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~ Logan Pearsall Smith ~ (18 October 1865 – 2 March 1946) was an American-born essayist and critic who became a British subject in 1913. Harvard and Oxford educated, he was known for his aphorisms and epigrams, and was an expert on 17th-century divines. His "Words and Idioms" made him an authority on correct English language usage. He wrote his autobiography, Unforgotten Years, for which he may be best remembered.

 

The first blooms on our new red Amaryllis plant ~

 

Amaryllis ~

 

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Amaryllis is a small genus of flowering bulbs, with two species. The better known of the two, Amaryllis belladonna, is a native of the Western Cape region of South Africa, particularly the rocky southwest area between the Olifants River Valley to Knysna. For many years there was confusion amongst botanists over the generic names Amaryllis and Hippeastrum, one result of which is that the common name "amaryllis" is mainly used for cultivars of the genus Hippeastrum, widely sold in the winter months for their ability to bloom indoors. Plants of the genus Amaryllis are known as belladonna lily, Jersey lily, naked lady, amarillo, Easter lily in Southern Australia or, in South Africa, March lily due to its propensity to flower around March. This is one of numerous genera with the common name "lily" due to their flower shape and growth habit. However, they are only distantly related to the true lily, Lilium.

 

9" x 12"

Arches 140#CP

 

The start of a day with the bright rise of the sun is a view that seems to bless the hours ahead. There's a joyful hopefulness in such light -- and for me, a lifting of the spirit as though in prayer. The photographs by my friend, Maurizio - have that quality. To me, each capture of such a sunrise brings such a feeling of optimism - so much so that I am captivated and enthralled by his work.

 

Maurizio graciously allowed me to use one of his photos to use as a reference for this painting - and I thank YOU, Maurizio!! (www.flickr.com/photos/53359531n04/6859614072/in/photostream).

 

For my interpretation, I gave the scene a 'later-in-the-morning' light and there's more pinkness in the painting than in the scan.

 

I also fell in love with the light on the water and the marsh. It so reminded me of Charleston and all the mornings I spent there as I raised my children .... the gentle lapping of the water against the lowlands, the soft soughing of the wind through the grasses, the promise of the sunrise for a warm, bright day ahead.

 

Thank you, Maurizio - for your brilliant photography and the inspiration and memory it invokes.

 

Have a bright, sunny, wonderful day!

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I woke this morning to record temperatures – already we are in the high 60s reaching easily into the 70sF and tomorrow – perhaps 80F! CRAZY! The Bradford pears are in bloom, and behind them, the dogwood buds are so swollen that it will be a matter of days before they too join the parade of springtime that began six weeks too early. In our part of the US, the groundhog could not have been more wrong.

 

But it’s not just the blossoms that are gracing our landscapes these days. The remnants of fall berries are also persisting ….

 

My friend Jerri captured some of these berries in her awesome photo (www.flickr.com/photos/41612388@N02/6810089384/in/photostream). I just fell in love with this image, and Jerri graciously allowed me to use her photo as a painting reference. THANK YOU so much, Jerri for permission to use your incredible capture!!!

 

I was inspired to give these berries a loose, airy feel – a nod to the winds we’ve been having – and a bit of light for the season. It still makes me shake my head that this Sunday we begin Daylight Savings Time and spring our clocks forward an hour …

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Again, thank you Jerri for the inspiration – stop by to see some of her truly incredible work!

 

Have a great Friday!

 

10" x 13"

Arches 140#CP

 

Though the blossoms and chartreuse greens in the landscape say 'spring' -- our sudden plunge into into freezing temperatures suggest that we're back to fall ...! With a sweatshirt back on and a chill in the air, I was inspired by Sharon's wonderful capture of a fall river walk www.flickr.com/photos/dubonnet/6228002665/ and she graciously permitted me to use her photo as a reference for this painting!

 

THANK YOU SHARON!!!

