Thursday, April 27, 2017

Grab A Pen!


                              

"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."
                                                          --Joseph Chilton Pearce


Monday, April 24, 2017

Tulip Time


"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."
                                                                                  --Rumi

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring in the Forest


"Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own."
                                                                       --Charles Dickens

Monday, April 17, 2017

Daffodils


She turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:  "Winter is dead."
                                                            --A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young


Monday, April 10, 2017

DIY Easter Basket


                                         

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.

                                          

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Selfie Central


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.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Blossoms


"You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming."
                                                            --Pablo Neruda

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sea Anemone


                         

"Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere."
                                                                                                   --Einstein

Monday, March 27, 2017

Or Not


"Art should look like art, trees and flowers and people,
not weird shapes and splotches of color all smeared together."
                                               --Jennifer Estep

Thursday, March 23, 2017

It's Spring


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."
                                                                 --Mark Twain

Monday, March 20, 2017

Unusual


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.

"There is no beauty without some strangeness."
                                                                    --Edgar Allan Poe

Monday, March 13, 2017

Bagpipes


"The tune was wailing and mournful, almost fragrantly so,
and the total effect was of a heartbroken piccolo being 
parted forever from its bagpipe lover."
                                                     --Peter S.Beagle

Thursday, March 9, 2017

See What You See


"People only see what they are prepared to see."
                                                          --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, March 6, 2017

Small but Mighty



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.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Quiet Place


"In quiet places, reason abounds."
                                              --Adlai Stevenson

Monday, February 27, 2017

Pause to Reflect


"It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved;
but by reflection, force of character, and judgement."
                                                           --Cicero

Thursday, February 23, 2017

See the Light



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.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Make Art


The EARTH without ART is just EH.
                                            --Unknown


Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Full Heart


                         

"Empty pockets never held anyone back.
Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that."
                                     --Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, February 13, 2017

For Valentine's Day


"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen
or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart."
                                               --Helen Keller


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cool Kicks



"One shoe can change your life."
                                   --Cinderella

Monday, February 6, 2017

Details


"The details are not the details.  They make the design."
                                          --Charles Eames

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Master Artist


What a severe yet master artist old Winter is.... 
No longer the canvas and the pigments, but the marble and the chisel.
                                   --John Burroughs, "The Snow-Walkers," 1866

Monday, January 30, 2017

Exhibit Opens Soon


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.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Kind Word



"One kind word can warm three winter months."
                                            --Japanese Proverb

Monday, January 23, 2017

Pondering Happiness


"With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?"
                                               --Oscar Wilde

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Be Unique


"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"
                                                   --Dr. Seuss

Monday, January 16, 2017

Tree Time


                        

"For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, 
every green tree is far more glorious than
 if it were made of gold and silver."
                                                --Martin Luther

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Loved


"The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved;
loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves."
                                                                --Victor Hugo

Monday, January 9, 2017

Hungry Birds




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.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Dinner in the Park


"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well,
if one has not dined well."
                                                          --Virginia Woolf