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Various Flowers Add to Beauty

July 12, 2011

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There is so much to see in Williamsburg!  I enjoy going there and am blessed to be less than an hour drive away from it, making it accessible without advance planning. The gardens there are beautiful.  They are done in the style you would have expected in the 1700’s, with a mix of vegetables and various flowers.  […]

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Happy To Be Here

July 2, 2011

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I was happy to see the brown eyed susans flow by my window in Virginia.  The trees were brilliant green and so dense, the sky was a narrow blue strip. I was happy to see the yellow daylilies out my window in North Carolina, the sky now wide open with a never ending road. South Carolina’s palm trees gave way to Georgia’s pines, and […]

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Balance Is Hard in Tall Grass

June 12, 2011

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I went to the botanical gardens yesterday to take more pictures.  The stick sculpture, Metamorphosis, by the artist Patrick Doherty, is done.  This is his second work in central Virginia, the first being done on a storefront on Main Street some years ago.  There is no picture of it on-line. I’d spent some time looking […]

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Flush With Flowers

June 1, 2011

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The local botanical gardens are flush with roses.  There seem to be every kind of rose there – big ones, small ones, pink, red, white – at all stages of open, budding, and spent.  It’s just beautiful, especially with the small brick buildings in the middle of the rose beds.  This picture barely shows all the roses […]

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Pace To Stay In Sync

May 22, 2011

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My favorite boy toy and I went to Williamsburg recently.  It was sunny, but not hot until late in the afternoon, and the crowds were minimal since school is not out yet.  It was fun to be able to see everything pretty easily, to walk around and take pictures, and just visit with each other […]

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Billion of Pixels

May 17, 2011

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What would be a billion in my life?  Certainly the financial statements that I work with as part of my job.  Many of those numbers have a billion in the name.  But I strongly suspect that my laptop has over a billion in pixels with all the photos that I have stored on it.  Yes, […]

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Order of the Seasons

May 14, 2011

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Thanks to everyone for their recent comments and new subscriptions!  I’m running a little behind in responding, but I do appreciate them all. One of Gretchen Rubin’s favorite sayings is that the days are long, but the years are short.  At various times over the years I’ve kept a nature journal.  There were several reasons – to […]

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Stark Trees Reveal Birds Nest

May 13, 2011

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During my daily walks this winter, I often searched the stark naked tree branches for interesting patterns to photograph.  The lack of leaves revealed this little beauty one day.  I loved that I got a pretty sky, shallow depth of field, and sharp resolution to make the nest pop out. Word for tomorrow – ORDER.  If […]

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Trail Being Paved Is Better After Rain

May 12, 2011

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I’ve been doing more hiking this year as I search for my daily photos.  A few weeks back, we did a really nice park near our house.  Being with the favorite boy toy meant that we walked on the deer trail, not the paved trail.  In a few places, it was really mucky too and […]

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Dull Skies Are Hard For Photographs

May 10, 2011

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As I’m taking my daily photographs, it’s hard on some days to work around the dull skies that seem so pervasive this spring.  This clock was really neat, but even with Photoshop I can’t do anything to improve it (this photo is unaltered – I dind’t bother saving what didn’t work). I’ll have to retake it a […]

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Only Crepe Myrtle In Our Yard

April 21, 2011

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This is the only crepe myrtle in our yard.  We planted it a few months after moving in, replacing a rather ugly weeping cherry tree that was shaped and growing poorly.  Crepe myrtles are common in Virginia and when they bloom, they are gorgeous.  The colors vary from bright pink to light pink to white to a […]

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After The Rain

April 17, 2011

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After the rain, the James River was high and fast, the water an even darker brown than usual.  I took this from a short bridge during my lunch walk.  And yes, I took the umbrella with for my walk.  Those clouds looked like more rain would come soon.  Word for tomorrow – PUBLISHER.  If you […]

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Clip Along The Expressway

April 14, 2011

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Clip – An unspecified but normally understood as rapid speed or pace. Even in the middle of the day, drivers move at a good clip on the expressway. Word for tomorrow – FOOL.  If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the week under “A Word A Day”.  To see how others might […]

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Promotion – The Life Blood of Every Author

March 21, 2011

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Promotion (from Wiktionary) – Dissemination of information about a product, product line, brand, or company. After Jenna Woginrich published her first book, Made From Scratch, she invited readers to take a picture of the book and send it to her.  I took the pictures, but never sent it (sorry Jenna!).  It was a great idea – pictures […]

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Near The Bee – A Little TOO Near

March 20, 2011

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Near (from Wiktionary) – physically close. So what happens when a bee gets near the dog?  It becomes a dog entertainment center.  And apparently it tastes pretty yukky too, although that has not yet stopped the dog from trying to catch them and eat them.  Thankfully he hasn’t gotten many – and he must not have […]

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Presently I Am Contemplating the Sky

March 18, 2011

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Presently (from Wiktionary)- At the present time; now; currently. If I wrote this last Sunday, I’d say:  Presently, I am on the deck, sitting in the sun.  It’s warm on this March day, unseasonably so, and I’m enjoying just sitting here, looking up at the sky, my mind blank and just enjoying the sun, the […]

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Soul – Look Upon the Sun & Moon

March 14, 2011

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Soul (from Wikitionary) – The spirit or essence of a person usually thought to consist of one’s thoughts and personality. I am a deeply spiritual woman.  This is important to me, and while a integral part of my life, I often feel that I do not engage in spiritual practices as often I would like.  Still, each […]

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Beneath It All As I Walk

March 13, 2011

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Beneath (from Wiktionary) – below or underneath. I decided, in late January, that I could not stand another workout in the gym during lunch. I wanted to be outside, to get fresh air, and enjoy my exercise. The daytime temperatures were up to 30 degrees (I’m from Chicago – that’s not THAT cold) and so […]

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Dear – My Favorite Boy Toy

March 12, 2011

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Dear (from Wiktionary) – Loved; lovable. What else would I post besides a picture of my favorite boy toy?  Today is his birthday and we will be out celebrating.  Here he is during one of our weekend adventures a few weeks ago.    Word for tomorrow – BENEATH.  If you prefer to work ahead, see the […]

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Landscape Design in the Front Yard

March 10, 2011

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Landscape (from Wiktionary) – A space, indoor or outdoor and natural or man-made (as in “designed landscape”). It’s actually pretty hard to keep the landscape looking nice in the brutal summer heat of central Virginia.  Here’s a snapshot of the front yard the year that I tried some edible landscaping – those big leaves under the holly […]

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