The first bloom of my Love rose this year!
Transfixed – Held motionless by.
There are those moments where you stop in your tracks, stand completely still, almost forgetting to breathe, and stare at that object – be it an animal, person, or other creature. Because of my love of nature I find myself doing that quite a bit. So here are a few photos of those moments when I stood transfixed.
This photo was taken while snorkeling in St. Kitts. The fish in the center was obviously one to fade into the scenery so every time we saw him we tried to be super still to see more of him.
This photo was taken on St Martin and we seemed to attract quite of few of this little guy. What was most amusing is that we weren’t the ones transfixed but they were. They would float around us as we swam looking for neat fish and coral.
And one of my favorite little critters to photograph is this one. We love to feed them the crackers then I’ll wait very still and focused on the squirrel so that I can photograph it.
I love color!! So this challenge for Weekly Photo Challenge I am trying to be creative about. Usually we think of bold colors. I am very fond of the primary colors: red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple.
For the nature photos this is one of a woodpecker that I like because of the striking red head.
And for the fun at heart here is one from a hut on the beach at St. Kitts.
When I think of change in my world of photography I think of the change of the seasons. So today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite “series” or trio from my vast collection of photos of nature. These are especially sentimental to me because it is of a dogwood in our front yard that meant a lot to my late mother-in-law. I hope you enjoy!
Genna’s Dogwood in the Snow
Glenna’s Dogwood in the Spring
Glenna’s Dogwood in the Fall
“My Pixy Home” will be on exhibit (and prints offered for sale) at the Black Box Gallery in Portland, OR from April 1-22.
Black Box Gallery
811 East Burnside St., Suite 212
Portland, Oregon 97214 USA
There will be an opening reception along with the First Friday Art Walk on the East Side on April 5 from 5-8:30pm.
If you are in the Portland area please stop by and check it out! Let me know what you think!
Here is the photo that will be on exhibit:
The challenge week is the challenger’s choice of a few items and of those I have chosen travel. As I noted in my previous challenge, I haven’t had my iPhone long so I am limited on what photos I have for sharing.
I really liked the light in this one as I was driving along I80 outside Salt Lake City. There is a windmill farm along the side of the interstate.
Outside of Rock Springs just around Green River, WY is this nifty outcropping of rock. It happened to have a bit of snow on the ground that day, too.
We got a little traveling in over the weekend. On Saturday we headed out for Jackson, Wyoming – also known as Jackson Hole, Wyoming. There we walked around town, ate at the Silver Dollar Bar, did some shopping, and drove around the Elk Refuge. We had made reservations to go snowmobiling on Sunday so we were excited to be there and get into some snow! Well, due to the little snow storm that came in early Sunday morning we weren’t able to make it to the snowmobiling adventure but we did get to see even more wildlife than the day before.
Here are some photos from our adventures! And I even have a guest photographer on this post – my Hubby!
elk herd at refuge
elk herd moving in the snow
elk in the snow
Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
big horn sheep on mountain – photo by Hubby
Coyote – photo by Hubby
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This week the Bradford pear trees are in full bloom and I can hear the bees buzzing! It is so exciting to know that Spring is upon us! So here are a few photos of the Bradford pear blooms in our yard. Enjoy!
Quite some time back I presented a bit of a game in which I challenged the readers to determine what the picture’s subject was. I wanted to bring this back to you today b/c I just love the way these photos turned out and I’m curious to see if you know what it is. So here are a few photos of the same plant -yes, that was a big hint – and let’s see if you can tell me what it is! Have fun!
I truly adore all colors. I have my favorite, red. But the colors of the rainbow inspire me. All the shades, mutations, and the brightness cheer me.
But for this challenge I wanted to share my love of the color white. White is such a pure, clean color. When seen against a sharp contrast of black or another primary color it can be breathtaking. Here are a few!
Where’s My Backpack has a great challenge: International Women’s Day. There are a lot of inspiring women in my world. And I am proud to be a successful woman. Mind you that success can be defined in many ways and always very personally. So here are a few photos that are my tribute to women.
For the sweetness and the softness of women. We are strong enough to cry, too.
We worked for years with tools not of this modern age.
And not to forget my own mother – we do an art show together each November. She draws and paints and I take photos!
