A Bird in La La Land


I made a mistake in my post last night (early this morning) about the roses. I started out merging two separate flowers, but it was actually an overlay of the same rose that I ended up doing. Not that it matters, but I realized that this morning. They just look different because of the overlay effect.

This is another crazy bird that I saw in the river of Los Angeles, or as Marcus calls it; “La La Land”. ūüėČ

I’m definitely in a colorful mood lately. I’m going to pick up my first 5×7 in a few minutes and work on framing my first colorful photo (well, first photo since I decided to go into the frame business).

Wish me luck! Peace and Love! ‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•

Rainy Day Art

Well… I have been at this a good part of the day. It’s raining again and the fireplace is ablaze. This is kind of crazy stuff. Just having some fun with the water and some artsy effects.

Teardrops in the Japanese Maple

Reflection in the driveway

A rain drop on the Christmas lights

More Japanese Maple droplets

That’s all for now. Just enjoying these rainy days!

Joy on Wheels

You probably knew this was coming. Yes…yes indeed! Joy was found on wheels today. It was a double whammy when I saw the reflections that were there, when¬†I went to take the picture. It must have been the perfect time of day.

Then… I went to pick up pizza tonight and the red clouds were absolutely gorgeous! I took a few snaps with my phone. It’s more car art!

From the Side Window

From the Windshield

sunset-out-windshield

It’s been¬†a good day! It was beautiful outside and I managed to get some great photos out back, of some things that sort of popped up recently. I’ll share those soon. To top it off, I picked up my grandson from school and we got to have some laughs together.

Life is good!

The Big Picture

So, I was reminded of something while reading a fellow blogger’s post (thank you Rob)¬†this morning. It’s something that actually helped me a great deal not too long ago…

Looking at the BIG picture.

Being new to Christianity, and fairly new in the program—the first things¬†I had to face were my defects. My wrong thinking. My sinfulness.

I had learned, early in life, how to dodge my fears¬†by becoming someone that I was not. You know…a people-pleaser. Give them what they want. Tell them what they want to hear. Be who THEY want you to be. The problem here is that now I’m not even sure who THEY were. My peers when I was young? Well, that’s not what I want to dwell on.¬†I’m getting sidetracked.

The point is that once I looked in the mirror and faced the bad head on, I lost complete sight of all the positives. I almost couldn’t remember the good things I’d done in life. That might be why a lot of my posts are about my memories. I’m finally starting to recall, and embrace,¬†the great experiences¬†that I’ve had. Things I’d almost forgotten!

Some months ago I came across a book on learning to love yourself. What the author taught is that we’re¬†not defined by any one quality, or character defect for that matter. For every negative, there’s an equally important positive. Making a list of ALL of your traits, and looking at THAT, is what allows you to see yourself as a whole.

Maybe I overthink, but after I mentioned¬†procrastination last night¬†I started thinking that I wasn’t being fair.¬†Yes… I sometimes procrastinate, but I also have a lot of¬†ambition. I’m not going to leave things on a¬†negative note. For every downside, there is an upside.

Anyway, after I pushed publish last night I decided to challenge my procrastinating tendency, and I went on to browsing frame ideas online.¬†I have some wonderful, creative¬†visions dancing around in my head. I’m excited!

Tomorrow is HERE, and I’m moving forward.¬†No excuses. I’m holding myself accountable.¬†I guess you could say that I’m not chasing the wind today…

I’m chasing my dreams.

(The featured image was taken in downtown Denver, when I was living in Colorado)