Smooch

I spent an hour or so outside today.

It was warm enough for some melting and the sun was shining (well, at the moment it still is…) and it just felt good to be outside.

It’s not exactly warm enough to just hang out, after all it is still Winter, so I came back in to do some work.

As I was going through some of my more recent bubble photos I was particularly drawn to the reflection in this one:

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Is it just me, or is that bubble reflecting lips?

Pink lips, to be more specific.

Cool, right?!

Well, sorry to…

burst your bubble! (hahaha!! yeah I did!!)…

but it’s not actually pink lips.

I don’t know what is really being reflected – all I know is that when I started writing I knew I just had to do the ‘burst your bubble’ joke! hahaha!!

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Serious art

Sometimes when I set out to spend time with the computer, editing is the furthest thing from my mind or agenda.

But as I continue on this artistic journey, I find that breaking out of the comfortable and into the abstract is becoming more of a desire than a chore.

And I’m finding also that at times editing can take a rather pedestrian photo and make it (at the very least) a bit more fun.

Oscar Wilde once said: “Art is the only serious thing in the world…

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and the Artist is the only person who is never serious.”

I don’t think he was being literal (at least I hope not!)

And as far as being serious? I personally wouldn’t go so far as to say ‘never’ – but I certainly attempt it less often!

Uncomplicated

Not much would change without creativity…

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so do what makes you happy.

Live.

Out.

Loud.

Casting Shadows

I’ve been thinking that I’d really like to go on another trip somewhere… soon!

Which reminded me that I started a new “tradition” for whenever I go on a trip somewhere new:

I take a photo of my shadow.

It’s an official and permanent mark that I’ve been on that very spot (without vandalizing or jail time! hehe!)

Here I am at Alberta Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park:

helloooo!!

helloooo!!

I also have some friends that participate:

also at RMNP

also at RMNP

I’ll even snap one while walking on the sidewalk:

a friend & I in downtown Milwaukee (although it could be anywhere, couldn't it?!)

a friend & me in downtown Milwaukee (although it could be anywhere, couldn’t it?!)

Just a fun, silly, innocuous thing to do while vacationing or travelling.

I plan to have a shadow photo taken in every state in the US.

See? Time to get back out travelling again!

Question is – where to first?!

Frosty!

Last week, when it was super-cold and I was out playing with frozen bubbles (and making sure the car started), I sought refuge from the wind in the garage.

I noticed a pretty cool phenomenon when I looked down at the floor.

Thought I’d share the photographs today.

So Pretty!

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What is it?

Is it some kind of coral?

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Nope, not coral!

These are crystal formations.

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It’s not something I’ve ever noticed before… that could be because I haven’t lived anywhere (recently) that normally has temps that drop so far below zero.

Apparently the below-zero temps encouraged the formation of crystals from the freezing of the saline brine the city puts on the streets in snow/ice conditions. The salt in the brine causes the freezing point of the water to drop significantly from the normal freezing point (+32F) of plain water.

Anyway, the brine-solution dripped off the car, hit the floor and as the temps dropped, the crystals appeared!

Beauty can appear in so many unexpected places!

Have a great week!

Saturday Signboard #30

Sometimes you just have to change your perspective and

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…look at things differently.

Maybe just do a cartwheel with your eyes open.

It helps. Really!

Enjoy your Saturday!

Unexpected

Lots of sunshine today made it look a lot warmer outside than it was ~ the snow kind of ruins the illusion of warmth, anyway!

As I was admiring the view, I noticed the shadows on the wall from the sun shining on the plants by the window and saw something wonderfully unforseen in those spots on the wall:

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Do you think this is what Friedrich Nietzsche meant when he said “Love is not consolation. It is light.”??

Yeah, probably not.

Regardless, it’s a great reminder that love is everywhere ~ whether you’re actually looking for it or not!