Monday Medley – Pretties

Beauty day!

Beauty day!

Good Monday morning! 

This weekend was about contradictions for me – there were some really good things and some really crappy things.  I try to focus on the good so the crappy stuff doesn’t seem so crappy.  

For instance, Friday was so lovely that we sat on the porch with our feet up reading for a spell.  We could see the lake, hear the birds and see all the leaves and flowers waking up.  

Over the last couple of weeks the weather has inspired me to wander around with my camera to capture the blooms.  I was also inspired to do that while I was in a nursery, (Westland Greenhouses for the win. They have a wonderful selection and very knowledgeable staff.  One took a 5 second look at a picture and said, “OH!  I know what that is!), but we’ll get to those pictures.  First, my own gardens – and a couple from goldi’s garden.

The crocuses were my first blooms of the season.  I have this wonderful yellow...

The crocuses were my first blooms of the season. I have this wonderful yellow…

...and this great purple.

…and this great purple.

Even the bugs were starting to wake up a couple of weeks ago.

Even the bugs were starting to wake up a couple of weeks ago.

godli has some marvelous spring bulbs, like this magenta tulip.

goldi has some marvelous spring bulbs, like this magenta tulip.

And these double bloom daffodils.   This picture, by the way, isn't retouched at all.  The lighting was perfect, doncha think?

And these double bloom daffodils. This picture, by the way, isn’t retouched at all. The lighting was perfect, doncha think?

This is also my purple crocus.  I was messing with the hue & saturation sliders again.

This is also my purple crocus. I was messing with the hue & saturation sliders again.

This grape hyacinth is what happens when you go out in the early morning and forget that the flash is on.  I think it's a rather interesting shot but hey.

This grape hyacinth is what happens when you go out in the early morning and forget that the flash is on. I think it’s a rather interesting shot but hey.

We’ve also been to the beach a lot and there have been some really cool finds, like this conch shell.

It is less than two inches long.  And in 20 years of wandering that beach I've never seen another one.  Bits of oyster shells, lots of clam and mussels but never a conch.  I'm pleased with it.

It is less than two inches long. And in 20 years of wandering that beach I’ve never seen another one. Bits of oyster shells, lots of clam and mussels but never a conch. I’m pleased with it.

This weekend, the weather was just as mixed up as the events of my weekend.  We had a couple of rainstorms and I managed to take this wonderful picture of one coming in off the lake.  

I love this picture.  I would love a print of it.  A big print.

I love this picture. I would love a print of it. A big print.

When we went to Westland there were two plants I really liked.  I managed to take a couple of pictures.

This is the Purple Passion flower.  Apparently it's good for restless leg syndrome.  Yay Google.  GK says it's creepy as hell.

This is the Purple Passion flower. Apparently it’s good for restless leg syndrome. Yay Google. GK says it’s creepy as hell.

I forgot to find the name for this one and Google isn't helping - way to let me down this time!  ;)  It looked soft as silk. Also kind of creepy.  Reminds me of a jellyfish in a way.

I forgot to find the name for this one and Google isn’t helping – way to let me down this time! 😉 It looked soft as silk. Also kind of creepy. Reminds me of a jellyfish in a way.

I bought two 4

I bought two 4″ pots of this gorgeous little annual called Landmark Sunrise Rose Lantana. Apparently it’s a prolific bloomer. Plus it’s bright, sunny, very striking visually.

Today is a grey, humid, head-pounding day.  We’re waiting for storms that may or may not arrive.  The atmospheric pressure is intense.  Lots of fun. 

I am going to have lunch and then try to write and THEN I will get to some jewelry making.  I am going to make a healing talisman for someone today.  I think she needs it.  

Have a great Monday, folks. 

Muah!

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Monday Medley – Wood

Good Monday morning, folks!  I know, “good Monday” seems like an oxymoron but there’s no reason for it to be.

As promised, here is the new weekly blog experiment.

I have failed big time at posting photo blogs on the weekends for quite some time now.  Part of that was because I wasn’t taking pictures worth noting.  Mostly, it’s because my weekends have been about shutting off and trying to feel better.  They are very much about spending time with The Boyfriend too.  The shutting down is about work, about doing for others, pretty much about doing anything outside of the two of us.

Sounds selfish, I suppose, but to me it’s about looking after me and looking after our relationship.

True, the spasms did break but it didn’t last long.  The only saving grace has been the yoga; it’s prevented the new round from being as bad as the first, so far.  However, lately, days like Friday, where my legs collapsed from under me again, and Saturday, when I spent the day in a fog of pain, barely able to walk, have been happening more and more.  Again.

Monday Medley is about photography.  It’s about the things I’ve found interesting – the subjects, the angles, the shadows and light, the lines – in the last week or so.  And while I do have a backlog of photos, we’re going to start this new experiment with photos from the last two weeks.

This week the theme is wood.  We spent a weekend clearing out dead branches from the bushes and some of the trees a couple of weeks ago.  We found some very interesting (to us, *laughs*) pieces of wood.  Gnarly bits of gnarled wood.  

The Boyfriend did an awesome thing with some of that wood that is a whole other post – he custom made me a cane.  It’s gorgeous.  It’s a prototype, an experiment, he says, but I adore it.  But that’s a show-and-tell for another day.

For now, the other bits we found and some of what he has done with it.  

After this, I am going to continue trying to get to know James, the new computer (an ASUS N551jk 15.6″) , and see if I can get some writing done.  James is still quite a lot toxic and is making me a little brain dead, so we’ll see.

On to the photos! 

A piece of driftwood I found on the beach.  I took the picture with the Rich Format on my camera then used Photoshop to enhance the colours.  I love the textures here.  I love birch trees for that.  They're always interesting to look at.  The fact that the bark is hanging on, still wrapped around the branch, even as the thing is being hollowed out strikes me as tenacious. Especially for a dead thing. ;)

A piece of driftwood I found on the beach. I took the picture with the Rich Format on my camera then used Photoshop to enhance the colours. I love the textures here. I love birch trees for that. They’re always interesting to look at. The fact that the bark is hanging on, still wrapped around the branch, even as the thing is being hollowed out strikes me as tenacious. Especially for a dead thing. 😉

This Rose of Sharon seed pod counts as wood, really!  I like the shapes and colours here.  The fact that the bark is hanging on, still wrapped around the branch, even as the thing is being hollowed out strikes me as tenacious.  Especially for a dead thing. ;)

This Rose of Sharon seed pod counts as wood… really! I like the shapes and colours here. 

We are not sure what this is.  It currently has a pale green bloom of some sort pushing out from the red.  Do any of you know what it is?  Do share, please.  It kind of popped up in the garden.

We are not sure what this is. It currently has a pale green bloom of some sort pushing out from the red. Do any of you know what it is? Do share, please. It kind of popped up in the garden.

Do you see the face?  *grins*

Do you see the face? *grins*

This one just had to be put in black & white so that the colours didn't distract from the lines.    I really like the patterns here.

This one just had to be put in black & white so that the colours didn’t distract from the lines. I really like the patterns here.

This one strikes me as Nature's way of throwing her femininity in your face.   The lines and curves are very sensual.

This one strikes me as Nature’s way of throwing her femininity in your face. The lines and curves are very sensual.

Have a wonderful day! 

Muah!