Tell Me a Story: April 2015

This month my plans fell through. I had planned to go down to Fairfield Gardens in Miami.  However, the weather predicted rain and I did not want to drive 1.5 hours and then walk around gardens in the rain.   Then the actual outing I was going to was cancelled and to be honest I have felt tired lately, and decided to just take a walk locally.  So I pulled out the Macro lens and went to the park very close to my home.  At the entrance to the nature trail they have a Butterfly garden.  This is where a spent a bit of time.

The Mockingbird is the state bird of Florida, and they tend to sing endlessly.  Today there were a few flying around.  It is spring in Florida and birds are singing and mating and laying eggs.  We have a mockingbird in our garden and every so often I wonder if it will ever tire out it’s voice box.

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I love Butterflies but they are really hard to photograph.  They never stop for too long and it take a lot of patience to wait for one to do so.  Below is a Zebra Longwing Butterfly.

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Bees are another insect that is hard to photograph.  They are always so busy flying from one plant to the next.  You have to catch them when they are gorging on the nectar or collecting pollen.

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Butterfly gardens are full of plants that attract these insects to them.  It is always so nice to sit back and watch them hover around.  I would love to plant a butterfly garden in my back yard

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The Cassius Blues (Leptotes cassius) is a minute little butterfly that flits from plant to plant.

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This Bee really got it’s head well into the plant. I was interested in why Bees need nectar or pollen.  Interestingly nectar provides an energy source while pollen provides protein and fats.  I did not know that.

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Butterflies are such delicate insects.  Quite often they look quite raggedy by end of their life cycle.  This butterfly has a big chunk out of it’s wing as you will see in the second image.

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Another Mockingbird flitted into the trees.  They seemed to be out in abundance this day.

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Last image is again of the Cassius Blues (Leptotes cassius).  I feel like these butterflies are not much bigger than my a 50 cents piece.

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“Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days.”

~ Ellen DeGeneres, The Funny Thing is …..

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30 Minutes in the Life: April 2015: Walking in creativity..

March was an interesting month of nothing works. I struggled with a pinched nerve in my lower back, making it hard to sit for too long so editing had priorities.  I need to finish my son’s photo’s.  I went out once to the beach, but did not like the images. The sun was shining too bright and they were boring.  I went to the wetlands and it was overcast and while there are a lot of tiny chicks, I wanted to do something different.

When the reminder went out on Wednesday that links were due on Friday, I went into cold sweat.  Ugh – where did time go.  No images, no prospects, no ideas.  To add to that it was raining.  What to do out of the rain and in this city.  A part of me wanted to go to the Holocaust museum.  I have just recently finished a book on the prisoners of Dachau, and it was the Holocaust remembrance this month.  However, it appears there is no museum in Boca Raton.  After a quick search Thursday evening, I decided to take a leaf out of my friend Colleen’s page, and head off to the local museum.

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There is something about a museum that reminds me of a library.  There is sort of quiet reverence as you walk in.  A feeling of awe at the incredible talent that you are about to look at.  The quiet reverence, was not quite there on Friday.  The feature display was on Helena Rubenstein.  I have to confess, I do not know anything about her.  However, I will say that there was a gaggle of women, walking through the display that made it virtually impossible to view the display, and added to that I could not take photos.  So I headed upstairs.  Come walk with me……

You will learn something new about me today.  I love abstract art.  I am not the conventional painted picture type of person.  My first area that I walked, I found so much to stimulate my visual senses.  The first set of images  is from the artist Bhakti Baxter.  This Miami born artist quickly grasped my attention with two unique pieces of art.  The first was this series called “An Intelligible Sphere, 2006” .  The artwork was created out of EPS foam, plaster and paint.

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Moving through the following rooms, I found wall murals of vibrant colors and incredible detail.

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And rooms of more traditional artwork sculptures, paintings, black and white images.  The image that shows you the women in detail was actually hollowed in and I am not sure that I saw all the detail  when I was looking at it.

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The second of Bhatki Baxter artwork was name “Inflorescence, 2013.  The intricate detail of the center of this flower was just amazing and I was drawn into it.

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Metal work by Anthony Caro and John Chamberlain were unique and very different.  Anthony Caro is actually Sir Anthony Caro, a British born abstract sculptor.  He uses found industrial materials.  His style is classified as modernism.  John Chamberlain was an American sculptor, who specialized in using automobile parts, vibrantly painted and twisted into varying shapes.  His art would fall into the abstract impressionism category.

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I called this the piano room.  The sculptures aside, it reminded me of the stories I have read of previous times of earls, lords and ladies gathered around a grand piano.  Where rooms are lined with the artworks of the masters.

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At the end of the passage way and in front of Bhatki Baxter’s artwork was this intricate design of shiny gemstones titled Angels and Ancestors by Wendy Wischer.  American born, Wendy Wischer works in a variety of media.

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Back in the piano room I found a variety of artists that caught my attention.  American born, Blacombe Green was active in promoting the acceptance of abstract art.  Marcel Gromaire was French born, and mostly painted on social subjects. His style can be defined as Social Realism.  This style of art draws attention to the poor and the working class.  And then I found one of my favorite artists, Pablo Picasso. Spanish born, Picasso, had a variety of styles.  Traditionally trained, he went through various phases of art, the blue period, the rose period, cubanism, surrealism.  This image is of Fernande Olivier, Picasso’s first mistress, being part of his life from around 1905 -1912.  She was his subject for various portraits during that period.

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I wandered off down the hall towards what I thought would be more African artwork, and I was not disappointed.  However, I will say that I would not like to run into any of those masks on a dark night.  The top one is kind of scary.

