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Monday, January 14, 2013

You're not seeing things . . .


No, you're not on someone elses blog by mistake, it's still me. The girl who
resists change, likes my comfort zone, decided I needed to freshen up around here.
Of course I'm not sure it was all just resistance to change...and it might have had something to
do with the fact that I'm not only technically challenged, but fearfully technically challenged.

Really, I'm always afraid that I'm going to hit a button and POOF it will all be gone! Hopefully
you weren't here while I was trying to change it, AND my mind. Seems I not only have a problem
with change, but making up my mind too.

"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight
harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs
at present. And cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary decent
egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

- C.S. Lewis

So, in keeping with my word this year...Possible...I thought I would see if it was possible to makes some changes by seeing if I could start the hatching process of my technically challenged self  without falling straight to the ground. But hey, I didn't say anything about not being frustrated. I know you're laughing, I mean it should be fairly simple, right? But at least where I'm technically challenged, I'm adept at using a jewelers saw. ( I have the jewelers saw on my mind as I'm starting back to my metals class this morning....(whoo hoo) ) 

 Not sure about your part of the world, but mine has been rainy, cold, overcast, gray, raining, raining, raining!! But, when I saw that the sun was going to make a grand entrance I made a bee-line straight to the
bay. It sure did my body, mind and soul some good to see that sun, and boy did I have a great day last Friday!! If you follow me on instagram (KIMATPICKINGPOPPIES) you know I had quite the little adventure and to be honest I think I had more fun with my phone that day! 



The light was perfect for a silhouette....


....and the sky looked painted.


You know I'm always one to love me some water drops, but there was something about these being on the back of the leaf that intrigued me and gave the drops almost a watercolor painted effect.


I visited the butterfly garden and came across dozens of butterflies. Mostly Queen butterflies, like this male and female pair, with a few Monarchs and cloudless sulfurs.



As I walked towards the bay, I saw lots of birds, this Rosette Spoonbill is one of my favorites...just
look at that pink!!


It became really overcast, and ended up becoming drizzly and cold again, but the colors of everything
were really saturated.


And here are half the IG pics I took that day, in random order.



With all this rain we are having, I can only imagine the beautiful spring it will be around here, and the bluebonnets and wildflowers planted along the highways will be in plenty!

Hope you all have a wonderful Monday...
Love, Kim
XO







31 comments:

Janet Bocciardi said...
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Janet Bocciardi said...

Yay! Back to metals class! Looking forward to seeing what comes of that, but oh my.. your photo of that spoonbill took my breath away.

Tamar SB said...

Love the new look!! And I totally missed most of those instagram pics! Sneaky instagram feed (-:

Kim C. said...

Your site looks great! Very clean, which I like! So glad you got a pretty day! The images are gorgeous! Been wet, gray, and balmy here.

TesoriTrovati said...

The site looks great! And it does feel like you. Especially that amazing banner! I love your word as well. I think that when you open yourself up to possibilities all sorts of intriguing paths will open up. Be brave and follow them! Enjoy the day. Erin

Kathy said...

WOW!!!! Looking good my friend :) Both the new blog design AND those photos.

Comfypjs said...

I love your new banner and the photo of the butterflies is gorgeous!

sherrygaley said...

Brilliant new banner and look Very inspiring. And what a mega collection of hits.

Tina´s PicStory said...

wonderful pics! following you :)

TheChieftess said...

Since I'm relatively new to MacroMonday, I'm not sure if I've been to your blog yet or not...so I can't comment on the changes you've made...but I can soooooo understand that resistance!!! Love the quote! And your pics are wonderful! I LOVE the pink bird! Looks like you could have edited that pink in!!! And your macros are well done!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Brenda said...

Kim - love the blog changes - very clean and refreshing. Coming here is like visiting spring. Your sunrise sihouettes are simply gorgeous - I know what you mean about celebrating the appearance of the sun at this time of year.

Sherri B. said...

Kim, I love your new changes...they look wonderful. I'm just like you - so technically challenged. I'd love to change the look of my blog but am too intimidated to try because I'm afraid I'll mess it up and not know how to fix it! Gah...lol. Good luck with your metals class, and I hope you'll post photos of your creations. :)

As always, your photos are beautiful...what a gorgeous place for photo taking! That C.S. Lewis quote is a keeper...

Linda/patchwork said...

The new look is great! I understand that scary feeling of change. But, it's good for us, once in a while.

Your shots are stunning...as usual.

Deanna said...

How perfect for your blog header...perfect indeed. I remember the 1st time I changed my blog, I was holding my breath. Lovely photos Kim, stop with the rain already.

Cat @ No Wooden Spoons said...

I came here from Macro Monday but I have to say, I loved all your photos! Especially the one of the birds against the backdrop of that gorgeous sunset! Great eye!

Barbara said...

such beautiful shots Kim, everyone of them. I love that poppy and fiting for you blog.

Pat said...

Beautiful shots! I love the butterfly pair.

HoodPhoto said...

I love the variety of colors in these shots!

Kathryn said...

Love the blog changes Kim, they're like inhaling a breath of fresh air. I'm so jealous you get to see spoonbills. I'd love to see one but obviously we don't get them around here. Love to see you embracing your word for the year 'POSSIBLE' you go girl.

Dina Lettre said...

Breathtaking, Kim...wow...

terriporter said...

Kim, this is just gorgeous! Love your header photo and, of course, all the others. That pink spoonbill is amazing! Change can be scary but exciting! We just need to dive in sometimes. Hope I get to come and see this place in person someday!

Cathy H. said...

Beautiful images from your header down to the very last one!! I love the pink bird! You are not as challenged as I am when it comes to changing blog looks! For the life of me I can't figure out how to make my header the right way so it goes all the way across! I have resorted to just adding a photo and I'm not happy with that! Maybe someday I'll figure it out!

Carol said...

All so beautiful! Kim, you may feel technically challenged but your new header is perfect. Photographically challenged you are NOT! Stunning photos as always and the Spoonbill is just magical.

June Caedmon said...

Wow, Kim! What a wonderful afternoon you had! Love, love, love the Lewis quote. I was given A Year with Aslan for Christmas, and am enjoying a random excerpt each day. Somehow I missed that you were a TX-girl - until today! Your lovely Spoonbill shot gave it away! Blessings!

Beverley Baird said...

What gorgeous shots! All of them!

Linda R said...

Oh my goodness. I just love these photos. I did see the ones on Instagram but these looks so pretty on my Big screen.. Your new look here looks Amazing.

Hugs~

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous photos! I especially love the ones of the sky.

packmom said...

Silhouettes are so fun! The one with the birds is my favorite. All amazing nature shots though. Thanks for sharing.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

You have some gorgeous photos here Kim.

Ida said...

Wow these are just amazing. I really loved the Spoonbill shot and the one of the birds on those logs with that divine sunset. Also like the new look of your blog.

Melissa Bliss Rich said...

Simply stunning images Kim!! Holy cow!

And I love your new look. Yay for pushing out of your comfort zone. I get intimidated and frustrated when trying to decipher code and figure out all that technical stuff too.

So glad you got some sun. We had several days of rain here too, then a tiny bit of snow and now it's sunny again :)

Have a great weekend!

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