Let the light of our love shine in a dark world.
This photo is a marina on the West Fork of Grand Traverse Bay in Michigan.
I love being near water and like many people, I live in town so it's nice to find a place to get out and enjoy the outdoors, even if it is in the middle of town.
The day when I got my dog Rose, I brought her here and she was only a puppy. She saw some ducks in the water and decided to jump in so she could go check them out. Thankfully, she was on her leash and I was able to pull her out of the water.
It reminded me of the game we played when I was a kid, King of the mountain; in this case queen of the mountain might be more appropriate.
|Old Mission Lighthouse, Old Mission State Park, Michigan, on Grand Traverse Bay|
|Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Leelanau State Park, Michigan, on Lake Michigan|
I enjoy lighthouses, so I took photos of several on the Michigan lake shore while I was there. I hope you enjoy these too.
I stopped by a woods to let her run in the open fields, then I took her into the woods to let her run and explore in there. She absolutely loved it. So did I for that matter. She is fun to watch, especially as she experiences new things for the first time. She had been in a woods once before at a state park, but she was on a leash and wasn't able to run free and wander to her hearts content.
She is the subject of many of my photos as you might tell in time from looking at my post. I hope you enjoy the fall as much as she and I do.
It's nice to be able to take a few moments of our busy days to take in the beauty of the world around us and be reminded that God created it all for us to enjoy. Unfortunately, we all get so busy with our lives and fail to take a few minutes out of our busy days to unwind and relax and take it all in, or let it all go, so we can find some inner peace to recharge our batteries for another day.
This is my parents home in Southern Indiana located in a nice rural area. I miss the country and the quiet that comes along with it. All I heard when I got there Friday night was the sound of the crickets. No sirens, traffic noise, loud car stereos rattling the windows of my house and the light pollution that is so bad that you can only see a few stars and the moon of course.
I'm glad for the times when I can get away and enjoy quality family time and the brief moments of quiet I get out here verses the city life.
|Sunrise after morning storms|
If we are fortunate enough, we will recognize the moment and take a minute to enjoy it and use it as a small bright spot to give us the strength to get through the day.
If we are not so lucky, we miss the moment and trudge through the day unaware of the gift of beauty we were given, but missed, because we are often so busy we can't take the time to enjoy who or what is around us.
I try to recognize those moments and take a second to enjoy it before the hustle and bustle that makes up the craziness of my day takes over again and I run from one task or responsibility to another taking for granted the beauty around me.
ve little time for myself. However, when for that brief moment I spot something of beauty, I try to embrace it and use it as a bright spot to center me for the rest of the day. If I am really blessed, I have a second to capture it with my camera and I can then share it with others to create a bright spot in their day as well.
I'm happy to announce the opening of my new storefront on Minted.com! Minted is a company dedicated to supporting independent artists and designers with a wonderful collection of wall art, cards, stationary, invitations and more for sale on their site. I have long been a fan of their products and philosophies, so I was thrilled when they asked me to join their team. In addition to the standard sizes also available in my Etsy shop, Minted offers minis and oversize prints, so it's a good place to go if you are looking for something tiny or huge.
|Top Left: Soaring Bird by me. Top Centre: Abstract Muted 3 by Kelly Nasuta. Top Right: Birch Woods in Winter by Four Wet Feet Design. Bottom Left: Rural Midwest by Robin Ott Design. Bottom Right: Out to Sea by Carolyn MacLaren|
|Top Left: Flora in Peach II by Yao Cheng. Bottom Left, The Rapids by Rose Lindo. Right: Soaring Bird by me.|
George Clarke is a British architect, television presenter, lecturer and writer, best known for his work on series of British T.V. shows, "The Home Show", "The Restoration Man" and "George Clarke's Amazing Spaces". As a T.V. Host, George has traveled all around the country looking and documenting innovative uses of small space. Inspired by these stories, George embarks on his own project - a retro caravan restoration. He spent £300 pounds to initially purchase the van and spent £38,000 pounds total or about $64,000 dollars. The van, a 1979 Ace Excellence, goes through an amazing transformation with some unique features including sleeping quarters for family of five, folding veranda that doubles as extra floor space, a 1950s kitchen sink unit, wood-burning stove, full-sized shower and toilet with the option of a moveable bathtub doubling up from the sofa space.
I applaud George for thinking outside the box in challenging the traditional notion of living space and to do it in such great style. You gotta check out the clip below for the full tour of the caravan:
In other news, I will be participating at the first ever Capital Pop Up! artisan fair on July 12 at the Bronson Centre in Ottawa. Shannon Peck of the Littlest Bird Workshop is the co-organizer of this event, which combines an artisan fair with a charitable fundraiser in a unique way. Part of the money raised through table rentals, plus a percentage of the sales from each artist, go to charity: either to Gabriella's Groupies and The Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, or to others chosen by each participating artist or artisan. I haven't nailed down my charity yet, so if anyone has any ideas feel free to post them in the comments section. There are other events and developments upcoming, but that will do for now. Good Night!
The original minimalist! I just finished this portrait of Henry David Thoreau using Adobe Photoshop and Wacom tablet. This portrait is based on a photograph of Thoreau (see below) just 9 months before his death on May 6th 1862 at age 44. The prints of this portrait is available for purchase in my etsy shop.
|Taken August 1861 at his second and final photographic sitting|