JAN 15 : 15/365

“...the endless repetition of an ordinary miracle.” ― Orhan Pamuk, Snow An icy cold front moved into Denver today, bringing with it the tiniest crystal snowflakes you can imagine.  The flakes were so soft and light that the slightest puff of breath would send them scattering about.  These aren't snowman-making snowflakes for sure.  But they are the makings... Continue Reading →

October 16, 2013

Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year. ~Chad Sugg   FOCUS:  Nature The heart-shaped leaves our Eastern Redbud tree turn a brilliant yellow each fall, as if each leaf is bursting with love for the season.  

October 13, 2013

October inherits summer's hand-me-downs: the last of the ironweed, its purple silken tatters turning brown, and the tiny starry white asters tumbling untidily on the ground like children rolling with laughter; stiff, drying Black-Eyed Susans whose dark eyes gleamed from July's roadsides; coneflowers with deep yellow petals surrounding brown pincushion centers from which bumblebees still... Continue Reading →

October 12, 2013

Fall: bright flame before winter's deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; ...The leaves as they spark into wild color just before they die are the world's oldest performance art, and everything we see is celebrating one last violently hued hurrah before the black and white and silence of winter. Fall is begging for us to dance... Continue Reading →

October 10, 2013

The tints of autumn...a mighty flower garden blossoming under the spell of the enchanter, frost. - John Greenleaf Whittier   FOCUS:  Nature A little tribute to the humble garden mum, which is the somewhat unappreciated supporting cast to the season's showstopping fall leaves...            

October 7, 2013

It was one of those perfect autumnal days, which occur more frequently in memory than in life. The rich colors of grass and earth were intensified by the mellow light of a sun almost warm enough for spring... ~P.D. James   FOCUS:  Nature Yet another beautiful fall day...    

October 2, 2013

Oh how we love pumpkin season. You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin.... We anxiously anticipate it every year. - Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer   FOCUS:  Still Life I just love pumpkins.  Even saying the word 'pumpkin' makes me smile.   Their cute, misshapen visages give each one... Continue Reading →

August 18, 2013

It's a jungle out there... FOCUS:  Nature Every year about this time I think to myself, "Wow, we sure have planted a lot of vines in our garden..."  That's because every year about this time, those vines start to enthusiastically take over everything in their path.  They hang from the fence, creep up the sides... Continue Reading →

August 17, 2013

Deep in the sun-searched growths, the dragonfly hangs like a blue thread loosed from the sky.  - Dante Gabriel Rossetti   FOCUS:  Nature I went to photograph the beautiful gardens at Washington Park today, and much to my delight a little dragonfly just happened to perch itself on top of a nearby flower.  It sat... Continue Reading →

August 2, 2013

To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy. - Henri Cartier-Bresson   FOCUS:  Landscape Late this afternoon I visited the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, which is located several miles south of... Continue Reading →

July 29, 2013

Rainbows apologize for angry skies.  -Sylvia VoilorFOCUS:  LandscapeAhhh... the illusive rainbow picture.  So many  things have to go right to capture a rainbow that it is almost ridiculous...1.  First, you need to find a rainbow.  Sounds silly, but it's true.  Rainbows really aren't that common.2.  Then, you need to have your camera ready.  Carrying your... Continue Reading →

July 28, 2013

The rain began again. It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfillment of its own nature, which was to fall and fall. -  Helen Garner FOCUS:  Nature A cool, cloudy, rainy day in July is a rare thing in Colorado.  Sure, we expect afternoon thunderstorms to occur, but only after a... Continue Reading →

July 25, 2013

I like to think a flower opens itself to outgrow its plantedness.  That it yearns to be carried away.  ~Author Unknown   FOCUS:  Nature The daylilies in my garden are blooming with flamboyant peach flowers atop long graceful stems.  It is such a shame that each bloom only lasts for a day, but I suppose... Continue Reading →

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