Archive | October 2012

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: “Water”

I couldn’t resist the challenge when I viewed the theme, Water. What fun this will be to view other entries and to share. My mind went soaring when coming up with what to include. I had to chuckle thinking to myself, “I sure wish I could drink the right amount of water each day that is required as easy as it was to come up with beautiful fun photos of this wondrous substance called water.”

Well, here you have my entry for “Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge…Water”

I really enjoyed this theme. It took me back to some great moments. One of my joys is to water my “yard-garden” and then take some shots of some precious homegrown plants. The water droplets are so fun to try and capture. One day in the near future I will get a macro lens and have a hay day everyday with all my photo captures…they’re out there waiting for me. Til then, I just enjoy what I can get…and I really do enjoy it! They are not professional shots, but they are Mine…Oh wait, that was another challenge…anyway, water droplets, I love!

Water is also a home to many living things. I had the pleasure of viewing Salmon at Tumwater Falls Park in Washington. Would have loved to had some of those on a plate or two or three… It was a fun sight to see. The falls and stream water there at the park was a beautiful sight also. The trail had very nice views and offered a lot of variety. Not a very long trail, but just enough to catch some nice shots.

Water, a source of beauty and and an invitation to tourist pleasure. In Chicago, Illinois, Buckingham Fountain is great to see day or night. But you have to admit, the night time water, music and light show is the one to catch. Great fun, Great shots, and an abundant amount of water that spouts through this fountain. The center of the fountain shoots up vertically 150 feet in the air!

Water, what a great theme. I can’t wait to visit and see what is being shared.

Something that can be so calming, gentle and needful yet it can be forceful, harmful and uncontrollable. Water has many faces, yet whatever is present…you have to respect it. Gotta have it, can’t live without it.

Wonder what your fondest memory of water would be. Mine would be as a child riding through giant water puddles after a heavy rain. Too bad I didn’t have photos of that to post…that would definitely have been included in my entry.

I’m thankful again for the opportunity to join the challenge. If you would also like to, visit Cee at:

http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/cees-fun-foto-challenge-water/

Great Fun and Blessings, Kulia…

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Silhouette”

This week’s Photo Challenge is SILHOUETTE. “The proper definition of a silhouette is ‘the outline of a body viewed as circumscribing a mass.’ In photography, often we achieve that effect by putting light behind the object whose silhouette we want to capture, effectively darkening out the features of the subject instead of highlighting them.”

I wish I could say I took these shots in silhouette on purpose, but… don’t think I did, but fit the theme of the challenge. Isn’t that great how that turns out to happen.

This first photo was from my backyard. I enjoy taking shots and documenting all the growth, changes and simple beauty. The sun shining through the fronds of the palm leaves, reminds me of the “new hope” we have present with the brightness (whether internal or external) of each new day.

It makes me smile just see this! I hope it does you too 🙂

Inside the house a beautiful array of dancing flowers: tulips. I enjoyed learning the fact that they “dance in the vase.” It is said that tulips continue to grow even after being cut. They are in constant search for the source of light so they move, stretch, bob and grow. Their blossoms open in the day and close at night.

They constantly asking the question, “Shall we Dance?”

One of my many favorite places to steal away for quiet moments are the Lagoons at Ko’Olina on Oahu. What beautiful sunsets can be captured there. Day, evening or night, that’s such a nice place to be.

So there you have it, silhouettes…I just realized mine just happened to all be from nature. Guess, that’s just where my heart is. Hope you enjoy the look see. I had fun finding the photos in my collection.

Meet each new day with a heart wide open for new possibilities!!

Blessings of Great Peace, Kulia…

Come, join the fun check it out at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/weekly-photo-challenge-silhouette/

Weekly Travel Theme: Couples

What a fun topic for a photo theme! I’ve enjoyed looking at all the entries and decided to join in too.

Nothing more soothing than watching a “Duck Couple” swim on the lake.

How lovely and peaceful to see a “Human Couple” sharing a moment of togetherness.

Two honeycomb towers coupled in a busy city to meet the needs of many.

