Thursday, October 25, 2012

Evening Song

I seem to have a great affinity for clouds and the sky. 
The ephemeral beauty of the light just seems like magic to me.
 I happened to be a passenger yesterday and 
couldn't stop myself from snapping some shots of this mesmerizing evening sky!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Mossy : Mandarin Orange Monday

A quote from Marianne Williamson:
"We can always choose to perceive things differently. 
You can focus on what's wrong in your life or you can focus on what's right ."

Not quite a screaming orange but a hint enough for Mandarin Orange Monday I hope

Monday, October 1, 2012

Mandarin Orange Monday!

Since I'm a real fan of the color orange I simply have to participate in Mandarin Orange Monday!

This is an image of crocosmia - one of favorite summer time blooms!

5 Fact Friday - a little late!

Late is better than never! As long as I manage to get links up within a week I think I'm doing well!

5 more factoids :

1.     I collect feathers - and believe that they are messages from above.
2.     I love living in a rural area. I never felt 'comfortable' when I lived in a city.
3.     I'm slowly beginning to like the color pink - it was always a color I avoided in the past.
4.     I believe in angels.
5.     Our yard is inhabited by crows, eagles, hawks, raccoons, deer, cats, fox and many birds!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Twigged : Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday " Better Late Than Never!

I couldn't resist this simple twig - misplace, somehow, on a deck.
This one contains a texture from Kim Klassen called 'Scripted Autumn'

I'm having such a wonderful time re-connecting with my imagery obsession - and in the way I always envisioned that I could.  I'm glad I kept my cameras - even the SLR's!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Kat Sloma's Exploring With A Camera: Allowing Space

This is the Cattle Point Lighthouse as seen from American Camp on San Juan Island Washington.

Kat Sloma's "Exploring With A Camera" theme this month is 'Allowing For Space'. It's an important thing to remember and is all too easy to overlook at times. As with any art work, the eye needs a place to rest when looking at an image. Too much color and information can be as 'off-putting' as too little in the composition of an image that is pleasing to the eye. 

I have to admit to being layer addicted but there are times when color and simplicity can really make an image powerful. I chose this image that is not as simple as I had originally planned, because it has two contrasting colors and both areas offer a lot of space within their nearly diagonal spaces. I liked the sinuous curve that the road  line added to the image as well. Not quite as much space as I could have gone for - but fits the theme none-the-less I hope. Thanks Kat for another fabulous reminder and lesson!

Reflections Of You : Five Facts From Friday

Another autumnal equinox sunrise iteration

5 Facts From Friday:

1.     I love crows and chickens.
2.     I can't imagine life without having a feline to own me.
3.     Life is about taking chances sometimes - and having the faith that it will all work out.
4.     Everything is easy when you already know how.
5.     You have to follow the creative paths where they lead you- all creativity builds on itself . 
        There is no penalty for trying a different creative direction

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Autunal Equinox

The Fall equinox is the time of year when we should take a moment to acknowledge all of the blessings in our lives

Friday, September 21, 2012

Photo Art Friday : Roadside Fall Leaves

Photo Art Friday
I am so attracted to this particular bit of sidewalk. It was a lovely bit of summer  vibrancy when the dandelions valiantly fought to pop up near the curbside (see below - previously posted image) and, with the Autumnal Equinox upon us, I'm finding it to be an equally enticing place - graced by the lively colors of fallen, aging, leaves.  It's the little snippets of everyday color and art - so often overlooked -that make my day more colorful.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Macro Monday : Daisy's Heart

I can't explain why I've been drawn , very strongly, back into the world of imagery. When I left photography school - completed on the cusp of the digital age - I was sure I would be a nature photographer. Life intervened and I became a worker bee, textile and mixed media artist but I always kept taking images - I just never did anything with them. For the past couple of years I have heard the siren song of the lens calling and have been re-acquainting myself with the joy of imagery. Thoughts without words I call them.

I like to take images of everyday objects - scenes that I stop and photograph my way to and from work, along the roadway, in the parking lot - that sort of thing. You see, I am blessed to live in one's of God's most glorious little places. A small, genteel, rural island - closer to British Columbia than to mainland USA - so I have a lot of beautiful things to look it.

