Thursday, August 27, 2015

september cocoa daisy sneak peeks!

join us tomorrow night for the reveal party at cocoa daisy!  the september kits are truly a dream to work with!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

a sunday walk: northern exposure

here's that last sunday walk in a different direction.  i think this one is north, but who knows.  maybe i should bring my boy scout and his compass next time.  you can find the other sunday walks here: south, east, and west.

i found a huge, gorgeous, old oak tree loaded with acorns.

this was on it and i have no idea what it is.  i wasn't curious enough to touch it.

i really want a trumpet vine on my fence line.  i need to go back and harvest some seeds and see if i can get them to grow next spring.

these things bloom all summer long.

it appears i am into selfies now.  my middle sister is glad that i am taking photos of my face instead of my feet now, except she doesn't really like the ones in which i look like i am in an asylum.  she will freely tell you, however, that she didn't get any of the artistic genes in the family.  we love her lots though as apparently she got all the nursing genes in the family which come in handy a lot.

the passion flower was in full bloom in broad daylight, so there goes my early morning theory.

milkweed pods!  and to think i didn't even know what these were last summer.

passion flower passion fruit.  i think it turns yellow when it's ripe.

i kinda wanted to keep going, but it was starting to drizzle so i had to turn back.  maybe next time.

good advice on a street sign.

these were all taken with my iphone 5s because there was a 60% chance of rain that afternoon and i figured it was easier to keep the phone dry than the big camera.  they are also all unedited except for the selfies.  selfies always need editing, but i was just too lazy to edit the rest.  :)

a sunday walk: go west young man!

i've been taking sunday morning and sunday evening walks in my neighborhood this summer.  actually, neighborhood might be an exaggeration.  i live out in the country and while i do live in a tiny neighborhood of 12 houses on two culdesacs, really i'm just walking country roads here.

anyway, i thought i could only go in three directions, so i did that.  then here recently, i realized that i could go in the fourth direction if i just walked one street over.  duh.  i did that and it was awesome and i was getting ready to post it tonight and realized that i'd never posted walk #3.  i guess it got lost in the washington d.c. shuffle.

so here is sunday walk #3.  i think it's going west, but i could be wrong as i am directionally challenged.  really, it doesn't matter anyway.  there are pretty flowers here in any direction you want to go.  i live in a pretty, pretty place.

this was during my queen anne's lace fascination phase.  probably i'm still in it.  it's just so beautiful.

i think i did already post this little guy, but i met him on this walk so i included him here again.  he's just so cute that i didn't think anyone would mind seeing him a second time.

funny, when i was taking the pic of the queen anne's lace i though one of my hairs was getting in the frame.  i kept trying to tuck it behind my ears, but it kept getting in the frame anyway.  then i realized it wasn't my hair it was his antennae.  ha!

eta:  see.  i already had to change the title of this one as i had my directions wrong.  sheesh!  i am so confused . . .

wilson county fair 2015

we used to go to the fair every other year or so.  i mean, the wilson county fair is awesome, but crowds are not, at least in my opinion.  here lately though we've been going every year.  g's gotten to that age where all the kids talk about it in school and it's just a big deal.  i'm a good mama, so i deal.  this year was the best.  it was scheduled to rain off an on the whole evening.  you know what that means, right?  the people stay home!  score!  we did get a little wet, but hey!  no lines!

i got my roasted corn and funnel cakes, the boys rode enough rides to justify their arm bands, and i photographed the chickens.  my three requirements for a successful fair outing.  good times.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

butterfly bonanza! pat two

other than mowing the lawn and dealing with the bradford pear limbs that keep falling off, i have done nothing in the yard this year.  nothing.  it is truly shameful.  i don't know where my gardening oomph went, but i hope it returns this fall so i can at least get the place ready to go back at it next spring.

thank goodness for flowers that reseed themselves from year to year.  i planted the morning glories above last year and they came back again this year.  the zinnias were planted two years ago, so this is their second year reseeding. go mother nature!

you can see the buggies are thankful as well.  :)

also the third year for the marigolds and purple coneflowers.  i'm not sure if the little blue morning glory is a reseed or a weed, but i'll take it.  the watermelon vine came from seeds i spit off the front porch this spring.  bonus.

i especially enjoy watching the butterflies and I've had quite a selection of them this year despite my laziness. i posted some last month that i'd taken with my canon.  i've had quite a few more visitors since including this swallowtail.

these super cute little skippers.  i'm glad i was finally able to get them sitting with their wings folded up like this.  i think they look like little teddy bears.

and this one's name is new to me.  fritillary.  beautiful.

all these were taken with my iphone 5s.  i made the collages in diptic, mainly because it was easier to upload 7 pics from my phone to my computer rather than 28.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

morning magic: in black and white

it's a really neat exercise to convert a set of photos to black and white.  it's so interesting to choose which ones i think will work in that format and then to see which actually do.  it's also fascinating the way black and white changes what is seen and how it's perceived.  so cool.  you should definitely give it a try sometime.

i would love to hear which of these capture your attention and speak to you the most.  :)