Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
It's snowing here. All day. The flakes are just gently sifting down at the moment. It is very cold also, only 14! This is Thursday and Tuesday it was 70 degrees and shritsleeve weather. Oh, well, it's December and it's suppose to snow and be cold. In an earlier snow it accumulated on the branches and berries of this bush.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
More blue in the world - peacock feathers! Peacock feathers are such an intense blue, forget the tail fan, the blue is irresistable. The picture is a bit out of focus which makes it harder to figure out what you are seeing - it is basically the back and neck of the peacock with grass in the background.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Most of my blue mandala come from flowers, water or the sky. This one has both a lake if you look closely at what's behind the top third of the grasses and sky. This was taken at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge last January with the last light of the sun hitting the dried grass. I'm intrigued by these mandala that almost look like an eye.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
There were some really interesting clouds this afternoon. Wave clouds that form when the winds come down from the mountains - we have a front approaching. One of the clouds had a sun-dog on the edge. When I tried to bring out the colors of the sun-dog, I tried solarization. Above is the result, which was totally unexpected, but I liked it.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
There have been some gorgous blue skies in Colorado lately. Just blue enough to get lost in. Highlighting the blue sky, a dead cottonwood tree next door was stark white with the sun shining brightly on it. There were geometric patterns and sub-patterns.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I suspect this week will be the last for the morning glories as a hard freeze is coming. We even had thunder and lightening tonight, but cold is coming. Seeing that it is almost the end of October it's time for cooler weather. I will have to move on from my flower subjects til next spring, unless. . . . I took the dog out for a run yesterday, I walked and did pretty good. The sun was shining just right on the cottonwood trees along Cherry Creek. It lit them up like a line of gold in the middel of the dry field.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Just added Anna Troth's new blog to my links. She had a birthday and so did I. We got an old saddle to add to the decorations at the cabin. I love the patterns the tooled leather presented and made a couple of mandala out of them. I am glad someone else has the patience to tool the leather although maybe it is automated now - no matter how, the patterns are sure intricate.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Morning Glories are beautiful. The ones I planted this spring are just now starting to bloom prolifically - a little late in the season considering we just got our first warning of a possible freeze. So until they bit the dust with a freeze I will enjoy them! I love the sprial pattern that the tightly closed buds present. Then the unfolding! The pattens they present are neat. I'll upload a couple more in the coming days.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
We are still having wonderful Indian Summer weather here at the end of September. And I am getting better, recovering from hip replacement surgery. I practice walking up and down the halls and outside on the sidewalk. I'm greatful to be able to sit outside in the sun and to see things still growing. The leaves on the engleman ivy are starting to turn red/orange, they make up the mandala above.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Speaking of hardy things it is getting time to bring in the house plants to aclimate them to being indoors again. I am always surprised to see this flower, late in the summer. It is potted in with another plant and it's leaves disapear after it has bloomed. So one year to the next I am pleased to see it bloom again. I am hoping I am going to come back from hip replacement surgery as readily as this flower comes back every year. In a couole of days we shall see. So this blog may be spotty over the next couple of weeks. See you on the other side of surgery.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Thought to brighten your day with a sunflower. The patterns formed by a sunflower are a spirial here it is a little more convoluted. You have to smile with the brightness of it. We in Colorado are getting ready to host the DNC this week. We are jumping From the Olympics to the Democrats to the Republican convention. WHEW!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
The color burst and the fragerance of the stargazer lily cause this flower to be a favorite of mine. The heat we have been dealing (23 days of above 90) caused them to have a much shorter life span than usual, but long enough to take a picture or two! Plants perked up this past weekend after a downpour of 3".
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
According to the news, we got to 104 today! with 21 days of over 90. It is darn hot and the fan is blowing directly on me at the moment. Thought I'd do a mandala of a heat tolerant plant, curly yucca. The result reminds me of dragon flies, except there aren't enough legs or wings. Imagine. It is always interesting what shapes appear when the mandala is formed. Hope all are staying cool!
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I had the opportunity to go over Trail Ridge Road on a one-way, uphill dirt road that is only open durning the summer. It was beautiful, like one's own privite wildflower trip. At the top of that road Above timberline, we found this fine marmot sitting on a rock not far from us taking in the scenery. He turned his head to see what we were up to. The patterns the rock made were wonderful.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I've always been intrigued by grasses waving int the breeze, the rythem of the movement. Since that can't be captured on a still camera - I make mandala out of them. There is a movement in the patterns in the grass mandala - just let yourself feel it. I'll have several grass themed mandala in the next couple of days.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
It has been a cold spring in the high country, with flowers and berries slow to come out. Last week the leaves on the aspen were just coming out and the willows at the center just look kind of fuzzy, with their new growth just starting. It has been such a slow spring that bears waking up from hibernation found nothing to eat and have had run ins with people in their search for food. It was 90 last weekend and will be 90 again this weekend here in the Denver area and warm in the high country. So maybe we'll see some more plant growth in the mountains in the next couple of weeks.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
The architectural quality of the columbine spurs intertwining was a neat happening in this square mandala. Also, the yellow stamens were an explosion of color. A magazine in the doctor's office had an article on 'Miksang' which means 'good eye' in Tibetan. I believe this is how I see and take pictures. I take pictures of what draws my attention. They may not be perfectly composed and the ultimate capture of the subject, but they do indeed reflect what has drawn my attention. There is a web site www.miksang.com which give more information about what they call contemplative photography.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Thought I'd try a tile format this time. I love the yellow of the stamens. I had a columbine open yesterday, it has glorious stamens too. I'm headed to Steamboat Springs this rainy day. We need the moisture but I miss the sun. I have a picture in the Steamboat Artists member Show, with an opening this Friday. If you are in Steamboat stop by the Depot Gallery.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
The flower of the bleeding heart plant has always fascinated me. The heart shaped flower with the petal drop that represents a drop of blood. I purchased several shade tollerant plants this year since my trees are all pretty mature, casting lots of shade in the back and front yards. There were two branches of bleeding hearts on the plant which created the two layered look of the mandala above.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Here is the flower from the previous mandala. I liked the funny puffy bottom part of the flower. My wild roses are all in bloom making the front yard fragrant. With all the moisture we got in the mountains this winter I am wondering if it will be a banner year for wild flowers. We are headed up to the mountains this coming weekend.
Friday, May 30, 2008
The spring flowers are out! This mandala is looking just under the lip of the flower, looking at the yellow stamens in the middle. Colorado weather has gone from cold to hot overnight. I was sitting out in the sun absorbing some of the heat this afternoon. It felt good. It was so cold in the mountains that it was snowing at the beginning of the Memorial Day Weekend, so we did not go open up the cabin and we are not up there this weekend because of flu like symptoms. I'm sure everything will come together eventually.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Crazy weather in Colorado! Today a tornado hit some towns north of here. And the record snows in the mountains are causing flooding. We just found out the the road to our cabin is not passable and we usually open up on Memorial Day Weekend. We may not be able to this year. Above is picture of snow covered mountains and clouds.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
A rust flower from an old car body. The weather has been beautiful for the last coouple of days. And I've been working in the garden, planting new things and pulling weeds. It's so nice to be outside in the garden again. The wet weather we've had has greened everything up, the leaves are coming out on all the trees and the lawn is getting long.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
There are lots of tonal variations in this white flower and I liked the squarish blocking in the middle Peonies are a wonderful big flower, I haven't had much luck growing them myself but he Botanic Gardens has a wonderful collection. I was down there yesterday at their annual plant sale. There is always some new plant to try.