subtle tones in this one. Maybe because I am very tired today. My experience on the panel last night went well. BUT… somehow I ended up going last and had…

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A Healthy Brunch

I’m really¬†liking the action around¬†here today! This is the squirrel that chased the parrots away; munching on a loquat. I guess nature is dictating what I’ll be taking photographs of this season! I’ve added some fun color and the squirrel is a bit hidden (like his henchman) behind a leaf, so I did a zoom…

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The Watchdog

I watched another squirrel (or the same one!) run across the cable this morning and do a little dive into the loquat tree. Looking for breakfast I assume. A few minutes later one of my feathered friends jumped OUT of the tree. I’m guessing that they don’t share the space too well! I got a…

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Spreading Wings

This morning I heard rustling and chirping in the garden and saw a little white bird hopping from flower to flower. I must have a thing for wings because as soon I saw the wing on this shot I knew that I had to make it work. ¬†The bird was very tiny and I was…

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The Empty Nest

“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings. Ann Landers

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The ‘Other’ Side

If the grass is greener on the other side, the water bill is probably higher. Sometimes the grass appears greener on the other side because it has been fertilized with bulls*%#. I liked the top one because of the larger droplet, and the bottom one because of the silver and gold sparkles. Thoughts?

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Relaxation

The quieter you become, the more you hear. My mood today is relaxed and I’m going to do my best to stay that way. Last night I came up with a way to address those recurring (and nagging)¬†thoughts that I’ve been having. I’m¬†going to¬†write them as¬†they pop up. Tonight… after I’ve enjoyed this relaxing day,¬†I’ll¬†sit…

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Poised

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others. For beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness. And for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. Audrey Hepburn  The mood of the day is Poised. We had our heater fixed today, so we are TOASTY too!

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