 

I love Sharon's work -- from flowers to landscapes - each image is so beautiful and inspirating!!! Take a look yourself!

 

I spent the last few days preparing for the plant sale, repotting plants, cleaning bits of the greenhouse, making signs, and all the minute details that go into a 'sale-a-bration' fundraiser. I'll be as busy next week as well - so my computer time has been shortened indeed.

 

Today our volunteers return and despite the last few cool days, our kale, chard, lettuce are ready for harvest for the hungry. We'll also work a bit outdoors to tidy up the grounds -- so again, a busy day.

 

Hope your day is great ... Stay warm ....!

I recently got the chance to spend almost a week in a white out in the Palouse. I have tried several times to achieve this but for many different reasons it never materialized. Finally I got my big break and I could not have asked for better conditions. Lots and lots of snow and finally got some sun on the last two days. Thanks to Ryan McGinty for graciously showing me some of his favorite spots as he knows more then anyone I know when it comes to the Palouse.

 

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Here are some more of the images from this recent trip

Winter Palouse Images

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdpVT-spvkU&feature=youtu.be - Lonnie Liston Smith

 

(Looks kinda' good on black)

 

Yeah, it's Thanksgiving 2012. These holidays come up on us so quickly and then - it seems - last but a minute. And, at this age, I'm no longer concerned with buying and buying, shopping and shopping, acquiring and having - as I've pretty much everything I need to live comfortably. So, now it's the spirit of these seasonal days of observance I feel more than I did for all those years of measuring life by my "ooo-gotta'-have it..." collection of things acquired and possessed.

 

I am 62 - will be 63 come December 4. It is said, over and over again, as though repeating it will make it so, that age is just a number. No. No, I'm afraid that is not true. Age - days, weeks, years lived and accumulated - has its sweet and sour realities; not imagined, nor dismissed, but real.

 

63 is a number I could not have imagined nor understood at age 10, 20, 30 or even 49. It was....some distant solar system of existence, in a galaxy far, far and many light years away.

 

But, I am here. Wow! (Many are not.) I made it. Wow! (Many did not.) And as one of my heroes, James Brown exclaimed in that gravelly, primal, soulful yell of his that I can still imitate, "I FEEL GOOD!" (And I can still move my feet like James too.)

 

No, this "Pappa don't have a Brand New Bag," but I don't need one. The one I have is all broken in - it's comfy, and workin', and still lookin' pretty good. I ain't lookin' to trade it in, swap it out, or update it with cosmetically stitched-up coverings and bindings. It's the upholstery I came with, I'm thinking, and I guess I'll ride out with it too.

 

Bad days, bad moments, bad times? Like, duh, yeah, sure. But not that many all in all, and not that often. And, you've just gotta' accept that they come with the package called "being alive."

 

Yeah, I've managed to stay on my "Good Foot" - cross whatever you like, knock on whatever you like, say a prayer to whomever you worship. I've learned to graciously accept all blessings - in all of their guises - and refuse none.

 

I was asked: "Why do you not feature joyous thoughts with joyous (bright, colorful, high-key, lively) images? Why the darkness?"

 

I guess it is because I don't see the darker times of day, or night, as connected to emotional darkness. Those times of day are the other side of one coin (life) and any time of day can hold ghastly horror and/or incredible joy and succor. I see as much exquisite beauty in the coming of dark as I do in celebrating the coming of the dawn.

 

And, for that and all of the joys, wisdom, experiences, insights, understandings, knowledge, patience, appreciation, loves, friendships - and so much more - that comes with being alive and simply getting up in pretty-damned good health ("all-in-all," and "all-things-considered") in the morning....

 

I am so deeply, deeply, deeply thankful.

 

Period.

 

Can you dig that?

