Tree Party

When the zephyr appears, We flutter and sway, A waltz in the wind, An impassioned ballet. If the squalls should arrive, We’ll shake, and we’ll sing, Let loose of the branch, Square dance in a ring. The birds will take part, Building homes for the new, Whistling with joy, Loving chirps, or a coo. It’s […]

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Sunshiny Day

Bird in the Tree

A quick gratitude stop this evening I decided that earbuds are no longer an option on my walks. For one thing, the last time I put them on I stopped to talk with my neighbor (from 6 feet away, no doubt) and when I pulled the dang cord out of my ear—the little rubber earpiece […]

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Fluidity

Black and White Blossoms

Before I dig into any New Lifestyle, New Me updates, I thought I’d share some thoughts I’ve had on this COVID-19 dilemma, social distancing, and how it’s helping me come up with some new ideas. Staying away from crowds, as I’ve mentioned, hasn’t been difficult. Dealing with the recent rains, on the other hand, was […]

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One Eye Open

Hawk on a Pole

On a beautiful day, as I scout the land… I keep one eye open, my lens in my hand. I look down, I look up, and then what do I see? A beautiful creature… who is prospecting ME!

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Blossoms of Light

Blueberry Blossoms

Little blueberry blossoms, like tiny church bells… shining in their glory.

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Forbidden Fruit

A new edition to my series Garden Art. These are two little apples in our new tree.

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Garden Party

Bee & Broccoli

I visited our backyard this morning to see how the garden is growing. I may get my Garden Art series going again. My son has gone “vegetable crazy,” so we have lots of fun and interesting (and edible!) plants out there. This is the broccoli aisle… and the bees just love this area!

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Yin and Yang

The poetry of earth is never dead. On the Grasshopper and Cricket by John Keats After the vibrant colors in last night’s image, I woke up feeling rested and ready to tackle a black & white project. —The dark flower image was taken this morning. It’s a bloom from the geranium buds that I shared […]

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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. 😉 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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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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Air Dryer

We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry. E. B. White

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