Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Above is a cardinal nest that was abandoned by the female cardinal after the bush was cut back. At first I thought it was the normal coming and going that scared her away. But after I realized an egg had disappeared from the nest shortly after I took this picture, maybe it was some predator. Aren't the eggs lovely? The nest is very fragile. Not what I'm used to seeing. It's almost see through in some places.
I included this today because I like the ring around this guy's eye. He looks a bit imperious, doesn't he?
Monday, May 30, 2011
Thinking of those who died in the service of our country today. Part of my celebration is to spend part of the long weekend watching some of my favorite movies to help me remember what freedom costs. Twelve O'Clock High (Gregory Peck), The Longest Day (who isn't in this one?), A Bridge Too Far (another huge cast, there's a very young Harrison Ford included), The Green Berets...they all shelter us from the filth, monotony, fear and loss that are the inevitable partners to bravery, derring-do, resourcefulness and grit that those in the service live through everyday. But still, I like these movies because they begin with the premise that the US forces are to be admired.
And they are.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I was fortunate enough to participate in the last Inspired! Artist Workshop this past week. Donna Downey arranged this event for the last four years, with around 200 women participating each year. The community, the atmosphere, the enthusiasm as well as the instructors made it a wonderful experience. I met several wonderful people, two in particular - hi Brenda and Debbie - who were the icing on the art cake.
Below is a series of photos of the results of the classes I took.
Alisa Burke's class on surface design of fabrics (you can then use the fabric to create apparel, home decor, etc):
Lolly Chessie's class - we took some everyday items - jute, canvas, felt, hot glue- and made an art piece. Mine doesn't do it justice because I fizzled out during the hot gluing of jute, but you get the idea. And maybe I'll add the rest of the jute. Maybe.
Perhaps the most surprising thing I did - a bag from recycled plastic trash. All you needed was an iron and a sewing machine. Look out friends, I may be making you some grocery bags for Christmas this year and get rid of all those plastic bags I have in my basement.
A petite doll painting from Suzi Blu's class:
From Trish Seggebruch's encaustic class - and perhaps my favorite result - this was painting with wax a layer at a time and adding texture and pattern along the way.
And finally, the jewelry we decorated and assembled in Becky Nunn's class. This was great fun. Although I used my glue water to wet my transfer images (it worked anyway).
It was a great week.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Hope everyone had a good Mother's Day weekend. I was able to host my mother and my sister's family last night and had a wonderful time. The weather was just right and we sat on the deck with snacks and drinks and dogs and enjoyed each other. They let me take photos, too! We missed my brother and sister in law and their family, but am sure they had a nice weekend, too.
Here comes Monday!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
This morning I am snuggling dogs, scratching their backs and enjoying that they are the pets of the month at my vet's office. POTM involves being on the facebook page and a display in their office. If you click on the link, then click on their photo which is currently bottom right (and I posted it earlier this week).
Monday, May 2, 2011
Pretty, aren't they? I think the look like snowflakes.
I nursed these through the Atlanta ice storm, and the thunderstorms with their hail. And here they are! Blooming!
Well, do you recognize these?
They're a bit off the beaten track.
Answers in the comments!
Sometimes when I want to make photos, I just sit back and watch my dogs. Sometimes I get nothing, other times, I get something good, like this. At least, I like it.
I woke up this morning to the news that the USA's #1 nemesis, Usama Bin Laden, had been killed by a team of Navy SEALs. Photos of crowds celebrating at Ground Zero. Film of cadets celebrating at West Point.
What do these two things have in common? I'm grateful to those who serve in our military and reserves. I'm grateful that those who lost family and friends on 9-11 have some form of closure.
Grateful that I can be safe at home photographing my dogs.