 

Yeah...I know some of you can. LOL

 

The beach and the tip of the nature area, South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago. No bird brushes here. They were there. :-)

 

Textures by Flypaper Textures - flypapertextures.com/ - Summer Painterly group,

"Balthamos Blue and Evening Veil"

A woman i know who lives about a half mile down the road graciously offered to let me come and photograph her poppies last sunday. They just stop you in your tracks as you come around the bend - they are so beautiful and there are so many .... these are a couple of the barns on her land and one of the very old oaks as well :)

 

*** Wow!! First Place! :)) Thank you so much Exposition Group and to everyone who voted for me in the weekly contest! I am honored, thank you! And many thanks to all of you for your kind and thoughtful comments :) It's clear to me that i'm not the only one who loves poppies :)) ***

 

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10 1/4" x 14" Watercolor

Arches 140#CP

  

Fall seems to be taking its sweet time turning our trees anything more than yellow. Here and there I find a full gold - in the sycamores and tulip trees - both of which are losing their leaves rather quickly.

 

I can only spot a dogwood or two and some winged sumacs that are red .. but nothing as exuberantly orange as the image posted by my friend, Tom, who graciously allowed me to use the inspiration of his photo to paint this fall view. Please see Tom's work here to enjoy even more glorious works! www.flickr.com/photos/pax12/8029323118/in/photostream Thank you so much, Tom!!!

 

Our temps have risen again and the rain comes and goes -- nights and morning are chilly - and I suppose I am anxious to see more colors in the landscape. I am so enjoying the marvelous fall colors that my flickr friends are posting, and I thank Tom once again for sharing his fall with all of us.

 

Hope you have a great week!

This photo has been graciously provided to be used in the GRID-Arendal resources library.

This photo has been graciously provided to be used in the GRID-Arendal resources library.

Once in the Navajo Nation's Monument Valley Park You are experiencing one of the most majestic - and most photographed - points on earth.

 

This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet. framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. The angle of the sun accents these graceful formations, providing scenery that is simply spellbinding.

Tofukuji temple in kyoto has some of the best autumn leaves (koen) gardens in kansai region in second half of november

As I was strolling through the park ,I saw some maple leaves on the door of cemetery,.. It had a stark resemblance to the stages of life, It gave a subtle message to always have an exit in the most graceful manner..

As nature too tells us in many forms.. Sunset, autumn has the most amazing colors.

Doesnt it tell us!! Always depart graciously.. there will always be much more to it ....

This photo has been graciously provided to be used in the GRID-Arendal resources library.

Last Thursday I was biting my nails again trying to decide if I should postpone everything I should be working on to make another quick overnight trip up to Yosemite. After checking the weather and seeing that there was a 100% chance of rain and snow on Friday night, I sent a text to my friends in Mariposa, and they graciously told me to come on up.

 

I was about a week earlier than last year, so I was hoping to get much more color on the trees as I felt like I had missed much of the action last year. As I pulled into the valley on Friday afternoon, the leaves were indeed changing all along the valley floor. The maples along the river were bright yellow and the oaks and cottonwoods throughout the park were all about halfway there or more.

 

Even though I was there mostly for the color, I was immediately struck by the incredible contrast that was about to take place over night. The park was absolutely parched and I had never seen the Merced River that low. Yosemite Falls had been dry since June, but now Bridal Veil was also almost completely gone. If you stared long enough, you could barely see a little light mist at the very top. Over the next 24 hours, I had one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had in the park, which included a drive to Glacier Point on what may have been the last open day of the season, a short hike down the four mile trail as it began to hail, a thunderstorm, and the incredible Fall colors in the park as the storm broke up mid afternoon on Saturday. As the clouds lifted, the Falls weren't exactly gushing, but they were finally back in action.

 

As Saturday drew to a close, I found myself setting up for the sunset at the tunnel with what looked like every other photographer in the park. I shot for about 20 minutes when suddenly I began to notice that some very nice clouds were setting up behind me and I began to wonder what would happen if I actually walked away from what looked to be a guaranteed epic shot from the tunnel in favor of a view of those clouds lit up in the Western sky instead. As we only had about 30 minutes left until sunset, I thought I would try El Capitan Meadow as I could get there quickly and it also gave me the option to get back to the tunnel quickly if I changed my mind.

