Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Stills: Circles

(Click to biggify!)

Here are the most interesting circles I could come up with for the challenge this week. This is a large, hand painted wooden collector's button from Russia on top of the over-sprayed metal lid to our hay bin. I do wish I knew the story it tells.

The imagery depicts a crying fish--perhaps because he's been turned into an island?--a woman carrying water over her shoulders to her home, and a beautiful wooden church in the architectural style characteristic from where my ancestors came.

Church in Turza, Poland 
(courtesy the wikicommons)

I love all the circles in this architecture. Maybe this is why I designed our chicken coop with curving walls?

Also, yesterday I randomly discovered an online filter that will turn photos into bead art. Using it I altered a photo of a Phoenician Mullein growing in my greenhouse.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fog on the Divide

The mornings have been cold and foggy creating an ethereal landscape. I took these up on the watershed divide last week. (click to biggify).

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Stills: The Color Green

Ed challenged us with green because many participating photographers are currently snowed in! But here in southwest Texas the Live Oaks and Junipers keep us surrounded in green during the Winter. So I decided to challenge myself in other ways of photographing green.

Those of you that follow my blog know it's a rare day you'll see a photo of me on it. So I thought I would try some self-portraits: a green-eyed lady in green glasses and green coat in front of a green mirrored sculpture on the side of our house. I've used some digital manipulation to cut the glare on the mirror and create a dream-like effect.

Perhaps I should have cleaned the mirrors first! On this last one I decided to collage in an old cotton doily. Do you like it?

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Stills: Macro

Ed suggested we shoot inside, but the sun finally came out and the landscape begged to be explored after several days of rain and cold. And with great luck, I came across a family of Earth Stars. I just love these little things.

Earth Stars are a relative of the Puffball, and belong to a group of fungi known as Gasteromycetes which means 'stomach fungi'. They have a little 'stomach' filled with spores.

Unlike any other fungus, an Earth Star can move!

When it rains the outer layer splits into many rays, looking like a star. The rays of the star act like legs to raise the stomach above and release the spores.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday Stills: The letter W

I am the white wolf, Fransciso, and I'm working on a new performance art piece I'd like to share with you.

Most of my conceptualizations involve the breaking down of barriers, namely white doors. This is my sixth installation showing my mature style. Once I realized this was a steel door, I began concentrating on the wooden frame. I'm still hopeful I can add making it through metal to my artist statement.

This white door has a lot of character. It used to belong on the back door of my former house. It was my first project when I was still a pup. Momma still remembers being on vacation and getting a call from the pet sitter who told her I was half in the house and half outside! He he. You can still see the old boards he used to cover the hole. She's saved it all these years she likes it so much. (I was kind of hoping she might hang it over the sofa).

The white lavatory used to belong in the bathroom of our current house. It's from about the same period as the door. Mom is so style conscious! Both are being repurposed for use in Chicken Coop Two at the moment. It is almost entirely built out of recycled materials.

Those lucky chickens!

Here's Kryzsztof, the white Buff Lace Poland rooster getting groomed by one of his gals. And neat photos of water on plastic in the garden from last night's rain, and water droplets.

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sunday Stills: Best Shot of 2010

Happy New Year friends! One of the best shots of the year was recently taken by my husband of me holding our first grandchild, Lily. I love how angelic she looks!

Here are some of the best shots I took in 2010. I'll leave it up to you to choose the best one!

Thanks Ed for hosting this fun challenge, I'll try to participate more this year. For more Best Shots of 2010 visit Sunday Stills. Wishing everyone a fabulous 2011!
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