Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: Growth. Share a picture that means GROWTH to you! Here are a couple of my takes…

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing. – William Butler Yeats

If you’re a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. – Author Unknown

 

Here are some other examples of growth that I like:

  1. http://autumninbruges.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  2. http://canoecommunications.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-grow/
  3. http://stephenkellycreative.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  4. http://passiontocreate.ca/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  5. http://justsnaps.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  6. http://ohmsweetohmdotme.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  7. http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  8. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/
  9. http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth-project-365-day-250-2/
  10. http://bashert04.com/2012/08/03/weekly-photo-challenge-growth/

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

The challenge this week: Purple. Another color post! Subtle, waning purple of a sunset; vibrant purple of grapes or eggplant – what kind of purple caught your photographic eye?

Share a picture that means PURPLE to you!

Stepped out in my town, when you see me you know everything. Blue and purple, blue and purple, blue and purple, blue and purple. – D Pryde

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. – Alice Walker

Here are some other interpretations of “purple” that I like:

  1. http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  2. http://ahecticlife.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  3. http://shaanthz.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  4. http://emma1988paris.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  5. http://ronmayhewphotography.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  6. http://curlsnskirls.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  7. http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  8. http://thedailypost.me/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  9. http://gaylealstrom.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  10. http://mezzaphonicallyspeaking.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  11. http://lonelytravelog.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/
  12. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/weekly-photo-challenge-purple/

What does purple mean to you? 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

The weekly WordPress photo challenge: Share a picture that means INSIDE to you! http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/

Is the fence inside the tree, or is the tree inside the fence? 🙂

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Here are some others I thought represented “inside” well…

  1. http://disorderlychickadee.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/
  2. http://asaenz.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/
  3. http://mystiic.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/
  4. http://missperfectlyimperfect.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/
  5. http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/
  6. http://lostinagreatbook.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/
  7. http://marantophotography.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/weekly-photo-challenge-inside/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

This week’s WordPress challenge for this week: Share a photo that makes you DREAM!

Welcome to Narnia!

“It is as hard to explain how this sunlit land was different from the old Narnia as it would be to tell you how the fruits of that country taste. Perhaps you will get some idea of it if you think like this. You may have been in a room in which there was a window that looked out on a lovely bay of the sea or a green valley that wound away among mountains. And in the wall of that room opposite to the window there may have been a looking-glass. And as you turned away from the window you suddenly caught sight of that sea or that valley, all over again, in the looking glass. And the sea in the mirror, or the valley in the mirror, were in one sense just the same as the real ones: yet at the same time they were somehow different – deeper, more wonderful, more like places in a story: in a story you have never heard but very much want to know. The difference between the old Narnia and the new Narnia was like that. The new one was a deeper country: every rock and flower and blade of grass looked as if it meant more.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

The Wizard of Oz – There’s no place like home (handmade journal cover)!

Dorothy: Follow the yellow brick road.

Munchkin: Follow the yellow brick road.

Munchkin: Follow the yellow brick road.

Munchkin: Follow the yellow brick road.

Munchkin: Follow the yellow brick road.

Munchkin: Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road, follow follow follow follow follow the yellow brick road.

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Wicked Witch of the West: And now, my beauties, something with poison in it, I think. With poison in it, but attractive to the eye, and soothing to the smell.
[cackles]
Wicked Witch of the West: Poppies… Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep. Sleeeeep. Now they’ll sleeeeep!

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Dorothy: Oh, please! Please, sir! I’ve got to see the Wizard! The Good Witch of the North sent me!
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: Prove it!
Scarecrow: She’s wearing the ruby slippers she gave her.
Guardian of the Emerald City Gates: Oh, so she is! Well, bust my buttons! Why didn’t you say that in the first place? That’s a horse of a different color! Come on in!

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Dorothy: Oh, but anyway, Toto, we’re home. Home! And this is my room, and you’re all here. And I’m not gonna leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all, and – oh, Auntie Em – there’s no place like home!

What kinds of things make you dream? 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement #2

In my last post I included photos of two paintings I did that represent Movement: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/07/06/weekly-photo-challenge-movement/

In this post I’m including photos that show natural movement… Fire and Water. The first two are actually smoke from a wildfire that forced me (along with 32,000 other people) to evacuate. (It came to within about a mile from my home). The second two are moving water. I wish we had had more of the water (and rain) so the fire wouldn’t have been so disastrous…

Better a little fire that warms than a big one that burns.
– John Ray

From little spark may burst a mighty flame.
– Dante Alighieri

“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.”
― Laura Gilpin

“Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.” ― Emma Smith

The Weekly WordPress Challenge: Movement. Share a picture that means MOVEMENT to you!

One other interpretation: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/07/08/weekly-photo-challenge-movement-3/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

The Weekly Challenge: Movement. Share a picture that means MOVEMENT to you!

Because I’m an artist, I often have to show movement, without the object actually moving. It makes things more interesting to look at when it’s not static. Here are a couple of my paintings that express movement…

section of painting 1

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.  – Deepak Chopra

painting #1

section of painting 2

I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work. – Neil Armstrong

painting 2

What do you think? Do these paintings show movement to you?

Here are two other takes on “movement”: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/07/07/weekly-photo-challenge-movement-2/ and http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/07/08/weekly-photo-challenge-movement-3/

Boulder Creek Park Photos

At some point, you can’t lift this boulder with just your own strength. And if you find that you need to move bigger and bigger boulders up hills, you will need more and more help. – Vinton Cerf

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf. – Albert Schweitzer

I have never seen a river that I could not love. Moving water has a fascinating vitality. It has power and grace and associations. It has a thousand colors and a thousand shapes, yet it follows laws so definite that the tiniest streamlet is an exact replica of a great river. Roderick Haig-Brown

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Fleeting Moment

On Tuesday of this week, I was evacuated from my home because of the Waldo Canyon Fire near/in Colorado Springs, CO… the biggest natural disaster ever in Colorado. Things can change in an instant!

I find being near water brings peace (even when I haven’t had to flee an inferno of smoke and flames :-). I visited a park today with my nephew and his children (who I’m staying with while evacuated) and took this picture. This tiny waterfall, in Boulder Creek is only about 6 inches tall. But look at all the fleeting bubbles! (I had no idea what the challenge would be when I took this).

“Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.” – Fulton J. Sheen

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“Life is mostly froth and bubble, Two things stand like stone, Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own” – Adam Lindsay Gordon

I’m so grateful to find out I have a home to go back to even though it’s not out of danger yet. I could have lost everything… gone, in an instant! Many people did, including friends of mine.

(This challenge asked for a fleeting moment on the street. I realize this picture is not on a street, but it says a lot about about the topic for me, especially under my current circumstances. I hope you understand…)

Has your life ever changed in an instant? Please tell me about it in the comments.

Wildfire, Mandatory Evacuation

This evening around 8pm I was evacuated from my home because of a wildfire raging nearby. I took these photos from my balcony around 4pm.

We will see how things are once I’m told I can come back. I’m safely at a relative’s house.