I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me. -Walt Whitman
Bachelor's Button The wildflower seeds I planted back in May are starting to bloom. As it turns out, I didn't spread too many seeds and just the right amount have decided to take root (hooray for heavy handing it!) Among the first to blossom are the Bachelor Buttons - such sweet little things in glorious... Continue Reading →
Dragonflies are reminders that we are light and we can reflect light in powerful ways if we choose to do so. ― Robyn Nola
I always feel like somebody's watching me. And I have no privacy. I always feel like somebody's watching me. Tell me is it just a dream? - Rockwell
And the shower of roses spun around me, inviting me to take part in their ever-present waltz. ― Gina Marinello-Sweeney
Here are sweet peas, on tiptoe for a flight; With wings of gentle flush o'er delicate white, And taper fingers catching at all things, To bind them all about with tiny rings. - John Keats
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind. - Seals and Crofts Absolutely beautiful evenings around here lately - warm air, gentle breezes and beautiful sunsets. Pure happiness.
I will have me a symphony of coloring. I will enmesh me in the noon sun's gold and wind about me the moonlight's silver sheen. I will dream in a gown made of the haze of a summer evening twilight, and I will have robe on robe of the sky's deep blue, and I will... Continue Reading →
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. - Michael Pollan I'm trying my hand at growing lettuce this season. I bought a bowl of pre potted mixed greens at the nursery, and placed it outside on my back porch. Hasn't died yet. So far so good.
I would walk 500 miles And I would walk 500 more Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles To fall down at your door. - The Proclaimers I'm an active person that likes to walk, run, hike, cycle. You name it, I'm game, and I'm definitely happiest when my pedometer reads at... Continue Reading →
I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty. - Georgia O'Keefe
The warmly cool, clear, ringing, perfumed, overflowing, redundant days, were as crystal goblets of Persian sherbet, heaped up—flaked up, with rose-water snow. - Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Tis the land where the columbines grow, Overlooking the plains far below, While the cool summer breeze in the evergreen trees Softly sings where the columbines grow. - A.J. Finn
Who would have thought it possible that a tiny little flower could preoccupy a person so completely that there simply wasn't room for any other thought. - Sophie Scholl
Wild thing, you make my heart sing, You make everything groovy, Wild thing, I think I love you. - The Troggs
People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us. ~Iris Murdoch
Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. ― Camille Pissarro A field of humble dandelions, transformed through photography and 'paint'. (original iPhone photo below)
Here, in the garden at night, it is another world, strange and yet friendly and familiar, never frightening. There is such quietness, such sweetness, such refreshment. Close your eyes. Breathe in again, smell everything mingled together, flowers and earth and leaves and grass. Smell the night. Listen. Nothing at all. Silence, rushing like the sea... Continue Reading →
What is heaven? A globe of dew Filling in the morning new, Some eyed flower whose young leaves waken On an unimagined world; Constellated suns unshaken, Orbits measureless, are furled In that frail and fading sphere, With ten million gathered there To tremble, gleam and disappear. -Percy Bysshe Shelley
“At some point, you really just have to finish your work and release it as is-if only so you can go on and make other things with a glad and determined heart.” - Elizabeth Gilbert Today's project went something like this: Start. ...Stop. Start. ...Stop. Do. ...Undo. Do.... Continue Reading →
And into the forest I go. To lose my mind and feed my soul. - John Muir (Photo montage of grass, watercolor paper & street art by Shantell Martin)
I love this house. I love this nest. In all the world, this nest is best. - P.D. Eastman Wheeeee - these multi exposure photo collages are fun to create! They are a bit of a trial and error, but I love how I can take seemingly disparate images and blend them into something that... Continue Reading →
Life needs more polka dots and picnics. Today I decided to steer my multiple exposure photography experiment away from the soft, oil pastel feel of the past few days an into the realm of pop art. To do so, I focused on photographing subjects with bold colors and geometric patterns, and then blended those photos... Continue Reading →
We are mosaics. Pieces of light, love, history, stars... Glued together with magic and music and words. ― Anita Krizzan
It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in them. - L.M. Montgomery The past few days I've been playing around with layering photos, colors and textures in the digital darkroom to create a type of art that lies somewhere between photography and painting. I must... Continue Reading →
Your mind is a garden, Your thoughts are the seeds. You can choose to grow flowers, Or choose to grow weeds.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” - Charles Dickens
When Irish eyes are smiling Sure, 'tis like the morn in Spring In the lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing When Irish hearts are happy All the world seems bright and gay And when Irish eyes are smiling Sure, they steal your heart away.
By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of a flower. - Rabindranath Tagore My Christmas cactus blooms twice a year... neither of which is at Christmastime. Instead, she chooses to bloom in the spring and fall, and that is just fine with me. I get to enjoy her beauty twice a year... Continue Reading →