Photo Blogging Challenge: Color!

Late to PJ’s party over at A ‘lil Hoohaa this month, but better late than never? Especially since the theme is COLOR!

April was a colorful month and the enticing spring flowers, Easter festivities and warmer weather made sure I got out to enjoy all that color….except for the last three days when Mom Nature decided to dump buckets and buckets of water on us. Oh, and today, it’s barely making it out of the 40sF. So it’s April that’s going out like a lion.

Back to more enjoyable thoughts.

Color #1
The oddest thing happened one day at War-Mart. Four very large hanging baskets of violas jumped into my cart. So, I took them home for some early spring color in the planter pots. The lovely lavender and yellow colors were just what I needed that day to make me smile. 🙂

Color #2
Sometimes Twix gets to go to Preschool Open Gym time a local gymnastics gym. It’s always very colorful in a gym with the mats. And…then there’s the splash of pink color hanging on the rope.

Color #3
I featured this earlier this month, but it bears repeating. This colorful display is what greeted Entrepreneur and I when we went to the hospital for his radiation treatments. The sea of cheerful, yellow, daffodils probably brought smiles to many worried patients.

Color #4
Easter is always colorful with egg hunts and baskets. This year, Peanut found a very colorful lollipop in a basket from her great-grandparents.

Color #5
What self-respecting color addict wouldn’t include a photo that personified her bio? As a 96-crayon-box person, I might resemble this remark….um photo. 🙂

Don’t forget to visit PJ’s place to enjoy more colorful month-in-reviews.


Friday Finds and a bit of randomness

orange maple
Texture by Kim Klassen: 1010, 100% multiply with layer mask

I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colours are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, not the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content.
~Lin Yutang

Friday FindsKim’s wish for today’s Friday Finds is to cherish life’s simple pleasures……

And I believe November is the perfect month to do just that. Gone are the distractions of the summer; the back-t0-school rush is finished; Halloween is a distant memory. Late Autumn seems to be a time that encourages us to slow down, look around and really embrace the sights, sounds and scents unique to this season.

I’m trying hard to relish the time before the Christmas crazies begin. But it’s so easy for my mind to become crammed with other things I think need my attention. I used to post writings titled Five Good Things….but then life events turned up-side-down and it became impossibly hard to find one good thing, let alone five. So I did what anyone would do….I stopped looking. And then found myself in a vicious cycle.

random 5So, coupled with today’s Friday Find, I am including a few things for Nancy’s Random 5 Friday. I’ve realized I need these kinds of prompts to keep me from total insanity. My plan is to find a few simple pleasures and focus on them.

So here’s my Random 5:

1. Entrepreneur is traveling to Florida to help our youngest move back home while she reassesses the direction of her life. This means all my chicklets will be together for the holidays..first time in I don’t know how long that has happened! But I also wonder how I’m going to survive with 5 adults, 1 little Peanut, 3 dogs and 5 cats all under one roof! We will most definitely take family togetherness to a brand new level.

2. My job is to put Peanut to bed at night. While this is sometimes quite a challenge (at five she is a master manipulator), when she is finally asleep, I look at her perfect face with such a sense of amazement. It’s true…nothing is sweeter than a sleeping child…especially one of your own.

3. I’m also in awe of the photographic talent in the blogosphere. I’m continually humbled by the photography of others and my muse benefits from the constant inspiration. But, most of the time I feel like a poser. Somewhere in my mind, I think I could be a contender if I only had more time to really devote to making myself better instead of trying to make do as quickly as possible (because of all those things that need my attention).

4. I’m up to date on all my health appointments (except the one that begins with a C). A rare occurrence as I really hate going to these things and tend to avoid them like the plague. Mercifully, I have no need for most medications common to those of a certain age (over 50). And for that, I’m extremely thankful.

5. It’s Soup Season!! Beef stroganoff stew, chicken and noodle, beef and barley, vegetable, potato, chicken corn chowder……why does soup taste sooo much better this time of year?

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! And remember, there’s only six more shopping weekends left before Christmas…..

How’s that for a brain slap? 🙂


October Photo Blogging Challenge: Fall

PJ’s theme this month is “Fall.” Yes, it’s open to many interpretations and some of those ideas could be deliciously entertaining. But since Autumn is my favorite season, I’m going with the obvious.

1. Pumpkins and Peanutspeanut pumpkin 1
Taken at a local pumpkin festival, this may be my favorite shot of Peanut for the season. Nawwwwww, just kidding……I have many, many more.

2. Autumn Simplicity
Autumn simplicity
While I love the saturated color of a stunning maple tree, I’m equally drawn to the neutrals of the prairie grasses. Against green backdrops, I find their textures simple yet very striking.

3. Sassy seasonal colors
sassafrass tree
This is my sassafras tree. Now, how many people do you know that actually admit to having a sassafras tree in their yard? It’s my favorite tree of color on our property because it never disappoints. I like it best when the leaves are yellow, orange and green at the same time, and look transparent when I shoot up through the branches.

4. Windswept color
swept leaves
These blown leaves could go along with my tangled messy windswept hair, but they look much nicer.

5. Lakeside Luxe
red tree by lake
I really like this shot, but all I had was my cameraphone and it blew out the detail in the clouds. *Sigh*

Well, that’s my Five Fall Fotos. Can you tell I like red? I hope you all enjoyed the season because once November rolls around in a few days, it’ll be a dead run to the Holiday Hoopla finish line…with a little Thanksgiving speed bump in the middle of the ride.

