Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

Painted Sky

I am finally all caught up with the weekly photo challenges! This photo is from May 11th (Mother’s Day) which not only treated me to a beautiful evening storm with lightning but fog in the morning! This photo was taken by hand using my car window ledge as a “stabilizer”; The settings were iso 400, 24mm length, f/7.1 shutter 6 seconds. I enhanced it a bit in a couple of photo programs, but the scene is so painterly it looks like an old masters painting to me. (Maybe I should use this as my art submission for the fair?) The light sources are an interesting combination of the moon in the clearing sky and the lightning in 2 spots. Below is another one that has cloud only lightning (iso 400,  60mm length, f/5, 3 seconds) followed by a morning fog photo. What a beautiful day and night! Best gift ever. Although brunch with my kids was pretty darn great too!!intra-cloud lightning cool old truck

Interested in the Weekly photo challenge?    http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/work-of-art/

A Little Help From My Friends, Please?

Hi Everyone! Sorry I have been absent lately. It is the end of the school year. It is a pleasant time I like to call “hell”. In addition to the myriad of activities I am involved in at my children’s school (which I really love, but all at the same time is craziness) the deadline for the Fine Arts Competition at the Ohio State Fair is in a little over a week. I collected some photos I might like to submit. It is $10 per submission so I only want to do a couple. I was hoping you could let me know the photo(s) you prefer and help me narrow my choices! Thank you in advance for your time and consideration!!!

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters

Tempranillo Lovely

I found this lovely wine at the grocery store and liked it because it had a beautiful painted label. It also had a plantable flower tag with seeds embedded in it around it’s neck. The wine was delicious, lucky for me. I have saved the bottle and rooted a plant in. It was just too pretty to recycle. As with most labels, my choice of buying is really in the quality of the design. It could be the greatest wine in the world, but if the label is not appealing, then I don’t buy it. I chose this photo for the Weekly Photo Challenge. This photo has quite a bit of information in it, other than the letters on the bottle. You can see me, the roots, the back of my house, the label, and the reflection of the sky. If you ever see this bottle of wine, buy it!

Milflores Rioja Tempranillo

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

how do I love thee?

A monument to love in the sky…..or a cloud version of Bugs Bunny’s Orange Monster “Gossamer”. 😉

Ranunculus Hybrids

Spring has begun and I have been planting new flowers and fruits, as well as three plants of brussels sprouts. (I also got a bunch of veggie and flower seeds but have yet to begin sprouting them. Eek). These beautiful flowers are all Ranunculus (meaning “little frog” in latin, supposedly because they like damp conditions). We have had a couple of rainy days, and what better time than to photograph raindrops on the flowers? None! The basic ranunculus is also known as buttercup and is poisonous, so don’t eat it or rub it on you. Folklore of the flower is below; funny we always held up dandelions to our chins claiming you like butter if it reflects yellow.

Folklore (taken straight from http://www.thepoisongarden.co.uk/atoz/ranunculus_acris.htm)

Is said to give a brighter yellow colour to butter. On May Day, the Irish used to rub buttercups onto cows udders, a tradition to supposedly encourage milk production. In some places, this tradition continues.

If a buttercup held beneath your chin casts a reflection against the flesh, you are fond of butter.

Victorians believed it stood for ingratitude and childishness. Some folklore believes yellow to be an evil colour and, hence, gives the plant an evil side.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections (II)

Here are some sunset (and one morning sun) photos from Alum Creek Reservoir. While I am looking forward to the Spring and growing some vegetation during the upcoming warmer months, I will miss the insect/human-free hikes to my favorite hideaway.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections (I)

I hope my little water feature isn’t becoming dull or redundant. But, I really like these drop photos with their reflections from above and below. I just think they are cool. I am also working on a part 2 for reflections that is lake oriented, so hold on to your hats…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective (ii)

This might be a little stretch for the word “perspective”. The place is the same, the view is the same (for the most part). The part that changed is the time. The sunset was just last Sunday evening, then the roller stratus were Monday, and finally the contrail fiesta was Tuesday, last night. Three different variations taken at the same spot, three nights in a row. I am one lucky lady.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

I like my deck water feature way more in the winter than in the summer. In the summer I can put plants in it, and have some mosquito fish to eat the mosquito larva. (They are currently waiting patiently in my laundry room for the winter to end while eating fish food flakes). But I have to watch it carefully when it rains because the fish wash over the side onto the deck. That is not good for a fish. I have to tend to it like any garden. In the winter the water feature has a life of it’s own, and it maintains itself. It reflects the weather and tells us the temperature more beautifully than a thermometer. These photos were taken the other day in the morning and it was 29*. Most of this winter it has been frozen solid. Hovering near freezing the ice waxes and wanes. I didn’t get to see much of the delicate ice formations when the temperature goes from above to below freezing this winter. The designs are exquisite! I have had photos of them on here before. The way the ice makes leafy patterns as well as sharp lines is beyond my comprehension. Here are 3 different views of my lovely water feature. What a difference perspective makes. Keep this in mind in your relationships too. Some people see beauty and some see murky leaves drowned in dirty water. And, some people aren’t even paying attention, daydreaming while staring off into space.

my water feature

The Duck Has Landed

Lesser Scaup

Thanks to my new friend Les Houser (who is a bird genius, has a wonderful blog about birding with great photos, and has a duck genius friend) I know what my mystery duck is: A Lesser Scaup!!! I am so excited! They are in Ohio during migration and possibly part of the winter in spots. A beautiful duck is the lesser scaup and I hope to get to see more of them! Thanks to everyone for the help! And especially to Les and his friend! Thank you!

Sorry I can’t give credit to the photo, it was in Google images under the site of The NRDC, but when I click on their site I don’t see the photo. But that’s from whence it came. So whoever took it, ©by you and good job!