Saturday, July 07, 2012


Taken on the 4th of July
my sister lovin' on her grandbaby girl!

"A grandchild fills a space in your heart that you never knew was empty." Unknown

Friday, July 06, 2012

Flower Art Friday #11 ~ July 6, 2012

I celebrated the 4th of July at my sister's home and took photographs of her garden!
The rose above is named 'Kaleidoscope' and as it blooms age, it turns a beautiful deep soft purple.

"Bloom where you are planted."  Mary Engelbreit


Thursday, July 05, 2012

Photo Art Friday/July 6th-8th ~ Architectural Edition

Bonnie's prompt this week is to post photo art that in someway relates to architecture.

 My first thought was to use photos of our 'pueblo style' architecture
that is so familiar to those who have visited north central New Mexico.

It is a beautiful style of architecture, but today I was in a 'seen one, seen um all' state of mind.
Instead I chose to post photos that I took looking down on the scenes of Florence.

It was an early, cool and cloudy morning when I took these shots,
but as I looked across at the sites of Florence it was magnificent! 
All the varying styles of architecture,
dating back centuries and centuries, all melding together!

I was inspired!

(I was also inspired by Bonnie's texture "Mauve Threads", which is used on all three captures.
Vivid light@100% and masked out what I wanted to draw your eye to.)

In Paris, you learn wit, in London you learn to crush your social rivals,
and in Florence you learn poise.” Virgil Thomson

Photo Art Friday

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

52 Photos Project/Week 11 ~ A Different Pathway

Fifty years ago my father was on the City Council and
my parents had a dear friend Tip Abrams, who was a Master Gardner;
together they proposed a Rose Garden for the City of Santa Fe.

The proposal was adopted, Tip designed the garden, and as it grew and matured, it was magnificent.

Thirty years ago I attended a class sponsored by the Rose Society
where I learned how to prune roses;
the class was held at the Rose Garden.

While I drive by the Rose Garden several times a week, I have never revisited;
I never took the time to 'smell the roses'.

With this weeks prompt I took the time to stop and visit;
and thoroughly enjoyed the roses and the memories. 

"Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart."    Confucius

52 Photos Project

Happy Fourth of July!

"God Bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home."

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Not Necessarily Texture Tuesday ~ Anything Goes eDition

Kim has made some changes at the Kim Klassen Cafe.

The first Tuesday of each month will always be the theme, 'Not Necessarily Texture Tuesday',
so that we can post a favorite photo, rendered (or not) in anyway we please.

I'm participating, but not with a favorite photo!
Below are photos that I took, didn't like, and probably never would have posted!

Begonia Leaf
Water Garden

Art Techniques Digital, a Yahoo group that I participate in, challenged us this week to play in 'layer styles',
and about the most familiarity I had with layer styles was shadows and bevels.

I had a ball ... applying styles that I had no knowledge of,
keeping what pleased me and 'undoing' those that didn't!

And because I enjoyed playing and liked the results,
even if I didn't like the captures, that's what I decided to post for this weeks challenge!

"It is a happy talent to know how to play". Ralph Waldo Emerson


Monday, July 02, 2012

Favourite Photo Monday ~ Portulaca

Had the greatest intent of getting out yesterday with my camera,
possibly downtown, or to one of our parks to take
photos of something other than my garden.

Another of my 'best intentions' gone by the wayside!
Maybe today . . . or tomorrow!

I love portulaca because of the almost 'electric' colors of the blooms
and because I thought they were pretty maintenance free.

One year I planted six huge pots of portulaca ...
and then they started getting all scraggly, ugly and funny looking.


Like most flowers that you want to stay gorgeous through out the summer months,
they need to be deadheaded - and are they tedious to deadhead!

Now I plant them in smaller pots, or as accent plants in multi-planted flower pot arrangements
and try to stay ahead of the deadheading.

Yesterday was tending portulaca day!