It’s Spring!

Welcome to Spring!

Pretty soon, everything will be blooming and nature will put on a vast and varied treat for the eyes.

In fact, my lilac bushes and the trees in my neighborhood are already budding.

The Daffodils and Lilies and Mint are pushing through the recently frozen ground…

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and giving way to the promise to perfume the air and color the landscape. (that was rather poetic, was it not?!)

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Wow! Those photos make it look like they’re really growing, doesn’t it?

Actually, I laid on the ground (the neighbors didn’t look at me like I was crazy at all) and put the camera down in a low spot.

The plants are 1 – 1.5 inches tall at most.

But after the dreary and colorless (that may be a bit dramatic) end of Winter, they seem like mighty giants!

Yay for Spring!

Thanks for stopping by – come back any time. Cheers!

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?

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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:

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

Thanks for stopping by – enjoy your day!

 

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When I was posting daily, I also regularly made posters from my photographs and quotes & sayings I liked.

I kinda miss doing that.

So I’m starting up again (yay!)

This saying came across my computer today – sharing the message with those of you who have supported me from the beginning seemed rather apropos:

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Thanks for stopping by – enjoy your day!

Between the Drops

No Rose Garden today. (awww…)

It’s been raining here lately. Finally.

or Again.

or however you want to look at it.

Let’s just say we were going through a dry spell and a little bit of rain is not only necessary, it’s refreshing! (and smells wonderful!)

So, of course, I grabbed the camera and out I went.

Perfect drop, just waiting for gravity to take over:

A look from under the small branch:

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Nestled in the leaf:

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Speaking of gravity…

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The good thing is that even without the regular rainfall, our greens didn’t fade.

Makes for pretty cool photos, if I do say so myself!

Until next time…

Thanks for stopping by – have a great day!

Still not complaining

I admit it, the closer it gets to the official start day of Spring, the more difficult it is to “enjoy the current season” (humph!)

And then, I talk to my wonderful friend in Florida today who told me that he was heading to the beach (the one I went to last summer) and that he was having difficulty hearing me with the top down on his convertible.

Not that he was rubbing it in. (yeah, right! he was totally rubbing it in! lol!)

So here’s his view today:

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And here’s mine:

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At least we both have blue skies!

And in my defense, the snow is melting!

But suddenly, one of us is re-thinking their choice in winter-weather homes.

I wonder… can you guess which one?

(ps: I mentioned I’m still not complaining, right?!)

Observation

I glance out the window and see the white sheet still covering the ground (you know, I am, and have been, doing my best to not complain about the weather or the current season!)

And as I reminded myself that there is beauty everywhere (even in the snow) I realized…

I miss flowers.

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To be clear, I miss flowers growing outside, from the ground.

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I miss the way they look and the sweet scents they share.

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But the days until Spring are edging toward single-digits.

And the temperatures are warming up (knock-on-wood!)

And the sun is rising earlier and setting later.

So today I’ll enjoy the photos (hope you do, too!)…

and will wait (patiently) for the flowers to bloom.

Saturday Signboard #28

Signboard #28 on the 28th!

That’s a fun coincidence (and maybe a good sign?!)

I couldn’t have planned it better if I tried!

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PS: Happy Birthday to my brother (the one whose birthday is today! hehe!!) Hope you’re having a great day!!

Tropical Dreams

I looked back on the last week or so of posts and realized that they’ve mostly been of snow.

Add to that the current dreary, cloudy, rain/freezing-rain, waiting-for-six-to-12-inches-of-snowfall kind of day.

Then add to that a few family members and a friend who live in Florida that have called and asked “How’s the weather?” (snicker-guffaw) and “Is it sunny and 85 there today, too?” (did I mention snicker-guffaw?!)

And it makes a gal wax nostalgic for a short 6 months ago when I was lounging in the warmth of the Florida sunshine.

wait... is that green grass?!

beautiful water and breaking waves! wait… is that green grass?!

ahhh... feel that warm sun!

ahhh… feel that warm sun!

Again I want to make clear that I am not complaining about the current weather here (ok, maybe I am a little bit… I mean snow is ok but icy roads? that’s crap!) but even the photos of the blue ocean and sky and the sunshine are warming me up and putting a smile on my face.

Hope you all have a warm and happy Friday!

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www.artbycarol.imagekind.com/pop

www.artbycarol.imagekind.com/nature

www.artbycarol.imagekind.com/posters

A week away!

Christmas is next week already!

(As if anyone needed a reminder!)

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Soon it will be here!

Excited yet?

I am!

Me & Santa go way back ~ I’m sure he’ll be stopping by!

I have been very good this year! (…week? …today?) hehe!

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More Autumn loveliness!

Today is a rainy and dreary day here so I’m sharing some photographs I took a few days ago when it was sunny.

It’s also an attempt to raise my own spirits because of the weather, of course, but also because I’ve been (trying to) add photograph options to my online galleries and running into some of the usual pull-your-hair-out moments. Having said that, I was able to add a “POP” art gallery on my Imagekind site (http://ArtbyCarol.imagekind.com/POP) and will slowly get more on the “Nature” gallery and also on the Fine Art America site. (I’ll add the urls for those tomorrow!)

In the meantime, enjoy Fall!

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So pretty, right?!

See ya tomorrow!

PS: Locals! Remember that the Small Works Show exhibit opens Friday evening and runs through the beginning of January. I hope some of you can make it ~ I’d love to see you!