Thursday, January 9, 2014

Random five, or so . . .


"Why is that when you wipe up dust it's called dusting but when
you wipe up a spill it's not called spilling? Just something to think about."

- Ellen DeGeneres


Kind of like why is an orange called orange and a banana not called yellow.
We'll never know....

Yes, that was totally random, which is the point of my post today, AND I may even have more than five random things by the time I get to the end.

My milkweed is exploding . . . the seed pods that is, and I'm obsessed with taking photos of them.



I mentioned that I am participating in a Focus on a photo a day - a 365 day project. Can I just say, what the
heck was I thinking? Now, I take a lot of photos every week (I have thousands of monarch photos to prove it, because you can never have enough of those), but one a day, posted to a group...now that feels a little like a commitment. And it's not that I can't commit or anything like that, but I'm just sayin' that yesterday I was already using some curse words because not only was it cloudy but it was only one shade of grey, the yucky shade of grey. AND it was windy and it's hard to take a picture of something when it won't stay still. And because it was so overcast there was no light in my house....it made me grumpy! :) 

But in between wind gusts I did manage to get this one, for my 365 project and for a 50mm project class I'm taking. And after several light freezes and our recent hard freeze two nights in a row I can't believe this rose bush is still blooming. In case you are wondering, it's called "Belinda's Dream" and it smells like heaven.


I walk the beach a lot in the summer, and I find a lot of shells and in fact you can probably see that some of them are imperfect...my favorites. They are the ones that have stories, the vulnerable ones ready to let the world see them in their brokenness. And, that glass bottle top, it's going to be in a necklace one day, I'm just not ready to take it out of my treasure bowl just yet...I like the way it looks in there.


Yep, I blew some bubbles this week. And you know, it's really tricky to blow them yourself and then chase them down before they hit the ground. And with our temps in the twenties (yes that is very cold for us here) the bubbles have been turning these beautiful golden, magenta, blue colors. It would seem that by the time I got done blowing that last bubble out everything had blown away or popped. So I was pretty happy to get at least two in the same picture. Had to resort to bubbles because we don't get snow, at least not unless we've had a hurricane the previous summer.


This was our first sunrise of the year last weekend, and oh the colors and that lone little cloud. Can I just say that I love google sky maps app...so helpful in telling me where to point my camera. 



Can't believe it's almost time to take our girl back to her dorm...so great having her here over a long Christmas break. And yes there was a cake, a two layer cake with one cake mix for each, chocolate butter cream middle, and regular on top. It didn't last long....

Getting excited, my metals class starts next week!! I love the sound of sawing and hammering...

The last of my monarch butterflies from this batch are emerging, but had an epic fail yesterday. One just couldn't quite get out and his wings were crumpled and one of her legs were broken...sad panda face!
I am starting to see some new growth on the plants again though.

Well I think that's random wrap, ya'll have a great rest of the week,
Love, Kim


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25 comments:

Kathy McB said...

Kim, altho it wasn't simple to accomplish... I love the similitude of the two bubbles in that shot! The color.... WOW! And no snow ? At lDt you don't have to shovel bubbles :)

Pieni Lintu said...

Absolutely beautiful shots!

Tamar SB said...

Ok, seriously questioning why we call a banana a banana now....

Metals class - fun!!!

Sherri B. said...

I've never seen such beautiful randomness...your photos are gorgeous! I LOVE the bubbles...enjoy your metals class, Kim. I hope you'll share your creations with us. :)

Dina Lettre said...

Oh, I love your collection of beach treasures, Kim! I have shells from each beach we've visited with the boys and they are so, so special.

That quote is too cute! We get a kick out Ellen around here.

Nancy Claeys said...

I know all too well about the bubbles. I tried it and failed!

Snap said...

Stunning shots and I love the bubbles. I thought about trying this myself, but just couldn't get my body to move out into the cold!

Jeanne said...

Love your first shot Kim... totally amazing. The English language does have some oddities doesn't it. ??? I have recently been thinking about some of these too.

Cathy H. said...

Be still my heart! I love the milkweed image! Stunning detail! 365's are a very tough challenge in the winter, but we're all mostly in the same boat. I'm not an indoor photographer at all!

Sarah Carletti said...

Awesome captures! I've seen tons of milk weed photos but none as beautiful as yours. I am also doing a 365 for the first time! I have a simple link up if you would like others to visit your project and encourage you. http://sarahcarlettiphotography.blogspot.com.

Kelly said...

Wish I could send you my milkweed Kim. Those failed emergings never get any easier to watch. I've got my lady little one coming today. I brought him inside to pupate. It's been forever seems like. I know you've loved having your daughter home. And those 365's? Well-I did a self portrait one several years ago. It's a Huge commitment. Best advise...learn to be open to the crap days! Feel them, with all your senses, and create. You'll be amazed what can happen...especially with your 50mm. Xo

Gail Dixon said...

The sunset shot with the birds and posts silhouetted is awesome. I did the 365 one year and learned a lot, but it is a commitment. Don't know if I'd do it again. Good luck!

Cathy said...

I have the same love affair with the cat-tail that are going to seed around our house.

Kim Cunningham said...

Well, we have had this conversation already, and I'm there with you in the what the heck was I thinking category! However, I suppose somewhere in this realization is what the 365 is about. The push. But, I think we have to give ourselves grace on the days when we are pushed enough. I failed yesterday. I plan to get two images today. I think that is okay. Well, it has to be, because I already failed. :). But even in your mutterings against the gray...you are rocking these images! Your work is always inspiring, so I know you are just going to keep trucking!

Sarah Huizenga said...

Sounds like you are getting along great :) with the 365 project. Some days are easier than others. Chocolate butter cream frosting, oh YUM!!!!

Linda/patchwork said...

Beautiful shots. Love the bubble.

I know what you mean about the 365. I've already missed a day, just because of the busy-ness of that day. But, I took two the next day.


Kathryn said...

Gorgeous shots Kim and you sound so inspired . . . I'm still trying to build up some momentum.

June Caedmon said...

Great stuff, Kim. Lovely,happy, glimpses of your life :)

Dotti said...

Yes, I hear ya on the grey day challenge. I had one today. When you see my photo on the class page, you'll see what I mean. You'll have to wait, though, I don't want to ruin the surprise. It seems to me, though, that that's where the challenge comes in: finding something when you think there's nothing to find. Keep on keepin' on, Kim! We're in this together.

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

Seriously love the rose photo. I need to know more about the google sky app. I googled it and didn't find anything. I have always thought there's got to be an app that shows the oath of the moon and sunn wherever you are everyday.

Linda R said...

Oh my gosh, Such great shots my friend.. Wishing you the best on getting through the 365. I am doing a 365 on instagram.. It seems to be a bit easier than with my big camera.

Hugs~

Brigitte F said...

Hi Kim,
wow, so wonderful again...
The first pictures is my favourite!
So lovely...
Brigitte

Tish OConnor said...

Love all your photos!! Beautiful shots! I also wanted to try bubbles, our wind chill temps hit -26! I found though that we didn't have any bubbles in the house. :(

Viv@within the Frame said...

Your bubble shot is fab I'm keeping up with a photo a day so far but i agree with you somedays it's hard..

Brenda said...

This random collection simply showcases the wide range of your abilities to capture macros and landscapes and still lifes and floating bubbles. The milkweed is absolutely stunning.

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