Head on over to PJ’s for a peek at “Fall” 2013.

Linking up with A ‘Lil HooHaa’s Photo Blogging Challenge
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Every leaf is a flower

Peanut leaf bouquet
Texture by Kim Klassen: Minus 43 100% screen with selective erasing

 Autumn is a second spring where every leaf a flower.
~Albert Camus

This quotes is probably the most beloved, universally used phrase among those who luuuvvv Autumn. And with leaves like these, who could argue?

Spring is a wonderful season, full of rebirth and promise. To watch the earth wake up after winter reinforces hope in our souls. The sun’s warmth on our faces is a welcome change as we rush to add much-needed color to our patios and gardens. We feel alive and invigorated. But this season also brings rain and turbulent weather as the earth transitions from cold to warm. And, there’s also an expectation of productivity. Spring cleaning; garden cleaning and planting…all requiring a lot of physical exertion. And let’s not even talk about the exercise needed after the winter weight gain months.

Summer arrives with glorious excuses to be outside, but it soon drives us back into the AC with the sweltering heat and humidity. The earth’s bounty is in full swing and the long days tease us with seemingly  endless opportunities. Mature shade trees offer perfect locations for daydreaming. We revel in the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summertime equipped with lemonade, sweet tea and, of course, Mojitos.

Winter reminds us that all good things must come to an end….or at least a temporary rest. We hunker down to bear the cold, dark days, hoping to survive the biting wind and frigid temperatures. The holidays offer a bit of respite, but then January comes with its short, dark days that keep us curled up inside, doors and windows tightly shut. Snow and ice cause treacherous travel and we long for those warmer, barefoot days of summer.

But Autumn! Autumn is the perfect blend of temperatures, sights, sounds and smells. As the greens fade, the underlying vibrancy of red, yellows and oranges emerge. Nature’s paintbrush is splashed across the canvas, giving us more reasons to pay attention to our surroundings. Yet, Autumn is a season of comfort. Summer’s harvest is gathered and tucked away. Apple cider, pumpkin spice and other spicy scents emerge to wake up our sleeping senses. Coziness take over and wraps us in its comforting, woolen arms. Trees and bushes glow with warm, unrivaled color. Autumn’s song reminds us it’s time for the the earth to slow down…but before it settles down for a long winter’s nap, let us enjoy one last sensual hurrah!

Linking up with Quotograhy, Tuesday Muse, Texture Twist and Texture Tuesday.
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I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Kaylene for hosting Quotography. She is stepping away from being the perfect hostess for other pursuits, but we all appreciate her efforts over the past year.

A daffy palette of color

daffodil palette72
Just playin’ today with some pretty palette templates. Yes, I have tons of work to do, but my muse has kidnapped my attention span.

Spend time every day listening to what your muse is trying to tell you.
~St. Bartholomew, one of the twelve apostles, 1st century AD

See, it’s almost biblical to be distracted.

Part of my problem is the sun is shining today and it’s suppose to be near 60F…and I’m stuck at a desk in the office. So, I’m bringing a bit of sunshine inside today.

Hope your day is sunshiny too. 🙂

Project 64: Blue Green

Only 12 more crayons to go! This week is Blue Green, which looks an awfully lot like Pacific Blue and Cerulean if you ask me. But Crayola didn’t ask me so I’m going to not so much keep my opinion to myself. This is a hand-blown glass orb I got from a local glass blower years ago. The colors in it are stunning in the right light. And below you all can marvel at my studio set up of the shot. Hey, any port in a storm, right?

Sub­mitted for Project 64: Out of the Box
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Monday Memes: Quotography and Creative Exchange

Circumstances and situations do color life
but you have been given the mind to choose what the color shall be.
~ John Homer Miller

What color is your day today?

The psychology of color is intriguing. Have you noticed that the color you wear sometimes has an impact on your mood? Or the color someone else is wearing? Color impacts us in many ways. It’s powerful influence is reflected in our culture, religion, advertising and even therapies.

Feel free to use the guide below as you choose your color for today’s situation or circumstance. (Based on Western culture)

Red: energy, passion, desire, love, speed, intensity, aggression, danger

Pink: love, romance, tenderness, acceptance, calm

Beige or Ivory: unification, pleasantness, simplicity

Yellow (select this color and no one will know what you’re thinking): Joy, friendship, happiness, optimism, imagination, hope, sunshine, OR dishonesty, cowardice, jealousy, betrayal, deceit, hazard

Blue: Peace, tranquility, calm, stability, harmony, unity, trust, truth, confidence, security, loyalty

Tourquise or Teal: calm, sophistication

Purple: nobility, spirituality, mysterious, transformation, wisdom, enlightenment

Lavender: femininity, grace, elegance

Orange: Energy, balance, enthusiasm, warmth, vibrant, expansive, flamboyant

Green: nature, healthy, good luck, renewal, youth, generosity, fertility, vigor OR jealousy, inexperience, envy, misfortune

Brown: stability, hearth & home, outdoors, reliability, comfort, endurance, simplicity, comfort

Silver or Gray: security, reliability, intelligence, modesty, dignity, maturity, practical, calm

White: purity, birth, simplicity, cleanliness, peace, humility, innocence, youth, good, marriage

Black: power, sophistication, formality, elegance, mystery, OR fear, evil, unhappiness, sadness, remorse, anger, mourning, death

Submitted for Creative Exchange and Quotography: Color


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