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Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

Oh my, it has been a while but I’m back. I have one more life transition coming up, then I can somewhat settle down for a while. Talk about Escape. What a fun photo challenge to come back to. I feel like I have had an escape from some things…for a little while any way. That’s what came to mind when I first saw the challenge for the week: getting away from it all. But in my photo collection what came to mind is one of my favorite subjects of plant and flowers. Below I’ve defined my idea of Escape in relation to the Scotch’s Broom Plants I’ve come across in the state of Washington.

These beautiful yellow plants that can be found almost everywhere along the road sides, highways, in fields and even in yards. They are literally everywhere in abundance. That is what made me research them out to find out just what was this plant. It is in the same category as the wild blackberry plants that are also in abundance around this area. In their season of fruit, I also enjoy the luscious berries of this weed. How can something so beautiful be labeled as an “invasive weed?” Doesn’t seem fair, but then I’m new to the area and don’t have it invading my personal property or territory. I just enjoy the sight of the vibrant yellow color and even the fragrance they release when you get close to them. And when you do get close, the single blossom is so sweet to see in the midst of the sea of yellow. I read that the Scotch’s Broom actually belongs to the sweet pea family.

So how do these gorgeous weeds define my idea of Escape?

It fits perfectly for me. Here we have an aggressive plant that needs to exist, grow, spread…and it does just that…any and everywhere it can. One of my photos above shows the Scotch’s Broom growing beyond a fence…trying to escape. There is another photo of a single yellow stem of blossoms growing in the midst of another white plant (haven’t researched that one yet to know what it is). Again, depicting an escape from all the other Scotch’s Broom on it’s own pulling away from the norm. Other views I chose to include show the aggression to take over from the point where it started to grow. Simply amazing to me. I can hear it saying, “gotta get away, gotta grow, gotta reach, gotta stretch, gotta escape…”

The norm is good sometimes, but other times you have to break away and do your own thing.

Escape!

Be yourself!

Be who God created you to be.

Flourish where you are.

As the saying goes, “Grow where you’re planted.” Or in this case, grow where the seed falls!

I enjoyed the challenge this week. I hope you did too. Thanks for dropping by. Sure feels good to be back. Like I mentioned, I have an upcoming transition but I shouldn’t disappear like before…chuckle. Hope you come back to visit and I will see you around.

Love, Grace and Peace, Kulia!!!

Oh, if your new around and would like to enter a challenge, here’s the info they provide…

“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.”

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry

What a great challenge. I love seeing geometry in nature. Never really thought of it in those terms, but that is what our eyes often times pick out in our surroundings. I found some fun shots in my collection and also took a few recently to include. Oh what fun!! So from my backyard beauties to shadows, reflections and some man made objects that surround me here is my take on the challenge: Geometry

This challenge was about the shapes and rhythms that make up the geometry of our world.

It’s everywhere. All around us. Such variety. Being surrounded by the design and nature of the beauty of the world makes life so interesting and enjoyable. Appreciate the opportunity to look a little closer. You’ll be surprised what you might see.

Hope you enjoyed what Geometry in my world looked like to me 🙂

Peace and Blessings, Kulia…

Want to participate?

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.

Cee’s Photo Challenge: Orange

Colors are amazing! I’m excited to share in Cee’s Photo Challenge: Orange. I love the definition of orange that was given on her post. You can check it out at

http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/cees-fun-foto-challenge-orange/

You’ll not only find the definition but also some great photos and fun entries to visit. I’m running a little late on entering the challenge, but didn’t want to pass up the opportunity. So here are some photos to share that depicts my take on the color Orange!!

Nature holds so many shades of orange. Makes you smile and feel good on the inside. It changes the atmosphere. Just like people, fragrance and music, color has powerful influence. Looking at my images, you’d think the challenge was the color orange AND circles. Everything I included is round. Oh well, orange and round is good. Not to mention couldn’t resist my favorite subject of including a flower or two.

Thankful to have been able to share. It was fun! Hope it put a smile on your face as it has mine!!

Quote by Reggie Joiner…

“Orange is one of God’s favorite colors. He stuck it right there between red and orange as the second color in the rainbow. He decorates entire forests with shades of orange every autumn. It shows up in sunrises at the start of the day, sunsets at the end of the day, and in the glow of the moon at the right time of night.”

When I looked up to see who this person was, turns out he is the author of (never would have guessed it) a children ministry’s curriculum he titled Think Orange. How fitting for the theme. I looked further to see what was meant by thinking orange and I liked the answer given: 

It stated, if you paint only with red, you will get what only red can do. If you paint only with yellow, you will get what only yellow can do. When you paint with red and yellow, you’ll get new possibilities, fresh solutions and vibrant outcomes.

Thanks again Cee for a fun filled challenge. I now have a new favorite quote.

Joy, Peace and Blessings, Kulia…

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…

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: “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…