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Heading back to the stairway I stopped at the glass art.  This has always fascinated me.  My mother used to love those clowns of multicolors and these reminded me of those.  The amount of time and effort that goes into this type of art work never ceases to amaze me.

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Back downstairs, the noise level vibrated and I have to be honest heading towards the new display was not something I chose to do.  So I meandered past the display and headed to the far end of the hallway to a series of televisions depicting various facets of Shannon Plumb.  I did not know who she was and so had to read up on her.  She displays life in cinematic studies ranging from a humble person to the legendary figures.

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Last but not least was the work of Izhar Patkin.  Take your breathe away kind of work.  My photo’s do not do it the full justice it deserve.  I walked into the room and it was floor to ceiling tulle curtains, painted with various scenes.  The theme of the artwork, is defined as “You tell us what to do” based on a poem by Faiz Ahmed Faiz.  Patkin was born in Israel and now currently lives in New York.   From what I can see the images are painted onto layers of tulle creating this beautiful and stunning effect.  I can tell that I stayed in that room for a while.

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I have lived in this town for 15 years and this is the first time I have been to this gallery.  I have to be honest and say that I really enjoyed my time there on Friday.  I hope you enjoy seeing it through my eyes.

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“Others have see what is and asked why.  I have seen what could be and asked why not”

~ Pablo Picasso, Pablo Picasso:  Metamorphoses of the Human Form: Graphic Works, 1895-1972

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Sharetographers: Share Six: April 2015: Tasty…

The topic is tasty.  Oh boy, this is my challenge.  I could do chocolate, but then I would be forced to eat it all.  I thought about a salad but that was not capturing my attention.  Recently on facebook there was a recipe going around that I had downloaded because it really looked interesting.

Let me start out by saying …I am not Julia Childs…!!  I can cook but it is most definitely not a passion.  My mother could bake, I did not get those genes.  Cooking for me is on an as needed basis.  Richard needs and so I cook.  I cook every day, but I will be honest, it is basic cooking and nothing fancy.  I could not be bothered and do not want to waste my time in the kitchen.

The gene I got, was having my nose in a novel.  I would rather time travel, to lands of swords and dynasties, than hang out in a kitchen cooking.

However, I told Richard I was making breakfast on Sunday and I was taking photographs.  He went cycling and I meandered downstairs for my cup of coffee.

I pulled out the recipe and gathered the ingredients.  Another confession….I am really not good at following recipes.  I think I added my favorite foods, which were not in the recipe….mushrooms and peppers.  Richard was interfering, and  when I discovered that he had used all the onions for his turkey burgers, I sent him off to the shop.  Double score.  I got rid of the interference and told him to buy me some flowers.

Let me say this, the end result in my opinion is never the same as the photo that which I am working towards.  However, it was not bad.  Down side, it takes way to long to prepare and if you are having guests over for breakfast, you best work fast and not take photo’s of everything.

So this is the combination of a scrambled egg mix, with mushrooms, red peppers, chives and onion flakes added to it, layered on Pillsbury crescents, topped with cheese and bacon and garnished with additional cheese on top. One additional piece of advice – don’t take the Pillsbury crescents out until the very last minute.  Fortunately I had bought two containers of them.

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 It’s fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day.

That’s what human life is all about – enjoying good things!

~ Julia Childs

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Sharetographers: Share Six: March 2015: Where I stand……

As a mom, I have always prayed for my children.  Endlessly……  I’d  pray that I would bring them up to have good manners.  That they would be children of integrity.  That they would know love and give love unconditionally.  That they would be independent.  That they would have solid values. That they would be socially conscience.  That they would love and respect the people in their lives.  For the most part I believe we have done okay.

They are both great kids.  Different in many ways.  Cameron has a strong faith and a compassion for his fellow man.  He has volunteered with youth in our church for about 7 years.  That brings him joy.  Amy on the other hand, is a strong independent young lady.  She has strong convictions of what is right and wrong.  In a different way Amy is serving the community.  Come September she hopes to leave with the Peace Corp for Macedonia where she will teach English to students.

Most of all I pray for the other half of their lives.  You pray that your children will find someone who will treat them well.  Who will respect them and love them.  In turn you pray that your children will reciprocate with the same feelings and emotions.  My desire is that Cameron will always be the man we have tried to bring him up to be.  Strong, and yet tender.  Not afraid to show his feelings.  To treat his partner with the respect she deserves.  To know that when times are tough there are there for each other.  I pray that Amy will always know the softer side of her beautiful spirit.  That she will be respected.  That she will always feel loved and cared for.

This February,  Cameron made a commitment to a young woman who shares the same values and principles as him.  Kathryn is a beautiful young lady with heart for young children.  Her passion and training is with young children who suffer from autism. Together they compliment each other so well.  They are playful at times, serious when they need to be.  They are committed to living their lives centered on their faith.  We are so glad to have Kathryn join our family.

I cannot wait to see what the journey ahead in life has for them.  My prayer is always that they would be strong in times of trouble, have a willingness to listen to each other when they don’t see eye to eye. and be supportive of each other.  And that when the children come along, they will understand what it means to be a unit, undivided when it comes to making the tough decisions.

From where I stand…. Both Richard and I are extremely happy to have Kathryn join in as part of our lives.

I had the privilege of taking some photo’s of them last weekend.  But I have been asked not to post and “people” photo’s until they are all done. However, my 6 images are of the ring Cameron gave to Kathryn as a pledge of his commitment to her.

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Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

~ 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

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