Just getting caught up on some challenges over the last month. I really like this one: Roads from Where’s My Backpack. So here are two roads. One you have seen before – a drunk person’s road in San Juan – and the other is a lazy, slightly winding rural road.
For the photo challenge Lost In The Details I wanted to show some photos that I haven’t shared before while featuring the details of some of my favorite subjects. Here are a few for you to enjoy!
In anticipation of the tulips blooming this year, I am sharing a couple of my photos of tulips from last year. These were some beautiful orange/red/yellow tulips that I purchased. I’ve been known to purchase them after Easter to plant in the ground – real deals! Enjoy!
Since Spring is upon us we’ve begun to feed the birds. I’ve also put up a seed bell – birdseed in a bell shape – outside my office window.
So for the challenge this week, I’ve chosen the word tweet. Now don’t confuse it with Twitter! (Though you can follow me there by following the link on this page – lower right hand on the page.)
Here are a few photos of birds that I hope you enjoy!
Cee really stumped me with the challenge Rainbow! It is to showcase at least 4 vibrant colors. Looking thru my photos I found one that had 4 vibrant colors. I’m a big fan of the primary colors yet most of my photos only had up to 3 vibrant colors. I found this one for you. It is an iris with some visitors. I like the purple, the contrast of the red bugs and then the green and yellow thrown in for some variety! Enjoy!
Spring is almost here so it is time to start Bloom of the Week again!! I’m very excited to share with you the first blooms of the season here in north Texas – the daffodils! They are usually the first to bloom each Spring and it is the sign that I always look forward to each year. Enjoy!
Sighhhhh… in looking thru photos in my library today I found this overlooked photo of a ladybug and a daisy. I fell in love immediately. Such a great photo with my readiness for Spring to arrive this year!
Having fell in love with the streams and waterfalls around Multnomah & Wakheena falls I continually find new photos that I haven’t shared with you in my library of photos from that area. Here are a few more for you!
(note the two streams in which one was taken in the sun – Sunny stream – and one in the shade – Shady stream)
bottom of Fairy Falls
That – as in “Look at THAT!” “Did you see THAT?” “Gotta try THAT!!” or better yet “I’ve got to have a photo of THAT!!!”
You guessed it – this week’s word is THAT!
The first photo I thought of when I chose the word today was this one from our honeymoon. We were taking a tour in Vancouver, BC and happened upon these super cute raccoons! They were cute enough to talk us out of some ice cream cone! And the mother was blind in one eye – she is the middle one and you can see her right eye is clouded. So cute!
The next is a squirrel that was hanging out at our cabin at Beavers Bend park over a Christmas/New Year holiday. They love crackers and this one wasn’t too shy. But times like this one are where I run for my camera because I love being up close with nature!
I’ll try to keep it short and sweet today, so here is the last little collage. This is from Bikes, Blues & BBQ 2012 in Fayetteville, AR. Along Dickson street there is always a motorcycle (bike) to look at during B,B & BBQ. This particular bike had a trailer of a coffin and several creepy riders. And then the man standing next to it had his own pet scorpion! Another example of “Can you believe THAT?”
Hope you enjoyed the photos today and c’mon – Share with me your THAT!!
Seeing this week’s Where’s My Backpack Travel Challenge of Bridges I immediately knew of a couple of photos that I would like to share.
The first is at Multnomah Falls in Oregon.
The second is from Portland – though I do not remember which highway that the bridge is on.
This last one is from my trip to Venice in 2007 where one of my good friends took a photo of me in front of the Bridge of Sighs. If you have read my other posts you know that Venice is one of my favorite cities in the whole world!
I’m loving Cee’s challenge this week of Red, White, or Red & White. My favorite color is red so this is just my thing!
I’m sharing flowers with you today. Two of my favorites – gardenias and roses.
The first is a gardenia from the bush outside my office window after a rain shower.
The second photo is of a rose called “Silver Lining”. It has a beautiful white silver underside to the petals.
It is so exciting to see the daffodils blooming! That is when I know that Spring is here – despite whatever cold snap comes along. So I wanted to share some of the early daffodil photos with you. I took them this morning after that little cold front brought more rain. I love the raindrops on them. The “Reflecting Daffodil” intrigued me in that you can see the reflection of the ground – not yet green. Then the naughty “Flashing Daffodil” offers a little peek into her bloom. And the sweet “Angel Daffodil” shows off her wings. Enjoy!