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Charm Me

Charm

Charm

Charm Haiku (Rose)

Charm flows from a smile,
a look, a lingering touch,
the gift of a rose

*posted for Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge with prompt words of charm and look:

https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-75-charmlook/

I am also entering this photo into Lucile’s Photo Rehab Clinic.

Howl at the Moon

Wolf Moon

Wolf Moon

Wolf Haiku (Moon)

Layered cake of clouds
Moon cover silences wolf
True nature restrained

This is my first entry into Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge. This week the target words were cake and wolf. Check out his blog for more info and reader submissions.

https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-74-cakewolf/

I am also entering this photo into Lucile’s Photo Rehab Clinic. She has run the clinic for one year and I am happy to be included!

Weekly Cover Makeover Challenge (twelve)

movie poster makeover

movie poster makeover

Here is my entry for the PhotoRehab Cover Makeover challenge this week. I am a scaredy-cat when it comes to horror movies so I haven’t seen this. I understand there may be some dark humor; still, I’m not sure it’s for me. I did like Buffy The Vampire Slayer (and Spike) on TV which was created by the producer of this movie.

I didn’t have a picture of a cabin so I used a sepia filter to make this green house, with a partially open door, look more like a cabin. I adjusted the shadows and the film grain using camera+ to make it look a little grittier. Then, I used the Over app for the text. I wasn’t sure about the text color, but at least you can read it over my picture. I think the final product has an ominous feel-ominous enough to keep me away from it at the theater!

What do you think? Would it draw you in or turn you away as a movie poster?

Hummingbird Gem

Little Gem

Little Gem

I thought the hummingbirds had already headed south. When another blogger, suburbanferndaleark, posted an action picture of two hummingbirds, I made the comment that I hadn’t seen any of the tiny birds at my house for several days. I was missing the satisfaction of glimpsing their long beaks, glistening feathers and furtive glances through the camera lens.

This week, I was elated to discover that hummingbirds were still coming to the feeder in my dogwood tree! I saw this little gem resting on a branch, preening its feathers between drinks of nectar. She would zip in, hover, flutter around the feeder and drink her fill.
She put on quite an airshow! I was happy that I was able to capture this picture!

As long as the birds keep stopping by, fresh nectar will be waiting, and I will be enjoying the show.

*posted for writing101 and photo entered into Lucile’s photo101rehab

Weekly Cover Makeover Challenge (nine)

Book Cover Makeover

Book Cover Makeover

I really liked the book “1984” and its disturbing concept of Big Brother when I first read it a long time ago. Having read it several more times since then, I was excited to see the book was selected for the cover makeover challenge this week.

For this week’s challenge, hosted by Desley and Lucile, I started by taking a nighttime picture of the moon-glow outside of my dining room window without a flash. Then, I rotated the photo and added the camera+ concert lighting and instant filter which changed the color scheme. I also adjusted the contrast. Using the Over app to add text was the finishing touch.

I think the grainy mix of light and dark sets the right tone for a look into the world of the “future.” I think it may be time for a re-read!

BeeSpeak Lessons (Happy Blog-O-Versary to Me)

Year One

Year One

When I started my blog one year ago today, I had no idea where it would lead me. I thought I would explore life lessons learned along the busy beeline of my life. As my interests and interactions evolved, so did my blog. I have had an opportunity to share my thoughts, writing and photography. My blog has served as a creative outlet for me and a way to expand my world with blogger friends. I really enjoy posting, reading blogs and interacting with all you fellow bloggers. Looking back, I have learned valuable life lessons, ten of which I will share with you here.

1. Be Happy. I discovered that taking pictures makes me happy.
2. Be Observant. It is easy to find beauty in the mundane, if you take the time to look.
3. Be Kind. Words matter.
4. Be Calm. Most anger arises from fear.
5. Be Amazed. I am amazed and a little obsessed with my hummingbirds and nature in general.
6. Be Caring. It is vital to care about others and also to let others care about you.
7. Be Creative. Taking photos and writing poetry, haiku or stories can free your mind.
8. Be Appreciative. Try to recognize the special but fleeting moments of simple daily life.
9. Be Friendly. You really can make blogger friends if you interact.
10. Be Loving. My love for God, family, pets, friends and nature is what lights my spirit.

I am looking forward to another year of learning and growing with you all!

Weekly Cover Makeover Challenge (six)

Novel Cover Makeover

Novel Cover Makeover

Here is my version of a cover makeover for the book, The House We Grew Up In. This fun challenge, hosted by Lucile and DesleyJane, asks us to create a new version of an existing album, movie or book cover that is selected for us each week.

I love pictures of houses, so I had to take the opportunity to use one here. I cropped my photo for book cover shape, added a fade filter and used the Over app to add the words. I hope the hazy quality of the shot conjurs a feeling of the past and adds an element of mystery regarding a family history.

Weekly Cover Makeover Challenge (five)

Album Cover Makeover

Album Cover Makeover

Here is my version of the cover makeover for Simply Red’s 2005 album called Simplified. This fun challenge, hosted by Lucile and DesleyJane, asks us to create a new version of an existing album, movie or book cover that is selected for us each week. Of course, I wanted to keep the cover subject simple, so I thought this clover close-up was fitting. I cropped the photo into a square shape, like a CD, and used the Over app to add the words. You should think about joining the challenge too; Lucile has the directions listed!

Hummingbird Visitor

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I happened to see my hummingbird resting on a branch just in time to capture its photo. If you look closely you can see its tongue sticking out past its long beak! While it may be a juvenile male bird, I believe this to be a female based on its white tipped, fan shaped tail feathers and white throat.

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The little bird came by the feeder many times tonight and I am happy to know it makes return visits for nectar.

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I am feeling snap-happy and will be sure to post more pictures later! I hope you all can appreciate these special birds like I do.

*I like the first picture so much I am entering it into Lucile’s Photo Rehab Clinic. I was ready with camera zoom, cropped the original photo to come in even closer and applied the sunset light feature using camera+.

Be Amazed Again-Hummingbird Return

Hummingbird Return!

Hummingbird Return!

YAY! Finally! I saw the first hummingbird of the season in my backyard last night and when it returned tonight at around the same time, I was ready with my camera!

I had never seen a hummingbird until last year and I fell in love with the little birds! I introduced my blog last August with some of the first posts being about my search for a hummingbird. I watched for the birds each evening, using binoculars for close up views. Seeing the vivid ruby throat was astonishing. I took a picture as proof of my sighting and you can see the very tiny bird image here.

Now, I have a camera with zoom capability, hence this close up picture. I took two blurry pictures and this featured picture before it flew away. In my excitement, I was lucky to get this shot.

I remain amazed at the beauty of the little birds. Hopefully, I will be able to capture some more pictures, including the glorious ruby throated male. Let the summer viewing begin!

(I am also posting this into Lucile’s Photo Rehab Clinic as my best hummingbird photo yet!)

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