Saturday, July 31, 2010

Stop and Smell the Moss Rose

Q: What did the big flower say to the small flower?

A: What's up Bud.

Q: Where does seaweed go to look for a job?

A: "The ""kelp wanted"" section

Q: What kind of flower grows on your face?

A: Tulips!

The best way to garden is to put on a wide-brimmed straw hat

and some old clothes. And with a hoe in one hand and a cold

drink in the other, tell somebody else where to dig.

- Texas Bix Bender, Don't Throw in the Trowel

these are more practice shots. I did not adjust the color, sharpened a little, this is out of the camera using AV on my Rebel.
Taken in bright sun.

what could be better, flowers to smile at  you and jokes to make you smile. hope you did!

Friday, July 30, 2010

"Dirty Digger"

HI, please Bee Seated and read the story of the dirty digger by clicking HERE


Thursday, July 29, 2010

"Found Flower Art"

In the same park where I found all the wonderful trees in my past 3 post, stood this wacky and weird looking plant, some type of spider lily I think.

Just an average photo of an average plant until I snapped a few closeup shots.

"Found Flower Art"
click photo to enlarge

The kiss of the sun for pardon,The song of the birds for mirth,--
One is nearer God's heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth, Dorothy Frances Gurney

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Practice Shots

You can thank Karen of What Karen Sees for all these photos of my beloved Dwarf Poinciana tree. Look on her sidebar under Tech Talk Tuesdays and pick a subject that interest you.
( Farmers Market Challenge, you only have until Saturday July 31, info click on photo on sidebar)

I finally after 4 years of owning my Rebel SLR camera understand about F-Stops ( why did they make it so hard)

These are from my first practice session in AV  and setting  the F-stop all by myself. I can't beleive how much a difference it makes

I have been practicing a lot on my dogs, so you know what will be coming up soon. .

I wish I had listened to Peggy from Kayak Paddle Tales, she told me about 8 months ago, to make my photos better, use manual instead of auto. I am listening and I am going to conquer this. and of course you KNOW you will SEE whatever I do AND hear about it.

Just for fun, I tried my Nikon Coolpix video see below
(like I said it WAS just for fun)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Once I Was A Palm Tree

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost

We are what we repeatedly do. - Aristotle 

Don't be afraid to try something new. An amateur built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic. - unknown

Looks Like Life To me...............Life goes on

 Jesus said to her,
"I am the ressurection and the life, He who believes in me will live, even though he dies. Whoever lives and belives in me, will never die. Do you believe this?"
John 11: 25-26

Monday, July 26, 2010

Life in a Knot Hole

If you had been in the park with Judy and I, you would have heard squeals of joy when we found this small flower blooming in the knot hole on the tree. So Pretty!

“Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted.”

This knot was once a lovely limb, now  a handsome knot. the flower came from the ground, placed there by wind or fowl. Neither had any say in the change in its life, a limb lost, no grass to grow in, they both used what they were and where they were to make  a thing of beauty.
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson (thinkexist)

When the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change, you will change. Unknown

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Life is Like a Mountain Railroad

Life is like a mountain railroad
With an engineer so brave

We must make this run successful
                               From the cradle to the grave

       Watch the curves, the fills the tunnels        
    Never falter, never fail
Keep your hand upon the throttle
    And your eye upon the rail
Oh, blessed Savior, thou wilt guide us
Til we reach that blissful shore
Where the angels wait to join us
In God's grace forever more
As you roll across the trestle
Spanning Jordan's swelling tide
You behold the union depot
Into which your train will glide
There you'll meet the superintendent
God the Father, God the Son
With a hearty, joyous greeting
Weary pilgrim, welcome home

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Bark Art Part 2

In our area there are thousands of species of Palm Trees. I know the names of none of them. All that I can tell you about this Palm tree is: the trunk was so beautiful and colorful I had to snap closeup shots.

God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, "Ah!"

- Joseph Campbell

Your mind is a garden,your thoughts are the seeds, 
the harvest can be either flowers or weeds.- Author Unknown

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help, My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121: 1-2

Friday, July 23, 2010

Bark Art in the Park

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Martin Luther

this trees story is 100 years old. (click to enlarge and study the story and art)

It is my opinion there is no better art than the art in bark, I love trees and the patterns

when I stand and gaze at His work, I find myself awestruck at His creation.

Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving: sing praise upon the harp unto our God. Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.
Psalms 147: 7-8

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Stick and a Mango

After this post, I will ditch the ditch photos!
Photos can be found any where we look, even in an ordianry not so pretty ditch in a park.
Floating stick and a mango, who knew?

Keep your sense of proportion by regularly, preferably daily,
visiting the natural world.- Catlin Matthews (this says it all)

In summer, the song sings itself.
William Carlos Williams 

Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.  Song of Solomon 2:12
PS.. SquirrelQueen is hosting a Farmers Market Challenge
see side bar, click on button for details

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

God's Garbage Glitters

Same ditch as the one in yesterday's post. Moved a few feet to my right. If you enlarge the photo, you can see the garland of bright lights that would be perfect on a Christmas Tree. The Garland is a simple piece of God's Garbage, a piece of green slimy plant thingy floating in the current next to a husk that fell off the tree.

I am showing 3 views, each one the glare on the water that appears to be gray, is the sun hitting it. By moving slightly I could change the glare, but never did get one that had no glare in some part of the photo.

Anyone have advice for me for next time? How do I get away from that gray glare in these photos?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

All That Glitters.........

A simple city park, a very ordinary ditch on a hot summer day. that is where I found proof that all that glitters is not gold.

I stood scanning the 3 inch deep water as it trickled over plants and sand. I moved to my right and saw sparkles. First shot, not so good

second shot, a little better, trying to get the camera to focus on the sparkles. the slowly drifting current appeared black, with strands of sparkling diamonds.

one foot to either side the water became ordinary,  clear as crystal, sand and green plants. nothing worth wasting a shot.

At last I found Just The Right angle and here we are, God's creation had become a work of art, glittering droplets of water in strings of diamond like strands

Enlarge by clicking the photo, on this last one look at the bottom strand of diamonds.
Ahhh.....magic, never to be created again, a once in a life time liquid diamonds photo.

 I was there, I witnessed the transformation of the ordinary to the extraordinary and captured it with a simple Click, Snap, Click.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Spooky Mystery

Spooky! is it a cave? is it a tunnel?

Does this help at all?

maybe this helps?

Here you go, now you know!
I let my camera peek through the hole in the post. it's a very strong post placed there to keep cars from ruining the ecosystem at the entrance to the beach.
I am Not done YET.

Who Knew? POSTS come in Camouflage these days!


“Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.” unknown author from Think Exist