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

Memorial Day

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.

Every day.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Hope everyone follows Gus' example and has a relaxing weekend.  I'm going to see the Cartier-Bresson exhibit.  Finally.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


This reminds me, oddly enough, of a propeller on a jet engine...not sure where that's coming from.  Perhaps I want to fly away?

Saturday, May 21, 2011


A few weeks back I shared that I was excited about 2 of the 3 main yucca plants in my back yard blooming.  The 3 plants have produced offshoot plants that I can relocate.  When I got back from Inspired!  this is what I found.

They're beautiful!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Room to a View

One night after class, I walked into the room to find this view - I thought it was lovely and tried to capture it here.

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


3 generations:  my mother, sister and nieces Mother's Day weekend.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Played Out

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


Cinco de Mayo

Today is an anniversary of sorts - 14 years since I joined my current employer.

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

Mystery Flower

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!

Any ideas?

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.


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