Monday, October 20, 2014

NF Inspiring Photography ... Catching the Light

Catching the Light
Climbing through a small canyon near Rosenlaui, Switzerland.  Much of the pathway was tunnels cut through the canyons edge.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mandarin Orange Monday

I am doing an art class next week called mixed media.  We are planning on working in the oranges and reds so I thought, well here's a little girl who comes by those colors naturally.  So since I am playing with these colors anyway for MOM ... I am starting with this precious little Screech Owl.

Here is another owl ... The Barn Owl, that has some natural oranges in his feathers (we usually refer to it a s a Cinnamon color) that with a little boost I can enhance them enough to do MOM :)

Hmmm ... do you think these two could get along in close quarters?

For the sake of l'orange ...
Happy MOM Everybody!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Feline Art Friday

Weekend Reflection

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While traveling to Grindelwald, Switzerland on a high speed train, we sat across from two young teens who were clearly not accompanied by adults and were behaving in a rather annoying fashion.  So I took their reflection in the window as the trees flashed by and it turned out to be rather interesting. :)  They did finally get up and leave.  I am guessing sitting across from two old poops was probably just as annoying to them as they were to us.  Oh well, it's that old "Generation Gap" again.  I am sure their parents think they are adorable :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Badger Boos 13th Birthday

Now, I hasn't been Badger Boos friend for 13 years mainlys because, I hasn't been around that longs myself.  But, my Moms says that 13 is her luckys number (and here I thoughts it was supposed to be bads luck) so I am thinkin's that Badger Boos turning 13s is a goods thing.  So I is also thinkin's (my Moms tells me I thinks too much) that having a Birthday parties for Badger Boos lets him bes the centers of attention since he is havings to deal with a new brothers.  So that sounds likes good lucks to me and I am all fors it!  You are a good Mums for throwings this partys for Badger Boos ... my Moms thinks so toos.  Hope this is your Best Birthdays Ever, Badger Boos, my friend.  You deserves it!

Good Fences

This is a common gate in these parts, but the view behind it is not.  Wouldn't you love to have this lane leading up to your secluded house?  I took this last week ... note that the leaves are just beginning to turn.  Our trees seem to be the last to know it is fall :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oh my ... Julie is leaving

A Sad Farewell ... Oh wait!  A Joyful Departure :)

Julie of Julie's Coffee fame is leaving us.  Pulling up stakes and moving to Colorado.  There is definitely a sad feeling when someone so special moves out of your immediate reach ... but the sadness is trumped by the excitement and joy for her new life.  Colorado ... what a great place to go and Julie, who is an awesome artist, will  be like a child in a candy shop out there.  I can't wait to see what she creates on canvas once she gets there.  

I don't know Julie's plans.  We don't have that kind of friendship where we know everything about each other.  I just know that if Julie is in the room, I will be smiling.  She is one of those special people who emits joy even when, in her own life, there may be sadness.  She always makes you feel special and I always look forward to seeing her.  Sadly she is leaving just when I could have spent more time with her.   I have often talked to her about taking art lessons from her, but somehow my life was too full of clutter and I have let that opportunity slip away.  But, her friend Marsha will soon fill that gap and I look forward to learning some artistic techniques from her.  And my husband will be happy to know that the Coffee Shop will remain and they will continue to have Apple Fritters :)

Julie, my friend ... I will miss you in ways you will never understand, but I have hopes of us meeting up again ... either here, when you come home for a visit, or maybe when I wonder out your way.  But, whatever happens, I wish you and Chris the best.  I don't know anyone who deserves a good life more than you. Bon Voyage ... stay safe, stay well and enjoy!


NatureFootstep Abstract

In the beginning there was a little seed pod ...

  So what happened?

A little here and a little there ... 

And things keep changing ...

Until ...
The End ...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday

Last week I took a long walk in a new (to me) Forest Preserve.  The wonderful thing about the county I live in, is they have gone to much expense to preserve and restore the wetlands and forested areas around us.  They repurchase land whenever the budget allows and then try to return it to it's native status.  The walks and fences are well maintained and they are a wonderful place to spend personal quiet time ... walk, walk, walk, keep that old body in it's post Switzerland mountain climbing shape!  Wishful thinking, but worth the effort:)
 On this walk I could hear a lot of birds, but couldn't see them until I came upon this little fella ... A Yellow-rumped Warbler male.  They are normally much more striking in color (being a slate gray,  darker mask and much brighter yellow patches, but, like the Finch, they molt into this duller color over the winter.  They pass through here in the spring and fall during migration.  I don't believe they ever stay as this is the only time of year I ever see them.  

Bon Voyage my little feathered friend ... safe travels :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

NF Inspiring Photography

Our house faces east so, though we get a beautiful sunrise, the sunsets are at our back (which we cannot see because there are too many trees).  But Nature ingratiates us with a pink sky in the east when there is a beautiful sunset going on behind us.  

And though I missed the Blood Moon Eclipse, I did catch The Hunter's Moon in the pink sky ...
Wishing you yet another wonderful week ...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Mandarin Orange Monday

I apologise ... when I went back to pull up these pictures, I realized that I had not saved many of the steps in the process, so you will have to use your imagination  to figure out where all of this came from.  I can tell you that I have a fascination with brake lights.  They seem to be a very important design item to the auto makers.  Each model has a different light pattern and if you can catch them on in the right light ... well, they are just cool.  

Of course somewhere in here before I started playing, I have orangified the light. Then ...

Not fully satisfied, I have added a flower to the mix which was also orangified before it was able to participate :)

Mixing, swirling, lighting, stretching ... one would never know that a rose is a rose is rose, right?

I ended with this ... I see a clear image of something that is not quite timely, but soon to be so ... What do you see?
If you see nothing, that's okay too ... Art can be what you want it to be.

Happy MOM everyone ...

Friday, October 10, 2014

Feline Art Friday

Friendly Fights ...
As Diva the Devil Child takes on Fonzi the Alpha cat ... anyone want to guess who won?

Weekend Reflections

A friendly Swiss village reflected in the window of a house in the Friendly Swiss Village ... :)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Good Fences ...

This is a very big, very wonderful fence ... and if you don't believe me, just ask this beautiful child :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NF DAM Digital Art Meme

The Birds

At Margaret's request, I am adding the original  :)
A macro of a white hibiscus flower