This morning I was thinking that it would be nice to have a Monday theme - since I am off on Mondays for the moment and then, lo and behold, I received a nice comment on my blog from Ida at Wishes, Dreams & Other Things and right there, on her sidebar, was a link to Macro Monday. My wish was answered - and so quickly too!

Macro Monday's

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Photo Art Friday : Nettle: Nature's textural Gem

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
"Nothing Gold Can Stay" by Robert Frost

Nettle has always fascinated me. It's nature's textural gem.  It's not a nice plant to touch or fall into but it's smooth, spikey, soft, hard, wispy & thorny surfaces make for some interesting images.

Friday, September 14, 2012

ROF: 5 Fact Friday

Reflections of You
I'm enjoying our 5 Fact Friday. It's fun to think of things about yourself that people might actually like to know - or just perhaps to remind yourself of things that bring joy to our life. Today was glorious, warm, early Autumn day in my neck of the woods. The sun twinkled from behind the trees that were just ever so slightly beginning to show some Fall colors. The nights have already been nippy in the low 40's. I just had to stop along the drive home and sit a moment to appreciate the warmth, the sun and the trees - and what an amazing place I get to live in.

Fact 1.     
I used to be a sky diver and still believe that is the best legal high one can ever experience.

Fact 2.    
I have preferred the same color palette (the warm side) for most all of life.

Fact 3.    
At 42 I left the career that I built and the the decent income and excellent benefits that I had to move to a genteel, beautiful, rural, island on the opposite end of the country. I had to re-invent myself from
the ground up. I am far less financially well off but much happier living in the pplace of great natural beauty than I was living in a big city working in a high stress job that was lucrative. It was a scary leap of faith!
Fact 4.   
I am thoroughly besotted by felines although we now have only one - down from a high of nine which almost sent me to the looney bin! We also had a Samoyed during that time! I am an avian loveras well - as long as they remain protected from my cat - who lives inside!

Fact 5.     
I believe that if everyone did indeed treat their neighbors as they would themselves the world really
would be a better place!

Happy weekend to all!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Roadside Beauty

I try to find beauty in the smallthings that we so often overlook.
 The striking colors of this roadway vignette caught my eye today

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Morning Sentinels

I snapped this photo (quickly!) through the glass in my office window. I have a bird feeder on the window and morning is a busy time for feeding. The birds all seem to wait patiently for each other to have their turn.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Photo Heart Connection from Kat Sloma

Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower.....A.Camus

My heart, and my images, are always drawn to to the trees at this time of year. Some have been bare since last Winter,  fallen victims of the harshness of the previous winter. Others begin, every so slowly to gain a bit a of extra color - a bit like over ripe fruit.  They are all amazing to me - each one standing as witness to the changing of the seasons and the changing of the times. Trees are my photo heart connection for this month.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Self Portrait Fear

Self portraits are on of the most scary types of imagery for me. I've always disliked seeing myself in photographs and that feeling hasn't changed as I've grown older. I snapped this image in my car last week. One toe in the self-portrait waters.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Kat Sloma's PhotoHeart Connection - June

This photo, done for Kat Sloma's Connection for June, depicts my inner questions about what to focus on- do I, indeed, need to narrow my interests in order to focus on fewer things?  It's also a reminder that it's what's right in front of eyes or under feet that that I need to be aware of. I must be in the moment and not wondering about the future or musing about the past.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Why Another Blog? Imagery !

Why would I possible need anther blog? After all I have several that I struggle, at times, to keep up with. The answer is not clear cut. I've come to a point where I want to try to focus on fewer of my passions - and trying to decide what obsessions to hold onto and grow and which to leave a bit by the wayside is a daunting, and somewhat painful, task. Photography and images has been at the heart of things I love for more years than almost anything other than sewing and quilts - so it seems reasonable that photography is one of the things that remains.

I want a simple blog ; a blog that will highlight images that I find appealing or relevant to me- a blog that requires only an image that will be, I hope, worth a thousand words - or, at least, as few words as possible.

So I being and will see what, if anything, grows in my images soil.