Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Warm Rains Are Expected!

Warm rains are expected this week ...
Lots of rain.
With wind.

The freezing fog of the past month is history now ...
In a way I will miss the beauty I found on those days ...

I wonder what the world will look like tomorrow!!!

Join us over at Beth's Artworx - for her wonderful meme "FATuesday Artist Spotlight" - link up and share YOUR art!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Nature's Unexpected Heart

I found this heart in the woods ...
It was chewed by a forest creature ...
Can you guess what the critter ate?

If you guessed "a mushroom" - you're right!

To see found hearts from around the world, visit Random Hearts - and share YOUR heart on Guest Heart Thursday!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Up Side to Freezing Fog!!!

The frost coated everything ... like these late winter flowers ...

Brown and yellow autumn leaves, fallen from the trees a short time ago, were coated with crystals!

Sun shone through a leaf, highlighting the unusual ice formations.

The world became a different place, cold and beautiful.

Then the sun came out!

Join us over at NatureFootstep's meme "NF Macros"!

Beth, over at "Beth's Artworx", hosts "FATuesday Artist Spotlight". This is a wonderful opportunity to share your artwork, as well as support fellow artists!
Come join us this week! All types of art are encouraged - from photography to collage to poems to beautifully restored cars - and more!

To see reflections from around the world, join us for James' "Weekend Reflections"!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

December Flowers ...

There aren't many flowers left around here ...
I found these "weeds" last week, before the killing frosts.

They are gone now, but they will be back ...
Next year!

I am linking this post up with NatureFootstep's meme -
NF Flowers - come visit us and join in!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Frosty Flower

We have been socked in with freezing fog for days.
It's cold.
It's dark.
But there are moments of beauty!

To see beautiful flowers from around the world, visit Tina's PicStory's "Weekend Flowers"!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Pitch and Critters ...

I was trying to capture the day's reflections in a drop of pitch ...
When I saw this little bug.
Walking along - without getting stuck!

This spider wasn't so lucky!!!

To see reflections from around the word, join us over at James' "Weekend Reflections!"

Friday, December 2, 2011

Raindrops on Fence

Raindrops became partially frozen on the metal fence ...

Each drop was an upside-down world of it's own ...

Caught for a moment in an icy prison.

Until set free by the rising sun.

To see reflections from around the world, join us over at James' "Weekend Reflections"!

AND ... It's "Friday Fences" time! Come join us for 'fencing' fun!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Winter Mushrooms

They have appeared in the woods and lawns ...

Mushrooms of all shapes and sizes!
They will show up until the first hard freeze ...

Sharing their heart!

To see hearts from around the world, visit "Random Hearts" - and share YOUR heart on Guest Heart Thursday!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Frosty Morning Beauty

Yesterday started out cold ...
The first frost of the winter season coated the world.

The patterns it created were diverse and amazing!

Then the sun came out ... the ice crystals began to melt.

Until they were once again droplets of water.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Taking Pictures of Moss ...

I was on my hands and knees in the parking lot, fascinated with the raindrops that were clinging to the moss ... when a tiny flash of blue caught my eye.

It was a tiny little bug, clinging to a blade of grass!

I don't know what kind of bug it was.

But it was gorgeous!

To see reflections from around the world, visit James' "Weekend Reflections"!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Autumn Mushroom

Beach Hearts - PicStory

It's been nearly a year since Sissie and I went to the beach ...
And even the wind and rain didn't stop us from finding hearts!

Nor did the SNOW!

Tina's "PicStory" challenge this week is HEARTS! Come join the hearty fun!

To see even more hearts from around the world, visit "Random Hearts" - and share YOUR heart on Guest Heart Thursday!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Oak Leaf Shadow on Autumn Grape Leaf

A watery sun showed it's presence for a few minutes,
and the grape leaves glowed in the brief light.

A lone oak leaf, held in place by raindrops, briefly shared it's shadow.

Join us over at "Hey Harriet" for Shadow Shot Sunday!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Gloomy Day Yields Beauty

A gloomy fall day yields it's own beauty ...

