Here's what I've been working on the last few months! I have created a coloring book that will take you back to some of the fun things of the 1970s! The 1970s were my "growing up" years. I loved all the artwork in bright colors and the bold designs. I spent many hours creating colorful doodles on my blue denim three ring binder, my brown grocery bag book covers, and my folders. My favorite medium was Flair markers, but I also used colored pencils and pastels. If you're a child of the '70s like I am, I think you will enjoy some coloring fun and de-stressing with my coloring book "Memories of the 1970s". It's available on Amazon here. Let me know what you think of it. If you love it, I'd appreciate you leaving a positive review on Amazon.
I love the look of concentration and determination on my youngest granddaughter's face. Who knew blowing bubbles was so much work!
This time of year, several of the stores in my area run really good sales on school supplies. Spiral notebooks, .15, 24 count box of Crayola crayons for .25, glue for .25. I always stock up so my granddaughters have new crayons, pencils, and plenty of paper when they come to visit. All the supplies I bought them yesterday have inspired a series. I like how the bokeh came out on this one.
A yard art windmill. I'm not sure if it really works or is just decoration. I kept waiting for a breeze to blow it, but it was only a hot, not a breezy, day.
Mt. Juliet, TN is a small town that's growing fast. I remember when it only had one traffic light. Now it has a mall, hotels, restaurants, and a French Cafe. Here's a photo of some of the wine glasses at the bar. I'm saving the photos of the food for a blog post on the restaurant that will be coming soon!
I planted some morning glories this spring and they have done very well. They've climbed the trellis by my mailbox and have started blooming. I keep trying to get a shot of the open blooms, but they aren't all the way open when I leave for work - maybe this weekend. I love the heart shape of the leaves.
There's a huge tropical plant at the top of one of the stairways in the office building where I work. There's also a really huge skylight above it. For a short time each day the sun shines through the skylight and hits the plant. The sun filters through the leaves and makes them look like they are glowing almost a lime green color. I wonder how many people walk by and never notice how beautiful the plant is in the light.
I was noticing how many lightning bugs (as we refer to them in the south) were out tonight and decided to try a long exposure and see if I could get any of the "sparks". I didn't have much luck with that, but when I started back into the house I noticed a lightning bug laying on the step, belly side up and still glowing. The only thing I can figure is it flew into the sliding glass door. I started to take a macro shot of it, then I thought hmmm....wonder if I could "light write" with it. I didn't want to pick it up because I remember from my childhood how "icky" the green glowing stuff can be on your fingers, so I started trying to "write" with the camera leaving my "light" source stationary. This might not look like much, but it took me 34 shots to get this. It might be a simple initial, but it sure was hard to capture. If squiggly lines had been what I was after, it would only have taken 2 or 3 shots, but I wanted at least my first initial. Attempts at my full name failed miserably. :)
There are several of these power line towers in my neighborhood. On the route that I walk I pass two of them. One has flowers planted all around the base - primarily tiger lillies. :) The other is not "decorated" at all, but it was easier to walk under to get this shot. I like that it looks black and white even though it is a color shot. The clouds were hazy blue gray, the tower is gray. I like the abstract look of it.
In case you haven't noticed, I realy like colorful things. Most most favorite color is purple, but not far behind are red and yellow. I bought some new yellow place mats this week. I thought it would be nice to get a shot of one of my red wine glasses with the placemat as the background. I have two of the glasses. They were a gift from a Secret Pal exchange I participated in several years ago and I rarely use them. They are red wine glasses made of red crystal. I know they are crystal because you can make them "sing" if you wet your finger and run it around the rim. This was my favorite of the shots I took. I like the contrast of the red on the yellow.
Not something in flight, but something that was once in flight. This is a sun dial at a local park. It is made from the tail sections of two jets. I used to know what kind of jets, other than big ones, but I forgot. :) It's really a bit strange to look at because you can't tell it's a sun dial from the main road that passes behind it. I guess it's "modern art"....it's definitely different. As you can tell from the clouds we were about to have another storm. I just made it back to the car before the rain started.
Withoug going to my closet (haha) this is what I came up with for this Thursday's theme of "worn". The paint on this hydrant is worn and starting to peel. I've actually thought about painting it, but I don't know if the colors I'd pick would be easily spotted by the fire department. Thankfully, this hydrant is in my yard, but I sure hope it is never put to use.
I took a few shots of my irises this morning before I left for work. The first blooms are starting to fade but many more have opened up. I'm glad they last for a while! (Did I mention I love flowers?)
I shot into the sun and love the way the bokeh turned out. Before I started this 365 project I could see something like this in my mind and HOPE the bokeh came out as I was seeing it - now I know how to do it intentionally!!! :)