a journey of a thousand miles…

begins with a single step

from the quote 千里之行,始於足下 (zh), by the Chinese philosopher Laozi (c 604 bc – c 531 bc) in the Tao Te Ching, chapter 64

found in the Wiktionary


the journey © Out Of My Mind Images 2015

oil pastels on construction paper, then messed around with in Corel Painter Essentials 5

temperature and humidity are a rising…

and me I’ve got

“the summertime blues”


the beach is sounding like a really good idea about now, here on the gulf coast of Florida…however, we have to be aware of the flesh eating bacterium, Vibrio vulnificus that lives in our coastal salt water.  If you click on this to read about the bacterium, be aware that the article contains an extremely graphic photo of what this bacterium can do to human flesh

so as inviting as it sounds I won’t be going to the beach, or walking in the surf with Baron…how sad is that :(

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kindle doodle is several years old now…still gets the point across though

IT’S   H   O   T

 (and it’s NOT a dry heat) :)

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kindle doodle © Out Of My Mind Images 2011-2015

everything else is copyrighted to the respective creators


in the backyard :)




A native Floridian would have known immediately what the name of this bird is…I’m not a native so I looked it up in “The Sibley Guide to Birds.”  The closest thing I could find was the White Ibis.  So I checked on Wikipedia to be absolutely sure and there was my bird under American White Ibis.  Usually they roam around in packs foraging for food, mine was all on his own.  I believe he was hunting for lizards…I like my backyard lizards but they are overly abundant this year.  So I hope he enjoyed his feast :)

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I did not take the header image of a very young me…it was taken by someone else long ago and far away.

Fishy, fishy…

in the brook, won’t you bite my little hook?

Fishy, fishy in the brook, yes I caught him on a hook.

Mummy will fry him in a pan, and Daddy will eat him like a man.

fishy fishy lyrics found at:  Lyrster

not exactly the words I learned as a child, however, they’ll work :)


2nd creation using melted crayons and watercolors

(I discovered the tip of the iron makes excellent fish) :)

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a peaceful day…

is wished for any fathers reading this :)

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“Son, brother, father, lover, friend.  There is room in the heart for all these affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars.”

Victor Hugo

 poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights campaigner

quote found at BrainyQuote

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I’d never seen a complete mushroom before…interesting!


this Gerbera Daisy plant has outdone itself…the intensity of color is awesome!


and what would the backyard be without the Baron!

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“I feel a responsibility to my backyard, I want it to be taken care of and protected.”

Annie Leibovitz – American Portrait Photographer

Quote found at:  BrainyQuote

Photographs:  © Out Of My Mind Images 2015


little bird, fly free

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above the waves

that reach upward to claim you

fly free little bird

“Birds have wings; they’re free; they fly where they want when they want.  They have the kind of mobility many people envy.”

Roger Tory Peterson – naturalist, ornithologist, artist, educator

bird flying over waves © Out Of My Mind Images 2015

bird quote found at Brainy Quote

Life is hard…

then you die.

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This woman appears to have seen bad things, sad things…her life has never been easy.  Hope, over time, has been worn down, worn out. gone.

Nothingness is all she has left.

 “Life is hard.  Then you die.  Then they throw dirt in your face.  Then the worms eat you.  Be grateful it happens in that order.”  David Gerrold-science fiction screenwriter and novelist

woman in oil pastels on construction paper © Out Of My Mind Images 2015