Saturday, March 17, 2012

Your Sunday Best ~ #8

Last winter on my way downtown for dinner an accident sent me on a detour through the westside of Santa Fe along the river . . . an area I haven't been to in years!   

I didn't see the life size angel that night, but I did see this huge, tall wall.  With camera in hand, decided this week to go investigate and was totally amazed by the angel set on top of a very ornate entry way.

"The reason angels can fly is because they take themselves lightly."  G.K. Chesterton, "Orthodoxy"

The first photo rendered with a texture by Pixel Dust Photo Art; the second photo rendered with a texture from ShadowHouse Creations

Out and about on a beautiful, warm weekend ...

and took some photos that I love!

I went out on Thursday to cruise and look for blossoms with my camera.  While I only found one apricot tree in bloom in a VERY protected area . . . I took a few shots, plus a some more photographs that I'll be using and sharing for challenges this week.  

Friday morning, my apricot tree was still nothing but tight buds in the morning but by the afternoon had started popping!

The photos above were taken in my yard this afternoon using a zoom lens in sport mode so I could shoot up into the tree from ground level and capture those flying creatures on a windy afternoon!

“In my world, everyone's a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!”  Dr. Seuss

Thursday, March 15, 2012

PhotoArt Friday ~ March 16-18

Bonnie at Pixel Dust Photo Art has 3 choices for us for PhotoArt Friday: 1) any piece of photo ART; 2) an encore of "hidden in plain sight"; or 3) photo ART that highlights the color GREEN!

Green, just about any shade of green figures so predominantly in my life, I'm goin' green! But, because I love those hidden items, there are two hidden items in each piece!

Perennial Geraniums
Annual Marigolds
Both photo's were taken in my garden last summer and were primarily green except for the spot of summer blooms!  I used photos' of my asparagus ferns as textures and added brush work.  I think the hidden objects are really obvious, let me know if you can spot them (hint, they are NOT letters, numbers or words).

Green is life. Abundant in nature, green signifies growth, renewal, health, and environment. With both a warming and cooling effect, the color green denotes balance, harmony, and stability.

Photo Art Friday

Texture Thursday

Back at the Ranch

Natural Grunge
Box Car Willie
Still romanticizing my trips to the ranch!  Branding time will soon be upon us, and heading to Hope for the branding season is one of my most favorite times of the year.  The family, the camaraderie, the animals, dirt and dust . . . love it all!

"Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction." Cowboy Wisdom

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

52 Photos Project/Week 47 ~ Outside of the Lines ~

In my photography, I enjoy taking pieces of the whole!

Palace I
Palace II
Palace III

Palace IV

"A daydreamer is prepared for most things." Joyce Carol Oates

52 Photos Project

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Three Muses ~ ONE Thing of Beauty

While the Three Muses is a blog I enjoy visiting, I have never never participated, until today.

My entry for this weeks art challenge "One Thing of Beauty" at the Three Muses.


{Texture Tuesday} 'free & easy' eDition

For Kim's Texture Tuesday last week, I posted photo's of my apricot tree and my excitement at seeing the tight little blooms, just waiting for a few days of warm-enough-weather to pop! . . . my sure sign of spring!

Well, my apricot has never been know to be the smartest tree in the yard and I often times don't have any fruit because it takes a false spring seriously!  Here are this weeks photo . . . same tree . . . same yard . . .

Apricot I/Ugglove on Color Burn@54% and PaperLove on Linear Burn@50%

Apricot II/Organic on Overlay@61% and PaperLove on Linear Burn@51%
All things considered, even though we had snow for a few days in a row, the temperatures haven't gotten too low, nights have been in the mid 20's, so there is still hope that maybe this summer I'll be eating apricots! . . . and if not, that's okay too . . . the snow also provided much needed moisture!

Photos from March 6th
"The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches."  e.e. cummings


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Your Sunday Best

While my spring dreams were a little dashed by the snow fall the past few days, I did manage to escape to the flower room at Home Depot this morning while my sister was shopping and take a few phone photos'! 

Tulips I/Texture by Pixel Dust Photo Art
Tulips II/ Texture by Pixel Dust Photo Art
It will be awhile before the jonquils, tulips and other spring blubs start popping up in Santa Fe, maybe next weekend I'll make a trip to the nursery to feast my eyes!

“A Sunday well-spent brings a week of content.” Proverb