Tuesday, April 21, 2015

As the bluebonnets fade into memory...

Bluebonnet season doesn't last long, maybe a month from first pop to stragglers still hugging the roadsides. 

It creates a weird dynamic - a sense of urgency to step on the brakes... 

...to forget that you're already running late to the next somewhere... 

 ...to step outside of your normal, hurried day... 

...and just soak up the sight and smell of them, 

before it's too late. 

From top to bottom, these photos were taken at: my neighbor's yard on my way home, a field near a client's weekend home after delivering option money, the Smithwick cemetery on my way to a new listing, and Turkey Bend recreation area on Lake Travis after a Chamber of Commerce meeting down the highway. They were already past their prime; next year, I'm going there first!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Good morning!

"In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary. " 
~Aaron Rose

After several days of rain, I was happy to see the sun return last week. 

Not that I wasn't grateful for the rain - it raised the level of our pond a couple of feet - but I much prefer starting my day with a gorgeous sunrise.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from my morning walks last week...

(juniper pollen buds ... waiting for just the right breeze to wreak havoc with my allergies!)

And of course Belle was right by my side. 

"In this holy moment before the day begins,

I turn to you, O Lord, and ask:
shape the words in my mouth,
the actions of my body, 
the thoughts of my mind.
Let everything that comes from me
reflect the light that comes from you.

-        Patricia Leonard-Pasley

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Black and White

This poor blog has been so neglected. But I finally have some photos to feed it!

My friend Vickie (Nature's Details) invited me to participate in a 5-day Black & White photo challenge on Facebook. Not one to turn down a challenge (if I know it's going to be good for me), I accepted.

Here are the results. 

You'll see there are more then five photos. The challenge forced me to take lots and lots of photos, because it opened my photographer eyes once again. Thanks, Vickie!

If everything isn't black and white, I say, 

'Why the hell not?' 

~ John Wayne

(Happy New Year, everyone!)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The tides are in our veins...

I've been back from my annual women's retreat to Port Aransas, Texas for a few weeks now... 
...and I'm already counting the days until next year.

Photos will have to do for now. 

Somehow, I managed to keep my photography under control - 
I can post my favorite shots in one post.

Granted, it's going to be a long post. 
But it's still one post. 
I hope it gives you a sense of our weekend retreat.

The tides are in our veins. 
~ Robinson Jeffers

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea. 

~ Isak Dinesen