World Gratitude Day

World Gratitude Day is today (Sept. 21st)
It’s not a well-known or even particularly observed “holiday”

But that’s okay.
Let’s just make every day “Gratitude Day”!
It begins like this: “I am grateful for…”
See how easy?!
Thanks for stopping by – have a wonderful day!

Full Box of Crayons

I missed posting yesterday’s “Wednesday Wisdom” – I wasn’t near my computer long enough to edit and post.

Why? (you are so great at asking questions! lol)

Because I was out taking photos!

I’ve made it more-than clear that Autumn is my favorite time of year.

I love the colors and crispness of the air.

And guess what is right around the corner (next week!)??

hint: 09/22!! YAY!!

And guess what has already begun?


Yes, I captured this yesterday morning. I’m so excited!

As today’s post title says, Mother Nature has her crayons out!

And, in the spirit of Autumn, here’s yesterday’s post:


Ready for wine! (or jelly… or just to pick and eat)

Thanks for stopping by – enjoy your day!


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Hello, September!

It’s hard to believe, with all of the photos of blooming roses (and other florals) I’ve been posting recently, that the first day of Autumn is just a few weeks away…

I’m psyched!


You all must know by now that Autumn is my favorite season (perhaps minus the seasonal allergies, but I digress!) and my favorite reason for living in a 4-season climate!

All of the colors painted in nature.

And the crispness of the air.

And football! (I do so love watching football)

Believe me, it’s still Summer outside right now (oh, the humidity! haha!) so I’ll keep on enjoying that, but soon enough…


Thanks for stopping by – have a great Labor Day!

Rose Garden 6

Today from the Rose Garden:


While so beautiful to look at, red is so difficult to photograph.

Why? you ask? (you’re so smart!)

Because red is such a hard color for cameras to decipher.

Red is at the top of the scale of wavelengths of visible light. Not only is it hard to photograph, it is one of the hardest colors to see. It borders on the line next to “Near-Infrared” and is almost beyond the range of human vision.

Our eyes “auto hdr” everything without us even knowing. They see color and tonal variation and dynamic range variation that a single sensor single shot cannot do.

Good thing all of that doesn’t keep me from taking the photograph!

…I do love a challenge!

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day!

Rose Garden 5

Today from the Rose Garden:


They aren’t your plain-ol’ single color roses, people! (you’re welcome!)

There are the tipped roses like this yellow and pink gem:


and this white and coral:


or this one, the opposite looking bi-colored rose (looks like someone took a brush and swiped or dripped color in the middle but left the outer petals alone):


or this stunning candy-striped rose:


How do they do that?!?!

As I go through all the photos I took from this rose garden trip, I’m continually amazed at just how beautiful they all truly are! I’m not sure what I’ll share next, so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day

Rose Garden 4

Today from the Rose Garden:



Fun with Photography and Photo Editing!

If I didn’t tell you I was in a rose garden, would you know that these are floral?


this one’s full of love:


this one meows:


and these seem out of this world… or from the ocean floor:


And not a single rose in this bunch!

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day!

Rose Garden 3

Today from the Rose Garden:

They call me Mellow Yellow (yeah, I know some of you will have that song in your head for a day or so now – well, hahahaha! so do I since I started editing the yellows!):


…and another kind (there were several kinds of each color):


…and then a nod to the last post with this one with some orange tips:


I may have to switch it up a bit next time with “not-so-much-roses” in the rose garden. Stay Tuned!

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day!

Rose Garden 2

Today from the Rose Garden – Oranges:


Orange, like ‘true’ reds (which I’ll share later), is a difficult color to capture…


especially in an ombre rose…



Orange you glad I went to the rose garden?!?!

yeah I did! bwahahahaha!!!

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day!

From the Rose Garden

Took a bunch of photos from the local rose garden. It was so beautiful and fragrant!

I’ll be sharing my favorites over the next several posts.

That will serve me in at least three ways (that I know of!):

1. It will get me back into the swing of writing and posting again (I’ve obviously been pretty lax about that as of late!)

2. While I have been pretty good about getting out and shooting photos, I’m coming up with more self-assigned ‘homework’ ideas – not only for photography but also ideas to convert into paintings (which, interestingly enough, was why I originally began photography in the first place. True story.)


3. It also gets me back into sorting and editing – which will keep me learning and growing.

Here’s the first choice:


This also happens to be the Iowa State Flower (according to the sign that was next to it and I assume it’s right since they’re horticulture pro’s!)

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day!

Independence Day

Fire up the grill!

Get the sparklers ready!

4th of July

Special Thanks (always!!) to all who serve, and have served, in the Armed Forces!

Have a safe and healthy day of celebration! …and FUN! (that goes without saying, really!)

Thanks for stopping by – have a GREAT Holiday!