Where do we find still life? Or fine art? Sometimes the ordinary, when examined close up, really is quite intriguing. This is one of our favorite loose leaf teas — Jasmine Downy Pearls. We first discovered it when visiting my cousin and his wife in Chicago, and since then, we’ve been hooked.
As a continuation of my reminiscing the other day… Here are some photographs of butterflies I unearthed during a recent reorganization of my hard drive. I love nature. As adults, we often get caught up in “adult” things and forget to see the excitement in the world around us! Even something as ordinary as a butterfly is complex and awe-inspiring, should you take the time to watch one for a while. We did just that last summer, during our visit to Mackinac Island. While the Butterfly House wasn’t quite as peaceful with an excited toddler in tow, I still did enjoy watching all the butterflies. The toughest part was watching little hands and keeping them from trying to “pick up” butterflies. That “look but don’t touch” rule can be so tough to remember. This butterfly photograph below is my favorite from our visit:
I love nature. And last summer we were able to take a trip to Mackinac Island as a family. By that, I don’t mean just the three of us, but also my parents, my brother, and his wife. We had a lovely time, and Toby appreciated the break from being in a carseat for the week. While we were there, I did create some landscape photographs…well, because, I just can’t help myself in regards to that. Sometimes I see a good picture, and it just *needs* to be taken. Here are a few of the favorites from Mackinac Island. The first two are views from Arch Rock. Here’s looking out over the shoreline:
As the weather kept dipping into the negative range on our thermometer here this past month, I have been a little (just a little, really, I love snow) nostalgic about springtime and summer. I honestly love all the seasons, and the only reason I started pining for the warmth is because it is a whole lot easier to be outdoors. I guess instead of worrying about frostbite and hypothermia, you have to worry about sunburn and heatstroke instead… so each has its downsides. But, as I was creating an album of family snapshots from the past year (shh….maybe the past two years, a little behind on my personal photos), I came across an image I absolutely love. I’d turn this into a wall portrait in a heartbeat. This was taken at our friends’ lakehouse…but the real draw for me, of course, is that it includes my family.
Do you let your little ones help in the kitchen? I’m a fan of hands on learning (yes, we do have a membership at the Hands on Museum, how did you know?), and as Toby has gotten older, he’s been able to help more and more with some of the basic things. What does this have to do with photography? Well — directly, not much. But indirectly, lots. I’ve enjoyed observing how toddlers (well, all children, really) are always learning. They are observant, taking cues from adults and kids around them, eager to experiment with doing things themselves, and often find creative ways to accomplish a task if left to their own devices. In short, it’s all about creativity, unleashing your inner child. And that’s what we often forget once adults. How to think creatively. Photography, and all art, is really about exploring your world creatively. A fresh perspective on a “boring” subject can make all the difference in the world. And sometimes all it takes is to consider things from a different point of view (i.e. a child’s). Doesn’t this look cool??
I love snow. Really. And the fact that we were holed up in the house, sick, during the past couple big snows made me sad! So, I resigned myself to capturing what I could from within the warmth of our house (no way I was going out in negative temperatures to risk an easily induced coughing fit). Here is one of my favorites — it’s a little on the abstract side, but I have always loved looking at the wind ripples on snow drifts. And, I was able to capture a section of our yard not tromped over by deer or turkeys!
I love flowers and plants. And while it’s taken me a while to get up the courage to maintain them… (I blame the cats – they like to eat greens) — we have finally done so in the past year. Not a huge variety – spider plants, African violets, and a Christmas cactus are all that have really thrived thus far. I won’t talk about my failed attempts at wheatgrass for the cats (it seems to yellow and die …maybe not enough light?), or the fern that I am trying to have survive in the studio. Oh, there is one more survivor — a fern in our kitchen. One of the big problems in our house is light. Despite all the lovely windows, the forest behind us just limits the amount of light that we get on the south side of our house. So, if you have any tips for plants (cat-friendly) that don’t need too much light, I’m all ears.
Anyways, here is the first ever bloom from our Christmas cactus cutting! It’s survived the cats, an excited toddler, and the harsh growing environment. Plus, there are more blooms on the way!
We had some bugs spend the night at our house the other day. Well, in the garage, to be exact. Grandpa sent these home with us, so we could watch them a little while longer before setting them free the next morning. The katydid took up residence on our deertick flower, and the praying mantis liked the Jerusalem artichoke we set her on. In case you can’t tell from these pictures (see more below), someone was REALLY excited to have these bugs around. He’s been talking about praying mantises all week. katydids, not as much…but then again, we didn’t have the interesting backstory for that little lady. The praying mantis had just eaten a humongous bumble bee before entering captivity. Read More
Happy Fourth of July! I hope that your summer is going well, and that you were able to plan at least a mini-getaway to celebrate Independence Day.
This Land We Love
Roger J. Robicheau
How beautiful this land we love
We cherish all good people of
With pride we call this home our own
Oh how our seed of freedoms grown
American is what we are
Our time has nurtured us so far
For truth and justice we do strive
Our laws are meant to not deprive
We know we’re not the perfect place
As we are of the human race
In God we trust along our way
His goodness near, both night and day
So please do stop and pray awhile
Ask help in facing each new mile
And now I’ll end with words so clear
Concerning freedom we hold dear
Let Grateful Thought – Well Deep Inside
For Soldiers Brave – Our Country’s Pride