Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
While shoveling snow (we got 8 inches) I pushed some up into the sunlight that was just cresting the roofline, it caught the light and sparkled. So out came the camera to try and capture the sparkle. Snow is such lovely stuff to photograph, there are so many moods to snow. I think I read somewhere that the Eskimo's have at least 20 or 30 different words to describe snow. The stuff from this last storm was light and fluffy, not very good for snowmen, but very full of sparkles and fortunately easy to shovel!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Amaryllis are a Christmas plant in part beacuse of the wonderful velvet red of their blossom. They do come in different colors, the one above was red and white. Above is a picture of the heart of the flower. I like the star shape that formed. The straight lines are the stamen, and the filagree at the edges are the stamen shadows intertwined. The stamen curve at the end. Everyone have a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy your families, near or far.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The neighborhood squirrel birdfeeder raider! I got the squirrel under the tree branch(an earlier mandala), this guy above was in full sun, but taken thru a window. He dives head first into the feeder, chases the birds off and the dog barks at him. Oh, well, he is a bit of nature and he's comical to watch.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
We again have cold weather. Yesterday the sun was out and my grandson and I tromped around the yard. He likes the crunchy sound as he walks over crusty snow. So with camera in hand I followed him. We'd get cold, go inside to warm up and go out again. The faint star above is actually sunshine filtering thru the branches of a pine tree onto a flat rock. I had to go back to the original picture to make sure myself.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
The low light under the blue spruce branch didn't allow for the best picture, but on this cold winter day, I liked the squirrel huddled in the protection of the tree. It's almost a black and white picture with just a touch of color and the negitive and positive space battle for control of your eye. Do you see the squirrel or the intricate patterns made by the small branches?
Friday, December 7, 2007
Last weekend we had some interesting cloud formations at sunset and some unusual colors. This was taken with an arched cottonwood branch that made unusual patterns. At a friends house Tuesday, there was a wonderful window to watch the evening sky. The clouds and color filled the whole sky. I hope anyone who was out and about took time to look up, sometimes the view is breathtaking.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
This saying by Thomas Kempis (1379-1471) a German theologian, was in one of my many Christmas catalogs on a piece of jewelry. It seemed such an appropriate sentiment for this time of year, I thought I should incorporate it into a mandala. A greenhouse is a peaceful place for me, no matter what is growing. There is a wonderful smell of rich moist earth and the serenity of growing plants. An orchid greenhouse provided me with an opportunity to take lots of colorful pictures, to include the one above. There are so many different kinds of orchid blooms. I try to grow them myself but do not really have the proper conditions for orchids.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Other digital photographers may have experienced their camera going haywire once in a while, getting blurred images with color flashes that have nothing to do with the original subject. The mandala above is from a picture gone wrong, the colors were bright (I like the purple green combinations). So, I made it into a mandala and liked the results! It turned out quite colorful.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I was going thru my gardening books and donating unused ones to the Library. One I kept was called Flower Fables by Geraldine E. Nicholson, just a small booklet that started with Anemone, Flower of the wind. It had a discription of "a bluish cup-shapped wild flower, the pasque flower. Pasque (Old French) means Easter, and the name was given to this species by the herbalist Gerarde in 1597 because at Easter is when it blossoms. . . It is the state flower of South Dakota. . . .it is also considered a symbol of old age because of its silvery heads of feathery seeds. Anemones have figured in Indians Songs, legends, and medicines. . patches of these flowers on short furry stems give the appearance of haze. 'Praire smoke" the Indians called them. " We saw a beautiful patch on our way to the mountains this past spring. Usually I see them in smaller groupings of one or two. So of course took a picture that was transformed into the mandala above.
