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Retirement has been a busy time for me - a lot to catch up with after 11 years on the road, and I'm thoroughly enjoying my time!!! But sometimes in all this catching up, cleaning, changing, organizing, I long for a bit of timelessness.


It was in such a moment that this photo stopped me in my tracks, and brought me right to that quiet space of contemplation and dreaminess.


With Sharon's gracious permission, I created this interpretation of Sharon's beautiful plum blossoms. As I painted, I was transported from the heat-filled, sagging heat of summer, to the fresh, new, potentiality-filled moments of spring ... a time both refreshing, and rich with the season''s promises ahead. I used Unryu paper and watercolor to highlight the 'dreaminess' of the image that inspired me. Thank you, Sharon, for your kindness once again. (Please take a moment to visit Sharon's flickr stream to view some awesome work!!)


I spent the day with a friend yesterday making peach jam -- the first jam of the season - and luscious it was! We had a light lunch and hours of wonderful sharing and companionship. Afterwards I returned phone calls and began arrangements for teaching various classes in the fall. I'm excited about this opportunity to share with my 'home' community and begin to build new relationships.


I'll be off-line most of week and weekend as I'm planning to visit my sisters and Mom and computer time will be limited.


Hope your week is wonderful!

Have a wonderful day/night my dear friends! Cheers!

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Fresh from our backyard plum tree. It's a self sown tree and this is the first year it has had a reasonable crop.


Sold Nov 2009

Sold May 2010

March 2012

Oct 12

@Yakushi Pond Park


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Busy at the moment...I've decided to bite the bullet and "try" and organise my photos so I can find things a bit more easily. So my day has been spent trawling though old files adding keywords in's going to take YEARS!! :-) But will be worth it if I don't give up before I'm done :-)


Several flypapers used here including some Fly Edges.

There are 12,000 plum blossoms in Vancouver. Plum trees are beautiful, it's the first wave of blossoms 在溫哥華有一萬兩千株李子樹,這是春天第一波有規模的成條街的鮮花盛開,很多花街有幾公里長。

More plums. Sorry for my partial absence lately, I've been busy with other harvest, processing get the picture :-)


Before/after and recipe are on the Flypaper blog

These are from my parents' plum tree.


Thanks to Paamerica & SkeletalMess for the textures!


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The plum blossom has been an important symbol in Chinese culture. As a “friend of winter,” the plum blossom most vividly represents the value of endurance, as life ultimately overcomes through the vicissitude of time. The fragrance of plum blossoms “comes from the bitterness and coldness,” as the Chinese saying goes. Souls are tempered in the depth of experience, growing in inner strength and unyielding courage.


Unity of culture and nature has been an important part of the Chinese tradition, and elements of nature embody important cultural values. The plum, together with the orchid, bamboo, and chrysanthemum, have been named the “four nobles” of plants by the ancient Chinese, each because of its noble characteristics, such as purity (orchid), uprightness (bamboo), and humility (chrysanthemum). Source:

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This fungi has to have one of the best common names given to any fungi.

Commonish under conifers especially pine and always on dead rotten / rotting wood even if you cannot see it.

holga style


that's right... i have a holga! i got my first roll back today, so get ready!

Think this may be a Japanese Acer Tree or similar.

Explored on Mar 3rd, 2015

Prune plums are my favorite of all, I have made Plum tarts for the store many times, none this year,

Got these in 3 Lb package from Costco on Monday,

I think I will finish them by this weekend...LOL

Visit to Plum Island in Newburyport, MA

Have a good day,everyone!

A male Plum-throated Cotinga perched atop a beautiful tree, 50 metres above the Amazon Rainforest floor.


Check out my Facebook photography page to follow along with my travels!

A long exposure using a 10 stop ND filter taken at Plum Island.

Shinrin Park, North of Tokyo

abstract, maybe..


thank you to kimklassen [jacob] and skeletalmess for fabulous textures..

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