 

As I pulled around the corner, I immediately noticed the light on El Capitan and grabbed my two cameras and raced to the middle of the meadow, shooting as I went. I left the tripod in the car as I was in panic mode to get the shot, so this is a hand held bracketed shot taken with the Zenitar 16 mm fisheye.

 

I'm not sure what kind of a view I left back at the tunnel, but it was good for met to get away from my two go-to locations for sunsets, which have traditionally been the tunnel and the Valley View location just before the Pohono Bridge. I took PLENTY of shots from my standard locations throughout the day (Tunnel, 3 brothers, Half Dome from the Merced River bend, Cook's Meadow, etc) but I intentionally tried to find new spots and new angles on this trip, and I'll be sharing more of those in the weeks to come. All in all, it was WELL worth the 12 hour round trip to experience the first storm of the Winter Season in the park. I think I may need to make this a tradition.

 

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I have often thought that hot air balloons would be a great subject to shoot, especially the images I have seen where the balloons are set against a vivid blue sky.

 

While scanning the horizon as several balloons became airborne, my attention was momentarily drawn to this particular balloon. As I walked over and set up in anticipation of lift off, I asked if I could quickly step inside and snap a handheld shot while the balloon was being inflated. I was graciously allowed to take one shot.

 

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Fujichrome Velvia

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This photo has been graciously provided to be used in the GRID-Arendal resources library.

 

For me the quality of light is everything in my photography. For Mill Bay Twilight my father in law graciously shuttled me to some locations on Vancouver Island. The plan was to hit the road at 4:00 a.m. to catch twilight at Mill Bay. I had seen these pilings the day before in mid afternoon light and immediately visualized what they could look like at dawn if the water was absolutely still. This was an incredible dawn, the silence broken by a seal exhaling as it swam amongst the pilings. I love the effect the long exposure has on the reflection.

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les brumes and skeletal mess graciously provided the following textures:

www.flickr.com/photos/lesbrumes/3341445230/

www.flickr.com/photos/skeletalmess/3103305536/

check out their streams for additional textures and gorgeous images.

Green heron who posed graciously for his portrait. in Green Cay preserve Delray Fl .

texture thanks Angeliek

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This photo has been graciously provided to be used in the GRID-Arendal resources library.

Months ago a local hardware store was throwing out ALL the HUGE, expensive poinsettias. So I graciously volunteered to take "3" of the largest ones off their hands. :0) They're still blooming!! YAY!

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Our neighbors have professionals to keep their yard perfect...all year round. They graciously allow me to come by and photograph their place, along with giving me a few samples - thank you, Bob and Maggie!

 

Thank you so much for your views and if you comment, it is most appreciated.

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I have officially tried making polenta with real polenta corn grits thanks to Bob's Red Mill who graciously sent it to me to product review: www.suziethefoodie.com/bobs-red-mill-corn-grits/

This is the view from my sister's balcony in Huntsville,Ontario

  

With early autumn come the days

I love the best of all,

When the sunlight gilds the landscape with

The mellow light of Fall.

October’s trees don leaves of gold,

Bright red and amber too;

No treasure chest could boast

Jewels of so rare a hue.

The harvest has been gathered in,

Vineyards their riches yield;

In little, sheltered garden, one

Last rose may be reveled.

I love to see the roadside stands

That offer up their treats…

Pumpkins and juicy apples, grapes,

And cider, sharp and sweet.

With Autumn comes Thanksgiving,

That special time when we,

In church and home gather to join

With friends and family,

To thank God for the blessings He

So graciously bestows:

May we never take for granted

The freedoms that we know.

