Sunday, January 31, 2016

Creating with Color

A still life I posted on
Color Your World; daily color Cotton Candy
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Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Rest of the Story

This week on Good Fences I shared a fence
from this Pennsylvania Century Farm.
Here is the rest of the story.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Reflections Inside Out

This week's 'reflections' appear in our windows
from the outside on a sunny day.
This one is a combination of and outside reflection
and an artificial branch of leaves in a vase inside.

Pretty blue sky here

This is my favorite; again with the combination
of the outside and the inside.

Once again the blue of the sky stands out.

Especially like the muted reflection
behind the closer trees in this one.
At first I didn't think this one worked
and was not going to include it
Upon further reflection (pun intended)
it took on a charm of its own.
If you look very closely you can see large pine trees
behind the oaks.
I would even use it as a background or texture in a craft project.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

One For All and All for One


E = Edit for wind effect.
Favorite = Landscapes remind me of the vastness of our world.
Sky = Beautiful Blue Sky



Wheely Neely Friday Five

 No, not a typo. Just a play on Willy -vs- Wheely

1.  January 29, 1886 - The first successful petrol-driven motorcar, built by Karl Benz, was patented.

2.  This week our son needed to borrow my vehicle
but didn't want to leave me stranded. (bless his heart)
There was a day I would have been thrilled to get behind the wheel.
But . . .

3.  Back in the Day - my first set of wheels

4.  A little nostalgia. How our kids loved their first 'Wheels'

5.  “Always focus on the front windshield and not the rearview mirror.” Colin Powell


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Decisions, Decisions

Which way would you choose?
In reality Swamp Road is the more scenic
with great pastoral scenes including sunsets.

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Good Fences 012816

Dairy Farms abound in our area.
This one holds the distinction of being a
'Pennsylvania Century Farm'

Note: Barn to be featured on The Barn Collective later this week

Walking On Water

Wild Birds - A couple crows out for a winter stroll
Outdoor World - A beautiful sky background for this windmill beside a pond.
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Newer Models Inside? 012616

Historic items are sometimes referred to as 'treasures'.
That's what I think of when I see older machinery 
that has 'history' to someone.

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Blue Monday 012516

Last Thursday I took a jaunt around the country roads
to collect photos before winter storm Jonas arrived.
Turns out he was a no show here.

I believe this is a drop off spot for newspaper bundles
to be delivered by rural drivers.

Seems Washington was needed a compass while passing through.
These signs appear in all directions on the back roads here.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Mosaic Monday 012516
Soothing Colors

Salt n Pepper Shakers from my Grandmother's collection

A thrifty find from the RG
the white edging on the flowers is raised.

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Drive Thru Barn

Came upon this 'drive thru'
but couldn't find where to order ;) 
The barn itself has nice symmetry
and I like the pine branch for effect.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

The simplicity of still life photos reminds me to practice stillness.

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When Least Expected

Been trying to catch a hawk in the wild for months.
Looked out the kitchen window and there it was
enjoying a breakfast entree.
Juvenile Cooper's Hawk
Field Marks
Juvenile Streak Pattern: Heavy, bold, reddish streaks on chest and belly.
Note: This field mark applies to juvenile-plummaged birds only. 

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Friday, January 22, 2016

A Tropical Plant Reflects

A tropical plant reflects on summer days outside in the sun.
'Through the window, I saw the beautiful world outside: 
the sky, the sun. 
How I longed to return to it!' ---unknown

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This Week's Willy Nilly 012216

No. 1 - Came upon these in a sparsely populated area of our county.
I believe it is a drop-off location for rural newspaper delivery drivers.

No. 2 - Inspiration from Color
Inspirational words associated with the color green: 
Growth, Harmony, Stability, Hope, Healing & Balance, Peace

No. 3 - One of our resident Cardinals
He sat there for about 20 min.; never ate; 
I think he was stood-up by a dinner date.

No. 4 - A new business in town. 
It's B.Y.O.B. and they provide Brushes for painting a picture. 
My reaction: could produce alot of abstracts.

No. 5 - A little winter Texture
Snow Mortar

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

No Worries

My favourite this week.
Clipped this little sweetie from my collage of Monday
wearing his down jacket.

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Fun Friday Favourites

Fenced In

Railing: A fence-like barrier.

 Lakeside restaurant closed for the season.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Wildbird Wednesday 012016

House Finch - Titmouse - Junco - Female Cardinal - Male Cardinal

How do birds―especially the little delicate guys like chickadees and titmice―survive the single-digit temperatures and whipping winds of winter?
It turns out that birds (even the little guys) aren’t so delicate after all, and they’ve got a few tricks up their sleeve (uh, wing), too.
Their first layer of defense against the cold is their outer-most one: feathers. There’s a good reason why people love down-filled winter coats―feathers are fantastic insulation.
“Feathers are incredibly specialized structures that serve many purposes including, for many species, keeping them warm,” says 
“Birds’ feathers provide remarkable insulation against the cold, and the oil that coats feathers also provides waterproofing, which is important since the only thing worse than being cold, is being cold and wet,” Peter Marra, head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center at the National Zoo.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Tuesday's Treasures 011916

Thanks to Tom, after many many years I finally took the time to have a close look at this family treasure. 
Up until now its been a bit utilitarian.
I use it store old photos which seems appropriate.

Research tells me this is a Wood and Pressed Tin 
Antique Dome Top Trunk 
Tin Floral Design in Black n Blue, Victorian Lithographs
circa late 1800s - early 1900s
the decorative hardware is imprinted with pat mark - 1880
the center lock is imprinted - Yale Towne Mfg. - Stamford Conn USA

To our family it will always be Aunt Maggie's Trunk
(see more about my spinster great aunt 
who homesteaded from SW Virginia to NE Oregon 
around 1903 below)
P.S. Maggie was Mary, the horse trader's (thanks TexWis)
(from last week's post), daughter.
The bottom is a little scraped but solid 
and the metal rollers work smoothly.

One lock and two latches (no key)
Three compartments
I suspect there was a removable tray at one time.

Victorian stickers on inside

You can read more about 'Aunt Maggie' on my other blog 
(which I have been neglecting)

click here Venturous Woman

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