Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement #3

Okay, I promise this will be my last post for the weekly photo challenge. 🙂 This time I’m including photos that are absolutely still, but imply movement, at least to me. Maybe I just have a good imagination!

If you squint your eyes, don’t the lines in the pavement look like a dancer with her arms up in the air? 🙂 She is moving wildly!

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”  ― Friedrich Nietzsche

This one is a photo of a journal cover I made with polymer clay (and a hot wheel car). It’s called “Life in the Fast Lane.” I loved the contrast of ideas… a journal that you write in by hand, with a race car. Again, do you see the implied movement? 🙂

You win some, you lose some, you wreck some. – Dale Ernhardt Sr.

“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”  ― Mahatma Gandhi

Okay, enough imagination on my end. 🙂 What do you think?

Here are my other two challenges for movement:


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/

Quinoa, Flax Seed Bread (Machine)

The bread machine looked innocent enough at my nephew’s house. Most bread machines are not picky, right? Who ever heard of a picky bread machine? I have now discovered one… It was out to get me from the start. I’m always a bit uncomfortable when I make things in someone else’s kitchen. Maybe the machine sensed that and decided to take a bite?

I decided what I wanted to make from the ingredients readily available in the kitchen. There were two kinds of flour in one container that looked like all-purpose and whole wheat. I found a jar that said quinoa on the lid and a jar full of what looked like flax seeds. There was yeast in the refrigerator and a squeeze bottle of honey on the stove.

I put the ingredients together, then turned the machine on. The light came on and I adjusted the settings. The timer started at five hours. Five. Hours. What? I’ve never heard of a bread machine taking five hours! But I thought I would wait for awhile and see. Maybe it needed to get to a certain temperature to start? After an hour of nothing except the timer going down I was really confused. It didn’t knead the bread, it didn’t get warm, nothing at all happened.

So I called my niece and asked. She said the machine was kind of picky, she has to follow the recipe exactly, and that it takes a long time to make bread in it. Seems how I didn’t have “the” recipe and all the ingredients were already in the machine, I tried readjusting the settings. This time it came up at four hours. Again nothing happened for awhile. But I decided to walk away and let it do it’s thing.

Four hours later, this is the bread that emerged…

I think I might fondly call it my Frankenstein bread. It’s has lots of holes and gouges and is totally misshapen. I don’t think it rose much, if at all. All it’s missing are the nuts and bolts. 🙂

Despite how it looks, it tastes pretty good. It’s very dense. It’s a bit dry, but toasted and  buttered, it would be quite tasty. Here is the recipe:

Quinoa, Flax Seed Bread

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 cup flax seed
  • 3-1/4 cups mixture of all purpose unbleached flour and whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry active yeast


  1. Place all ingredients into pan of bread machine in order listed. Make a well to put the yeast into so it doesn’t touch the liquid.
  2. Bake on basic setting . Cool at least 15 minutes on wire racks before slicing.

The verdict?

I would make this again… with my own (or simply another normal) bread machine! 🙂 I prefer my loaves to not have gouges and bites out of them when they come out of the machine.


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


“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.

My Wildfire Evacuation – Waldo Canyon Fire

I’ve never been evacuated before in my life, until Tuesday. The worst natural disaster in the history of Colorado took place… and I was there.

The wildfire started on Saturday. We could see the smoke from where we live, but weren’t overly concerned about it. It was about 15 miles away. There was a lot of space for that fire to cover if it were to put us in any danger. We were warned that we could be evacuated, but no one (including the police and firefighters) thought it would actually come to that.

Fast forward to Tuesday. I was kind of disappointed that I hadn’t gotten any pictures of the fire. Either I didn’t have my camera with me when the interesting photo opportunities showed up, or it didn’t really show the intensity of the situation. All that changed in the afternoon. I went out on my balcony around 4pm and took some shots. You can see some of them here: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/06/26/wildfire-mandatory-evacuation/

It got worse and worse. I had a visit from the “head honcho” asking me how I was doing and making sure I had a place to evacuate to if it became mandatory. I had already pretty much packed my bag just in case at that point. The building was becoming somewhat hazy from all the smoke, despite all doors/windows being closed and air conditioning on.

At 8pm we got the word to evacuate. The wind had shifted and we were now in danger. I was able to borrow a car from a friend and leave the city.

It felt like I was leaving an inferno. Flames and smoke were billowing into the air everywhere I looked to the west of the interstate. I had no idea if I would come back to a building or not, and even if the building was still standing, how bad the smoke damage would be. I was in emergency mode… cool, calm, collected, and doing what needed to be done. I drove the 1 1/2 hours to my nephew’s house.

This is where I evacuated to… my nephew’s basement where he does rock climbing practice. So now I can dream about rock climbing. I assure you, that would only be a dream, as I have no desire to actually do it! 🙂

I found out this evening that my building is safe although not completely out of danger yet. Such good news! Some people will be moving back in tomorrow. I think I’ll wait a little longer to go back.

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.

Apple Cinnamon Oat Bread (Machine)

I’ve been distracted the last few days. There’s nothing like a wild fire breaking out nearby and being told of the possibility of having to evacuate…

Fortunately we didn’t have to evacuate, but only a couple of miles away people did. The fire is only 5% contained and burning wildly, but now we have heavy equipment and the Air Force involved.

So, (needless to say) I haven’t posted during this time. Sorry for those of you waiting for the bread recipe from this post: http://lifeofcolors.com/2012/06/22/weekly-photo-challenge-create/

Apple Cinnamon Oat Bread

I wanted to make it as easy as possible, so I used two packages of Apples & Cinnamon instant oatmeal, and 1/2 cup of Cinnamon Apple Sauce.

I didn’t add any extra oils/butter or sweeteners because of the apple sauce.

Apple Cinnamon Oat Bread

  • 1/2 cup cinnamon apple sauce
  • 2 packages apples and cinnamon instant oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry active yeast


  1. Place all ingredients into pan of bread machine in order listed. Make a well to put the yeast into so it doesn’t touch the liquid.
  2. Bake on basic setting . Cool at least 15 minutes on wire racks before slicing.

Once the bread was baked I made natural edible paint. For all three colors I used water and a bit of vinegar to “set” the colors. The purple is from blueberries, the brown is from coffee, and the orange is from tumeric.

The house near the berry bushes. 🙂

The verdict? This is a slightly sweet bread that is fantastic for toast! I gave most of the loaf away and haven’t heard the response yet from the people I gave it to, so I can’t tell you what anyone else thinks about it. 🙂

By the way, there are currently at least 10 wild fires burning in Colorado. The weather is predicted to stay very hot here in Colorado Springs (90-100ish), with no rain and very little humidity, and somewhat windy… perfect conditions to fuel wild fires. We desperately need rain.