Tuesday, November 14, 2017

ladybug ladybug

There were a lot of ladybugs around this summer, I'm glad - they are so helpful in the garden. Here on a rose.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Bleeding Heart

I've been gathering photos of Service members in our family- many have served. Thank you!

Thursday, October 26, 2017


Just like columbine flowers with their long spurs and many stamen, this one yellow.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Back to flowers

Since the first killing frost has hit, the flowers are memories of summer past. This is a dahlia, first time I've had them bloom in my garden. I liked the flower and now need to protect the roots from freezing to see if I can get it to bloom again next year.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017

spider sat down beside her

It's October - time to be spooky. When I took in my house plants for the fall this spider came along with the staghorn fern. When I discovered her I gently but quickly removed her and her web to the outside, where I took some pictures. Whew! She is well camouflaged and quite big about a quarter in size.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

painted ladies

Painted Lady butterflies are migrating through Denver area mid September. I have seen a lot of them about on my flowers. They are in the previous mandala and this cross.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

butterfly in black and white

The photo club I belong to has competitions in color and black and white, so this is butterfly in black and white. Some pictures lend themselves to this others not so much.

Friday, September 1, 2017


Patterns, Patterns, patterns - the scalloped edges of the butterfly wings were wonderful repeated patterns.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017


All the water lilies and lotus are beautiful plants, here a pink lotus.

Friday, August 18, 2017

victoria amazonia

The water lilies and lotus are out in a splendid display at the Denver Botanic Gardens Monet Pool. Even with cooler summer temperatures the Victoria Amazonia lily is blooming (they like it hot). It is the lily with giant lily pads - so the expanse of blank space in the mandala above is the surface of one big lily pad. A bloom and a bud are shown with reflection in the water. Victoria Amazonia lilies are night bloomers, so it probably opened the night before. Other lilies open in the daytime and close at night.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

water lily

The water lilies are in their prime. Beautiful of course. I liked the sparkles of light at the edge of the lily pad.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Date Palm

These growths are from the date trees at the Denver Botanic Gardens. They really are orange and red. It's a bit busy, more than I usually like but still an interesting overall pattern.

Friday, July 28, 2017

globe thistle

Sometimes negative space is OK in the middles of the picture - it bothered me at first but them grew on me. Also they made the outline of a star shape. These are globe thistles that were next to a bright pink flower at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

bee on echinacea

A blog I follow called "The Still Blog" has a description of "the word echinacea comes from the greek word for hedgehog (echinos), because of its spiny central cone" I thought it interesting that sometimes in different places we are looking at the same thing.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


My last trip to the Gardens had lots of bee pictures, so thought I'd turn them into a mandala. This flower is a purple Echinacea and the bee's wings happened to line up to make another circle within the circle.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hot Day Hot Flower

It really is hot again and as I was scrolling thur my Mandala this one just looked hot. It's an orange poppy. I'm sure its the orange color!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

4th of July

Sometimes a plant provides a mandala shape all on it's own - with no help from me. Skeleton of an allium blossom.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


From bright colors to a pastel orange - still a flower. This time a sedum. I like the stem patterns formed in the middle, too.

Friday, June 16, 2017

mostly red

If you look back several posts - I like color green, purple, yellow, and now 'mostly red'. Flowers are a very appropriate subject for color and they have interesting shapes!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Yellow Columbine

I just like columbines; like the arching of the spurs; like the stamens in front. I like that the blue ones are our state flower. Above were taken at the Botanic Gardens, but they should be showing up in the wild, soon!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


The iris at the botanic gardens were beautiful. I loved the purple fall on this one.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Growth

Back to the Denver Botanic Gardens after our hail and snow! Plants still blooming, thank goodness. This bush of new growth was backlit by the sun and just popped out at me.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bleeding Heart Flower

I picked the bleeding heart flower before the last frost got it and also took a picture. I like the way the branches cross at the edge and the interplay of the flower shapes in the middle.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

First Friday Opening

Hello All I have 3 Mandala in this show - opening should be interesting with music and a glass demonstration!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Calla Lily

This yellow orange calla lily at the Botanic Gardens was a gorgeous color and I liked the simple shape it made in repetition.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

leaf edges

The previous mandala was taken from this picture. Edges are very important in how we see the world. They define where our vision goes, stops and travels around.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Colorful leaves

Took another trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens, the tulips are out and they are starting to put up the Calder sculptures to be featured this summer. The leaves in this mandala were inside in the greenhouse, I just loved the colors.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Water Droplets

Water droplets always intrigue me. I have come close to having an upside down reflection in one, but not this time. The stair step opening on the stucco patios in Sedona made the diamond shapes in the middle of the mandala.

Monday, March 20, 2017


Down in the desert southwest there are many types of agave, this one happens to be a variegated version growing in the red rocks.

Monday, March 13, 2017

different angle same church

This is not the front on view in the mandala but still a version of the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona Arizona. I love that it is built into the rocks. Grounded.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, AZ

This is a hard building to photograph, because the best view of the whole building is from right below and there is really not much parking there. We were lucky - all you need is one space - which we found. The building is a big box with a cross in the window, simple but beautiful. I had one judge at photo club say why make it a circle it would stand just as well as a single shot. So I'll let you judge, I'll post the original shot tomorrow.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017

sunset clouds

On our way to Arizona just before Flagstaff the sky lit up in a fiery show of color. It literally lit up the whole western sky. Beautiful!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

cloud convergance

I love clouds, all types fluffy, flat wave clouds, storm clouds, sunrise/sunset clouds. This is an 8 pointed star made from 16 repeated and reversed pie pieces, which means it's only a small slice of my picture. Just for fun!

Monday, February 13, 2017

orchid heart

My interest in vegetables didn't last long, I like my flowers better. Oh well, went to the Botanic gardens to see the orchid display and had fun taking pictures. This mandala is one of the lady slipper orchids they had on display. Outer ring is the striped top petal, the heart of the orchid is a small whitish glow just below that, spotted side petals - then the reddish slipper part is in the middle of the mandala. I'll post the regular picture tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

portobello mushroom

The gills of a freshly washed Portobello mushroom, so crisp but the empty center bothers me. I want to put something there. Usually I put various saying in the middle of my mandala - I have resisted, so far.

Friday, January 27, 2017


The kiwi - I love their great color and the seeds - so I made them more round than they really are. Added poster edges in Photoshop.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Red Cabbage

The vegetable isle is a source for many picture ideas. Thought I would try my hand at taking pictures of some of them. I like the intricate patterns when you cut a slice through the red cabbage, a mandala above.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


We only got 6 inches down in Denver Area, but the mountains are headed toward a record snow for January - 5 to 10 feet!! Unfortunately with that much snow come avalanches. There were many road closures for avalanche cleanup yesterday. I thought my tree out front looked like it had pillows of snow on the ends of the branches.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

color for the new year

Thought some color would be appropriate for the new year! This was a beaded star made into another star - I liked the connections the wires imply and it is certainly brighter than the gray overcast day that is out my window. Here's to a brighter New Year!