A purple flower is barely visible in the mist ...

Jeweled raindrops adorn a grass blade, and fill a cup lichen ...

Ah, the subtle beauty of a gloomy Autumn day!

To see beautiful flowers from around the world, visit Tina's PicStory's "Weekend Flowers"!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Ginkgo Biloba Loses Leaves ...

The carpet of yellow leaves freshly fallen from the ginkgo biloba tree caught my eye.

I was drawn closer, and I realized most of the leaves had been on the ground for a while, collecting dew.

I was so mesmerized by the jeweled beauty
of the leaves, that I barely noticed the curious people in the cars that had to swerve around me in the parking lot. Most of them were smiling.

I am linking up with Beth's "FATuesday Artist Spotlight" - come on over and be inspired by all of the wonderful artists Beth found this week - and share YOUR art as well!

To see beautiful reflections from around the world, please join us over at James' "Weekend Reflections".

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Autumn Blackberry Leaves

The magic of Autumn twilight glows ...
Through a Himalayan blackberry leaf ...

Bringing beauty to a dreary season ...

Monday, November 7, 2011

Autumn Oak Leaves

(Autumn oak tree leaves in the sun ...)

The sun came out yesterday - it was a beautiful day, though chilly.

I spent much of the day wandering around outside ...
Rejoicing in the sights, sounds and scents of Autumn.
And especially loving the colors!

Because it won't be long before I will be lamenting these leaves ...
As I rake them out of the lawn!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Dreary Day Surprise - Weekend Reflections

(Please click on photo to enlarge)

I couldn't believe the reflections I found yesterday when the sun peeked through the heavy fog.

To see reflections from around the world, join us over at James' "Weekend Reflections" - and share the reflections of YOUR world!

This picture came straight out of the camera, all I did was crop a little.

Be sure to visit Jan over at Murrieta 365, who hosts "Straight Out of the Camera Sunday" for more wonderful photos!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Yellow Weed Heart

A late blooming "weed" - made a perfect heart in the late afternoon twilight that is Autumn ...

To see hearts from around the world, visit "Random Hearts" - and share YOUR heart on Guest Heart Thursday!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Raindrops on Oakleaf ...

Most of the oak leaves turn brown on the tree, then rustle softly to the ground. Sometimes, though, they are caught by the wind and end up falling while they still have a bit of green. This is one such leaf ... catching the misting rain of the early morning ... and showing it's bejeweled beauty!!!

Today is a special day.
Beth - over at "Beth's Artworx" has posted "FATuesday Artist Spotlight #52"!!!
Yep, #52 - that's a year's worth of amazing artists that Beth has found and featured - from photographers to collage artists and vintage car restorers, from jewelry designers to performing artists and poets.
I have come to love Tuesday ... because I know Beth will have found someone who inspires and captivates me ... almost as much as SHE does with her own beautiful art.

Please join me in wishing Beth a special congratulations on a wonderful year of FATuesday ARTIST SPOTLIGHT!

And while you're there, be sure to link up for the party!
Because we can never have enough beauty in the world!
And we can never have enough encouragement!!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween to those who observe the day ...
For everyone else ... enjoy the creepy crawlies that will be popping up everywhere today -
They can be interesting and beautiful!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Early Morning Raindrop on Lichen

On an overcast gloomy day ...
Last night's sprinkles hanging from Autumn branches ...
Where can the beauty be in a such a day?

To see reflections from around the world, join us over at James' "Weekend Reflections"!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Watching Me Watching Them ...

As I was going for my walk, I felt something watching me ...
Was it this beautiful little bird that kept flitting around in the trees off to my right?

Or maybe it was this squirrel, intent on my progress?

Oh! Maybe it was this deer, hiding at the top of the little hill?

Or ...

Maybe one of her friends (if you enlarge this photo you will see there are SEVEN deer in this shot!).

I guess they were watching me find this cute little heart!!!

To see hearts from around the world, visit "Random Hearts" - and share YOUR heart on Guest Heart Thursday!