Garden of the Gods

A tree is an incomprehensible mystery. – Jim Woodring

Every crag and gnarled tree and lonely valley has its own strange and graceful legend attached to it. – Douglas Hyde

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming…

of being a pirate!

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.”  ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“You know that place between sleep and awake, the place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”  ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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.

*****

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!

*****

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!

*****

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

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/

A Walk in the Woods

Here are a few pictures I took during a walk in the woods a month or so ago. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed the walk!

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings. – Victor Hugo

This was on the entry way to the path. Notice the frog on the lock. What does that say to you?

A genuine man goes to the roots. To be a radical is no more than that: to go to the roots. – Jose Marti

A fly and it’s shadow on an amazing mushroom.
“The earth laughs in flowers.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do you enjoy taking walks? What are your favorite type places to walk in? When you walk do you take the time to really look around you? I’d love to hear about your experiences. 🙂