State of Mind

I stood overlooking the vastness of the desert while during my travels in Jordan last year. I remember thinking the desert in the US does not compare to the sight before my eyes. My state of mind was overwhelmed at the openness of it. This particular photo was taken at Mount Horeb; the place where Moses looked out over the promise land that the Israelite’s would inherit. I wondered if there was less sand then. With so many lush, rich areas on earth I wondered why this was the place that he decided to inhabit. Daily PostIMG_6287

Digital Photography Class

Last May right around the time that I vanished from blogosphere I went with my guy to a digital photography “class” sponsored by the Appalachian Mountain Club. If you haven’t attended one of AMC’s programs I can highly recommend it as a good value and beauty in the setting. We spent 3 glorious days hiking the Delaware Water Gap, camera in hand, then would huddle up in the lodge after a tasty meal for some educational time with a semi-professional photographer.  At the end of the program each participant went home with one photo enlarged to 11×15 taken by “you” and then edited to your preferences. The photo of the pine tree is the one I selected for editing and enlarging(done by the instructor with my input).

Appalachian Mountain Club logo

Appalachian Mountain Club logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How I long for springtime!

Discovering this idyllic place, we find ourselves filled with a yearning to linger here, where time stands still and beauty overwhelms.

~Author undisclosed

As the sign says

As the sign says

Natures True Beauty

Natures True Beauty

My Favorite Guy being Silly

My Favorite Guy being Silly

The Boat House

The Boat House

Ferns in the Wood

Ferns in the Wood

Little White Flower

Little White Flower

Lady Slipper in the Wood

Lady Slipper in the Wood

Winter Birds

These birds showed up recently at my backyard feeder. The bluebirds are a very unusual winter sight, I haven’t seen them since.

Woodpecker on the Suet

Woodpecker on the Suet

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Cardinal in the snow

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Beauties at the suet feeder

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Caught this beauty in flight

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Bluebirds in the snow

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Looks like the bluebird is telling secrets to the little brown bird

Caught this cardinal in flight

Caught this cardinal in flight

These bluebirds showed up at the winter feeder one day in January

These bluebirds showed up at the winter feeder one day in January

Captured in flight

Captured in flight

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My Favorite Things…

Green and Black Chocolate

Earlier this week I was reading blog posts while riding the Easy Street van on my morning commute. Carol over at Wanderings of an Elusive Mind was participating in a photo scavenger hunt. Well you know how the story goes, one click leads to another and you discover a “new to you” blog in blogosphere. Karen from Karma When I Feel Like it Blog host a monthly photo scavenger hunt. The theme for the month of April is “Favorite Things”. For me this immediately brought to mind Julie Andrews and those beautiful Van Trapp children. As I pondered the topic I often found myself humming the tune.

Many of the “things” I would call favorite are felt with senses other than our eyes. Such as the feeling of the warmth of the sun on my skin or the way the sand at the beach feels under my feet. The smell of fresh coffee brewing in the morning or freshly cut grass in the summer. The taste of the cool drink you have been waiting to enjoy or that Italian meat sauce that has been tantalizing your nose for hours. Or my personal favorite…the smell of the freshly bathed little one as she climbs into you lap for a snuggle and a hug.

Since this is a photo challenge I have headed into my surrounding to capture some of my favorite things from  behind the lens. Hope you enjoy as much as I do.

Some of my Favorite Spring Blooms…

Lilac

Purple Iris

Feeding and Watching the Birds in the Backyard is one of my favorite pastimes. It won’t be long now before the baby birds start coming too.

Bird with Seed

Bird on the edgeBlack Capped ChickedeeChickadee with Seed

My favorite chair in my favorite room to spend my morning devotion time. On the chair is my favorite blanket to wrap myself in while read from my bible and write in my journal while filling the room with my favorite scent, Midnight Jasmine and my new favorite CD spills into the room.

Morning Devotions

My favorite mixed breed, Haley.

Haley  

My favorite colors, red and yellow fill the room and the vase.

Tulips and Daffodils

Share some of your favorite things below with a comment or create your own post and trackback.

~Paige