And always, my favorite subject to share…two beauties from nature catching my eye.

In meeting this photo theme, I came to realize “couples” are everywhere. We just have to open our eyes and look around. Kinda like blessings. We sometimes miss them. I think because we are busy looking at things in ways we are so accustomed to…quick and on the move. Guess you could say it’s all about perspective. How are you viewing the world that surrounds you? Are you really seeing what’s there?

I love these photo themes and challenges. It shows someone is taking the time to look and enjoy what’s all around them!

Thanks for sharing! I had a good time browsing and I hope you have too.

Thank you Ailsa for your blog, “Where’s My Backpack” and for the “Weekly Travel Theme.”

If you would like to browse or join in the fun:

Travel theme: Couples

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: One Single Flower

Okay, here it goes…My first entry to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge! I’ve had fun looking each week, but this time I couldn’t resist the theme challenge of One Single Flower. This theme is one of my favorites to take photos of and one that always catches my eye to view. The first I’ve included is a sunflower from a walk at Pike’s Market in Seattle, the second from a botanical garden in Washington and the third is a bougainvillea which is one of my backyard beauties. Oddly, the vibrant color of the bougainvillea is not the flower. The flower of this plant is the petite white flower in the middle surrounded by three sometimes six colorful bracts.

Hope you enjoy the view!!

“Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful.”      -Jim Carrey

We should all be more like the flowers and allow who we truly are to come forth. The world would be blessed by all that we each so uniquely have to offer. So don’t worry about the “how”

…just bloom and let the world enjoy your beauty!!!

Thanks Cee for the challenge!!

To join in visit http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/cees-fun-foto-challenge-one-single-flower/

Weekly Photo Challenge: “BIG”

This week’s photo challenge: Big! Wow, what a thought…big. Big ideas? Big dreams? Big Future? Big hopes? Big issues? Well, after contemplating on big and considering what photos I had, I went with Big stuff. This past summer we had Big plans to go on a Big road trip to visit Big name places in our Big SUV. We thought it would be a Big and wonderful idea to also visit family and friends. I must say it was a Big blessing and we had Big fun. We covered a lot of area. Here are just a few of the Big things that we saw along the way…

We truly had great fun and saw a lot of things. Wish I could show you all of our photos, but they don’t fit into the category of Big. Oh well, maybe another time. The trip for us was special. We were together sharing a common experience that created Big memories for each of us. We are all getting older. The kids are Big now and beginning to go their separate ways. So the Big trip for the summer was truly a Big Joy.

Now that I have used the word “Big” approximately 20 times, I will lay it to rest! The photo challenge once again was very enjoyable to do. Hope you enjoy it too!

Take the time and acknowledge the fact that your presence in the world makes a “Big” difference!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings, Kulia

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(Oh dear, that made 21 times I used the word Big…) If you haven’t already and you would like to join the challenge here’s what you do:

Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your blogging goals and give you another way to take part in Post a Day / Post a Week. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Happy”

Well, here it is. Another opportunity to think, create, and post. So here is my Second Photo Challenge: What makes me Happy? That’s a loaded question, but what fun I had coming up what to share with you.

There are many things that make me happy and causes me to smile inwardly as well as outwardly. Here are just a few:

LAVENDER: smelling, growing and visiting lavender farms; TURTLES: spotting turtles at the beach; HULA: learning, watching and participating; WILD BLACKBERRIES: picking wild blackberries and eating the harvest; GARDENING: growing and sharing plants, flowers and vegetables.

These are just a few things that I enjoy that make me happy. I have fond memories in each of the categories listed and displayed below. I also have just as many more categories or things that I could share which in itself makes me happy too!

Just thinking about what makes me happy, makes me happy!!

Life is full of many things some good and some not so good. It is not just one or the other. It is a mixture of both. When I take the time to reflect, I can always find something that makes me smile. Even on a “rainy” day…cuz rain helps vegetation to grow. Even on a cloudy day…cuz outta the clouds sometimes you’ll find the most beautiful rainbow.

