Friday, April 30, 2010

365/121 ~ First ~

First to open,
 First to see the sunshine,
First to feel the breeze,
First to taste the morning dew,
First to go to seed...
The first bud of a cluster.


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

365/116 ~ The Vine ~



"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit."
John 15:1-2

Saturday, April 24, 2010

365/115 ~ Fixin' Her Up ~

Sometimes I feel like we go through campers like some people go through newspapers, LOL....we buy them cheap, fix them up and then once they are "perfect" we get some idea of trying a different style or size or set-up...here we are on camper #5 or 6 (I think!)...

~ Fixin' Her Up ~

Friday, April 23, 2010

365*114 ~ What is Reality? ~

"One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell the real from the unreal.  Soon we'll need a new definition."  Alvin Toffler

Thursday, April 22, 2010

365/113 ~ Creature of the Night ~

This large spider was busy weaving her web last night.  Such fine workmanship, as she steadily went round and round.  The web, when finished was over 1 1/2 feet across. 

We had to "google" this as we haven't seen on before. 





From doing a search on "big fat round orange spider", we came to the conclusion that is is a 'type' of Orb Weaver Spider - there are many types.  On deeper research, I'm pretty sure it's called a Nocturnal Orb...which would make sense considering she was building this quite late at night. 

Although it must hurt pretty bad to get bit by one of these (they are shy to biting though), their bites are not harmful to humans...whew!

They can make webs up to a Meter across, which can actually score a small bat or bird....WOW!
They take down, and often eat, their webs at the end of the night, making a new one each day.


There ya' go, your daily spider lesson all in one places, LOL.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

365/112 ~ Spring ~

I am always just a little bit excited when I see the first leaves pop out on our huge Pecan tree.  Here is what I saw yesterday...


I edited this photo using Picnik.  I brightened the exposure a bit, then boosted the color just a touch.  Then I made it black and white all over except for the leaves.  The last touch up was using the "lomoish" button and museum matte framing. 

Here is the original shot...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

365/111 ~ Outstanding ~

"My beloved is dazzling and ruddy,
Outstanding among ten thousand."

Song of Solomon 5:10

~ I Love This Man ~


Monday, April 19, 2010

365/110 ~ Salad In A Box ~

Sweet spring lettuce makes a lovely lunch!  :)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

365/109 ~ Unto My Path ~

"Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path."

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

365/107 ~ The One That Got Away ~

Stormie chased a black snake out of my garden today.  He was a pretty good sized one, so there weren't too many places for him to hide.

He slides between her front paws as she destroys tills the soil around my Lavender...such a helpful dog... *sigh*...


He finally escaped her clumsy deadly grasp, and found a safe refuge under this wooden chest on the porch...


I thought I'd pop out there a bit later to see if he was sunning again, but he was still not quite sure if the crazy dog was about coast was clear...

Thursday, April 15, 2010

365/106 ~ Shade ~

Here is a little Palm Tree Trivia for you...

Did you know that bats sleep during the day inside the folds of these palms?  It's very cool to sit out at dusk and watch them head out for the night.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

365/104 ~ Tasty Music ~

I made this cake as a Grooms Cake for a friends son...it was fashioned after my husbands Taylor Guitar.  It was a LOT of work, but very fun....I slept 10 hours that night, LOL...

Monday, April 12, 2010

365/103 ~ Eye See Me ~

I was taking flower photos with my Macro lens when one of my little neighbor friends stopped by...so I took a photo of his eye and got a self-portrait at the same time!

~ Eye See Me ~


Sunday, April 11, 2010

365/102 ~ Lily ~

Trying to catch the heavenly scent of this Easter Lily with my camera....can you smell it? :)


Saturday, April 10, 2010

365/101 ~ Kelsey ~

This is my best friends daughter...I have known her since she was just a teeny-tiny, squeeky talkin' little, chubby cheeked toddler...she's like a daughter to me, and I love her...

~ Kelsey ~


Friday, April 9, 2010

365/100 ~ 100 Steps and 4 Directions...

We went to a field near the college with our best friends...I took 100 steps into the middle of the field and this is what I saw in 4 directions...

In the middle of the field is one single tree standing alone...


My best friends littlest one runnin' to join Aunt Kathy...I love him. :)


The gang...Hubby was flying his RC Planes...notice how the boys and girls are separated, LOL...


This group was doing a little practicing on the other side of the field with their Kite Surfing Kites...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

365/99 ~ Lizard Hunters ~

I think I've mentioned before that I have several young friends who love to visit...it's not uncommon to find them rolling around in our front yard or riding their scooters up our driveway.

The other day, I heard some commotion on my front porch, and turned to see these 2 young men hunting lizards.  I asked them with a smile (and hidden exasperation) not to LAY thier bodies across my spider plant (poor spidey!).  Then I crouched down and listened intently as they told me with wide eyes that lizards actually lived under that chest on my porch!  Really?  I love their enthusiasm for life...we could all take a lesson from that!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

365/98 ~ New Toy ~

We went and picked up our "New Toy"...I followed Hubby back home.  I loved all the "red" in this photo...and his adorable happy little boy smile in the side mirror.

Now the only problem is we have to change our names to Ike and Joyce...Hmmmm....LOLOL...

~ New Toy ~

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

365/97 ~ Heat ~

Roasting Red Bells for Hummus...

Monday, April 5, 2010

365/96 ~ Luschious Leftovers ~

Hmmmm...lunch....(me scouring fridge)....black beans and mexican rice from our meatless main the other night, that better get eaten soon....here's a little bit of south american taco meat from that I didn't put on the pizza last night....hmmm....let's see...some black olives, half an avocado...ah...and some sour cream...yea, I think I can make lunch from this...







~ Luscious Leftovers ~


Sunday, April 4, 2010

365*95 ~ Water and Sky ~ Birthday Series and Easter Assignment

Mangroves grow along the edge of most waterways in Florida...I loved the reflection here and played a bit with softening and using B&W...



I didn't do anything to this photo, as I just loved the way it looked straight out of the camera...


As we enjoyed our meal (prepared for us on the Island)...we watched the sun go down and the moon rise...then we paddled back under the moonlight...


Spectacular! 
"Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave.  And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it."..."The angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.  He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said'."

Saturday, April 3, 2010

365/94 ~ Colorful Kayaks ~ Birthday Series

The Kayaks were colorful in themselves, but even lovlier when reflected off the water...


Just playing around with editing...what do you think of this???


This looked really nice in color, with the sun setting and glowing agaist them, but I like it more in B&W...


I should have thought to take this shot about 10 minutes earlier when the sun would have caught the tops a bit more...oh well, live and learn!

Friday, April 2, 2010

365/93 ~ The Birds and The Bees ~ Birthday Series

Some of the things we saw on our Kayak stroll...

I wish I could tell you the name of this very pompous bird, but I'm not certain of it.  Look closely at his red eyes...very cool!


When we arrived on the Island, one woman was saying (quite loudly) that a certain tree was covered with bees (insinuating we should find another island I suspect)...I immediately crept up as close as I could get to take pictures of these "scary" creatures....:)  I have a good relationship with bees, LOL...


I got a nice series of this guy taking off...


This bird was doing some sunset fishing....so serenely...