Photo Blogging Challenge: Express Yourself!

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The first month of 2017 is almost on the books, and here we are again with PJ’s monthly photo challenge. This month’s theme is Express Yourself. And, I must say it was more than a head-scratcher for me.

In the end, I opted to combine two of my loves to express a little of who I am and some of the mindsets that have made me who I am today. Those two components are photography and quotations. No extra commentary will probably be necessary for this month’s five. All the photos except the first one are from a trip Entrepreneur and I took earlier this month to Meridia Beach, Florida. The amaryllis was a December gift and was suppose to bloom for Christmas. Obviously, it knew my muse would need it for January!


express-yourself-2-blogBTW, that “star” by the crescent moon is Venus.




Be sure to visit PJ’s A ‘lil Hoohaa on January 31st and see what others expressed this month.



A yummy, sunny color palette

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sunflower stalkHaven’t done one of these for a while. I love sunflowers but have never grown them in my gardens. Peanut’s Mama decided to try a couple this year. From seed. In the clay.

Son of a gun….they grew! One is about 10 feet tall and the other is only a little shorter. One flower on top of a really, really, really tall stalk. But what a flower it is! Had to use the zoom lens for the shot.

If I were a flower.. I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, Turn my back to darkness, stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds. ~Pam Stewart

I hope you all are having a magnificent Wednesday. Can you believe it’s already the end of July?

A Garden Party Friday Find

Texture by Kim Klassen: Return at 100% hard light with some selective erasing.

Peanut’s Mama claimed the lower patio when they moved in and the garden area outside one of the lower-level bedroom windows. It is there where she planted a variety of flowers, including this hydrangea. I’ve never had one of these and think they are one of the loveliest blooms I’ve every seen. I do hope it survives.

I’m sharing this with you because Kim, at Kim Klassen Cafe, is hosting yet another photo challenge titled Friday Finds. We’re to post our “find” and the story behind it on….you guess it….Friday. In addition to Friday Finds, Jill at She Who Carries Camera is hosting the Weekend Garden Party where we can share our garden delights. This week’s theme is Independence Day Party with reds, whites and blues.

Thank you to these ladies (and a shout out to Nancy’s Tuesday Muse at A Rural Journal) for inspiring the Muse in us photo junkies! It’s through these blogosphere photo challenge “finds” where I’ve learned how to work with textures, layers and the importance of keeping an eye open to the ever-present inspiration of my world.

Linking up with Friday Finds and Weekend Garden Party
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It's too early. I know

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It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!
~Mark Twain

Can you tell I have it?
It’s too early.
I know.

Linking up with Water World Wednesday

The texture is from Kim Klassen Cafe: Lilly. I overlaid the texture in PhotoShop and chose Hard Light for a blending mode. I then gradually erased the center area to bring the bud back to full color.

Daisy droplets

daisy droplets72Texture by Kim Klassen: Start

I picked up on another photography meme called Water World Wednesday. It’s been a bit of a challenge since we’ve not had any snow to speak of in middle Missouri this winter for “watery” pics. So to the archives I go. This week I’m giving you a break from the beach scene (What? Is that protesting I hear?) and selected a very rare event from last summer when one of my gerber daisies actually had water on it. Truth be told, it was probably from the sprinkler since we were in the middle of a drought, but hey…it counts, right?

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Love is immortal

Textures by Kim Klassen Cafe: sweettart and happy heart

Unable are the loved to die
For love is immortality.
-Emily Dickinson

A family friend passed away last night. He’d been battling health issues for a long time. And while the news wasn’t completely unexpected, it came with much sadness. So, today’s Flower Art Friday is a remembrance of a life lived…and an immortal memory that will live on in his wife, sons, daughters, grandchildren and friends.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~Romans 8:38-39

Linking up with Flower Art Friday