Some of you have seen these images in previous posts; however, since this is one of my favorite recycling/upcycling projects, I want to share it again. As is obvious in the first picture, I deconstructed a box and rebuilt it with the inside facing out. The pretty design on the interior of the container caught my attention and I just couldn't throw it away.
Anyway, next I used two pipe cleaners as the handle and then embellished the exterior. Trust me, this is simple and super cute. Surprise someone for Easter with a basket you made yourself and fill it with their favorite treats.
Are you obsessed with taking selfies? If so, a visit to Chicago's BEAN is in order. And, if people-watching is one of your pastimes, this place is a must see. Dress for the weather, bring your digital device to play around with all the great photo opportunities and observe the hundreds of passersby. Simply enjoy the experience.
When the calendar turns to late March, I am thrilled; however, I certainly realize that not every spring day will look like the image above. In fact, here in Iowa it's not usual to have snow and cool temperatures well after the vernal equinox. The following quote best summarizes the weather we experience at this time of the year:
"In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours."
What's this? A flying fish fountain at Atlantis. That's the simple answer. However, what makes it so interesting is the contrast, texture and unusual subjects. The bright, sunny conditions made this image very harsh in color but in black and white it becomes much more interesting.
In the bottom left corner is this quote by Goethe: The ideal of beauty is simplicity and tranquility. How appropriate for this scene. Actually, this image is tiny in size (as I cropped it to 3 x 7 inches) but powerful in its message. This happens to be a personal favorite and that of several others folks who refer to it as tranquil. Currently this shot along with many other of my fog scenes are on exhibit at the Dubuque Carnegie-Stout Public Library. If you are headed to downtown Dubuque, stop in and take a look as the exhibit is open through March.
With mild February temperatures in these parts, many of us find ourselves looking forward to summer gardens and more daylight. This picture features a unique garden design that uses multi-colored plates to create the inner circle and a multi-level piece as the focal point. In addition, with the light literally at the end of the tunnel, this photo is encouraging as it reminds me that warmer weather is just ahead. So, in the meantime, I will enjoy the warmer-than-average weather and appreciate this reprieve from the usual cold, snow and ice.
For those wondering, this photo was taken during a visit to Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa. Plan now for a summertime visit to this delightful destination in the Hawkeye state.
Make plans to attend this event held in downtown Dubuque on Friday, February 3, 5:30-7:30 pm. The library is located at 360 W 11th Street. Barb and I have combined our work in past exhibits and are excited for another. The theme for my images is Forest Fog -- some I've featured previously on this blog while others are entirely new. Hope to see you there.
Not "Angry Birds" but rather HUNGRY birds as the frigid, snowy conditions have created more work for these beautiful feathered friends. For black-capped chickadees, researchers have found that each day they eat about 60% of their body weight, at night go into a regulated state of hypothermia and use excess body fat from the day to shiver all night in order to stay warm enough to survive. The human equivalent for this overnight survival feat would be a 165-pound male being outdoors all night and in the morning weighing 15 or more pounds less. In addition to food, scientists have found that chickadees also need a good roost that is insulated enough to help them survive. Birch trees were found to provide that important habitat.
The point of all this is: FEED the birds! Many birds love sunflower seeds and, in most places, those are readily available for puchase and easy to disperse.