If you’re in the right spot and have the right perspective, that rainbow can even be double. In the oddest places…Yes, quite amazing.

During a tough time in your life, you may be introduced to support and encouragement that you never thought you had. Bright spots coming through the cracks and crevices.

Yet, some things are just plain obvious and outright joyful. Everyone has common joys and experiences of happiness. But there are those that are specific to just you. Those are very precious, priceless and nothing could compare.

Whether surface happy or inner happy, it’s all a blessing. I chose to share some of my surface happy. I don’t know if I could put into photo or words my inner happy. It is good to rehearse both. This challenge was fun and one we should all practice often: happy.

Happy, Happy 🙂

Blessings, Kulia…

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Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your blogging goals and give you another way to take part in Post a Day / Post a Week. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Mine”

Well, here it is …the post to My First Photo Challenge!! I had great fun with it. Made me think and look to see what exactly would fit the theme to share “Mine.”

Plus as a new blogger it is helping me learn my way around.

I had many things that came to mind, but what I share now is definitely “Mine.” It’s what I call “My home grown Garden of Eden.” It’s not perfect. It’s not pest free. You will find brown tips and slug shells, but I grew most of the plants from the small .99 up to $2.50 purchased at probably Walmart or someone so generously gifted me a piece of theirs. They have lasted through the winds, through the scorching sun, through the “oh dear me, I forgot to water”, through the “opps, was I suppose to fertilize?” And through the wonderful discovery of Plant Propagation…My Garden of Eden is a blessing to such a Novice gardener as myself.

Well, not really a gardener. Just thankful to share in some of God’s handiwork.

Most in my front yard Garden of Eden are shade plants which worked out perfectly when they were small. Now they have grown much larger and I have no shaded area to move them.

Yet, I’m happy to say they survived…well, most of them.

There have been adjustments, transitions, lessons learned but all in all… Enjoyment.

 

I love to watch things grow. To have a hand in the process is so incredible to me. It is very much trial and error but the results have been so fun. I must admit I get frustrated at times when I fail to keep a plant alive or just can’t seem to overcome a pest or disease. But that’s just how it goes. I’ve learned a great deal. I get to share my little friends as they grow and become parents. Clip, pinch and pot I found to be the most fun. It allowed me to watch even more to grow. My solution for space was to share, share, share. When others find that you enjoy plants, then they too would share theirs with you. More plants. More experiments. More Growth. The process, endless.

So Enjoy the photos of what’s “mine.”

I am the only one in my household that truly gets excited about my plants. The plants start out so small and innocent. Then suddenly before  you know it, they grow up (if they survive) and give you even more pleasure and sense of accomplishment.

I love to take note of the individual textures, colors, shapes and symmetry.

 

As my garden grew, it began to take over the entrance way to the front door. It didn’t really matter. The plants were in pots and containers, I would just move them over or readjust so one could have a little more space to come through.

After all those were “mine” and that was their space!

I even have plants in the backyard…it’s around the corner from My Garden of Eden! Some plants in the backyard had there start in Eden in the front. It amazes me how a plant can multiply and grow.

From one parent plant, I have made what felt like hundreds of new plants. The new plants grew to be larger than the parent plant it came from. Such joy to create!!

So that’s what’s “Mine.”

My Home Grown Garden Of Eden!!

This was very special for me to do. I’ve had to temporarily move away from my garden and plants. They are in the care of another. I look forward to seeing my plants again. If they don’t survive and are gone when I return, I have photos to enjoy. I guess I can always get new plants and start again.

But there is nothing like having, what’s “Mine.”

Hope you enjoyed the photos, as much as I did.

What’s your favorite plant or flower?

Shown above throughout the photos you saw: Bird Nest Fern, Dumb Cane, Cactus Rose, Donkey’s Tail, Variegated Schefflera Umbrella tree plant, Golden Marble Pothos, Purple Wandering Jew, Impatiens, Jade, Pentas and maybe a few others that I’ve forgotten the name of.

Blessings and much Enjoyment, Kulia…