surprise…it’s a DOODLE day!

brrrrrrrr

brrrrrrrr

mogul

mogul

Drew these as I was thinking about the folks I know who’re living through horrendous cold/ice/snow conditions…hope this night finds you safe, warm and fed!

“Well I know now.  I know a little more about how much a simple thing like a snowfall can mean to a person.” ~ Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

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enjoy your Friday!

Theanne

 

a tree

pine tree

pine tree

Trees

“I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.”

~ Joyce Kilmer

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If you live in a location that’s been deluged with snow and cold, I hope that you’re safe, warm and have food to eat.

Theanne

my Canon EOS Rebel T3

I’m using it…after almost deciding to put it on eBay!

I tried taking photos using auto/autofocus and find I have less difficulty using it on manual/manual focus.  So, YAY!

i see a face

i see a face

look down and see

look down and see

a rose by any other name...

a rose by any other name…

So the real learning process begins 🙂  Mr. Ansel Adams where are you?  I did watch an amazing video of him and his assistant taking photographs in the southwest…need to do a little research and see what else I can find.  I’m particularly drawn to black and white photography…sometimes color gets in the way of the emotion one wants to reveal 🙂

“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” ~ Ansel Adams

I like that taking photographs has made me more aware of what is happening around me!

Theanne

 

 

 

International Holocaust Remembrance Day ~ 27 January 2014

A day to remind us of the horror that man is capable of inflicting on man.

Remembering the victims, the survivors and their families.

cry red

cry red

During WWII, my husband Don was with the 42nd Rainbow Division when they freed Dachau, I believe this more than anything brought home to me the ongoing tragedy of the holocaust.  Don suffered from PTSD from 1944 to 2009…the memories of things he saw never went away.

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from Wikipedia, more information regarding

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Anne Frank

 “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.” – Anne Frank

As we enjoy the good things of life, let us never forget the bad!

Theanne

Patterns…

pattern

pattern

at the bank

bricks

bricks

at the hairstylist

 

tile

tile

in a public bathroom, St. Petersburg, Florida

“pattern” according to Wikipedia

I find that there are patterns, in my life, which have repeated themselves over and over again.  Some good, some not.  I rather like patterns though, perhaps because there is a certain safety in a pattern that repeats itself over and over.  On the other hand, I have found myself over the years, rebelling against the orderliness of pattern, the sometimes monotonous repetition that almost demands that a square peg be put in a round hole.  Or a contrasting color be spread across the canvas…such fun to shake things up a bit!

“I never accepted the idea that I had to be guided by some pattern or blueprint” – Little Richard

Embrace your patterns and your uniqueness,

Theanne

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black and white photographs

January 2014

coming going waiting

coming going waiting

reflecting

reflecting

"gimme a coat it's cold out here"

“gimme a coat it’s cold out here”

As much as I love color photographs, I love black and white (and gray tones) more!

For me, I believe, it is the moodiness of it that appeals.  My eyes aren’t darting around taking in all the many, many colors…they’re slowed, calmed into seeing life more simply, more emotionally.

Black and white, with some occasional rust and/or turquoise, are the colors I’m pursuing for the year 2014.  My home decor, my apparel and my photographs will reflect this!

Enjoy your Tuesday,

Theanne

PS:  My inspiration, Ansel Adams!

 

 

 

familia

family as described on Wikipedia

my family ~ but not all of it 🙂

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also 19 January 2014

grandson Jacob moving back in with his Dad, Mom (step), sister and brother

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I’m taking photo from the back seat of the “Mom Mobile”

that’s some of his stuff between him and me 🙂

we’re all so happy he’s home

viva la familia

Theanne

PS:  thinking about Martin Luther King today

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” ~ Martin Luther King

save the frogs

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Photos take at The Hair Jungle ~ 15 January 2014

Frogs are interesting creatures and like all creatures living on this earth deserve a chance to survive.  I’d hate to know that statues (like the ones in the photos) will one day be all that is left of this species of amphibian!

Read more about the Save the Frogs! organization by clinking on Save the Frogs!

Wikipedia has information here!  Following quote is from Wikipedia:

“Frogs are a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians composing the order Anura (Ancient Greek an-, without + oura, tail). The oldest fossil “proto-frog” appeared in the early Triassic of Madagascar, but molecular clock dating suggests their origins may extend further back to the Permian, 265 million years ago. Frogs are widely distributed, ranging from the tropics to subarctic regions, but the greatest concentration of species diversity is found in tropical rainforests. There are approximately 4,800 recorded species, accounting for over 85% of extant amphibian species. They are also one of the five most diverse vertebrate orders.”

Can you imagine it, 265 million years ago, and we’re destroying frog habitat and frogs in a couple of hundred years.  It’s unbelievable and unconscionable!

Think about it!

Theanne

 

 

Kerosene Road Torches

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Found these at my hairstylist ~ The Hair Jungle ~ and I’m thinking these look like the things (couldn’t remember what they were called) that the highway department used to use (back in the dark ages) to alert drivers to dangers along the roadway at night.  And sure enough I was right, however, I’m thinking, “wow, they used to use these torches with open flames right out on public roads”…no way that would happen in this day and age…well not in the USA anyway.

While life was more risky years ago, it was also infinitely more interesting!

If you want to look up “kerosene road torches” you’ll also find them called:  smudge pots, kerosene road hazard markers, kerosene road torches, etc. and if you want to own one or more you’ll find hundreds of them for sale on eBay 🙂

As for me, I found the above scene with the turquoise and chartreuse torches quite appealing!

Enjoy your Friday,

Theanne