 

~Alice J. Christianson

In memory of our wonderful Flickr friend Ken, and who was even a lot more than that to us. He loved these mountains and often talked to me of them fondly. I will "find" him here now, every time I ramble up there. He would laugh at that and his "way" graciously "sits" wonderfully well with me. It will be no extra load for me to carry!

Ill catch you soon Ken!

P@t. X.

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This photo has been graciously provided to be used in the GRID-Arendal resources library.

I have officially tried making polenta with real polenta corn grits thanks to Bob's Red Mill who graciously sent it to me to product review: www.suziethefoodie.com/bobs-red-mill-corn-grits/

I have a temporary workspace set up until the office is finished, so have been using the new Painter13 while the dust settles around me.

 

I was graciously lent this image, taken by Tom Wilkins, to paint. You can find his photography at www.500px.com/tjw.

 

And the original image can be seen here: paintedworksbykb.com/?p=861

 

Always nice to try my hand at a collaboration every now and then.

This photo has been graciously provided to be used in the GRID-Arendal resources library by: Rob Barnes.

As summer ends and autumn comes

Days get shorter, misty and cold

And in this spectacular season

Nature's beauty graciously unfold

 

Trees get ready to slow down

And in autumn take some rest

And show amazing colors of love

That are all at their best

 

Green fades away quickly

And yellow and orange appear

To show off their vibrant hues

And warmup their surrounding dear

 

Sunlight and cool nights of autumn

Help leaves to turn orangish red

And combine all things smoothly

To add magic in season's lovely bed

 

And all this shedding and replacement

Of leaves continue throughout the year

And trees only shed leaves in autumn

To prepare for another winter dear

 

This is God's spectacular display

Of beautiful colors of the fall

During which many changes occur

Including yellow, orange and red of all.

 

***Inspired by the changing colors of autumn in Canada.

~Seema Chowdhury

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This photo has been graciously provided to be used in the GRID-Arendal resources library by: Rob Barnes.

Limpkins were catching snails one after another. This one graciously got out of the grass and gave me a clean background.

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When gifts are given to me through my camera, I accept them graciously.

 

~Minor White

 

*playing in the archives, and tonemapping.

  

This photo has been graciously provided to be used in the GRID-Arendal resources library by: Rob Barnes.

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From a sunrise photo shoot graciously offered by the good folks at Arlington National Cemetery Public Affairs.

The Port of Liverpool Bulilding. One of our three Graces.

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J.L. Keet has graciously invited the community to their Open House till October 4th..

Limo: maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bonaire56/147/120/24

 

Thank you for sharing your home with all of us!

I posted a front view of this dark-eyed adult on the light standard upon which I first spotted the bird. The Hawk then flew to this standard and graciously provided me a rear view. The third and final light perch before the bird flew off was a front view once again, making for a very pleasant outing. :)

I’ve been listening to the Scandanavian pianist Tord Gustavson. I like him…a lot. His isn’t music for all times of day (whose is?) but for night, rain, working on art, driving…it is sumptuous: clear, austere, romantic, captivating.

 

Whenever I have it on, people always ask…”Who is that?”

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpGyv-hxm20&feature=related ~ Being There, (although this may be from the CD “the Ground” and not “Changing Places.”) However, both CDs are worth having.

 

I was listening while cruising through various pools, making comments. I found this image by Nancy Violeta Velez. It knocked me out – a wonderfully, powerful image – superbly conceived and done. And it fit the music to me. I asked Ms. Nancy if I may use it. She most graciously consented. “Sun Flowers” - www.flickr.com/photos/nancyvioletavelez/4457482739/

 

For my set “CD Covers” where I make my own for music I download.

 

This photo has been graciously provided to be used in the GRID-Arendal resources library by: Rob Barnes.

This photo has been graciously provided to be used in the GRID-Arendal resources library by: Rob Barnes.

This photo has been graciously provided to be used in the GRID-Arendal resources library by: Rob Barnes.

This photo has been graciously provided to be used in the GRID-Arendal resources library by: Rob Barnes.

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