Monday, November 19, 2007
The mountains in the picture above should be covered in snow by this time in November. Hopefully the storm coming in will deliver some much needed moisture. We are suppose to go from 76 degrees today to 26 degrees by Wednesday. That's a 50 degree drop, scary! So I'm in shirt sleves today but will have several layers on by Thanksgiving. Everyone have a good Thanksgiving celebration! The mandala above goes from rocks at the center nearest the camera to the clouds in the sky, this is from a picture I took from Mount Evans this summer. The feathery edges make it almost a blue flower.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
The white Christmas Cactus is sort of like angle wings, with the petals arching back. Please note the tiny bit of purple-pink at the tip of the flower, that is what makes the color at the center of the mandala. I like to share the picture the mandala comes from with you, because it is sometimes hard to visualize what it was before it became a circle. There was bright colored paper behind the upper part of the flower.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Another house plant that blooms this time of year is the Christmas Cactus. The pinkish white blossom is airy with delicate petals and the stamens are a vibrant purple-pink. The color at the center of the mandala is from the stamens. I went to a lecture on gardening in Colorado yesterday- it was very good and reminded me of why I love gardening. And it makes me want to plan for new plants in all the micro-climates in my backyard. I can't wait for the garden catalogs that start arriving in January!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
One of the nice things about leaving your house plants outside for the summer is that when you bring them in they bloom sometimes. The cluster of little star flowers formed by my Jade plant is a case in point. They are blooming now toward the beginning of November, and they add a festive air to the plant and to the whole room.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
As the tree branches come together in the mandala above, it reminds me of a stained glass rose window. The leaves are gone from the cottonwoods, but the shrubs still have a fringe of gold. We were walking the dogs along Chreey Creek toward evening when I took this picture. The weather has been so nice here.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Happy Halloween to everyone! I like this picture because you have to look closely to see the Orb weaver spider, the shading is such that you see the cross shape before you see the spider. I found him on the underside of some outside stairs. Hope you will all come see the shows I've hung this week both up thru the month of November. One in Downtown Denver and the other at the Smoky Hill Library out east, 10 pieces downtown and 18 out east. Email me if you would like more information.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I was lucky enough to grow up with mature trees in my backyard which meant that in the fall there were leaves to rake into wonderful piles that we jumped in. My trees are mature now, but most of the leaves in my yard come from two girant cottonwoods in my neighbor's yard, there are plenty to rake into piles. My grandson likes to crunch thru the leaves with me, so I introduced him to a pile of leaves.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
The first snow is always worth a celebration. It's so white and pretty. We still have leaves on the trees so I went out to shake off this heavy wet snow. I took the camera on the next trip. On the patio table there was already 3" of snow, with snow on the plastic garden owl and a container of bubbles which added the turquoise color. The center of the mandala is the closed umbrella. Have fun in the snow!
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
We're a couple of weeks away from the peak of the aspen, we're into snow in the high country now. Playing with the aspen picture, I liked the angular shapes formed by aspen truncks. I've been sharing my mandala/circular images on this blog since April and having fun doing it. It has become a visual journal for me, a record of those things that draw my attention on a daily basis. Hoping you have enjoyed it too!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
This time of year it's to the greenhouse for flowers, this plant had a beautiful red spray of color for a blossom. Sometime they just stand out and say take my picture. I've just come back from ordering my prints for the two shows I'll be in, in November one at the Downtown TOSA and the other at the Smokey Hill Library. I ordered 30 prints and hope to hang most of them.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Many of us have seen spider plants, not everyone knows they also have a flower. Spider plants make baby plants at the end of ariel shoots, the flowers are really not necessary for reproduction. . . there are ample opportunities to grow new spider plants from the shoots. Above is a spider plant flower, they are about dime sized. It's time to take in house plants here in Colorado. We haven't had a first frost, but it's coming. Every year when I bring them in I tell myself that I need to cut back. I especially don't need anymore spider plants.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Landscape pictures with cloud formations, remind me of an eye. The art work looking back at you, so to speak and there is rich detail in the iris. In this picture you can see golden aspen on the hillside, if you look close and a dusting of snow on the mountain. It was taken while passing Greenmountain Reservoir
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Last weekend drove up Mt. Evans road a ways to take in the changing colors of the aspen. It was a beautiful day with blue, blue skies. There is one switch back on the road that has a wonderful view of the mountains with lots of color and a picnic area. So I was able to get out and walk around. I have not quite made it an annual treck but could easily do it. Will see this weekend if the the trees south of Steamboat are as pretty.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Pansies and Fall go together. On this first full day of fall we are having cool blustery weather to set the season off right. Planting pansies now allows some color in the garden, they survive the winter and reward me again in the Spring when they will bloom again. The delicate purple edge on this flower drew my attention, I scanned it instead of taking a picture.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
It is officially Fall on Sunday, twigs and leaves of the cottonwood next door have been falling for some time. I decided to scan a couple leaves and a stem and see what patterns developed. Hope the above is pleasing Aspens in the high country are also turning I'll try some of those pictures in a mandala, too.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Looking from afar, it almost looks like a plaid star, but on closer inspection you will find a wolly caterpillar. The weather is changing to cooler. It is September after all. I will be headed off for a weeks vacation, so hope the weather doesn't get too cool. No ice and snow yet, please. I'll have some new pictures to play with when I get back!
Monday, September 3, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sometime simple is better. I've gone to a couple garden tours this summer, and always love the ones with ponds. There were several big koi in this pond, I liked the patterns created by the plant shadows acorss the surface and the single white koi. It almost could be a black and white picture, but I do like the touch of green.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
The aspen meadow in front of the cabin is starting to show signs of fall, with some plants starting to brown and die. It's always sad for me to know that we won't be going up there much longer. We shut the cabin down the end of September. When I was out walking the dog early on Saturday, I looked up and saw a coyote sitting in the meadow, we were eye-balling each other and Mollie, the dog, did not see or smell the coyote, thank goodness. I snapped a couple pictures, of course. I believe we had coyote scat on the cabin porch, too. It reminds you that we are in the wild up there.