Merry Christmas, 2014

As the Christmas holiday draws near, I simply want to extend to all of you:

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Hope Santa gets you all exactly what you wish for!

and

May you have the best holiday season yet!

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day!

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Puddle jumping

We are having a wonderful taste of Spring today!

I decided to puddle-jump instead of be grouchy with all the standing water from melting snow – after all, clothes and body can be washed and dried – why not have some fun and adventure? (yeah, even if I look a little stupid doing it!)

My cardinal friend just kind of sat there and watched me…

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probably wondering why I just didn’t take off!

Bird watching

Spent a little time this weekend with my favorite fine feathered friend!

I hadn’t seen him for a while.

Must have had something to do with the weather, what with all the wind and snow and super-cold temps!

Anyway, he chirps until I spot him, then he comes out and poses for me.

hiding

hiding

posing

posing

and then the next day:

hiding

hiding

posing -- look at that amazing blue sky, too!

posing — look at that amazing blue sky, too!

AHHHH!! Fresh air & sunshine!

Nice!

Fine Feathered Friend

Every morning I go outside (mostly at the loud urging of my assistant) and one of the first things I do is put down seed for the birds.

And every morning, Mr. Cardinal chirps his greeting to me (how nice!)

…either that or he’s asking me what the heck took me so long to get his food to him.

…or he’s telling me that he sees Louden lurking around and he’s not a fan.

When I replied to him (what? I don’t talk to birds!)

What I meant to say was:
When I listened to his song, it occurred to me that Mr. Cardinal and I have spent some quality time together and, after searching through my photographs, I found that I have in fact chronicled our year together:

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Know what else?

It also means that I have completed a Photowalk idea off my list, and I didnt’ even realize it until today!

“follow one subject (ex: tree) throughout the year and photograph it in each season”

Thanks Mr. Cardinal!

Because of this realization and in the spirit of the new year, I’m making a serious effort to be more aware of my artistic goals and ideas; take them more seriously; and improve upon them when I can.

Goals are good!

Show me

As I went to step out the back door (camera in hand!!) I thought “Hey, Universe, show me something beautiful, huh?”

And the Universe replied:

how 'bout these peonies?

how ’bout these peonies?

or maybe…

this cardinal?

this cardinal?

or BOTH!

And I’ll serve them with a side of bokeh!

Well played, Universe. Well played!