Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wonderfulicious Wednesday

Oh my! I decided to treat myself
to a macro lens for the iPhone. 
I do love close ups! 
Decades ago when I
had a Hassleblad camera 
and did darkroom work it was
all about landscapes!

I don't know if it's that I'm older or what, but
now I prefer close-ups and a more intimate 
view of the world. Landscapes rarely interest
me anymore.
The macro lens caught what I
didn't even see on the Begonia, 
a few brown spots. 

I do love the combination of sharpness against blurred

Shells on the worktable waiting to be photographed
became perfect candidates for the first few photos
with the new lens. 
There is a bit of a learning curve with 
the new lens, mostly because
my vision is wonky. 

Happy Autumn! I'm looking
forward to cooler temps and 
time outdoors again. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wonderfulicious Wednesday - some nuggets for this week.

Saw this Begonia as I walked into Trader Joe's yesterday.
I haven't had a plant call out to me in
awhile; seemed apropos on
my birthday week.

Finally, a little rain yesterday. While
 some areas got enough rain to flood, the
rain here was a mere surface wetting.

I discovered the leaf, above, dried in a book.
I don't know where the leaf came from or
why I stuck it in a book but when it showed
up in my life it felt like a gift from the past.
I had to photograph it. 

This morning the yard was full of 
gifts from yesterday's wind. 
The beautiful bunch of leaves, above, is from
the Calliandra vine. And below . . .
a mystery leaf.

The cluster of leaves, above, is from 
the Tipu tree that has
quadrupled in height this
year, much to the dismay
of the gardener who recently
told me he wishes he'd pruned
more off it last year.
The growth of this tree in
8.5 years is nothing short
of phenomenal, 

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Wonderfulicious Wednesday - September my Birthday Month

This weeks nuggets. 
Seems that most of the Wonferfulicious posts
have been of birds and flowers, so why change now?

Finches at the nearly empty bird feeder.
More Photo therapy at work here; Vintage effect.

Blended layers. Oak limb and rust. (Perhaps I should 
have saved this one for Oct.)

Near the front door are 2 pots of cheerful.
Flamboyant-de-jardin aka
Mexican Bird of Paradise.
They bloom from spring
to Fall.

From the tiny Hibiscus plant that has never grown much and
normally only has one bloom a year. This year I was
gifted with two. 

Night blooming Cereus. At around midnight
for a few nights last month I photographed
the magical flowers that by dawn had withered. 

It seems only fitting that I end this post with 
another bird image. This black bird had
dibs on the fountain. Or, maybe he was
just cooling his feet on a brutally
hot day. . . .

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Full Moon

The Powerful draw of the night-blooming Cereus
has overridden my fear of West Nile
carrying Mosquitoes, or or that matter any mosquito. Allergic.
After photographing the Cereus the
moon grabbed my attention.

The flowers this year chose to bloom at the same
time there is a full moon. 

Last August I took  photo of the full moon with my
new camera, so perhaps photographing 
the moon is  an Anniversary of sorts.

I've been known to curse the full moon rather than
 enjoy its 

I love the way the moon peaks through the trees.

Like many others I'm sensitive to how the full
moon's gravitational pull does more than effect
the oceans. I used to think like many
that its pure lunacy that the moon has any
effect on us.

But after years of moderate insomnia becoming 
a major issue for at least 6 days around the full moon,
I'm a believer that the moon might be the culprit for
fatigue, insomnia, irritability, and emotional highs and lows. 

Resistance is Useless!
Through acceptance of the situation
there is peace.

The long sleepless nights are
spent reading, watching movies, or
editing photos. This week I overcame my
fear of Mosquitoes long enough to
photograph both the Cereus
and the full moon.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wonderfulicious Wednesday

Photographing what presents itself in the yard continues . . . .
Night-blooming Cereus photographed at midnight.
Definitely Queen of The Night!

For the next 7 blooms 
 I need to find the tripod!
The image below was taken with the iPhone. 

And of course I have to blend
and manipulate  . . .

Backyard residents. 

I have been known to venture outside
of the backyard. 1997, Arles, France.

Wonderfulicious Wednesday Part Deux

The above image is what the Cereus looks
like before nightfall. 

At midnight the only lights
  were from the patio and a
 few landscape

Two flowers bloomed this time.

Love painting effects . . .below.

I'm in awe that the Cereus are in their glory at night
and just bloom for the pure joy of it. 

Couldn't resist taking a few images of 
some Barrel cactus. 

Thanks so much for stopping by, I
appreciate the time you took to be here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wonderfulicious Wednesday

First, photos of backyard birds
blended with textured layers
of rust fabric and for the
one below, a tree.

And then  . . .  finally, some studio play!
Sun prints on cotton/poly sheets. I had
read that cotton/poly sheets wouldn't work well.

Leaves from my yard. 
And of course, something from

More Studio play.
Rust dyeing. Above, a wrapped can.
Below, wrapped around a piece
of metal.

In need of ironing, below, 
wadded fabric on metal 
with coffee. Used a cotton/poly
sheet again. I'd say using an old
sheet works well . . . 

Happy Wonderfulicious (nuggets of joy) day to you!

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Wonderfulicious (wordless) Wednesday

Wordless is often better than writing about what 
is going on , , , ,

Cactus blooms that only last  few hours in the brutal 
desert heat. (almost wordless  . . .)